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Feedbacks from Graduates

CHEN Jiayi

Class of 2022

"In addition to knowledge, the MAChDS programme gave me valuable experiences. The instructors and professors are not only our instructors, but our friends and tutors, teaching us learning and practical problem-solving skills. The MAChDS program is a family to me. In addition to the super nice professors and TAs, I also got to know lots of capable friends from all over the world (Thailand, Ukraine, Boston, Britain, Australian, Germany, Canada, HK, Mainland China, etc.). The 9-month period I spent with MAChDS was the best experience I have ever had in my university life."


Class of 2022

"With several years of working experience under my belt, it is inevitable that I had encountered bottlenecks and confusion. The programme helped me establish a well-rounded knowledge base and holistic thinking skills.
The courses in the programme systematically link most aspects of the development of mainland China, providing me with a better framework to more effectively conduct further research. It also helped me build self-confidence and raised my interest in exploring and reading. The professors and lecturers of the programme encouraged critical thinking. Even when we raise possibly immature opinions, as long as we show our thinking process, we were given positive feedback, making reading and exploring new areas of interest much more enjoyable.
The programme also brought me invaluable friendships. It’s my pleasure to be a part of it."

LIU Yuyao

Class of 2022

"I enjoyed every moment of my study in the MAChDS programme! The curriculum encompasses broad topics about China from economics and trade to policy-making and the environment, providing students with more possibilities for developing future careers. The instructors helped me understand China systematically and enlightened me to explore real-life applications of theories. What I liked the most about this programme is that it not only taught me knowledge, but also guided me to be a critical thinker with independent research skills. With the connections and skills I gained from this programme, I feel more confident to embark on a new chapter of my academic journey!"

MYERS Curtin Henry

Class of 2022

"My experience in the MAChDS programme allowed me to grow intellectually and professionally. I entered the programme after working in the digital marketing and public affairs industry, and primarily aimed to gain further understanding of the Chinese market and internal machinations. Through the coursework and interpersonal cooperation with my classmates, I completed the programme with greatly increased confidence and knowledge, as it relates to China’s development and growth and its future role in the APAC region."

REDKA Kseniya

Class of 2022

"As an international student I was very nervous about the fact that I didn't know as much about China as my fellow students from mainland China. But the professors and courses made following the material feasible and enjoyable. The courses offered a broad range of topics that equipped me with essential knowledge and skills to pursue my career focusing on the Asian region in private equity and knowledge on demand sectors. I think the programme is well-structured, and the non-dissertation stream is a great option for those who don't aim to further pursue an academic career."

TAN Guiwen

Class of 2022

"I won’t sugarcoat it: if you are hoping for easy A’s and a large amount of leisure time, MAChDS is not a good option. However, if you are wishing to embark on a quest for independent learning and the high-level academic challenges with which it brings, then you’ve come to the right place. In the Department of Geography, outstanding professors are always there to give guidance, waiting for you to tap into their expertise and knowledge. You are also given access to a network of inspiring peers with different academic profiles and professional experiences."

CHEN Huiyu

Class of 2021

“As a worker in a Chinese enterprise, the MAChDS programme gave me the opportunity to re-understand China. Students can choose courses related to China's development in different fields according to their own interests. After studying in this programme, students can study courses not only about China's development, but also cultivate their own international outlook and dialectical thinking abilities, which is very beneficial for future work, study, and life. This programme is designed not only for fresh graduates, but also for the experienced. It gives you angles of thought and references in work, which is helpful to your future career development.”

LAI Tsz Chung

Class of 2021

“MAChDS programme is a great programme to learn about developmental issues in a rapidly growing economy. In the MAChDS programme, I was able to meet friends from diverse backgrounds. To me, this was as important as the skills and knowledge I gained from this programme. It also provided me with valuable hands-on research experience. Choosing the dissertation stream is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It was a great challenge and opportunity to learn. I would like to thank the teachers here, as they were all passionate to help and share their knowledge during my time in this programme.”

LI Zhiyuan

Class of 2021

“Studying in the MAChDS programme at HKU was a one-of-a-kind experience for me. As a student with a background in Economics, this programme allowed me to gain a lot of knowledge in Political Science, Urban Planning, and Sociology, which gave me a more comprehensive and in-depth understanding of China. The programme enabled me to expand my learning methods and extended my acceptance to diverse ideas and values. It also improved my research skills through its assignments. This programme is surely unique and very useful for inspiring curiosity towards and passion for China. I have grown a lot this year and gained a lot of unforgettable memories, thanks to HKU!”

XU Chu

Class of 2021

“The MAChDS programme was well-structured. It sketched a comprehensive picture of transformational China and its global position. I have learnt geographical frameworks to analyse a case, and it was challenging but exciting and broadens the horizons for me. Many of the assignments involves group work, through which I made good friends and groupmate. That was one of the greatest pleasures I had during the programme. The immense pity is that due to the pandemic, we couldn’t go to the field trip. I hope next year, students of the programme can make it. The past year went too fast for me to say goodbye. I wish all my fellow students enjoyed an impressive journey in this programme.”

ZHANG Zixuan

Class of 2021

“I studied human Geography and Regional Planning in my undergraduate degree. The one-year period in MAChDS deepens my understanding of the economy, environment, and culture in Chinese cities. In addition, my research skills have improved through various courses, seminars, and workshops, especially through the final dissertation.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my supervisor, Dr. Frank van der Wouden, for his advice and encouragement when I was writing my dissertation. His guidance and support throughout the writing process was critical in completing my dissertation. And I was also grateful for the support from the teaching staff and my classmates. With their support and assistant, I got through such a tough year during the COVID-19 pandemic.”


Class of 2021

“Since joining MAChDS, I have improved in my writing, quantitative, and qualitative analytic skills. This programme has a wealth of academic and practical resources. It provides unique teaching methods such as workshops, field trips, and flipped classroom. The teachers had excellent academic level, the teaching assistant Roland was meticulous and friendly. The lectures and workshop courses were rich and varied. All these have benefited me a lot, and I am spiritually happy.”

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