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Kenny Ngo is a junior studying management information systems in the Carlson School of Management. He received the Red Pocket Scholarship to study at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology during Spring 2015.

Here is what he had to say about his experience:

All in all, I am fortunate to study at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). I put in lots of effort to learn from local students and build solid relationships with faculty and staff. I took a diverse set of courses ranging from intellectual property law to environmental business strategy. These were courses that I felt would benefit me and were not offered back at my home university. I was lucky to have amazing professors in all five courses. In particular, I was able to have frequent talks with two professors – Dr. Paul Forster (Strategy Professor) and Dr. Percy Dias (Information Systems BBA Coordinator). One honor was being invited to the Student-Staff Liaison Committee meeting in April to discuss the IS curriculum at HKUST. The IS field is a passion of mine and to have the chance to share my thoughts was rewarding and insightful. In addition, I learned more about doing business in the East and saw the opportunities available if I were to return to Asia in the future.

Aside from academics, the friendships that I have made with both local and exchange students is what made leaving Hong Kong difficult. Little that I know I would become emotional when I said my final goodbyes. The weekends of having hotpots, taking ferries around the harbour, and learning from this international community were now memories. I will cherish this experience and know that the connection does not stop here. I now have friends from around the world.

Thank you again to both the China Center and donors for making this possible. This was one of the best experiences of my undergraduate career. Hong Kong was my home for four months. It is part of my past and identity. Thank you for taking the time to read my story. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in learning more about HKUST (academics, student life, involvement) and life in Hong Kong.