Head of Staffing
“To me, international education has a multi-layer meaning. On one level, I experienced international education from studying and living abroad for 13 years. This was an opportunity to gain academic knowledge, experience different cultures, and broaden my horizon. International education is also a transformative experience and can change one’s future.”Contact Tim Liu
Tim Liu, is the Head of Staffing at Grok Global, based in Beijing. Tim is responsible for the oversight of the Staffing Service Center globally including managing all aspects related to hiring, employing, assessing, training staff, as well as building community and Grok culture. Tim has worked in the international education industry for more than 10 years and supported multiple institutions with student recruitment activities in China. Prior to joining Grok, Tim was responsible for executing recruitment activities for a Canadian institution in China with both agency management and partnership development.
Get to know Tim…
When did you join Grok?
Describe yourself in three words
Logical, innovative, persistent
What were you doing before working at Grok?
I was responsible for executing recruitment activities for a foreign institution in China before working at Grok.
What was your first job in education?
My first job in education was when I came back to China in 2011 and worked for a major study abroad agency in Beijing.
What does international education mean to you?
To me, international education has a multi-layer meaning. On one level, I experienced international education from studying and living abroad for 13 years. This was an opportunity to gain academic knowledge, experience different cultures, and broaden my horizon. International education is also a transformative experience and can change one’s future.
What is something interesting you have learned while working at Grok?
Grok is an international company where Grokkers come from different backgrounds. Interacting with my colleagues on a daily basis allows me to constantly learn from them and share my expertise in exchange, so it’s difficult to pinpoint one interesting thing I learned thus far. I learned recruitment best practices from institutions in different countries around the world and how they employ different resources to attain their goals.
What is one of the most satisfying outcomes you’ve helped a client to achieve?
My role requires me to work with multiple institutions and help them expand their market presence in Grok serviced markets. One of my most satisfying outcomes would be helping a client revamp their marketing collaterals and market entry strategy, resulting in a more attractive and efficient presentation and increasing their presence in the market.
Why is it important for institutions to have a presence in China?
China is an enormous market where a great number of students chose to apply and study abroad. Institutions need to have presence in China to benefit from this market and maintain institutional reputation as well as provide accurate admission requirements to answer market demands. Having a presence in China will also allow institutions to adapt to market needs and keep current on market trends.
What is your favourite movie and book?
The Shawshank Redemption and Romance of the Three Kingdoms
What is your dream travel destination?
My dream travel destination is Greece. The primary reason is because Greece is rich in history and has a lot of historical landmarks to visit. Greek food is also an attractive factor for me.
What is your favourite food to eat with friends?
I enjoy a nice Japanese meal or hot pot with friends.
What is a quote that has inspired you?
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs