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Irene Megawati Soetaman

Global Supply Chain Management, Indonesia

I had already set my goal to come to Hong Kong and study here for my university studies, because it is close to home and also due to its high reputation as an international transport hub. PolyU allows students to choose their major in first Year, while compared to other universities which are broad discipline system in my degree studies. I was so excited to pursue a major which I am interested in, Supply Chain Management.

I live in Homantin Hall-Red Hall. Hall life at PolyU has been satisfying. The hall fee is considered relatively cheap in Hong Kong where rental prices are soaring high. The facilities are sufficient and satisfactory. Hall activities provided me with many chances to make friends with other hallmates. I also found the hall education programmes are useful. Organising the Red Hall Signature Programme-Red Stairathon is one of my favourite activities. It gives me chances to meet new hallmates and interact with the local students and learned from each other. 

David Chan

Seoul National University, South Korea (Outgoing Exchange Student)

Experiencing cultural shock, encountering communication barriers and living in an unfamiliar environment have made me become a stronger, more confident and more refined version of myself!” said David Chan. “Furthermore, learning about a unique culture and making friends with people from different countries has also broadened my global outlook.

The most interesting part about my journey was attending the Korean language classes. People with unique cultural backgrounds gathered together to learn a foreign language. We made a lot of hilarious jokes. We all became friends and learnt about different customs. I really miss my friends there and the Korean cuisine. Going to some good Korean restaurants with my friends was the happiest and the most relaxing experience I had.

Living and learning in an entirely new entirely new different environment was definitely challenging. Not only could I broaden my horizon, but also expanded my social dircle and enriched my life.

Josephine Chan

San Francisco State University, USA (Outgoing Exchange Student)

My journey to the United States has made me a stronger person. It was the best chance to test my limits and overcome obstacles.

It had been my dream to study in the United States since I was little. US is famous for its freedom and liberal ideology. San Francisco is an amazing city with breathtaking beauties and a good mix of dynamic neighbours and relaxing lifestyles. 
Living in the dormitory was an unforgettable memory. Since I was the only PolyU student at San Francisco State University during my stay, it encouraged me to reach out to new friends. I’m glad that I got to chance to stay with the locals because it was truly the best way to experience American culture and lifestyle. 

During the 6 months there, I formed a close bond with friends from all over the world. Nothing is more precious than true friendships. Not only that, instead of criticising something foreign to me, I became very appreciative of other cultures. My friends kept motivating me to embrace new cultures. Studying at San Francisco State University was very challenging yet rewarding. While sticking to the credit bearing subjects relevant to my field of study, it was a great opportunity to study subjects outside my major. The professors were passionate, friendly and knowledgeable. Lessons were interesting and highly interactive with a lot of class discussions and competitions.

Mitchell Miller

USA (Incoming Exchange Student)

New friends, spectacular sites and wanderlust opportunities! I had plenty of opportunities to see much of Hong Kong meanwhile making many friends, both internationals and locals! 

The exchange community has been very inviting, everyone seems to be more than eager to meet one another and plans are regularly shared. My exchange was unbelievable - all sorts of unique opportunities were being thrown our way. The university has multiple departments and organizations dedicated to hosting separate events designed for meeting new people while exploring the different parts of HK. Needless to say, it all has been very exciting and couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity to partake!

Owen Wang Wenjie

Singapore (Incoming Exchange Student)

Hong Kong is a culturally rich, efficient and competitive city interacting with the students taught me ideas and lessons which I can apply both for education and work. Since Hong Kong is well known for their food, delicacies such as Tim Ho Wan and Kam’s Roast Goose attracts students to come Hong Kong for exchange.

Hong Kong is also a beautiful country with popular hiking trails such at Tai Po Hill and Sai Kung just to name a few. After a long day of studying, students can go to Shek O beach to relax and chill. Unlike Hong Kong, apart from Bukit Timah Hill, Singapore does not have many other landscape attractions to offer to visitors. The overall beauty and culture of Hong Kong attracted me to have an exchange here.

Getting to know the students and learning about the cultures of exchange student from all round the world is really exciting to me. While doing projects and interacting with the students, it gave me a new perspective and greater insights of problem solving. Understanding the requirements and setting goals to achieve it in due course is really important for all projects and I believe all the valuable lesson I learnt during exchange can help me later on in life.

Emily Shi

Electrical Engineering, Chinese Mainland

I took the service-learning "Technology beyond Borders: Service Learning Across Cultural, Ethnic and Community Lines". I travelled to Rwanda to provide training for villagers to set up the electrical systems and information technology facilities.

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.

Tan Choon Kiat

Engineering Physics, Malaysia (Graduate)

PolyU is a well-known university around the world; Knowing the fact that PolyU graduates are always more favorable by employers, I feel proud as a PolyU graduate. High knowledge provided by lecturers in PolyU could help me a lot in my future career as this knowledge increase my capability to well perform in job.

Shilpa Gurung

Applied Biology with Biotechnology, UK (Graduate)

I chose to study at PolyU because I wanted to explore the world, understand different backgrounds and learn to live independently. One of the biggest attractions of PolyU was its curriculum which focuses on practical learning in addition to theoretical learning. Because my field is technical, this attribute really stood out.

As an International student ambassador, I had lots of chances organizng events. One of the challenging but yet one of the exciting things I did in PolyU was organizing an international film festival during my studies. This had given me the opportunity to contact directors and marketing people of respective films from different parts of the world. I was also the Vice President of Education at PolyU Toastmasters Club which is an International Speech Club and Peer mentor coordinator Peer Mentoring programme. 

Apart from that would be to organise the non local orientation with other students. Its always an exciting feeling to meet and welcome new students from all around the world. In polyU, I understood the importance of seeking out new opportunities.  There are so many presented presented to me, beyond my course, and I can learn something from all these experiences.  

PuReaNae Jang

Hotel Management, South Korea (Graduate)

As often described, Hong Kong is a city where east meets west.  The city has established a strong presence in the World University Rankings by providing a stimulating "intellectual environment" and genuine learning opportunities. Universities in Hong Kong are welcoming and highly supportive to international students.  English is used as the primary medium of instruction at universities, and various scholarships and sponsorships are made available to international students.

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.

Andreas Fransson

Fashion and Textile, Sweden (Graduate)

Fashion and Textile Technology programme at PolyU has given me a deep insight into the overall fashion and textile industry in Hong Kong and globally. It also provided me with the technical knowledge of related applications in the industry and business world.

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

The PolyU Entry Scholarship I am currently on fully subsidises my academic school fees. 

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. 

Manon Maria Anna Petronella

Management, Netherlands

I majored in Management and embarked on an internship in a logistics company. From day one, I wanted to demonstrate that I am eager and open to learn new things and that I am able to logically apply my existing knowledge to different situations. 

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. 

Jack Zhang

Civil Engineering, Chinese Mainland

I tool the service learning subject "Educating Rural Farmers on Healthier Food Production". I have been to Heyuan, Guangdong in China to implement crops promotion service project. 

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

Accountancy, Malaysia

My internship in Shanghai was an interesting and inspiring experience. During my time there, I discovered a lot about my strengths and weaknesses, as well as how to maintain my advantages and address challenges. I believe my experience will help me a lot in learning the finance-related courses, because I obtained the basic knowledge about the operation of financial market which assists me in understanding the financial theories.

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. 

Benyada Jarungjitsunthon

International Shipping and Transport Logistics, Thailand

Freshmen Seminar class is very useful class in my 1st year. It not only helps me adjust myself from high school’s life to university’s life, but also allows me to explore more the world of business since I am being a freshman. Business plan project from this class is one of the most challenging things I have ever done and this would not go well if I did not have such a good professor giving me many pieces of advice. This ignites me the entrepreneurship instinct in myself and cannot wait to learn more the business facets from PolyU!

Life in Hong Kong and PolyU is pretty challenging yet fun to me. I had to learn to adapt myself a lot to Chinese culture and learn how to speak Chinese as well. At first, I thought language barrier is going to be a large problem while I stay here…but it is not. Every people here, my friends, professors or even janitors at my hall are very nice and warmly welcome as well as help me.