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PhD Student Testimonials

“Pursuing a PhD degree at PolyU’s School of Accounting and Finance was one of the best decisions I have made. I started my PhD study in 2015 and graduated in 2020. I am currently an Assistant Professor in Accounting at Hong Kong Baptist University. During my PhD programme, I was trained in a world-class research environment, with comprehensive coursework, adequate stipend, supportive supervisors, access to many databases, as well as extensive exposure to PhD workshops and research seminars delivered by renowned scholars from all over the world. The professors in the School of Accounting and Finance were productive and willing to guide PhD students. In the 5th year of my study, I published a paper titled “Policy uncertainty and loan loss provisions in the banking industry” in the Review of Accounting Studies together with Professors Jeffrey Ng and Walid Saffar. Life at PolyU was more than just academic pursuit. Playing basketball and hiking around Hong Kong were some of my favourite pastimes.”

Janus Zhang, PhD graduate (2020)


“I enrolled in the PhD programme at the School of Accounting and Finance in 2017. I will graduate in June 2021 and join Central University of Finance and Economics as an assistant professor. I have received high-quality academic training from PhD coursework, PhD workshops, and research seminars. The School of Accounting and Finance is one big family and I have enjoyed my PhD life here. Our professors are very kind and willing to offer suggestions or work with PhD students on research projects. In 2021, I published, together with my professors, two papers, “Talk less, learn more: Strategic disclosure in response to managerial learning from the options market” in the Journal of Accounting Research and “CEO early-life disaster experience and stock price crash risk” in the Journal of Corporate Finance. I have had a wonderful time studying and having fun with my fellow PhD students.”

Xin YANG, Year 4 PhD student (2021)