Where Friendships from Around the World Formed

HKUSTISP2015

International Summer Exchange Program
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
2012 – 2015

This was the second program I launched for HKUST.  Before 2012, the university only had exchange programs in the Spring and Fall Semesters.  The summer exchange allowed a study abroad experience for those who wouldn’t be able to go on exchange in regular semesters due to financial or other reasons.  I only had 4 months’ time from conceptualizing to implementation of the first intake.  The program was well-organized and had ample opportunities for students to take part in cultural activities and mingle with local students.  The number of students grew annually to have reached over 400 in 2015.

For me, the first year was the most challenging yet most enjoyable.  Given the short amount of time to put a program together, that year had the least number of only 66 participants, but because of the relatively small number it felt more cozy and everyone involved on the program formed a much tighter bond.  Nevertheless, it was a pleasure to have met students from around the world and made friends with them.  It was a true delight to witness the forming of friendships and even a few romances there wink

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