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By: LI Chak Ho Samuel、WANG Yichun、Shameel IbrahimEdited by: Shameel Ibrahim

Hong Kong Baptist University’s new president plans “personalised pathways” for students

  • 2021-06-17
  • The Young Reporter
  • By: LI Chak Ho Samuel、WANG Yichun、Shameel IbrahimEdited by: Shameel Ibrahim
  • 2021-06-17

Professor Alexander Wai talked to The Young Reporter about his new job and his plan to lead the university towards change Alexander Ping-Kong Wai assumed office as president of Hong Kong Baptist University on Feb 1. In his interview with The Young Reporter, he emphasised the importance of embracing change in university education, and the challenges posed by the social environment the pandemic and more. Hardship of students and graduates under the pandemic Prof Wai is the first university president to assume office in Hong Kong since the COVID-19 outbreak. He said it’s tough for graduates to find jobs but disagreed that companies are unwilling to hire them because of the social unrest in 2019. “I’ve heard that some corporations said they would not hire our students. I don’t believe that. To me that’s not a big concern. The concern is actually the economy,” said Prof Wai. He added that the low vaccination rate in Hong Kong is to blame for the economic slowdown. On university life during the pandemic, Prof. Wai recognised the challenges of mixed- mode teaching. Students can be on campus for classes, but face-to-face activities are limited. “I would like my students to be able to adapt to changes and tolerate differences. (The pandemic) is unpleasant of course. But we can make the best of it,” said Prof Wai. Personalised Pathway of Study in the planning Since late January, Prof Wai has been hinting that an “important project” was underway at HKBU. In the Planning Exercise Proposal which will be put forward to the government, HKBU will include what Prof Wao described as “personalised pathways” of study. If approved, students will be able to design personalised study plans aimed at achieving specific goals, distinct from academic programmes currently offered. “Students who know they may not fit …