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Mateusz Winter

Career Path: Research Analyst in Arup East Asia (2010-2018) CEO, Fire Flight Tech Hong Kong
Location: Hong Kong

Brief biography of your career so far: 

After I got PhD from Northumbria in 2010, I went to work in Hong Kong through the "Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals (ASMTP)" of the Hong Kong, worked for Arup Consultant (East Asia). I was responsible for the Foresight, Research and Innovation (FRI) in China at Arup University, which engaged in R & D, innovation and technology transfer. My domain knowledge was on "low carbon & smart city / community / building". I helped to establish the research and innovation ecosystem in China for Arup, promoted collaboration between industry and academy, realized the two-way communication of knowledge and information between enterprises and universities, improved Arup's technical level, and promoted Arup's development in East Asia through research.

What are you doing now?:

In the March of 2018, in order to explore new challenges and pursue new dreams, I left Arup and started my own startup journey. At present, I am engaged in the digital creative industry and create immersive and interactive experiences for different types of clients based on landscape, lighting, decoration and exhibition, such as scenic spots, shopping malls, exhibition halls, museums and parks etc.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?:

In my study and life in the UK, I gained not only professional knowledge, but also the capability to think independently. The UK learning environment provides opportunities for open-mind thinking, a lot of reading, and encourages analysis and thinking and tolerates mistakes.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?:

During the few months after the graduation of PhD, I was busy looking for a job. I interviewed many times and also entered into the short list a few times, but I didn’t found a suitable job. At that time, the secretary of my doctoral supervisor comforted me and said, "don't worry, it's just a matter of time to find a job." After the last interview before I left the UK, I finally got my dream job: Research Analyst of Arup in Hong Kong which was to do research in enterprises. Since then, whenever I am anxious and about to lose patience, this sentence is a good “medicine” to let me calm down. In fact, it's more than looking for a job, isn't it a matter of time to solve all things? These achievements will continue to affect and even guide my future study, life and work, and benefit me through all my life!

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?:

Independent thinking

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?:

Do your best!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?:

Great experience and memory!

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