I am applying for admission to your post-graduate program, MSc. Information Systems Management for the fall term of 1999. I really hope to improve my knowledge and skills in information systems management and skills in information systems in your graduate school, and contribute what I have learned to my current company when I finish my studies.
In 1986 I entered Chinese Cultural University in Taipei to pursue a degree in Economics. After I graduated from the university with a BA degree in 1987, I participated in a month long exchange program with Tan-Li university in Japan. That first exposure to a culture different from my own resulted in a life interest in people from different countries and cultures.
In 1988 I became an employee of the Taiwan tourism bureau and I enjoyed the many opportunities I had to meet and help people from all over the world. After two and a half years of working at the bureau I wanted to know more about the world, and I enrolled in a business administration course at City college in San Francisco.
During my time there I not only learned the importance of international business, but also the benefits of getting to know people from different cultures and backgrounds. Most importantly, I learned how to make decisions while considering different points of view. I truly appreciated the chance to spend some time in such an international city where I developed lasting friendships with people from all over the world.
After graduating I returned to Taiwan, and worked for Wei-Chun Food Company, B.C. Market Research Company before starting to work for Taipei City Government in 1991.
For the Taipei City government I have been working as a specialist in foreign relationships, providing training to the public and to our own staff. I was responsible for the training programs and the budget control for the department. After I got familiar with my duties I transferred the Information Technology department as an assistant manager. More and more of our employees are using computers to implement their work, and improve their efficiency. However, we currently need more manager level experience in implementing these technologies successfully.
This is the reason I have chosen to study information systems management in your graduate school. Since the influence of the European countries on the world is increasing, it is a good way to build an international network of professional contacts during my studies in the UK.