Coffee Hour with Professors Tan Wang and Qianqian Du

2015-08-25

During the monthly Coffee Hour on May 24th, 2015, Vice Dean of SAIF and Professor of Finance Tan Wang and Professor Qianqian Du shared with students their experiences and ideas in the industry.

Professor Tan Wang once worked as a Guest Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. From 2003 to 2005, he was a visiting scholar for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the International Monetary Fund. Professor Qianqian Du obtained a Ph.D. degree in Strategy and Business Economics from the University of British Columbia School of Business. Her major fields of study include private equity, stock analysis, social networking and corporate governance.

During the coffee hour, Professor Tan Wang discussed the importance of studying hard during the school years. He agreed that participating in internships under the current severe employment situation is beneficial for short-term goals, but the postgraduate stage is the only period for "getting down to academic pursuits”. He encouraged the students to take advantage of this stage to make preparations for long-term targets, reserve knowledge and develop dialectical thinking skills. Drawing on his experience in Tai Chi, Professor Tan Wang also interpreted the true meaning of life: “There is a knack, but the application of that knack depends on continuous accumulation day after day.”

Professor Qianqian Du shared her experiences working in PE in the U.S. and put forward some ideas about investing in the Hong Kong Stock Market. In 2004, she wrote a paper concerning the development prospects of PE/VC in China that emphasized her strict requirements for the importance of asset allocation and industry insight. At that time, PE/VC was just getting started in China. Now, there are countless PE/VC firms in the country, but investment ability and negotiation ability remain uneven.

After 80 minutes of communication, the students gained a higher-level understanding of the learning tasks and goals in the postgraduate stage and a more profound understanding of the modes and requirements of the PE/VC industry.