Three undergraduate students from City University of Hong Kong, all from the College of Business, won the HSBC Greater Bay Area (Hong Kong) Scholarship, receiving HK$80,000 each for pursuing studies, internships, or activities that can help them fulfil their career aspirations in the Greater Bay Area (GBA). The scholarship results were announced at the annual HSBC Scholars Day on 20 July 2021.
The scholarship is the first of its kind to help the younger generation gain real-life experience and prepare for careers in the fast-growing GBA. This year, 35 students from 10 universities and tertiary institutions in Hong Kong have been awarded the Scholarship. In addition to the funding, awardees will be offered mentorship opportunities with HSBC executives and networking events with leaders in financial services in the GBA to broaden their social and professional circles.
Awardee Tommy Tang Man-chung, a year 4 student studying BBA Finance thinks that the GBA is the main economic growth engine in Mainland China. He plans to establish his asset management firm in the GBA in the future, with focuses on green energy and innovation technology. “I will take the CFA and FRM examinations and contribute back to the HSBC scholars community where I can equip myself with the soft and technical skill, expand my professional network, and get inspired by innovative ideas,” he added.
Another awardee Austin Lo Wing-hei, year 3 student of BBA Global Business Systems Management, said, “This scholarship is the best encouragement and recognition of my dedication to develop my Fintech start-up in the GBA. I plan to use the scholarship to pursue professional development particularly in the green finance field, I will also pursue qualifications such as FRM and CFA. Part of the money will be spent on initialising my start-up in Shenzhen.”
Lai Ho-ching, also a year 3 students of BBA Global Business Systems Management, shared that she gained deeper understanding of Chinese cultural and technology development through study tour, internship and exchange experience in China. She said, “The GBA has an enormous potential as cities in the region can support and complement one other. I plan to pursue a master's degree in geoinformation science or cultural management in the future, and to acquire professional knowledge in smart city and cultural development.”