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FAN Yumeng, Betty, BSocScEd(GCS) 2018 Graduate
FAN Yumeng, Betty, BSocScEd(GCS) 2018 Graduate

FAN Yumeng, Betty, BSocScEd(GCS) 2018 Graduate

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  My four years of undergraduate study in the GCS programme were fulfilling and rewarding. The major and elective courses I took covered a wide, but related range of disciplines, including sociology, international relations, social policy and political economy. In my second year, I participated in a field trip to Taiwan and Macao and learnt about identity issues of ethnic minorities. In my third year, I completed an internship at Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong, where I worked with an international team of experts to study housing problems in Hong Kong. The academic and extra-curricular activities in GCS provided me with professional knowledge in the social sciences, and the ability to think critically, write logically and speak persuasively. These skills enabled me to succeed in my internships in business, government and academia, and prepared me to take a postgraduate degree in the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Kim Tsui Ka-ho
Kim Tsui Ka-ho

Kim Tsui Ka-ho

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BSocScEd(GCS) Graduate (2012/13) After graduating from Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) in 2013, I subsequently joined Henderson Land Development Co. Ltd. as an Assistant Project coordinator. I have been taking part in different construction projects, such as residential projects, A&A works of commercial building and shopping centre renovation. This job has been very challenging for me since I did not possess any engineering knowledge. However, I do relish the challenge and am excited to learn new things on a daily basis. The undergraduate programme of Greater China Studies helped me become an ambitious learner, to be more presentable and detail-oriented. The undergraduate training brushed up my understanding of hot issues in Greater China as well as my generic skills. Professional knowledge can be learned on the job but schools are always the best training ground for critical thinkers. To me, an undergraduate degree is not the last stop of learning. However, it should be the place where the transition of being a “spoon-fed” learner to becoming a “self-learner takes place. My undergraduate training allowed me to be well equipped and offered possibilities everywhere. Determined to be a lifelong learner, I am now studying a Master Degree from The University of Hong Kong. I feel very thankful for being a graduate of this Programme.

Pat Tai
Pat Tai

Pat Tai

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BSocScEd(GCS) Graduate   The GCS Programme provided us with hands-on learning experience through working on various individual and team projects, especially the internship programme where I was assigned to work with the Civic Party during their 2012 legislative council election campaign. I had the opportunity to work with the council members and participated in both their frontline and back office operations, which included brainstorming different tactics for the campaign. It was one of the more precious experiences I had in my life. Most importantly, I thank Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) and the Lecturers who supported us and guided us to learn beyond the classroom.

Tim Tsz Wing-li
Tim Tsz Wing-li

Tim Tsz Wing-li

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Selfie of Tim Tsz Wing-li (far right) with fellow Dragonair Colleagues. BSocScEd(GCS) Graduate (2013/14)   My name is Tim or you can call me Tsz Wing. I graduated last year in 2014 and I am currently working as a flight attendant with Hong Kong Dragon Airline Limited (Dragonair). For me, Greater China Studies (GCS) is a knowledgeable and informative Programme, it contained a wide range of information on the Greater China region as well as offering an international perspective, and for example, the Programme covered history, politics and law study, pedagogy, gender study and the relationship on Greater China region. The Programme also included a variety of elective subjects to choose from depending on your own interest. For me, I selected some communication base subjects during each semester, such as interpersonal, teaching and workplace communication. This Programme helped broaden my vision and allowed me to train my critical thinking abilities through group discussions, group projects and individual assignments. Although the majority of the data can be found in reference books, academic papers or in the Internet, but in order to finish an academic project you are required to do a lot of group discussions, analysis and referencing with your team mates. As result, this Programme really enhances your personal abilities to work in a team setting. The communication electives were very useful in my daily life as a flight attendant because I always need to start a conversation with the passengers. The verbal and non-verbal communication skills that I learned helped to improve the quality of the conversations that I am engaged in, whether it is with my colleagues or passengers onboard. Lastly, I want to share some happy moments with all of you as a flight attendant. Cheers!

Au Ching Shan
Au Ching Shan

Au Ching Shan

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BSocScEd(GCS) Graduate (2013/14)   I graduated from GCS in 2014 and I am currently a postgraduate student at the University of Edinburgh in the U.K. GCS is more than a general undergraduate course which consists of interpersonal relations development and multi-skills building other that basic academic knowledge. Numerous opportunities are offered to GCS students from general course activities to uni-scale campaign. The courses of GCS Programme really aroused my interest in the academic field especially in social research and induced my intention to further my studies abroad as well as building up a ‘better me’!