By Gaargi SHARMA (Alumni Civility Hall)

Roundtable discussion” - when one utters this term the first thing that comes to mind is a group of serious people sitting together with strained looks on their faces discussing issues of grave importance with the utmost earnestness. But if you attended the roundtable discussion held at the G/F Common Room in Hall 8 on 17 March 2011 from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm, you will realise how untrue this picture can be!

After the first two roundtable discussions on international affairs from the points of view of Burma and North Korea organised by students, the recent crisis in the Middle East was targeted. With the help and support of SRO, the student residents from Hall 3 and Hall 8 organised the 3rd roundtable discussion on the pro-democracy wave in the Middle East in order to know more about these developments. It was an informal but intellectual discussion that stimulated the grey cells and encouraged the participants to explore the issue.


Academic staff from the Department of Applied Social Studies, Dr. Ho Wai Yip, an expert on Islamic studies, and Mr. Fung Sai Fu Simon shared with us their views on the topic. The Residence Masters of Halls 3, 8 and 9 - Dr. Cheung Chor-Yung, Dr. Mike Yao and Ms. Alisa Kwan - graced us with their presence. The participants also included inquisitive students with a proportional mix of locals, non-locals and exchange students. When we asked Miss Karishma Bhalla, an exchange student from Warwick University who hails from Dubai, about the event, she stated excitedly, “The discussion was an engaging and engrossing intellectual session involving views being exchanged among members who included students, tutors and professors, who supported an interactive presentation. Events like these will increase our awareness on what’s happening in our world and provide important perspectives from various angles, increasing cooperation and motivating students in residence, including local and international as well as exchange students like me, to participate actively.” She echoed the words of every individual present there, including me.

Fun fact- in Arthurian legend the circular table of King Arthur and his knights was used for discussions shaped so that his knights could sit around it without anyone having precedence. Now, doesn’t that go well with what we did? Sharing without precedence =]


ResLink Issue No.34
April 2011