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A Chat with our International and Exchange Students

Isabella (right)

Isabella (Italy)

Why did you choose to attend university in HK?

Not only the university is really nice and organized, but also Hong Kong is a great city, with lots of activities to do. You will never get bored here.

What are your aspirations for the future?
I would like to become a quantity surveyor, and I hope that Hong Kong will help me to achieve it. Here this type of work is very much in demand and I hope that this will give me enough experience to widen my horizons even more.


Yerkezhan (Kazakhstan)

Why did you choose to attend university in HK?

Hong Kong is well known for its strong education system. In particular, our construction programmes in Hong Kong are among the most prestigious in the world. Besides, Hong Kong is one of the few cities where east and west cultures meet.


What are your aspirations for the future?

I have a goal of finding a job that combines all things I am passionate about, such as travelling, planning, architecture and social networking. I will try my best to apply my technical knowledge, creativity and design to my dream “sustainable district” project in the future.


Kang Ping (right)

Kang Ping (Malaysia)

What do you like about studying here at PolyU?

Most of the teaching staff and general staff I met here are friendly and helpful. They are really willing to help the students. Though the campus is relatively small, it houses state-of-the-art facilities.

What are your aspirations for the future?

My first priority after graduation is to find a job in HK. There are numerous construction and infra-structural development projects to be conducted by experienced companies and governments in both Hong Kong and mainland China which I’d love to be involved in as a civil engineer.

Siti (right)


What do you like about studying here at PolyU?

I enjoy the modules that I am taking and have had many opportunities to participate in things outside of the curriculum such as traveling overseas for service learning, as well as engaging in intercultural activities. In the Summer of 2015, I went to Dabu in Mainland China with the English Learning Centre (ELC) as part of service learning. We were there to teach primary school children English for 5 days. It was a heartening and fun experience interacting with the children, and learning more about Hakka culture.

Furthermore, through the Global Citizen Programme organized by AIESEC in PolyU, I had the opportunity to visit Sri Lanka on a 6-week internship, where I contributed to an environmental project that focused on spreading awareness on water conservation and sustainable consumption. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and it allowed me to connect with 11 other delegates from all over the world. I believe that apart from academics, PolyU has a lot of activities and organisations which can promote a well-rounded university life.


What sort of learning experience/ opportunities has our Faculty/ Department offered to you? Please give specific examples.

Since the start of this semester, I have been working for the CEE department in the wastewater laboratories as a student assistant. This has given me a great opportunity to learn more about water monitoring and assessment, and also be exposed to projects that are being undertaken by the research students. By working in the lab, I have learnt a lot about different techniques used in analysing wastewater as well as researched the different methods involved for a more environmentally sustainable option in wastewater treatment.


Alvin (Indonesia)

Why did you choose to attend university in HK?

The one thing that I like about Hong Kong is its multilingual environment. I want to study in a university where the medium of instruction is English while I can pick up Mandarin and Cantonese with both local and Mainland students around me.

What are your aspirations for the future?

 I want to change this world for the better. I hope that the knowledge and experiences from my 4 years at PolyU might help me make it happen. In particular, I would like to create some structures and buildings that will be beneficial for my own country.


Abigael (Philippines)

Why did you choose to attend university in HK?

I chose Hong Kong because I believed that this city is the best place to learn construction as it is surrounded with many famous infrastructures and ongoing local projects. I wanted to learn what cannot be found in my country and have a broader view of the international construction industry.

What sort of learning experience/ opportunities has our Faculty/ Department offered to you?

The thing I love the most is that I was exposed to many practical classes where I was able to do hands-on projects such as cement mixing, brick laying, formwork and falsework building, etc. One of the best experiences I had was the opportunity to tour the construction site of the Central-Wanchai Bypass and see its planning and progress. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see the future infrastructure that will help ease the transportation and traffic on Hong Kong island in its construction process


What are you aspirations for the future?

I would like to become an urban land developer that can promote sustainable living, safety, and social responsibility to give back to those who are in need.

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