Growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution meant only the very best were accepted into university. School leavers were expected to pass two entrance exams before being considered a place. With an outstanding academic record, Professor Ming-Hua Liu sailed through both exams and in 1981, he chose to pursue his interest in society with an undergraduate degree in Economics at Renmin University of China.
Towards the end of his four-year degree, Professor Liu took a job as an Assistant Lecturer in Renmin. Professor Liu was selected to participate in an overseas study scholarship to further develop his skills. Only 200 of the top students throughout China were selected for the programme. He spent a year studying an IELTS and British culture at Shanghai Foreign Language Institute, before travelling to Wales to study a Master of International Economics and Banking at Cardiff University. He then completed his PhD in Banking and Finance at Bangor University. After five years of European studying, Professor Liu relocated to Singapore, where he worked as an Assistant/Associate Professor of Banking and Finance at Nanyang Technological University, and an Assistant Vice President of Asset/Liability Management at DBS Bank.
In 2004, the New Zealand lifestyle, with its 'clean, green image', led Professor Liu to relocate to Auckland, where he began his career at AUT.
In 2008, he accepted an offer from the University of Macau and spent the next three and a half years developing his teaching and research. He served as the Head of the Department of Finance and Business Economics. Professor Liu recently returned to AUT (mid 2011), where he now works as a Professor of Finance.
Professor Liu’s areas of expertise are in Banking, Investments and Financial Risk Management. He is an Associate Editor of Frontier of Business Research in China. His research has won best paper awards in major international finance conferences. He also has extensive experiences in executive training.