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Wanderlust with a Purpose

Wanderlust with a Purpose

As a master’s student in Education, Wayne Siu joined the Cross-Industry Discovery Tour in Tokyo, a programme offered under the CEDARS Global Career Springboard Scheme. It facilitated students to have an insider’s view of the Japanese workplace. Furthermore, it was stripped back to the basics. Having been to Japan for more than twelve times, instead of the glamour presented to tourists, a new side of Japanese culture was uncovered to Wayne. The programme targeted multiple industries and their localized protocols, facilitating know-how for students who aspire to work in Japan. The ‘land of the rising sun’ is an enigma awaiting the arrival of inquisitive minds.

Wayne was particularly impressed by his visit to Rikkyo University (RU). He found students of RU extremely active and engaged in discussions. In his opinion, the small class teaching setting provided an intimate atmosphere to encourage the flow of ideas. HKU delegates delivered a presentation on the history, motto and hall culture of HKU. Additionally, Wayne was inspired by the international caliber, advanced facilities and student quality of RU.

After the trip, he submitted a paper on the future of higher education in Hong Kong. A blueprint of Hong Kong’s future – the development and investment in more private institutions has been set in motion. Wayne described his experience as “intrinsic”, something that one cannot learn from books. The programme had a purpose of encouraging cross-cultural examination between Hong Kong and Japan. Participants representing both universities found it a tremendous success. Wayne also offered an anecdote where a Japanese undergraduate spoke of her ambition to complete a PhD in HKU. Overall, he strongly encourages students from all levels of study to join this study tour, because of three reasons: unbeatable pricing, inter-university exchange and exposure to Japanese employers. A holistic trio that would increase one’s international reach - what’s not to enjoy?

Written by:
Teresa Chung
Year 1, Faculty of Social Sciences
June 2018

Wanderlust with a Purpose