Newsletter No. 425

10 No. 425, 19.10.2013 香港中文大学研究生会会长 徐冰 请谈谈你的背景,为何选择到中大念书? 我是山东潍坊人,一直在家乡念书,但父母希望我能在香港这个国际都市接受多元化的教育。 当时我对中大了解不多,但对香港十分向往,所以在2008年入读数学与信息工程双学位课程。 为何决定留校念博士? 三年级开始当系统工程与工程管理学系 林伟 教授的研究助理,跟博士生一起合作做人工智能、 机器学习的研究,感觉非常有趣,会做得废寝忘餐,连毕业专题研究也是以相关的领域为题, 老师亦认可我的科研能力。有感自己尚未做好踏入社会工作的准备,且又喜欢研究工作,于是 决定留校修读信息工程博士课程。 对于香港的研究环境有何看法? 以我的体会来说,待遇、科研氛围、经费和设备等,都很不错。平素甚少干扰,可专心研究。不 过,要是计划毕业后从事科研工作的话,香港出路较少,大学职位亦不多,从就业角度来看,与 本科毕业生相比,没有明显优势,这不利香港的科研持续发展。 除知识以外,在中大念书最大的得着是什么? 在这个自由、开放、多元的环境下,给我很多创造知识的机会,而担任研究生会会长,扩阔了我 的视野、社交网络,并提升个人能力。学生会的工作有点类似创业,我们有百分百的决策权,但 也意味遇到困难要自己克服,过程带来的收获是难以估量的。 大学生活如何?请谈谈难忘的事或是特别的经历。 大学生活很简单,主要在摸索各种学习模式和做研究。比较难忘的,是大三时来个大胆尝试, 挑战自己的极限,想要看一个学期能做多少事情,修读了八门主修科共二十一学分,并同时兼任 研究助理。将自己的时间分配到了极限,虽是辛苦,但是经历很有趣很充实。 请简介香港中文大学研究生会。现有会员多少?筹办哪些活动? 香港中文大学研究生会成立于1997年,旨在为研究生争取福利,维护权益,促进他们与校方的 沟通。一万三千名研究生中有五千四百多人是会员,而人数每天都在增长。我们采用自愿会员 制,故每天都会有同学上网或到研究生会办公室注册入会。筹办的活动分四类:一、文娱体育; 二、就业服务如就业讲座、参观公司、模拟面试;三、迎新及毕业;四、联校交流,我们今年促成 了亚太地区研究生会联盟,并举办为期五天的就职典礼及首届年会,邀请了来自香港、澳门、内 地、台湾、马来西亚及新加坡等地的大学研究生会代表参加。每年大小活动有逾百个之多,基本 上每周都有活动。 研究生上课和做研究时间各有不同,怎样组织及动员他们? 我们主要靠三百多名干事向同学推介和宣传,鼓励入会,并利用电邮、脸书、微博等网络联系, 这些媒介效用很大,活动宣传一经发布,短时间内报名的超过数百人。 筹办活动最大的困难是什么? 经费是最大的困难。我们的经费来源主要来自会费,大学也有些补助,另加少量的校外机构赞 助。可是研究生会有二十六个属会,会员数目与日俱增,筹办活动数量又多,定要想尽办法开源 节流。 希望为会员做些什么? 研究生会是一个正在成长中的团体,我认为它有很大的发展空间,可给自己再次挑战,而且我 也希望服务研究生群体。一年过去,会员的数目和多元性、活动的次数和规模、会员福利,以及 与校内外团体的交流和合作等,都有长足的发展。 未来有什么计划? 我将于12月卸任,但还会抽空指导来届干事发展会务。2016年毕业后,计划在香港工作或创 业。经过当会长的锻炼,我已经充分准备踏进社会,开启人生的新阶段。 Xu Bing President, Postgraduate Student Association of CUHK (CUPSA) Please tell us about your background. Why did you choose to study at CUHK? I came from Weifang, Shandong Province, where I had studied for all the years before coming here. My parents wanted me to receive a diverse education in a global city like Hong Kong. I didn’t know much about CUHK but I was attracted to Hong Kong. I was admitted to the Mathematics and Information Engineering Double Degree Programme in 2008. Why did you choose to pursue doctoral studies here? I was a research assistant of Prof. Lam Wai of the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management in Year 3 and worked with PhD students on the studies of artificial intelligence and machine learning. I was fascinated by the topic and devoted all my energies to it. It’s also the theme of my final year project. My research ability was recognized by my teachers. Since I am interested in research and not yet prepared to work, I decided to stay for the PhD Programme in Information Engineering. What do you think of Hong Kong’s research environment? I find that the salary, research ethics, funding, and facilities are decent. There is not much interference from outside which allows me to focus on research. But if you plan on taking the research path after graduation, there aren’t many jobs available whether academic or non-academic. In other words, Master or doctorate graduates do not seem to have an edge over undergraduates. This is not beneficial to the sustainable development of Hong Kong’s scientific research. What’s the greatest benefit you got from studying in CUHK? The University’s free, open and diverse environment offers many opportunities for creating knowledge. As the president of CUPSA, my vision and social network are widened, and my competence enhanced. The work of a student association is similar to that of an enterprise. We have total autonomy, but we also have to grapple with problems ourselves. You can’t imagine what you learn through the process. How is your university life? Any unforgettable experiences? My university life is rather simple, focusing on exploring different modes of learning and research. A relatively unforgettable experience took place in Year 3—I decided to challenge myself by taking eight courses with a total of 21 credits and working as a research assistant. It pushed my time management skills to the limit. Tough but most rewarding and fulfilling. Please tell us about the CUPSA. How many members are there? What are the activities being organized? Established in 1997, the CUPSA strives to promote the welfare of some 13,000 postgraduate students, and facilitate communication with the University. We have over 5,400 members and the number is increasing as we speak. Students register for CUPSA on a voluntary basis either online or by visiting our office. Our activities are divided into four categories: i. recreation and sports; ii. career services such as career talks, company visits, mock interviews; iii. orientation and graduation activities; iv. exchange activities. We established the Asia-Pacific Alliance of Postgraduate Student Associations recently and organized a five-day inauguration ceremony and the first annual forum which invited representatives from postgraduate student unions from universities in Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore to attend. CUPSA organizes over a hundred activities annually and there are activities every week. Postgraduate students all have different class-times and research schedules. How do you organize and mobilize them? We rely on some 300 officers to promote and encourage their classmates and friends to join the association. We utilize platforms including e-mail, Facebook, Weibo to communicate with members. These tools are very effective. Shortly after an announcement of an activity is released, we receive hundreds of enrolment requests. What is the major difficulty in organizing activities? Funding. Most of our funding comes from membership fees. On top of that, we receive subsidy from the University and a bit of sponsorship. The CUPSA has 26 clubs, a growing membership, and organizes a large number of activities. Therefore we have to do our very best to save costs. What would you like to do for your members? CUPSA is still in its infancy and there is huge potential for development. Taking up the presidency is challenging and I like to serve the postgraduate student community. In fact, the CUPSA has grown considerably over the past year in terms of the number and composition of members, the number and scale of activities, members’ welfare, communication and exchange both inside and outside campus. Any plans for the future? I’ll step down from the presidency in December but I’ll take time to advise the succeeding cabinet on CUPSA’s development. After graduating in 2016, I plan to work or start a business venture in Hong Kong. Having gone through the presidency of the CUPSA, I am well-prepared to enter society and a new stage of life.

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