To whom it may concern:
in the capacity of chair professor of the department of management, having instructed mr. xiao ming in the course of primary management during the academic year of 2006~2007 and the course of operating research last year, i am pleased to have this opportunity to introduce him to you.
i have known mr. xiao ming since 2007, when he was a fresh student in the class, as i was the instructor of their primary management. mr. chen’s enthusiasm for and diligence in learning helped him become one of the most outstanding students in that class, making a strong and positive impression upon me. his passionate participation in discussion during class sometimes enlightened the whole group. and he was one of the few students to successfully pass the final exam of that subject, which was so difficult that quite a number of his classmates failed in it.
last year i have been selected as the instructor for the course of operating research. as mr. chen has finished his study in the management class with a high rank and chosen the course of operating research as his major, i have had the opportunity to know this young man better. his excellent performance in class has continuously recalled those brilliant discussions two years ago to my mind. what’s more, his creativity and capacity for analytical thinking have also convinced me that he improved himself a lot during his junior year before he returned to my class. in addition, he has demonstrated explicitly his potential as a researcher to me. through the personal communication between us he has also expressed the desire to attend a postgraduate program and do research work of higher quality in the academic field that he is interested in. i think his only weakness is that he still needs more experience for real research work, for as an undergraduate he has limited time and energy to receive enough training for specialized research. however, i believe a talented and hardworking young man like him could swiftly find the best way to develop his research work.
mr. chen is ready to move on to a more rigorous program of graduate study. his academic performance and upstanding personal character have won him my highest recommendation, and i hope you give his application strong consideration.