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Inspired by the BBC classic, Desert Island Discs is a podcast that invites notable MCQ staff and alumni throughout the years on to the show. They will be cast away to a desert island where they can only take five songs, a book, and a luxury item. Our cast-aways share their lives before MCQ, their experiences during, and their journeys afterwards with us, giving you an authentic insight into what life at MCQ is like.

Kelly Liu

Kelly Liu is a 2015 MCQ graduate who has since been educated at Sarah Lawrence College New York, Oxford, and UCL. Kelly illustrates the early days of MCQ and her experiences at university in both the US and the UK.

Daisy Wang

Daisy Wang was in MCQ’s first ever graduating class of 2015. She went on to study Fashion Design and Development in London College of Fashion. As she prepares to move back to London to work in the industry, she revisits MCQ and her memories here.

Ms Jia

Another veteran of MCQ, Ada Jia tells her story of growing up in a small town and her journey from science major to Chemistry teacher and Safeguarding officer. Having started at MCQ in 2013, she talks about the school’s growth from the beginning.

Mr Song

A Qingdao local who’s been at MCQ since 2015, Sonic Song shares his tales of childhood, his journey through further study and Philosophy, and how he finally became an Economics teacher.

Ms Zeitlin

A true veteran of Malvern College Qingdao, Vanessa Zeitlin has been here since 2013. In her six years here as head of business she has seen more students through to graduation than anyone. Originally from Bath and educated at Brighton university, she has lived and taught all over the world and shares with us some of those special moments in her teaching career.

Tina Wang

We welcome Tina Wang, an alumni from the very first graduating class at MCQ. Since graduating she has taken a position at Cornell, a top-ranking US university. She speaks about her experiences at MCQ and the step up into university.

Jesse Cho

Our first ever cast-away, Jesse Cho is from the first graduating class of MCQ, and has gone on to study at the leading hotel management school EHL. He talks to us about his life before, during and after MCQ as a Korean national who has lived in China his whole life.'

Mrs Hirst

Originally from York, Anne Hirst has over thirty years experience in both the UK and China. As the current Head Upper 5 she touches on a few special moments in her career both past and present.