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10 Mar 2020


Be a MILE ahead: Runqiu (Rachel) Du

The good reputation of the WTI for its recognised teaching and training quality makes a MILE degree very helpful in applying for further academic studies, in the field of legal studies and beyond.

Runqiu (Rachel) Du, MILE student

Are you keen on pursuing one of the world’s leading programmes of advanced studies in the field of international trade regulation? Runqiu (Rachel) Du from China is currently enrolled in the MILE programme at the WTI. Read her interview to find out why she chose the MILE programme and how her experience as a student in Bern has been so far.

What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Runqiu (Rachel) Du. I was born in Chengdu, China, and came to Bern from Shanghai, China.

What’s your academic background?
Law and public administration.

How did you hear about the WTI?
From my former lecturers.

Why did you choose the MILE programme?
At first, I learned international economic law with a great textbook, The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization, the author of this book is a professor and the Director of the WTI. I really wanted to attend his classes, which led me to learn more about the programmes of the WTI. Subsequently, I was attracted by the MILE programme for two reasons. First, the MILE programme consists of multidisciplinary courses covering political science, economics and law; I see this is extremely helpful for a profound understanding of international economic law. Second, the MILE programme has flourished with 20 years’ experience, which is worthy of trust.

What do you like about the MILE programme?
I appreciate very much the opportunity that the MILE programme provides to meet people. The WTI hosts and offers access to numerous international academic forums. I learned a lot from world-class scholars and practitioners in classes, conferences and workshops. Another precious opportunity is to communicate with my classmates from diverse backgrounds. Besides, I also benefit from the alumni network that provides advice on current study and future career.  

How has life in Bern been so far?
It is good to be here. Bern is a small, quiet and charming city. I love the river, the mountains and the architecture in Bern. Life is convenient in Bern because of the well-developed public transportation system. It is also easy to reach Geneva, Zurich and other cities from Bern. I got chances to visit various international organizations in Geneva and enjoy the gorgeous natural scenery of Switzerland. There is also a vibrant English-speaking community in Bern, which is a source of support and nourishment. Plus, this is a good place to develop a punctual lifestyle.

What are your plans for the future and how will a degree from the WTI help you in achieving them?
I plan to pursue a PhD in international law. And I see my future serving the world as a scholar and a teacher. It would be my honour and my joy if I could use my expertise to promote peace, justice and reconciliation in the world. The good reputation of the WTI for its recognised teaching and training quality makes a MILE degree very helpful in applying for further academic studies, in the field of legal studies and beyond. Plus, it is highly possible to meet friends, mentors and potential supervisors on various occasions during the study at the WTI.

Would you recommend the MILE programme?
Surely I will. Especially for the ones who want to study and work in an international environment.


Thank you for the interview!