Iqbal, a native German, came to UST as a Swire International
Young Fellow to pursue a degree in Business Administration.
Here he reflects on his first semester in Hong Kong:
When I landed at Hong
Kong airport on 24 August 2005, I was filled with uncertainty.
My main reasons for coming here were the wonderful education
I could get, my wish to experience something very new in terms
of culture and, last but not least, the safety of English
as a mean of communication.
But still, was it
really the right decision to come here instead of going to
the US or staying in Europe? Six thousand miles away from
I'm glad to say my experience here has been amazing
so far. Apart from the high pressure fellow students create
in learning, something I'm absolutely not used to from Europe,
all my diverse courses have brought me forward.
I have learned about how society shapes individuals like
you and me and how we can contribute individually. I learned
about a variety of chemical reactions and active natural compounds
without which our body could not work. And finally, the business
courses provided a first broad overview of the various disciplines
we can go into.
That's what I wanted, a broad overview first, that later
helps me to think out of the box and take into account such
issues as the social, moral or ecological effects of my decisions.
The Business School has been a major
help in adapting to Hong Kong – it has given me a feeling
of being cared about and that's the greatest thing a school
or a person can do for you. And if I don't spend time on balancing
my accounts, puzzling about how to synthesize this fancy compound
or feeling like a terrorist with his emotions and motives
to find matching psychological theories, I go out and have
fun with the wonderful friends I've gained. I love UST!