Profile on: Janet Lau

Despite combining her degree study with two part-time jobs, Janet Lau still found the time to win a TNE Student Award
Current BSc Banking and Finance student Janet Lau
Current BSc Banking and Finance student and TNE Student Award scheme winner, Janet Lau
I’ve found that some work experience is good for studying the HRM course because I can give some examples in my exam

To acknowledge the importance of transnational education (TNE) and the way in which it contributes to academic achievement, skills development and global citizenship amongst young people in Hong Kong, the British Council launched a TNE Student Award scheme earlier this year.

With support from the Federation for Continuing Education in Tertiary Institutions, the scheme offers students the opportunity to undertake a study experience at the UK Institution they are registered with. The rigorous assessment process required students to submit an essay describing one or more activities demonstrating their academic performance and development towards global citizenship. Shortlisted candidates were then required to give a 10-minute presentation, before being interviewed by a panel.

We are delighted to announce that Janet Lau, a BSc Banking and Finance student at HKU SPACE (an Affiliate Centre for the University of London International Programmes) won one of the awards on offer. Her prize was a fully funded place on this year’s LSE Summer School.

On behalf of the University of London International Programmes we would like to congratulate Janet and colleagues at HKU SPACE who supported her in winning this award. More information on the TNE Award scheme is available on the British Council website.

We caught up with Janet during her recent visit to London.

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After my lectures at HKU SPACE I come home and study for around two to three hours. I also do part-time work as a betting service assistant at the Hong Kong Jockey Club two days a week and as a private tutor. I tutor three days a week for two hours.

Janet's PowerPoint presentationI don’t know why I won the TNE award, I think maybe it was luck! There was a panel that screened the application forms and I had to do an interview for 10 minutes and also give a PowerPoint presentation (pictured right) to show my Global Citizenship and Responsibility and also my academic achievement and any voluntary work that I’ve done. Maybe my sincerity impressed them! My PowerPoint presentation was about how you prepare to be a global citizen. I also wrote a personal statement of 600 words.

At the Summer School at LSE I have three hours of lectures and a one-hour tutorial. After the lectures I feel a little bit tired and I have to do some housework in my halls of residence! I like the weather in London because it’s not too hot. Although it’s summer here it’s a little bit cool and I like it – in Hong Kong it’s very hot! I went to Oxford Circus to see the Olympic torch relay and I also went to Hyde Park for a celebratory party.

In September I’ll be a third year student and I hope to complete my degree next year. I took four courses this year: Human resource management, Principles of banking and finance, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics. It’s tough for me, because I did science in my secondary school and I have no foundation in economics or finance. I want to get a job in the banking sector when I graduate.

"Macroeconomics and Principles of banking and finance are useful for my future job as I am gaining knowledge about the banking and finance sector and the world economy."

At HKU SPACE there are local teachers who can explain in Cantonese, which is my mother language. Students should concentrate in the lectures, because it’s the most important thing. They explain in detail and it’s much better than only reading the subject guide. We also have to do past papers.

In my work I’m applying knowledge from the Human resource management course. I’ve found that some work experience is good for studying the HRM course because I can give some examples in my exam and the theory can help me in practice. Also, Macroeconomics and Principles of banking and finance are useful for my future job as I am gaining knowledge about the banking and finance sector and the world economy.