The Undergraduate Awards (UA) acknowledges the excellent academic scholarship done by undergraduates around the world. This past November, the Awards recognised 114 highly commended students from 27 countries for their winning research papers at the UA Global Summit held in Dublin.
“The three-day summit was short but inspiring. It was an eye-opener for me as this was the first time I travelled outside of my country. The highlights included a presentation of my paper at the Google Headquarters and a full-day colloquium in the State Guest House,” recalled Jack Li Ho-Yin (BBA(Law) 2012; LLB 2014; PCLL Year 1), an HKU graduate who is a first-generation university student in his family.
The UA Colloquium aims to promote cross-discipline collaboration and the germination of ideas. Speeches were given by speakers from different fields such as scientists, entrepreneurs and film producers. “Diversity is a major theme underlying the whole event. Among the wonderful speakers, I found the presentations on the formulas for success and the importance of world peace and humanitarian aid most inspiring.”
“It was interesting to engage in discussions with leaders in various fields such as gender advocate and astrophysicist and understand the different perspectives of factors motivating them to reach their goals. Meeting brilliant minds around the globe is intellectually stimulating as it allows me to expose to different cultures and engage in thought-provoking conversations with points of view that challenge my perspectives.”
“It is time that we learnt that, though cultural differences exist among ourselves, we all share similar goals in life and should use our own efforts to make the world a better place.”