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Q&A: Jacob Mocholi Garcia says diversity, challenging courses make GBJ a valuable experience

Updated: Nov 13, 2019

Jacob Mocholi Garcia: "To get an opportunity to study with people from different backgrounds is a great experience for each one of us."

Jacob Mocholi Garcia is currently pursuing his master's degree in Global Business Journalism at Tsinghua University. The Spaniard speaks five languages, including English and Chinese. He was interviewed by Bapati Mmotlanyane of Botswana.

Q: Your first impression of the Global Business Journalism program?

A: My first impression is the diversity of the class. Everyone comes from a different country and backgrounds, and that is very interesting considering that we now live in a global village. To get an opportunity to study with people from different backgrounds is a great experience for each one of us.

Q: What do you find the most challenging thing about Global Business Journalism?

A: For someone like me who doesn’t have a background of economics and business, the courses related to these subjects are challenging and they require extra work to grasp the basics and be able to relate all the subjects to journalism.

Q:­ What is your career plan after completing your master's?

A: I plan to pursue my doctorate at Tsinghua because I am more interested in the academic field. I would love to be researcher. My ideal kind of job would be a university research assistant or professor, because I intend to publish research papers.

Q: How did you hear about the GBJ program?

A: I was planning to apply for the Chinese Government Scholarship to study in China. Tsinghua is the top-ranked university. While going through the programs at Tsinghua, I found the GBJ Program, which is a combination of economics, finance and journalism. For that, I chose the program.

Q: Do you have any advice for Global Business Journalism aspirants?

A: Well, I urge them to start as early as possible to do their research about the program, as well as the university, and, most importantly, China. Because the program is quite competitive, it is better they start working on their understanding of subjects like economics, the economy of China and also business journalism.

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