With the beginning of a new academic year, the Undergraduate Mentorship Programme co-organized by the BBA Alumni Association and Undergraduate Office officially kicked off on 14 October. The 176 selected students will have the opportunity to bond with 121 executives, professionals and alumni for one year and beyond.
With the beginning of a new academic year, the Undergraduate Mentorship Programme 2017 co-organised by the BBA Alumni Association and Undergraduate Office of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School officially kicked off on 14 October 2017.
Holding the belief that career planning should start early, the mentorship programme is open to not only Year 2-4 students but also Year 1 students for the first time. Almost one-fourth of the mentees enrolled are first-year students and encouraging responses were received from students of all programmes. The 176 selected students will have the opportunity to bond with 121 executives, professionals and alumni for one year and beyond.
At the ceremony, Prof. Kalok Chan, Dean of CUHK Business School and Wei Lun Professor of Finance welcomed the programme participants and thanked the mentors for their dedicated contribution despite their hectic schedules. Prof. Chan expressed, “I would like to thank the business leaders from our school network for their unlimited support in developing our students. I am also pleased to see the active support from our alumni who have been helping the School to build deep connections and influence in various communities.” He hoped that the mentees today will take up the torch to become others’ mentor one day.
This year, Mr. Henry Leung, Head of Legal Department of The Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited was invited as the guest speaker. As a CUHK alumnus and current CUHK EMBA student, he shared with the audience on how he acquired commercial experiences through active participation in charity and youth development. Currently, Leung takes directorship in two charitable institutes registered in Hong Kong in addition to his multiple hats in business corporates.
Since 2008, the Undergraduate Mentorship Programmme has proven to be a vital component of the teaching programme. It brings a real-life dimension to the classroom, and provides valuable one-on-one support to empower students in their personal and career development. Each pair of mentor-mentee is matched based on the mentor’s preference and expertise as well as mentees’ career interests.