In Focus - Issue 35 (Spring 2023)

Learning about life as an ‘ingénieur’ he eye-opening exposure to students from parts of the world and backgrounds is a key feature of School of Engineering (SENG) life and can leave a lasting openness to diverse ideas and ways of life. Ask alumni Johnson LIU Kai-Kong and Roy CHUNG Ming-Hin. From cohorts eight years apart but both steeped in expansive perspectives from their days leading the School’s multicultural Engineering Student Ambassadors team, Johnson ( BEng in Mechanical Engineering) and Roy ( BEng in Computer Science [Information Engineering]) recently set their sights on undertaking postgraduate studies in France. Now, through the prestigious Alexandre Yersin Excellence Scholarship scheme o ered by the T Alumni 26 IN FOCUS With their HKUST adaptability, two School of Engineering alumni recipients of an eminent French master’s degree scholarship scheme are relishing the novel insights into engineering careers and approaches to living they are gaining in the République Française Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, the two Hong Kong-born graduates are living their dream at grandes écoles (highly selective French higher education institutions) in Nantes and Paris respectively. “Students in Asia usually dig deep into a major. What is also valued in France is the ingénieur généraliste” With Johnson’s passion for aeronautics and France’s leading position globally as the base for multinational aerospace corporation Airbus and major jet engine manufacturer Safran, he saw the scholarship as a great way to build on the knowledge he had acquired at HKUST by nding out more about its industrial applications. He also felt it would be a cultural adventure. This has proved to be the case in both respects since Johnson joined Ecole Centrale de Nantes in and started his two-year fast-track master’s level diplôme d’ingénieur (Diploma Johnson Liu Kai-Kong, who is now nding out more about aeronautics and its industry applications at Ecole Centrale de Nantes in France, outside the city’s landmark Château des ducs de Bretagne (“Castle of the Dukes of Brittany”).