Tan Choon Kiat
Engineering Physics, Malaysia (Graduate)
Electrical Engineering, Chinese Mainland
In Rwanda, as of May 2014, only about 19% of the households had access to electricity services and electricity use per capita is extremely low. In view of this, our team made use of this trip to train 20 local young people from two villages to install sustainable electrical systems. Our team and the trainees worked together and installed 45 sets of solar systems for the villagers and wired up their houses. With renewable electricity, our service increased the working hours of the villagers, improved the study conditions of the children, and enhanced their quality of life.
We offered manuals and training workshops to NGO staff and local young people, equipping them with the whole set of practical skills and knowledge, so that they would be able to conduct regular maintenance, and even install such systems themselves benefitting even more villagers. We also formed a small team to provide information communication technology service to our NGO partners, such as setting up the network and internet access for their satellite offices, upgrading the server at their headquarters, and arranging a social media marketing workshop for them, etc.
Applied Biology with Biotechnology, UK (Graduate)
As an International student ambassador, I have had lots of chances to organise events. One of the challenging, but yet one of the exciting things I did at PolyU was organising an international film festival during my studies. This has given me the opportunity to contact film directors and marketing personnel from different parts of the world. I was the Vice President of Education at PolyU Toastmasters Club, which is an International Speech Club, and I was also a Peer mentor coordinator at the Peer Mentoring programme.
As an organiser of the non-local orientation with other students, I found it exciting to meet and welcome new students from all around the world. At PolyU, I understood the importance of seeking new opportunities to broaden my horizons and enrich my experiences.
Hotel Management, South Korea (Graduate)
I chose to study Hotel Management at PolyU since The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) is renowned for the best Hotel Management School in Asia. The school has its own research and training Hotel where students can gain practical experience to take academic endeavors beyond the classroom, into the real world. The school further offers students with internship opportunities every summer, and these experiences truly allow students to map out clear career paths. Last but not least, the student exchange program completes the last piece of the puzzle and provides a life-changing experience. I have no doubt that my exchange in Vienna, Austria was one of the best moments ever in my life.
Fashion and Textile, Sweden (Graduate)
At PolyU, I have also gained meaningful experiences through participating in extra-curricular activities and programmes. I spent six months in New Delhi, India, through an exchange programme with Pearl Academy of Fashion in New Delhi where I gained further knowledge about the industry as well as learning and understanding a completely new culture. Besides, there are also many opportunities for extra-curricular activities at PolyU, for example, I participated in an Asian debate competition in Beijing, China, as a representative of PolyU.
I believe what I like most about PolyU is its strive and commitment to create a global educational institution through the nurturing of an international study environment. PolyU locates in a great location and has a wide range of activities and opportunities offers to students.
Sum Xin Yi
Fashion and Textiles (Fashion Design), Singapore
This is of great help to me and my family, especially since the fees for an international student like me is not cheap. This full subsidy also allows me to allocate more funds to other areas, like general living expenses, materials for school projects, additional extracurricular classes, and even short overseas study or exposure trips.
HK PolyU appeared as one of the top results from my google searches for top fashion colleges in Asia and more in-depth sift through its website, multiple college forums and press only cemented its impressive reputation. Not only did HK PolyU boast an internationally acclaimed fashion school, it being in Hong Kong, the crossroads of the East and West, also meant it brims with creative inspiration as well as opportunities for any future career progression.
ManonMaria Anna Petronella
During the internship I successfully completed a number of assigned projects. These projects were mostly sales and marketing related but one in particular made me feel especially proud, an informative corporate video. It was very rewarding to see the final product of what we created. Doing my internship made me realise that I have transferrable skills and am capable of working for a multinational company. In addition to my professional growth, I have also improved my Chinese language skills and visited many landmarks and museums to learn about Shanghai: its history, culture and people.
Civil Engineering, Chinese Mainland
The village I served lives on garlic farming. Since all the families there are growing garlics, there is an excessive supply. Some farmers therefore shift to making black garlics to earn a living, yet they have not managed to have a stable income because they are not good at business. In view of this, we had a field trip to Heyuan, gaining a better understanding of their needs and genuine situation, and started to sort out development plans for them after the trip. In fact, black garlic is a kind of health food which has become very popular in recent years. It has rich nutritious value and the benefit of cancer prevention. With its high nutritious and medical value, we saw huge business potentials and had the confidence in helping the farmers to improve the sale. We spent two months in making black garlic ourselves, regularly communicating with the farmers to identify their practical difficulties and needs, and assessing the possibilities of development and promotion. In late May, we visited Heyuan again to report our findings, analysis and the possible ways of promotion to the government officials.
Chen V Chunn
I know this knowledge will greatly increase my competence in my future career. I learned how important it is to constantly equip myself with the latest information, knowledge and skills in the business field. I gained deeper insights into what areas I have a personal interest in, which will help me make decisions about my future career.
International Shipping and Transport Logistics, Thailand