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Rossukon Mahutthanasakul and Di Zhao - MSc International Hospitality Management, 2004

Rossukon Mahutthanasakul and Di Zhao - MSc International Hospitality Management, 2004


Rossukon Mahutthanasakul and Di Zhao - MSc International Hospitality Management, 2004

Rossukon Mahutthanasakul, originally from Thailand and Di Zhao from China, met at Leeds Beckett when they studied MSc International Hospitality Management, graduating in 2004. 13 years later they are now married, with Rossukon living and working in Bangkok and Di working in Beijing, China.

Rossukon explains: “I met Di on the first day of the course. Our class had sixteen students; two British, two Indian, two Nepalese, two Thai, and the rest were all Chinese. Our workgroup had six students, myself and Di and four others; we were friends for the first semester and became a couple from April 2005.

“I decided to study at Leeds Beckett, firstly because the one year Masters the course was ideal, and secondly I love the UK – the accent is fantastic and I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I was really happy with the quality of teaching at the University, and the city of Leeds too. Of course my best memories are of the friends I made on the course. We helped each other to pass the Masters together.”

After they graduated both Rossukon and Di both returned to Thailand. Di began working with a real estate company until 2007 when, realising his love for the sector, he moved to Beijing to take on the role of Associate Director at CBRE Consulting. Rossukon has worked as an Academic Counsellor for education consultants Hamilton International, which later merged and became Hands On Chidlom, where she is now Branch Manager.

Rossukon says “It’s become a long distance relationship. We meet only few times a year and for a few days at a time. We finally married in July 2016 and I’m still working in Bangkok and Di’s still working in Beijing, China. He plans to immigrate to Bangkok in 1 - 2 years and will run his own business either in education or a real estate company of his own.”