A Graduate’s Giving Back
Ms. Florence Lai (front row, 4th from left), Alumni and Corporate Affairs Director, and Nelson Yip (front row, 5th from left), Founder and CEO of the China Hong Kong Culture Exchange Association, pose for a photo with over 30 young experiential learners at an inaugural dinner at Chung Chi College Staff Club
The CUHK Business School believes in the importance of social purpose and is committed to cultivating a socially responsible mindset among its graduates. One graduate who is putting social purpose into action is Nelson Yip (MBA 2004), Founder and CEO of the China Hong Kong Culture Exchange Association (CHKCEA), an NGO dedicated to fostering cultural exchange between Hong Kong and the mainland. At the start of this year, the CHKCEA organised a 7-day experiential learning trip in Hong Kong for over 30 young people from the Gengdan Institute of Beijing University of Technology. An inaugural dinner was held on 21 January at Chung Chi College Staff Club, with Ms. Florence Lai, Alumni and Corporate Affairs Director, attending on behalf of the Business School.
The experiential trip, with the theme “Innovation x Sustainability”, was designed to broaden the horizons of participants and set them on a path to becoming future change-makers. Students learned from leaders of Hong Kong’s finance, education, creative and non-profit sectors.
The programme began with a visit to a pioneering NGO: Uncle Ming of Sham Shui Po. The students were amazed by Dialogue in the Dark, visit to artists’ workshops in PMQ, as well as a guided tour of the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, complete with insights from CUHK honorary fellow and world-renowned explorer Dr. Rebecca Lee. A talk at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority deepened participants’ knowledge of Hong Kong’s economy, while horse riding at the Beas River Equestrian Centre was followed by a sharing session and award ceremony at the HKFYG Jockey Club Social Innovation Centre.
The China Hong Kong Culture Exchange Association was founded in 2015 with the aims of promoting cultural exchange between Hong Kong and mainland China, and developing future leaders through varied cultural and educational events. Over the past three years, hundreds of young people have worked to embrace diversity and promote social inclusiveness as the association’s Cultural Ambassadors.
CUHK honorary fellow and world-renowned explorer Dr. Rebecca Lee leads an interactive discussion with students interested in the threats posed by climate change
Students have fun with microfilm shooting at PMQ, where they also visited artists’ workshops
Alumnus Nelson Yip (front row, 6th from right) joins in with a cheerful photo, during an award presentation to conclude the students’ fascinating experiential trip