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    { The Alistair Harvey Foundation Scholarship }

    The Alistair Harvey Foundation Scholarship was established in 2004 to provide academically bright and talented VTC students with the financial support to pursue bachelor’s or even master’s degree in the UK. Covering tuition fee, accommodation and living allowances, the scholarship enables students to studyabroad and realise their dreams. Since its inception, it has benefited more than 100 students and over half of them have pursued further to master’s and/or doctorate qualifications.
     
     
    Mr Timothy Shuen was awarded the scholarship to study biotechnology in the UK, where the learning scope was extraordinarily vast, covering knowledge application for improving the life of mankind to the conversion of bioscience concepts into business opportunities, incorporating elements like accounting and cost computation, with the emphasis on practical application. This subject reflected real-life needs, and opened up a brand new world for him. After graduating from Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), he completed his bachelor’s and master’s programmes in the UK, and took up a doctorate programme with The University of Hong Kong. Presently engaged in cancer research work in Singapore, Timothy described his progression as a valuable journey. “Studying in IVE laid an important foundation for me. And the scholarship offered the chance for me to study abroad, ignited my passion for research and bolstered my confidence to take up my doctorate studies. Without the financial means afforded by the scholarship, it would not be possible for me to have such achievements!”

     
     
    Another scholarship recipient Mr Josh Ho chose to study civil engineering. The atmosphere of proactive, independent learning there not only broadened his horizons, but also motivated him to work harder academically. With the strength of his outstanding attainment, Josh was later admitted into a world-class university, the Imperial College London, where he studied for a master’s degree. “It has always been my aspiration to bring in new technology, mindset and concepts to industry in order to push for advancement and progress,” he said. After graduation, he returned to Hong Kong for employment. He hoped that with the considerable experience and credentials he has accumulated, he would be able to introduce new technologies to mainland China and other developing countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia. At present, the way he repays the society is to be a mentor with IVE, his alma mater, where he could share the knowledge and learning gained from his UK education, with his younger counterparts. “If I could find a way to inspire them in learning, the potential they unleash would be infinite!” He is now actively involved in voluntary work with several groups, helping to nurture the younger generations and contributing to the developments of industry.

     
     
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    { Outstanding Industrial Attachment Scholarships }

    The Outstanding Industrial Attachment Scholarships (OIAS) were established in 2007 under the auspices of industry, to encourage students to work hard during internship and award those with outstanding performance, considering the evaluations of both employers and heads of teaching departments. This is resonant with VTC’s think-and-do approach in requiring all Higher Diploma students studying at IVE and HKDI to complete their industrial attachments prior to graduation, so as to prepare themselves for entry into the career world. Last year, 250 scholarships were awarded with total gross value of over $600,000. Overall, there have been more than 1,200 scholarships bestowed since the inception.
     
     
    Over the past years, the CYMA Charity Fund has provided generous support for OIAS, while at the same time also established the CYMA Charity Fund Scholarships with the aim of recognising those who have made significant improvement in their academic performance. Every year, 100 students are awarded and more than 600 have benefited since its establishment. As Governor of the Fund, Dr Albert Ma said: “Although the scholarship offers a relative small sum of money, such a form of encouragement makes students realise that good performances are appreciated by others and that utmost efforts are necessary for every task to achieve good results. The award may also herald a turning point for the students to find a direction in life.”

     
     
    Besides offering scholarship donations, Dr Ma’s company also actively contributed to the VTC Industrial Attachment Programme, providing students with internship practical training opportunities. He said: “Industrial attachments let students understand the real workplace practices, apply what they learnt into practice and overcome the problems encountered. When students discover their own inadequacies, they will spur themselves to learn harder thereby uplifting their intellectual level. These students who are equipped with practical experience as well as professional knowledge and skills constitute an important supply of competent talents for employers from various sectors of Hong Kong. Our company is one of the beneficiaries.”.