Departmental Web-Site: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/ef/

Vol. 2, No. 1, August 2004

Editors: To Ming Ho, Keiko Shinohara    Editorial Support: Chris Chu, Ryan Man, Mark Tsui
If you have any inquiries or comments related to the newsletter, please contact Ms. Lily Yeung at +852 2788 8804 or eflailee@cityu.edu.hk

New Scholarships for First-Year Students

 

To expand the pool of scholarships for outstanding students, the Department of Economics and Finance (EF) has established a new Departmental scholarship scheme for its first-year BBA students in Business Economics, Finance, and Financial Engineering in the academic year 2003-2004. Fifteen scholarships, each with a value of HK$5,000, were awarded to students who achieved outstanding academic performance in the first semester of their first year of study (see photos).
Left to Right: Professor Yu, Yung Mei Yee, Wong Chung Ming, Wong Choi Kwan, Ng Shing Yip, Lo Sze Sze, Li Ching Yiu, Leung Wai Wa

On March 18, 2004, the scholarship winners of the academic year 2003-2004 were announced at the University Scholarship and Prize Presentation Ceremony. Professor Eden Yu, Head of the Department, presented the Departmental awards to fifteen undergraduate scholarship recipients: Chan Ching Man, Cheung Chung Hang, Fung Ka Yan Joyce, Ho Chi Shing, Kwok Tsz Lun, Lai Wing Yee, Lam Tsz Hung, Leung Wai Wa Terry, Li Ching Yiu, Lo Sze Sze, Ng Shing Yip, Wong Choi Kwan, Wong Chung Ming, Yip Kwun Chung Alfred, and Yung Mei Yee; and five postgraduate scholarship winners: Baup Pascal Alain Joel, Ho Kum Loon Patrick, Lau Chi Kin, Li Jing, and Tang Hon Kit; in the EF Department.

 


Left to Right: Professor Yu, Lam Tsz Hung, Lai Wing Yee, Kwok Tsz Lun, Ho Chi Shing, Fung Ka Yan, Cheung Chung Hang, Chan Ching Man
In addition, the following twenty-two students received scholarships from various donors: Au Ka Wai, Chan Tsang Shing, Cheung Wai Hing, Fan Jiale, Lui Chui Ying, Ng Pik Kam, Yang Shijia, Yeung Ka Man Theresa, Zhang Yuting, and Zhou Jun (Bank of China Hong Kong Charitable Foundation); Baup Pascal Alain Joel (BNP Paribas Peregrine); Chan Yan Kit Kenny (Reuters Foundation); Cheung Kin Yan and Lau Chun Sing (Principal Insurance); Cheung Wai Hing (Arthur M Chan); Cheung Wai Hing (Hang Seng Bank); Kwong Wai Kin (K Y Sham); Lau Chun Sing, Law Wai Chung, and Tam Suet Yee (Bank of Communications); Ng Pik Kam (Chiap Hua Cheng’s Foundation); Zhou Jun (Hong Kong Jockey Club).

If you are interested in making a donation for the EF scholarship fund, please contact Ms. Lily Yeung at +852 2788 8804 or eflailee@cityu.edu.hk. See also the related story below.

 

Fund Raised

Early this year, subsequent to the Departmental fund raising efforts in connection with CityU’s “Turn One to Five Dollars” fundraising campaign this spring, EF received donations of HK$37,620 by the end of April 2004. Every dollar contribution will be matched by additional funds from the sponsors and the University Grants Committee to generate a multiple sum of donations. This enables the Department to beef up its scholarship fund and better support its students’ learning in the future. As fundraising is now an on-going activity, your contribution and continued support are always welcome.
我在大學一年級的學習心得

 

 
修讀預科的兩年裏,我一直找不到一個有效而適合自己的讀書方法,令我感到十分無助和氣餒。每當遇到不明白的地方,都只是活剝生吞的強記腦中,應付考試。這方法的成效當然不太理想,更令我失去因獲得知識的滿足感。
黎詠儀 (工商管理學士 -- 金融系一年級學生)

 升上大學,一切事物都是全新的體驗。與此同時,我發覺到身邊部份的同學對會計和經濟等學科已有一定的認知,令讀理科的我更為茫然。為免重蹈覆轍,我為自己定下新目標,並改變以往的學習模式和態度。每當有不明白的地方,我會劃下記號,然後翻看參考書尋找答案,也會向同學和導師請教,問個明白。當然不是每次也能順利找到答案,有時或會找到不同的結果而感到困惑,但我不會因此而放棄,反而會嘗試分析,辨別對錯。這一切都幫助我去理解和學習,漸漸地,我開始掌握那些新知識,同時亦讓我再次重拾久遺了的滿足感。

 

 

筆記、參考書以外,報紙亦成了我的學習工具。報紙上的時事、經濟,機構行政專訪都與我所讀的息息相關。每當細看,也會發現課堂上曾提及的理論,這不單加深我的記憶,還讓我從中學習如何將理論實踐,所以從前被我認為浪費時間的報紙,今天已成了我每天的讀物。

除了上課讀書以外,我希望能在大學裏有一些新嘗試(如上莊),不過這令時間變得更緊迫。為了兼顧兩者,在這半年間,我學懂了好好分配有限的時間,如把握乘車、等候的時間作備課、溫習之用。這緊迫的生活的確令我感到疲累,但我仍會堅持到底,盡量在兩者之間取得平衡。

上大學後,我體會到學習是重質不重量這道理,它注重的是如何讀得通、讀得透,而不是時間上的長短。能在考試中取得好成績固然高興,但我更相信真正學懂和活用所學才是學習的真正意義,這比好成績來得重要和滿足。

 

Highlights of Learning Activities

Ø            Internship

In summer of 2004, nineteen EF students worked as interns in various organizations in China and Taiwan. Ng Man Chun and Tse Hing did their internship with Kuo Hua Life(國華人壽保險股份有限公司)in Taiwan; Chan Ka Man, Chiu Ping Yuen, Lee Chun Pang and Leung King Shing with Hebei Baofeng Wire & Cable (Group) Company Limited(河北寶豐線纜集團有限公司)in Hebei; Chow Chi Fung and Zhuang Ziyin with Ping An Insurance Company Limited(平安保險集團有限公司)in Shanghai; and Choi Ka Wing and Lui Ho Kit with Tianjin TEDA Investment Holdings Company Limited(天津泰達投資有限公司)in Tianjin.

Ø           Student Exchange

In academic year 2003-2004, four EF students joined the Departmental exchange program. Two students (Leung Nim Lung and Ng Kwun Wa) went to Shanghai Jiaotong University(上海交通大學)and the other two (Lo Yan Yee and Pang Chun Wai) studied in Lingnan College of Zhongzhan University(中山大學).

Ø            Non-local Student Group

A new student group has recently been set up for non-local students comprising mainland and overseas students studying in the EF department. The purpose of the group is to help these students adapt to the new study environment, life style and local culture, and provide them with both academic and life-oriented assistance.

Ø            與熊秉元教授漫步經濟

Professor Hsiung Bingyuan, a noted writer and columnist, conducted a six-week reading program for about twenty students in Semester B, 2003-2004. The aim is to teach students how to apply theoretical economic knowledge in their daily life through reading and discussing a number of books in economics and other disciplines.

Ø            Pearl River Delta

Several staff members and twenty students joined this study tour to the Pearl River Delta. They visited Shenzhen Virtual University Park, Dongguan Nokia Mobile Phones Company Limited, and Shenzhen Book City. After the visit, most students felt that they gained better knowledge and understanding of the new developments in this rapidly growing region.  

Ø            Hiking in the Woods

The hike was held on 3 April 2004 to the gorgeous Dragon's Back (near Shek O of the Hong Kong Island). About fifty students, alumni and staff participated in this hiking activity. This provided an opportunity for participants to know each other better, and to exchange their views on teaching, learning and other matters.

Ø            Career Enhancement Project

The project helped students to identify their career goals and work towards them. Students commented that the skills and knowledge that they learnt were useful and practical for their future career.

 

 

Recent Teaching and Learning Activities

 

Orientation

l            First Mentor-Mentee Meeting, 16 Aug 2003

l            EF Department Student Orientation 2003, 30 Aug 2003

l            Welcoming Party for New EF Students and New Teaching Staff, 15 Sep 2003

Learning Support

l            Supplemental Instruction (SI) Scheme (FB2400, Sem. A, 2003/04; and FB2401, Sem. B, 2003/04)

l            Staff-Student Consultative Meeting, 14 Oct 2003 and 24 Feb 2004

l            Pearl River Delta Study Tour, 18 Oct 2003

l            Sharing Moment of an Exchange Student & His Mother from Denmark, 30 Oct 2003

l            Student Exchange Sharing: Students from Lingnan College of Zhongshan University (中山大學), 19 Dec 2003

l            Adventure Training Program, 30-31 Dec 2003

l            Second and Third Year BBA Scholarship Winners Sharing: “How I Learn?”, Sem. A, 2003/04

l            經濟散文閱讀計劃與熊秉元教授漫步經濟, 19 Feb - 25 Mar 2004

l            Sharing Seminar on China Student Exchange Program, 11 Mar 2004

l            Meeting Leader: Professor Chan Shunyuen Kenneth, 12 Mar 2004

l            Hiking in the Woods, 3 Apr 2004

l            Article Sharing: “What I have gained from attending the economics module of the Asia-Pacific Research Workshop”, Shared by an Accounting PhD student, 28 May 2004

l            First Year BBA Scholarship Winners Sharing: “How I learned and obtained good GPA score in the first semester of my first year study", Sem. B, 2003/04

l            Sharing from a Research Degree Scholarship Winner: “How I do research for my PhD?”, Sem. B, 2003/04

Career Preparation

l            Career Enhancement Project, Summer 2003

l            Job Hunting Workshop (Summer 2003), 9 Jun – 1 Aug 2003

l            Dinner Seminar: “How I obtained my first job in the present difficult times?” Experience Sharing by 2003 EF BBA Graduates, 24 Oct 2003

l            Career Support Program – VBA Applied Finance Project, 19 Dec 2003 – 21 Jan 2004

l            Workshop on Managing Your Early Career and Job Search, 20 Dec 2003 – 20 Jan 2004

l            Money Concepts Internship Program, 22 Dec 200310 Jan 2004

l            Recruitment Talk on Personal Financial Services by American International Group (AIG), 16 Mar 2004

Alumni

l            Experience Sharing from a BBA (Finance) Graduate of 2002 “Working in Xinjiang”, Nov 2003

l            Spring Dinner for MSc Students and Alumni, 8 Feb 2004

l            Sharing from a BBA Graduate who was pursuing a MBA in Tsinghua University (清華大學), Sem. A, 2003/04

 

Announcement

Starting from 1 August 2004, the website of the “Virtual Learning Support Centre” has been renamed as “EF’s Co-curricular Learning Centre”. As the website contains mainly EF’s co-curricular learning activities including orientation, learning support, and career preparation, the new name above can therefore better represent the nature of the website.

 

Details of the teaching and learning activities listed above can be found in the website “EF’s Co-curricular Learning Centre”, located in the Departmental website http://www.cityu.edu.hk/ef/ under the column “Teaching”.  You are welcome to visit the website.