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Feedbacks from Graduates

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.”

ZHONG Kai

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.”

MAN Sau Ying (Evelyn)

Class of 2020

"I enrolled MAChDS as a part-time student during 2018-2020. The programme enabled me to obtain a thorough understanding of Chinese development, especially in tourism and the environment. I particularly developed my research abilities by writing my postgraduate dissertation, which was titled “Understanding the Deregulation of the Chinese Aviation Industry: The 2002 Restructuring and Its Impact.” Throughout the 2-year part-time study, the department and the professors/lecturers offered me a lot of help in the areas of academic and personal growth. Lastly, I recommend this programme to those who are interested in improving their knowledge in the developmental issues in China."

REEVE Liam

Class of 2020

“The programme thoroughly explores post-reform China through a variety of lenses. The teachers of the programme were all amazing, and I owe them all a deep gratitude for teaching me so much and inspiring me to continue my studies at HKU.”