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    Stories of 2011 graduates

    Learning — no longer a lonely road

    Jenny Lai Wai-chun
    Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature

    On graduation day, Jenny Lai Wai-chun stood solemnly in her graduation gown in the congregation hall. Filled with a mix of emotions, she wanted to cry but felt happy. ‘At last I did it — completing a university education!’ she said.

    Jenny was born physically challenged. She needs a walking stick for support. Yet in her journey through education, there wasn’t much support she could find. A newcomer from the mainland, she underwent a major operation when she was a secondary school student. The long stay at the hospital afterwards affected her studies. This, together with the challenges of a new environment, made Jenny lose confidence.

    Yet Jenny never forgot the encouraging words from one of her secondary school teachers. In fact, they became the driving force for her to pursue further studies. She used the money she earned working as a clerk to pay for three years of study at the OUHK. She enjoyed studying at the OUHK and the good relationships she had with the teachers. One of the tutors even volunteered to help her with her studies. Jenny liked attending tutorials. For the same subject, she would even attend the tutorials given by different tutors to benefit from different teaching approaches.

    Jenny is now preparing for the PSC Putonghua Proficiency Test. She would like to develop a career teaching the language. She recalled what one Putonghua tutor once said, ‘Don’t compare yourself with others. Find the way that most suits you.’ To those teachers at the OUHK who offered her great support, Jenny gives her heartfelt thanks.


    In continuous pursuit of the greatest form of wealth

    Kevin Chan Lai-sin
    Bachelor of General Studies

    Kevin Chan Lai-sin grew up in a grassroots family. After completing his Form 5 education, he worked for the MTR and studied design part-time. He entered the design industry once he had obtained the relevant qualifications. He is now the design director of the design centre he established, employing more than 200 staff members.

    To Kevin, knowledge is the greatest form of wealth. With the hope of learning more about different disciplines, he enrolled in the OUHK’s Bachelor of General Studies programme in 2006 and graduated in December last year.

    Kevin said the high-quality course materials and the professional tutors had inspired him to study hard. He was also impressed by the persistence and stamina of OUHK students. He met many who were studying simply to gain knowledge, not for higher qualifications or better career prospects. For that reason, he always gives preference to OUHK graduates when recruiting staff.

    His enjoyable learning experience motivated him to pursue further studies. He has started an early childhood education programme, a psychology programme and a Master’s level business administration programme. Kevin encourages his colleagues to pursue lifelong learning and he has become a role model for them.


    Practical and flexible learning

    Robert Lau Chi-ching
    Master of Laws in Chinese Business Law

    Robert Lau Chi-ching embarked on the OUHK’s Master of Laws in Chinese Business Law programme in 2008 and just obtained the degree in December last year.

    Robert planned to pursue further studies after obtaining his Master of Science in China Business Studies degree at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2007. As his work as a company director required frequent travel to the mainland, Robert would have to lead a very busy life, balancing work and study. He finally decided to turn to the OUHK and enrol in the law programme, which is delivered in the e-learning mode.

    Robert said that the OUHK programme allowed students to benefit from real-time lectures and tutorials, view videotaped lectures and seminars, and take part in discussion forums and video conferencing without needing to travel to the University. He also highly commended the programme for its practicality and extensive use of up-to-date case studies. The tutorials were conducted by practicising legal professionals. He also found that the practical knowledge of Chinese business law that he gained enhanced his management and communication skills.

    The flexibility of the programme allowed Robert to manage his studies well despite his busy schedule, even with the arrival of a baby boy.

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