International Exposure Enriches University Life

Li-Han ZHAO
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
10050574@life.hkbu.edu.hk

Kevin KM YUE
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
kkmyue@hkbu.edu.hk

King CHONG
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
kchong@hkbu.edu.hk

Hong Qi ZHANG
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
hqzhang@hkbu.edu.hk

Abstract

Though no sectors can be immune from the pervasive and profound impacts by globalization, it particularly signifies in the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In a rising recognition that it can complement with the Modern Medicine to treat and prevent diseases, TCM is now experiencing a rapid internationalization initiated by World Health Organization.

The broad environment and University's commitment drive the School of Chinese Medicine, HKBU to develop and enhance a Reaching-Out Initiative, aiming to help students build their international horizons of situating the TCM in global context, acquire the latest knowledge and establish international connections. The School does not merely treat the 'Reaching Out' as an extra-curricular activity, but rather a learning scheme embedded with assessment elements on actual performance and learning experiences, and hence encourage and support such activities.

Here we show a case of our student who participated in International Bio-molecular Design (BIOMOD) 2012 Competition and Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) Conference 2014. The high benefits from both events are reflected by the student that, for the former, "The exciting experience stimulated my interests in scientific research and gave me a brief impression of how beautiful science could be.", whereas the HNMUN "brought me another kind of look of the world, mainly in the aspects of cultural exchange and communication skills. The experience was short, but the challenges and thoughts the activities brought me will last for long time. I appreciate the opportunities the school gave me and will use what I have learnt in my upcoming life".

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