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星期四 2017年3月09號

【SCMP Education Post:Study in the UK】Indebted, proud and honoured

For one reason or another, I have been reflecting on the time I spent studying for a master’s degree at The University of Warwick. It has dawned on me how the crackerjack entrepreneurs and leaders of this world rarely mention how the skills they gained through debating or taking part in seminars actually had an impact on their future careers and leadership style. Universities may have planned courses in place to develop students’ entrepreneurial streak, but my focus here is on those great tutors and Professors who may almost inadvertently pass on greater wisdom than they might imagine …

 

I arrived at Warwick as a strong academic with good writing skills and solid knowledge from the essay-based modules I had studied for my undergraduate degree. I had become used to that mode of study and my expectations of my master’s degree, in terms of receiving a boost to my levels of creativity and critical thinking, were not especially great.

 

I cannot state that The University of Warwick single-handedly got me to where I am today. However, everything about who I was, who I had become, who I wanted to be and how I would like to be in the world of work all fell into place during my first seminar at Warwick.

 

The Professor who led my first seminar was called Peter Brunell. When he entered the room and strolled to the front of the class with apparently no paper or materials, I had a hunch that he would captivate everyone in the room and be willing to work WITH everyone as opposed to FOR everyone. I was correct and Professor Brunell quickly cast aside the fears and doubts I had had about the transition from undergraduate to master’s study.


Another point pertaining to my Professor’s teaching style is that you do not need structured courses and syllabi to mould budding entrepreneurs. I believe that ambitious business-minded people can soak up the best bits from their time at university, be it a memorable debate or advice from a tutor, and take these precious “bits” down a quite unexpected direction which is some distance away from the degree one is working towards. Although I was a student of Political Economy, there was no written rule for me to become a Financial Advisor or Government Official.I believe that it is still fashionable for a tutor to roll up on day one and immediately lay down the rules, distribute a course outline and speak about coursework and exams. That was not the case with “Prof”. Through a simple, unselfish and uncluttered teaching model, he turned my nine course-mates and I into thoughtful, patient and confident individuals. The “Prof” hardly spoke as he wished to be a facilitator. Indeed, it was down to the students to generate debates and bounce ideas off each other. The course was also very anti-structural, with a great deal of input provided by ourselves, and I think that such syllabi work best to keep students engaged and on their toes.


And so onto the influence of my time at Warwick on what I do now. Essentially, I took many mental notes of the way in which my Professors and tutors facilitated instead of lectured. I have been able to enable my colleagues to provide me with ideas and “fill me in” rather than feeling the urge to bark out orders and demand the perfect execution of a task. There must be a process, dialogue and a willingness to create an environment where everyone is on an equal footing. Just because I am the founder does not mean that only my brainwaves and decisions are final.

 

Overall, I am indebted to The University of Warwick for the unique education I received and the person I have become. This institution did not make a “whole” me but it was a significant part of the puzzle. My British Council Alumni Award, which Warwick nominated me for, reminds me that a shy Hong Kong child can become something - if he or she wants to be.

 

Samuel Chan is the Managing Director of Britannia StudyLink.

Origianal article: http://www.educationpost.com.hk/resources/dse/170309

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#熱門話題
1 寄宿百科 2 英國大學
3 談英國 4 赴英須知
5 赴英遊學 6 選校攻略
7 留英所得 8 親子關係
9 英名校大比拼 10 留英專家分享
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陳思銘(Samuel Chan) 並非如一般外界人所認為的「富二代留學生」,家人數代都在流浮山經營海鮮買賣,父母學歷程度雖然不高,但努力工作賺錢把Samuel從小(9歲)就供養到英國寄宿學校格雷舍姆學院 (Gresham College)讀書,才能讓他早早就體會到英式教育優越全世界的原因。
 
Samuel Chan在留英之前亦都曾苦於在香港的教育體系中掙扎求存,但是香港朝令夕改的教育制度卻令他的成續止步不前,甚至感到老師也對自己失去興趣。直到接受英式教育後,他深深感受到兩地學制的差異:在英國,永遠是先發掘學生的興趣,再透過「興趣」作為推動其學習的原動力,釋放潛能。在英國,他獲得了使自己能夠表達自己並嘗試新事物的信心,最終以優秀的成續升讀英國頂尖的學府。
 
Samuel Chan留英長達15年,在諾定咸大學(University of Nottingham)獲得經濟學學士後,在華威大學(The University of Warwick)攻讀完政治經濟系碩士後回流香港。回流香港的Samuel鑑有感於香港教育制度無法充分釋放學生潛力,於是回流英國的他創辦了英識教育,以幫助更多有志留學英國的同學提供各類支援及顧問服務。
 
白手興手固然辛苦,但奮鬥數年英識教育終獲香港品牌發展局頒發「香港服務名牌」的升學教育中心,亦是同業首間獲此認證的品牌。後來,Samuel於2017年奪得「英國傑出校友獎」,該獎是英國文化協會及多家英國高等院校的共同構思,並由英國文化協舉辦,評選活動獲不少名人及王室人員支持及參與。可見,讓身為香港人的「陳思銘」的名字深深烙印在英國學術界傑出人仕的陳列櫃中。雖然事業受到肯定,但Samuel並不安於現狀,後來在2020年更創立Britannia Gateway 的學術培訓平台,提供更多元化的課程以幫助客戶適應英國課程。
 
時至今天,Samuel仍在各大報章撰寫教育專欄,也不時在社交網路分享影片及文章,分享對英國寄宿學校的專業見解及留學經驗。

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#院校分析
論名氣,Oundle 未追得上 Eton、Wycombe Abbey 等頂級名校,但學校的學術成績在英國依然名列前茅。作為傳統名校,Oundle 非常重視全人發展,為學生提供多元課餘活動選擇。學校奉行英國碩果僅存的 House Dining System,或是令香港家長趨之若鶩的一大原因。
Bromsgrove 的師生比例是一比八,比一般的寄宿學校低。此外,綜合我曾到訪的學校,此校硬件設施之完善,可入選全英設備最佳的三大校園。校方不惜工本為學生提供舒適環境,甚至收購附近的酒店改建成宿舍,令宿生有名符其實的「五星級享受」。此校極具前瞻性,是國際化的英國宿校。
Brighton College 是英國首屈一指的私校,是香港家長最愛的寄宿學校之一。 看一間學校,除了教育宗旨、多元化活動、成績之外,更要看校長的魄力。十年前,校長 Mr. Richard Cairns 成為 Brighton College 校長後,把學校由全英國接近 150 名推至首 20 名。除了在教育方針上大力推動改革之外,也為了保持學生的求知慾而非常努力,是難得的好校長。
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