Rita Lam Lok-yan
Bachelor of Social Sciences in China Studies
Rita Lam Lok-yan is undeniably a role model for lifelong learning, as she has never ceased to study in the past 20 years. She started studying part-time to gain better career prospects when she was younger, and she studied again for personal interest when her career is well established and on track.
After obtaining a business diploma at a technical institute, Rita started her career in marketing and has continued to enrich herself through studying. She became a Chartered Marketer and obtained a Master’s degree in Marketing from England in 2001. This year, she completed the Bachelor of Social Sciences in China Studies from the OUHK, which is the 6th qualification she obtained.
Rita realised the importance of time management during her studies, and found OUHK’s flexible study modes very suitable for her. “As I can now relax and go easy about my job, I really hope to slow down and enjoy learning. Since I need to travel to the Mainland quite often, I don’t think I will be able to complete the programme if there is restriction on the length of study.” There is no doubt that OUHK’s flexible programme design is the answer to the diverse needs of different people.
Rita also likes to study for her interests. She took interest in drama since 1999. Having taken up roles at both the front and back stage, she thought about learning more about the theories and skills of translation so as to expand the script choices for the troupe. Knowing that her company participated in the OUHK’s “Employer Support Study Scheme” which offered discounted tuition to employees, Rita decided to enroll in the Bachelor of language and translation programme in 2002.
Rita completed the programme in 2008, but unfortunately the troupe was disbanded. Although she could not apply what she learnt she found that her improved language skills significantly helped her in her work, and she is particularly grateful for the devoted guidance of the tutors. Rita then joined Sowers Action as a volunteer worker, assisting the underprivileged and disabled children in rural China to look for learning opportunities. This voluntary service requires her to be in frequent contact with the Education Department in Mainland, and therefore she moved on to obtain the Bachelor’s degree in China Studies so as to know more about Chinese culture and current happenings in China. Rita said that the programme enabled her to have a more comprehensive understanding of the development of China from a micro and neutral point of view. The knowledge she learnt has widened her horizon. It also makes her communication with Mainland organisations more effective, and helped her to devise the communication and fundraising strategies for the charity.
Rita’s next move is to start a new learning journey in Child Psychology, which she hopes would help to bring positive changes to needy children.