Joint Bachelor’s Degree Programme scholarships change students’ lives
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Forest Chan Che, a Bachelor of Business Administration graduate, embarked on his journey at Columbia University in 2016, thanks to a scholarship provided by Mr James Liu Ying-yin, an alumnus of CityU and a member of the CityU Foundation’s Board of Governors. Forest's hallmates at Columbia came from around the world. Many of them already had successful careers, but were there to pursue Master’s, PhD or post-doctoral degrees. “I found the experience of exchanging ideas with those students really eye-opening,” he said.
Forest works as a Financial Services Auditor at a Big Four auditing firm KPMG. He developed his positive
attitude to learning from his time at Colombia University. “Students at Columbia are very active,” he said. “They don’t go to class just to listen to the professors, but also to raise questions. I apply the same approach in my work. I never wait to be assigned a task, but aim to solve problems as soon as I see them. My boss appreciates this.”
To show his gratitude, Forest regularly sent Mr Liu postcards and greeting cards when he was studying in the US. “Mr Liu wasn’t obligated to grant me the scholarship. He did it simply because he wanted to give an opportunity to students. And what he did had a big impact on my life. I’ll always remember it.”
Forest Chan Che (left) gathered with Mr James Liu Ying-yin (right) to express his sincere gratitude.
Forest Chan Che (left) enjoyed the campus life in the US, he watched basketball game of Ivy League with his friends.