Suning Zhu already held an accounting degree and MBA -- but she aimed even higher.
Inspired by professors at the Harbert College of Business, Zhu is working on her PhD with a focus on information systems management.
Tuesday, April 21, Zhu, from China, will be one of many students recognized by the
university’s International Student Organization for academic excellence, leadership
“Before I came to Auburn, I had my bachelor degree in accounting from China and I
was considering finding a job in China after finishing my MBA,” she explained. “However,
working closely with the professors in Harbert College of Business provided me with
a new perspective on my future. I found myself enjoy doing research and teaching.
I wished that one day I could become the person like my professors who create knowledge,
educate people, and enhance well-beings of the society. This motivated me to start
thinking about pursuing a doctoral degree.”
Zhu, who said she hopes to become a professor in information systems management and
have work published in prominent journals, said Harbert College is ideal for international
“Professors have an open-door policy that welcomes students to ask questions,” she
added. “This is extremely important for new international students who struggle with
life in the U.S. and have lots of questions. In other words, if you are an international
student who is seeking education in the U.S., you will not find any other place better
than Auburn University and Harbert College of Business to get your degree, living
experience, and amazing memories.
“The Office of Professional and Career Development helps international students assess
and improve their professional skills and leverage their talents to find the perfect
fits in the job market. Another plus is that the culture of valuing diversity provides
international students with a unique opportunity to meet new friends and obtain remarkable