Over 200 new undergraduate and postgraduate students, faculty and staff members joined the IPO Online Welcome Session 2021 on 31 August 2021.
Prof. Huamin QU, Director of IPO, kick-started the session with a warm welcome message to all new students. He shared with students the 5 core values(please list out) of HKUST and encouraged students to participate in the many upcoming events at the Interdisciplinary Programs Office while we can finally meet each other face-to-face at HKUST. The IPO prepared a video to introduce the professors and staff at IPO, and also to share a few tips from the current UG and PG students. Ms Vanessa CHAN, Career Advisor of IPO, also took this opportunity to tell the students about IPO’s career and advising services and encourage them to contact her team anytime in need. Ms Ivy WONG from Entrepreneurship Center joined us to showcase the various entrepreneurship-related opportunities and support at HKUST.
After the fruitful sharing, undergraduate students were divided into groups to interact with their fellow classmates. Although it was not easy to connect with each other when first met online, students enjoyed mingling and playing interactive games under the guidance of IPO Student Ambassadors. They were asked to coordinate to form a pattern or image together as the first icebreaking game. Students also shared more about themselves based on the topic they picked in a bingo game.
At the end of the welcome session, Prof. Tim WOO, Academic Director of Undergraduate Core Education, delivered the Common Core Talk to explain what Common Core Courses are and how they facilitate learning in HKUST. The slides for the Common Core Talk has been uploaded at IPO Intranet for students’ reference.
More enrichment events will be coming in September and October. Stay tuned!