August 2, 2021


Through Education Matters

A single HKUST trade student’s knowledge

Nightclubs at Lan Kwai Fong, horse races, bar-hopping in Wan Chai, mountaineering to Hong Kong’s best peak — it’s protected to say Xavier Palle experienced a excellent time in Hong Kong as an trade university student. The Swiss Federal Institute of Engineering Lausanne university student was part of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technological know-how (HKUST) Engineering Trade Programme.

Palle is originally from the French mountains with Europe at his doorstep and the US and Canada a moderately-prolonged plane journey absent. So why did he pick to travel midway throughout the world to Asia as an alternative? “International ordeals have always appealed to me considering the fact that I was younger. Asian tradition has a thing diverse than what I am used to in Europe, and was what attracted me there. Hong Kong topped the record of Asian countries I wanted to go to as it supplies the greatest immersion into Asian society and was also close to a lot of other Asian nations which gave me the opportunity to travel all over,” Palle states.

Beneath we check with him additional about the ups (travelling to 5 distinctive international locations), the downs (sky-higher drink price ranges) and every thing in between about his time at the Vertical City:

What did you like most about finding out at HKUST?

There are lots of items I appreciated about studying in Hong Kong, a person of them staying the university’s place. For occasion, when researching from the library, you had the most superb check out of the bay. In addition, you are also pretty near to the city creating it easy to pay a visit to, try to eat, store, and anything. 

Here, Palle is found at the library at HKUST in Hong Kong. Resource: Xavier Palle

What was the application like for the study course you did in HKUST?

The particular person in charge of your programme sends you all the facts relative to it ahead of the beginning of the academic year, so everything is properly described and quick to abide by. Having said that, you have to be careful and adhere to deadlines — like the visa deadline so you can obtain it before arriving. 

Ahead of you get there in Hong Kong, you really should decide on the maximum selection of courses you’d like to have because you may possibly not get all of them. If you have way too numerous classes, you can drop some of them for the duration of an add-drop period, which is the second stage of the training course collection. 

What are you at the moment accomplishing? Give us far more facts.

I am presently back again at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technological know-how Lausanne, finding out for a key in Mechanical Engineering, specialising in fluid mechanics and a insignificant in mathematics in computational science and engineering. I did my third year of Mechanical Engineering at HKUST. 

Convey to us about your most unforgettable time at HKUST. What did you like most about it, and why?

In HKUST I fulfilled a great deal of folks from all in excess of the globe. I have in no way met so many people who are open to new points, and fascinated in finding the entire world and its population. My memorable time right here incorporates operating late in the library to submit a venture, then likely to enjoy the horse races, followed by a night time in Wan Chai — a well-liked and vibrant industrial location. 

What I like about Hong Kong is that it is pretty global, so you can satisfy a lot of people today from all all over the globe and also discuss English. Hong Kong is very perfectly situated in Asia which permits you to travel incredibly simply. 

Notify us a lot more about wherever you travelled to within Asia from Hong Kong.

I travelled to 5 various countries! Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand and South Korea — I used 10 times in every region backpacking, a full of 1 spot for every thirty day period. It was a fantastic team of pals and I that travelled about alongside one another enjoying what Asia had to provide. 

Hiking is one of Palle’s favourite points to do in Hong Kong. Supply: Xavier Palle

What ended up your favourite foodstuff in HK?

I relished Tim Wo Han’s dim sum pretty significantly, they have so quite a few possibilities — from soups, to rooster legs, to fried pork balls! I appreciate that you can make your personal food out of many little side dishes. 

My pals and I employed to do that at dining establishments due to the fact it was much extra reasonably priced than ingesting out at a lot more advanced spots. On our campus at HKUST we also had the solutions to check out unique Asian cuisines, and I actually liked the Taiwanese foods they had. A different favourite of mine was the Japanese ramen, I just cherished the truth that in Hong Kong meals from all in excess of Asia was readily available. 

What ended up your favorite bars – would you be ready to deliver some images?

We applied to go to Girls Night time in Wan Chai (so Wednesday) in a bar referred to as Devil’s Advocate. There were a good deal of people there all night time prolonged and the beverages had been affordable. In September, I went to some rooftops bars in Hong Kong. The look at was totally extraordinary but the selling prices had been pretty substantial. A much more cost-effective rooftop would be just as remarkable IFC shopping mall rooftop in Central! 

Palle with his friends at IFC Mall rooftop in Central Hong Kong. Resource: Xavier Palle

What did you skip most from home, and how did you substitute it in the course of your scientific tests at HKUST? 

Since I utilised to stay in the mountains in France, I skipped them. Hong Kong is quite a crowded city which is something I was not extremely applied to. I observed peace and calmness by hiking in the mountains in Hong Kong, and executing sports at HKUST. I would also say I missed my household and friends again home. However, conversation at present is quick thanks to digital social networks. I would just contact dwelling every time I would really feel a little sad, and the proximity I experienced with new good friends in Hong Kong aided. 

What is your major assistance for other individuals setting up to research in Hong Kong?

Really do not be far too shy at the commencing, all the people you fulfill have decided on to research abroad and experience the unfamiliar just like you did. You will certainly uncover some remarkable people today which you will hold in touch with, even following you return dwelling. 

Don’t keep on campus all the time (even although HKUST is wonderful, you can do a ton of things to do outdoors including visiting the “Big Buddha,” or heading on a hike to the “Dragon’s Back,” having out at dining establishments which are remarkably reasonably priced (like “Tim Ho Wan” and his fantastic dim sum), and go store at the Females Current market — there are so lots of items to do!

 Last of all, I would totally propose preserving some cash to travel all through Asia, the travelling reminiscences have been for me the most stunning element of my trade. Flights from Hong Kong are pretty obtainable in rate, and you can go to a ton of different spots.