One of my all-time favorite projects: HKUST Summer Institute

HKUSTSI2016

HKUST Summer Institute for Senior Secondary School Students
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
2011 – 2016

This was the first program I had ever launched for HKUST and definitely one of my all-time favorites.  There was no similar program in Hong Kong when we launched it but you will find almost every university in Hong Kong has a program more or less like this one today.  The program targeted at senior high school students and gave them a taster experience of what it’s like to be a university student.  It was very well-received by high school students, their parents, teachers and principals alike.  After the first intake, it became a popular program among high school students and one of the most anticipated summer programs in Hong Kong.  The program was also one of the largest in scale among summer programs of its kind.  From 2011 to 2016, it had hosted over 3,000 high school students from Hong Kong as well as other countries.

Most of the students who joined the 1st intake of this program have either graduated from university last year or are graduating this year.  I can’t explain the feelings watching them grow through one chapter of their lives to another – it’s that mixed feeling of a lot of joy and a bit of worry, kind of like a parent seeing their children turn from a baby to an adult!  Some of the kids I met on this program had chosen HKUST for their undergraduate studies (the rate of program participants returning to HKUST for their UG studies is 25% by the way), and I’d feel especially accomplished when they told me it was because how they had enjoyed this program when they were still in high school. Coincidentally, a few of the HKUST students that I’m working with on my current project were also participants of the Summer Institute. Isn’t that amazing or what?!

P.S. I picked the 2016 poster to show here because it was designed by me 🙂

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