Meet PolyU’s outstanding students
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To inspire our students to thrive in academic as well as non-academic pursuits and foster their whole-person development, PolyU organises the Outstanding Students Award Scheme annually. The Award recognises full-time final-year undergraduates who have demonstrated academic excellence, strong leadership abilities, active participation in extra-curricular activities, extensive community service, and positive personal traits.
For the 2022/23 academic year, a total of 28 students were recognised as outstanding students. Among them, nine were selected at the faculty/school level. The Most Outstanding PolyU Student Award of the Year went to Ms Shah Muskan Sunish from the School of Fashion and Textiles. These students are all high-flyers and shining examples of PolyU’s commitment to nurturing all-round future leaders for society.
Awardees of the Outstanding Student Award 2022
The Most Outstanding PolyU Student
I have enjoyed watching the story of my university life unfold before me, with both ups and downs to make me the lifelong learner I am today. I entered as a novice, facing hurdles, completely clueless about Hong Kong’s culture. Learning from those around me, I did my best to make my journey fruitful, taking as many opportunities as possible along the way.
Muskan has had an eye for fashion and has stayed on top of fashion trends since childhood. In high school, she became interested in the fashion retail industry. She believed sustainable fashion was the future trend and that it was possible to strike a balance between fashion, the economy and environmental protection.
At PolyU, Muskan has had many opportunities to pursue her passion. For instance, she was selected as a Fellow of the Millennium Fellowship programme organised by the United Nations Academic Impact and Millennium Campus Network. She also co-founded an Instagram page called ‘Rethinking Fashion’ to promote sustainable fashion in the campus community with her like-minded friends.
Muskan plans to work in the local fashion industry after graduation. She believes that Hong Kong’s fashion market is full of potential.
Outstanding Student Awardees of Faculty/School
Faculty of Business
The group leaders in the non-local student orientation programme gave me valuable advice when I joined as a freshman. Their warm-hearted companionship helped me adapt quickly to the new living and study environment, and motivated me to serve as a group leader in the following year, to provide support and care to new students.
Faculty of Construction and Environment
I am grateful for the various learning opportunities provided by PolyU. Through the research internship at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, I realised the unlimited potential of remote sensing in environmental monitoring, particularly in forestry, wildfire, and species modelling, which helped shape my future research directions.
Faculty of Engineering
At PolyU, I had the opportunity to conduct research related to my interest. The academic exchange programme in Canada gave me the chance to explore the world and experience a different culture and teaching style. I joined a robotics lab as a research assistant at McGill University, which inspired me to further explore unmanned vehicles.
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
The ample learning resources provided by my Faculty and Department have equipped me with solid knowledge and helped me develop my professional competence as a proficient occupational therapist. With the abundant opportunities provided by the University, I have made use of every moment to strive for constant self-improvement.
Faculty of Humanities
I received valuable opportunities to study various branches of linguistics systematically, participate in different research projects, and familiarise myself with diverse cutting-edge techniques in modern language studies. At PolyU, I have been learning and researching in the field of linguistics, and realised how interesting language studies can be.
Faculty of Science
One of the most fantastic experiences I had was the summer exchange at Exeter College of the University of Oxford, where I got a taste of world-class education and met so many lovely people from around the world. After graduation, I plan to pursue a PhD in Physics and eventually become a faculty member in the university.
School of Design
Not only did I learn professional knowledge from lectures at PolyU, but I also developed new skills and broadened my horizons from other valuable experiences, which I am sure will enable me to achieve my aspiration of being a responsible designer who brings positive change to people’s lives.
School of Hotel and Tourism Management
I have broadened my industry network and insights through various opportunities such as the exchange programme at Yonsei University, Korea and the six-month Work-Integrated Education internship at the International Conference Consultants Limited. I aspire to become an industry leader who inspires the next generation with vision, since I foresee nurturing talents as my life-long mission.
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