From 10-19 September, nine Westminster undergraduates had the opportunity to visit Hong Kong, where they undertook a combination of workplace visits, seminars, workshops, Alumni Q&A sessions as well as cultural trips around the city offered by the University of Westminster’s Alumni and Outward Mobility Teams.
This trip was made possible with the generous support of Westminster Social Sciences alumnus Mr Trevor Yang (Cover picture: at the back in the middle of the group photo). Mr Yang welcomed the students to Hong Kong over dinner on their first evening and hosted an exclusive alumni reception at the Hong Kong Club to end their trip. During the event, the students thanked Mr Yang for his support and for sharing his knowledge and advice with them. The Quintin Hogg Trust and the University of Westminster Distant Horizons Awards also provided funding for the programme.
Throughout the week, the students got the chance to meet with Westminster alumni, now working for reputable companies in Hong Kong, and benefited from tours and visits to various businesses including Bloomberg Media, What if events agency, and the design, interiors and architecture company, Lead 8.
The programme also offered students cultural trips to The Peak, Happy Valley and the Night Markets.
Professor Stephen Brookhouse, who took part of the trip, gave an architecture walking tour across the city giving students an insight into Hong Kong’s innovative and outstanding architectural heritage.
Student Julian Montoya-Vallejo, who took part of the trip, said: “Coming to Hong Kong has opened my eyes to a range of industries and job opportunities. I have learned how to better my chances of getting a job and found out what's expected if I were to work in Hong Kong. I am really grateful to the staff members and alumni I have met.”
Another student, Amanda Lavis, said about the trip: "I am so happy I made the effort to apply for the programme. It's a fascinating insight into another culture and I'm definitely having a great time. I feel like I have a lot of work to do on my CV once I get back to London!"
Located in the heart of London, the University of Westminster is an international institution embracing global engagement in all its forms. We have students from 165 countries, staff from across the world and a highly international alumni community. This diversity is supported by a rich mix of international partnerships in over 20 countries worldwide, and places particular emphasis on providing international opportunities for our students. Our research addresses global themes and is sustained by international collaborations further enhancing our global community.