The first trip will see 14 students from the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment travel to Hong Kong this June, where they will undertake a combination of work shadowing, seminars and workshops offered by University of Westminster alumni. The experience has been made possible with funding from the Quintin Hogg Trust and the generous support of Westminster alumni living in Hong Kong.
Speaking about the programme Professor Alex Hughes, Deputy Vice–Chancellor for Global Engagement, said: “The undergraduate students – many of whom have never travelled to Asia – will be exposed to expertise and work shadowing sessions offered by our Architecture and Construction alumni in Hong Kong, providing the rare opportunity to gain insight into working life in one of the busiest urban hubs in the world.”
Future iterations of the ‘Westminster Working Cultures’ programme will provide current students with the chance to experience work life in a number of major world cities, including Mumbai, Beijing and Washington DC, over the coming years. These trips are in addition to the AlSadi Changing Lives programme which currently offers students a cultural exchange experience in Amman, Jordan.
Professor Alex Hughes added: “Industry related international experience is of enormous benefit to students preparing for graduate working life, and offering our students this sort of experience - highly valued by graduate employers - is a central priority for the University.”
Applications will open over the summer for future ‘Westminster Working Cultures’ programmes, including another trip to Hong Kong in September 2017.
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.
Cover Photo: Members of the Westminster Alumni Community in Hong Kong with staff from the the UK Alumni Office and Professor Alexandra Hughes (far right).