A year of highlights
HKUST Alumni Association put together a scintillating array of events this year. In March, alumni had the privilege of visiting companies like Tencent and Admaster in Beijing to gain a deeper understanding of the technology industry in the Mainland and share their own experience, too.
The exclusive Young Master Brewery tour in May was a highlight of the Alumni Engagement Team's calendar. The highly informative beer tasting session was a great way to experience the craft beer culture while cooling down on a hot weekend!
Enthusiastic volunteers rolled up their sleeves to serve the community by cleaning, polishing, and painting homes for the elderly and low-income families in Sau Mau Ping in May. The event was co-organized by the Community Service Team and Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong.
In August, they bid farewell to the former HKUST president, Professor Tony Chan, and expressed their gratitude to him for his steadfast support over the years.
Alumni, staff, faculty members, and students got their running shoes on to participate in various races at the Standard Chartered HK Marathon in January. Team HKUST again demonstrated their persistence and the "1-HKUST" spirit, congratulating each other at the booth near the finish line afterwards. A big thank you to Li-Ning Company Ltd for sponsoring the team T-shirts!
Fun with the family
The Lee Shau Kee Business Building was filled with carnival fun and laughter on May 1 for Alumni Family Day hosted by the Business School. Hundreds gathered to enjoy fun games, handicraft stations, photography workshops, a bouncy castle, and a colorful LEGO® brick-building area. Business School Dean Professor Kar Yan Tam officiated the exciting lucky draw of LEGO®-sponsored gifts. Two days later, the School invited MBA alumnus Oscar Lee, columnist and principal anchor of Now TV, to lead a parenting talk to more than 100 alumni parents and parents-to-be. Have a look at the photos here!
Equipping the next generation
HKUST is dedicated to providing resources to advance STEM education in primary and secondary schools. In April, alumni teachers met with Professor King Chow, who is leading a STEM@HKUST outreach initiative, to exchange ideas about how to better support schools in the area. An interactive platform was recently launched to help spark junior high students' inquisitiveness and support local STEM teachers in Hong Kong.
Making a splash
This season was a rewarding one for the Alumni Dragon Boat Club. They relocated their training base to Tuen Mun and learned new techniques from a coach who used to be a fisherman in Tai O. Under his guidance, they achieved remarkable results - winning two championships and second runner-up at the Sai Kung and Stanley races. On the day of the Dragon Boat Festival in Sha Tin, they got their first ever gold medal, plus two bronze medals!
In July, members and their families celebrated the Club's 10th anniversary on campus, cheering on another decade of success.
Hole in one
Members enjoyed an entertaining golf day organized by the Alumni Golf Club at Kau Sai Chau in November 2017. They played their favorite Texas Scramble and other games, such as Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive. Afterwards, they sat down to a well-earned seafood dinner in Sai Kung to wrap up the day.
Bouncing to victory
Members of the Alumni Table Tennis Club brought home the Outstanding Group Award, plus a bronze medal in the men's singles, at the National Business School EMBA Table Tennis Invitation 2017. Their hard work has paid off, and they are determined to achieve even better results in future!
Wining and dining
Glasses clinked in celebration of the Alumni Wine Association's first anniversary in April. At their annual general meeting, President Jennifer Luk highlighted the activities and achievements of the past year. Afterwards, they enjoyed a delectable menu, paired with a wide selection of wines sponsored by California Wine Hong Kong and Decanter Asia Wine Awards, at their Spring Dinner. They are looking forward to many more wine tastings and social events in the coming year - all HKUST wine enthusiasts are welcome!
Across the border
To strengthen relationships among members in the Mainland, the EMBA Alumni Association is introducing several programs and new chapters. They held inauguration ceremonies of the North China Chapter in Beijing and the Zhejiang Chapter in Hangzhou, and welcomed the 4th session of committee led by Xu Wen Wei this year.
New faces, new plans
The MBA Alumni Association's Annual Dinner in April welcomed 120 alumni, friends, and committee members from partnering organizations, including Professor K C Chan. Together, they celebrated the inauguration of the new executive council comprising 12 members. The new president, Thomas Ng, presented the Association's mission and 2018-19 plan, which includes a series of engaging events, such as workshops, seminars, joint gatherings, and fitness activities. This spring, they hosted an advanced presentation skills training and a virtual reality industry seminar showcasing the latest games.
Learning at lunch
To provide alumni and students with insights about working in different industries, the Engineering Enterprise Management Alumni Association launched a "Luncheon with Professionals" series from February to April. Alumni of different walks of life shared their experience of job searching and career development in small group settings for in-depth discussion. In view of the overwhelming response, the Association plans to make it an annual signature event going forward.
A home from home
Over the years, the Mainland Alumni Association has been dedicated to bringing together alumni from the Mainland who have stayed in Hong Kong after graduation. The Clear Water Bay Forums on blockchain in February and biotechnology in June were a great success and the Association has organized monthly happy hour gatherings since July. September's exco inauguration ceremony marked a particularly big milestone. Join them and meet new friends from HKUST!
The Alumni Career Sharing and Homecoming Day was held in March and saw alumni coming together for a fun night on campus and sharing valuable career development advice with students. This has been the Environmental Management and Technology Alumni Association's signature annual event since its inception in 2013.
Members of the Mechanical Engineering Graduates' Association learned about wastewater treatment at the Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works in March, where an engineer from the Drainage Services Department talked them through the planned relocation to caverns. In June, they visited the Science Park to learn about the micro-algae bioreactor, the automatic refuse collection system, the cooling system, the service tunnel, and more. Stay tuned for upcoming events!