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What our PhD students say about studying in Hong Kong

Simone Marini

Simone Marini
Country of Origin: Italy
Programme of Study: PhD in Bioengineering

"Living in Hong Kong is amazing. It's a lively city, an interesting mixture of cultures, people and places, all squeezed together. Temples, bars, jazz clubs, restaurants, small gardens, skyscrapers, cabs, old men enjoy their traditional tai chi chuan experience in the morning just outside the high-tech buildings... And if you're tired of the city, the wilderness is just outside: there are lots of hiking trails, beaches and small islands to explore. Here I found good friends in a very international atmosphere, and many opportunities for learning."

Rajiv Krishnan Kozhikode
Country of Origin: India
Programme of Study: PhD in Management

"Hong Kong offers one such environment that every prospective graduate student might look forward to. It has some of the most reputed universities in the World and in particular, Asia. The university system here is less bureaucratic and encourages students to make the best use of the resources available. Further, the generous scholarship for graduate students makes their lives comfortable and helps them focus on their studies and not to be worried about their financial wellbeing. Graduate students here are provided with a wide array of opportunities to attend international conferences and work along with renowned scholars. Hence, I believe choosing Hong Kong for my graduate studies is one of the wise decisions that I have ever made."

Rajiv Krishnan Kozhikode
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Wesley Tucker

Wesley Tucker
Country of Origin: United States of America
Programme of Study: PhD in Chemistry

"Hong Kong is a unique place where a foreigner can be very successful with English as a first or second language. Its reputable academic institutions fall right in line with the regions industrious, innovative, and inclusive spirit."

Arjan Hazelzet
Country of Origin: Netherlands
Programme of Study: PhD is Architecture

"In the midst of the dynamic and inspiring city of Hong Kong, I found an engaging, active and enthusiastic academic community that is always at the frontier of new academic interest. Besides providing exciting and high standard urban living worthy of Asia's World City, nature is never far away.

Arjan Hazelzet
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Aleksandr Kogan

Aleksandr Kogan
Country of Origin: United States of America
Programme of Study: PhD in Psychology

"Here provides a world class educational experience at one of the worlds premiere metropolises atmosphere of academic achievement, a supporting faculty, and a city environment unlike any other. Hong Kong is located at the heart of Southeast Asia, allowing students here access to a whole new perspective, a whole new world that is at the same time distinctly dissimilar from the west and yet shares so much of the same humanity."

Man-kong Chow (first from right, top row)
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Programme of Study: PhD at Centre of Asian Studies

"Hong Kong is a place where the east meets the west. There are many world-class universities and research institutes among the Asia region, many globally renowned scholars and experts, well-developed research network linking Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau and the worldwide Chinese communities, extensive collections on China studies. Under the supports from the Hong Kong SAR government and the business sector, I believe Hong Kong is the best place for cultivating future scholars on China studies."

Man-kong Chow
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John Wakefield

John Wakefield
Country of origin: United States of America
Programme of Study: PhD in Chinese and Bilingual Studies

"Writing a PhD thesis is difficult wherever you do it, but the University relieves a lot of the stress and pain by providing all the support that students need. It has world-class facilities, and it offers generous funds for buying books, as well as access to all the reference books and journals I need. As for social life and experiencing Hong Kong, I found it perfect because it's located near the center of Kowloon, with quick access to Hong Kong island. I can easily get to any place I want to go in the city. Hong Kong is one of the most fascinating and exciting places you could spend three years."

H. Christoph Steinhardt
Country of origin: Germany
Programme of Study: PhD in Government and Public Administration

"I am writing from the perspective of a non-Chinese in the field of social sciences concerned with Greater China as a regional entity in general (China Studies) and the discipline of (Mainland) Chinese Politics in particular. I am glad to have chosen Hong Kong for pursuing my doctoral degree.  The advantages of taking up China Studies here are abundant: access to a wide range of internationally respected experts, access to Mainland China through geographical proximity, regular influx of and exchange with Mainland Chinese guest researchers and practitioners, personal contact with Mainland Chinese peers, the protection of academic freedom, provision of scholarships, superbly stocked university libraries with English and Chinese language material, specialized research centers such as the Universities Service Center for China Studies at the University, etc. I think that Hong Kong has all the comparative advantages to turn into the number one center for Chinese Studies worldwide."

H. Christoph Steinhardt
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LIAO Liang

LIAO Liang
Country of origin: Mainland China
Programme of Study: PhD in Education

"I have lived in Hong Kong for nearly one year, and the precious learning experience brings me challenge, fortunate as well as happiness and fun. You'll find some difference, but once you straighten it out, you are making progress, and that's a good way to learn to be more independent."

MA Jianfu
Country of origin: Mainland China
Programme of Study: PhD in Anthropology

"Hong Kong is one of the most preferred places for both Chinese and international students. Many students choose to study in Hong Kong, not only for its special location and particular social history, but also for its world class levels of education. Hong Kong is a miniature both of China and of the world. Studying in Hong Kong will really give us a special view of the world and human beings."

MA Jianfu
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Miriam Marxer

Miriam Marxer
Country of Origin: Germany
Programme of Study: PhD in Biochemistry

"Living in Hong Kong is an adventure and in every way different from my home country Germany. It is interesting to experience the cultural differences in everyday life and to try different food from all over Asia. Though Hong Kong is extremely crowded, it is very clean and there are lots of opportunities to escape the buzz of the city, like enjoying a hike in the mountains or one of the beautiful beaches."

ZHANG Zhuoni
Country of Origin: Mainland China
Programme of Study: PhD in Social Science

"I consider myself a lucky girl to be studying in Hong Kong in fact, my experience here has clearly been the best part of my life as a student. Here I have benefited enormously from an inspiring learning environment fostered by the orchestrated effort of world-class faculty and generous research support, with many highly motivated and dedicated students contributing to a competitive yet friendly academic atmosphere. Also, many friendships have flourished amidst a variety of extra-curricular activities ranging from soccer, basketball, tennis, swimming, and more. To be honest, Hong Kong has become a second home for me."

ZHANG Zhuoni
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Peng Yong-sui

Peng Yong-sui
Country of Origin: Mainland China.
Programme of Study: PhD in Translation

"A fantastic life here in Hong Kong, where I got to know friends of all colors and share with them so much fun of Chinese or Western festivals, dishes of different national styles and the diverse landscapes of Hong Kong! Its a lovely place where I feel at home and abroad at the same time!  I love the university and Hong Kong, for all the nice internationally-renowned professors, excellent peer students, convenient conjoint-and-resourceful libraries, well-organized international conferences and seminars, wonderful hostel life, enriching study tours, and the nice environment in which I can concentrate entirely on research."

HUANG Weizi
Country of Origin: Mainland China
Programme of Study: PhD in Cultural Studies

"Hong Kong is beyond merely a modern, busy big city. After four years living here, I love this place very much. Tuen Mun, where I now dwell in, is a peaceful community with convenient facilities. You can go swimming at the beach and hiking in the country park within the neighborhood.  I've been well guided during my study. My supervisor has regular meetings with me every other week to see my progress. All teachers and staff are nice enough to make me feel at home. Besides, the University supported me in attending academic conference overseas."

HUANG Weizi
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LI Wenjing

LI Wenjing
Country of Origin: Mainland China.
Programme of Study: PhD in Translation

"For me, living in Hong Kong means living on campus for the most part. It might not be as exciting as I imagined, yet it's peaceful and full. Moreover, it couldn't be more interesting to observe and experience the merging of Chinese and Western life style in Hong Kong. Hong Kong attracts me most with its abundance in academic resources and openness of research environment. With the University's support, I got the opportunity to attend international conferences and to exchange ideas with scholars from all over the world face to face."

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