Jack Chan

By undertaking this program, I have had the opportunity to experience the tourism and hospitality that both countries have to offer.

UQ-Mahidol-CUHK tripartite exchange program

The highlight of my studies at UQ was undertaking the UQ-Mahidol-CUHK tripartite exchange program where I had the opportunity to undertake a one-year exchange at the two top-ranked universities in Thailand and Hong Kong. While on exchange, I also completed an internship at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin, as part of the Asia-Pacific Hospitality Management Program.

During my first exchange semester, I spent my time at Mahidol University International College (MUIC) near Bangkok, Thailand, followed by the second semester at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Both universities are highly reputable institutions, and hotel management is indeed their expertise. From lodging facility design to shopping mall investment and management, MUIC and CUHK provide you with opportunities to undertake unique courses that are not offered at UQ, and also offer insights and connections within the highly-developed tourism sector of these countries.

By undertaking this program, I have had the opportunity to experience the tourism and hospitality that both countries have to offer by joining field trips arranged by the universities, attending lectures presented by industry experts, and through exploration during my personal time. Going on exchange is not just about academic advancement, but is also a way to expose yourself to a new teaching and learning environment, make life-long friends from all over the world, enjoy authentic local cuisines, integrate travelling and studying, and step out of your comfort zone to have new and exciting experiences.

During my internship at the Hyatt Regency as a trainee at the Food and Beverage department, I was fortunate to have the chance to work alongside the exceptional Hyatt team. This enabled me to acquire hands-on experience and know-how during my time working at the hotel’s buffet restaurant and VIP lounge. My work as a trainee was an irreplaceable addition to my degree, particularly the invaluable experience gained working in a VIP lounge so early in my career. I am so thankful to the UQ Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law, as well as UQ Abroad for offering this worthwhile and rewarding exchange and internship opportunity.

Jack Chan

Qualifications

Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management