2016/2017 (Graduated in 2020)
Name of Scholarship Recipient: LEUNG Yin Ming Tobbie (梁燕銘)
Programme: Bachelor’s Degree in Bioengineering
City University of Hong Kong
I am honoured to be one of the recipients of the “Bright Future Whole Person Development Scholarships”, and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dr Roy Chung. Not only did he sponsor my tuition fees of my Bachelor’s Degree programme, he has also shared his life experience with me and the other fellows of the University.
With a dream of inventing new biomedical devices and developing new drugs, I pursued my undergraduate study in bioengineering at City University of Hong Kong (CityU). Due to the financial difficulties of my family, I once had to do several part-time jobs to support my study. The Scholarships, however, changed my university life. Due to the alleviation of financial burden, I was able to concentrate on my study and access to different learning opportunities.
Studying and working overseas had once been a far-reaching dream to me. Thanks to the Scholarships, I had the opportunity to participate in exchange programmes and do research projects abroad. I joined the Cultural and Language Immersion Scheme in the UK in my first year and an exchange programme in Sweden for a semester in my third year. All of the experience was incredible and rewarding. The way of education in Sweden in particular impressed me a lot. I found that the interactions between students and teachers at class could be diverse and engaging. We had group and class discussion sessions covering case studies, debate, presentation and problem-based scenarios every week. The discussion inspired me to think from different perspectives, which further consolidated the knowledge I acquired in lectures. I was also motivated by the passion and proactive learning attitude of my classmates from the western countries. After I came back to Hong Kong, I tried to be more proactive and dared to ask questions at class. I hoped that my positive change could encourage my classmates as well.
Furthermore, I also gained invaluable experience from a research project about 3D printing in the biomedical field at the Loughborough University in the UK. With the guidance and support of the supervisor there, I successfully used a novel method to print a stem structure in a good manner after overcoming a lot of challenges. The research outcome was even presented at a conference in London. For this research project, what excited me most was not the result but the fruitful process that aroused my interest in conducting research. I learnt not to give up easily while thinking out of the box.
During the exchange, I was also glad to develop friendship with classmates from different countries including Sweden, Italy, Germany and France. Apart from learning the cultures, eating habits and other languages from them, we exchanged a lot of ideas about the possibilities of our career in the future and the development of biomedical engineering.
After the exchange programme, I developed a new direction towards my future study. As the biomedical technology in western countries is much more advanced, I decided to do my postgraduate study abroad to explore more opportunities. I am now studying a Master’s Degree of Biomedical Engineering at the University College Dublin in Ireland. Although the study is exceptionally challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic, I have further strengthened my creativity and problem-solving skills through projects. In the second semester, I worked as an engineer intern at Medtronic, the largest medical device company in the world. It was a great experience for me as I could learn the development process of a new medical device, from design to commercialisation for the market.
Thanks Dr Roy Chung again for his generosity and support! I have been encouraged to keep working hard and make every effort to pursue my dreams. In the future, I hope that I will be able to help others to achieve their goals, just like how Dr Chung has helped and inspired me.
Teachers in Sweden
Travelling with my classmates in Sweden
Travelling with my classmates in Sweden