Riding the Innovation Wave
This year, ten HKU students were awarded an Innovation and Technology Scholarship, driving their passion to pursue science and technology as a lifelong career. The Scholarships support students’ participation in overseas/Mainland attachments, local internships, service projects and mentorship programmes.
Computer Science student Angel Woo (BEng(CompSc) Year 2) has enjoyed using technology to design and create since childhood. Her enthusiasm for technology has set her on the path to become an inspirational computer science professor in Hong Kong. Her dream is to enable more Hong Kong people to embrace technology in their lives via advocating AI research and STEM. Without any family support, Angel succeeded in achieving 5** in the HKDSE and chose to study for a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science at HKU. This Scholarship will enable Angel to participate in overseas exchange at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and in local internships.
Matthew Khong (MBBS Year 2), a student from the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Programme, wishes to be a physician scientist. Participation in worldwide community service projects as well as working as a student volunteer in the laboratory of Dr Sophie Valkenburg at the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole have helped Matthew understand the importance of research to solve existing problems and to identifying problems from a patient’s perspective . The Scholarship will support Matthew in his learning from overseas scientists and mentors on how to combine research with clinical practice, as well as gain experience in different research institutes through internships.
First launched in 2011 under the joint sponsorship and support of the Innovation and Technology Commission and HSBC, the Scholarship is awarded to twenty-five undergraduates each year.