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Peter Li was born and raised in Hong Kong. He spent 32 years in the United States before returning to Hong Kong and has been serving as the Director of the International Office at HKBU since September 2006. He began his work in international education in 1983 and worked at two major publicly funded institutions in the US. Before his return to Hong Kong, he was the Associate Dean of International Students and Scholars at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.


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Many years ago, when I was in the United States, I had the good fortune of working with one of the exchange students from Hong Kong.  She was born in Beijing, China and immigrated to Hong Kong when she was approximately 12 years old.  She did not enroll in one of the big name secondary schools in Hong Kong since she had a bit of a struggle learning her ropes in order to function well in her newly adopted place of residence when she first arrived here.  However, due to her hard work and positive attitude, she was able to do well both in her Certificate of Education as well as her Advanced Level examinations that she managed to earn a place in one of the most prestigious universities in Hong Kong.  That was how I got to know her up close and personal.

In her junior year, she was sent by this institution in Hong Kong as an exchange student and went to the US with a full intention of using the time abroad to challenge herself to see how she would fit into the new culture and environment.  I got to know her at the orientation program I ran not long after her arrival in the United States.  Right after the first semester started, she hit the ground running and found herself busy engaging in various activities such as joining academic clubs on campus, volunteering her time with under-privileged children, attending church and religious activities, presenting cultural materials about Hong Kong to local service clubs and organizations, among other things.  Through these involvements, she was able to extend her circle of friends and learn many new things.  The second semester she was there, she was elected the President of the International Student Association.  She acquired new knowledge and problem solving skills and was able to develop her people skill big time.  Throughout that year she spent time with us, she would come to my office routinely to ask various questions and bring up different issues and concerns to equip herself to cope with the everyday challenges in this new cultural environment.  All in all, she had such a positive and enjoyable experience there that it was even difficult for her to say good-bye to all her friends when it was time for her to depart to go back home to Hong Kong to resume her studies there.  A year later, after obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Hong Kong, she decided to pursue professional studies in the US.  She chose Law as her field and was accepted into quite a few of the prestigious universities in the US.  She eventually chose the University of California at Berkeley to pursue a law degree.  Today, she is a well-respected and successful professional in Hong Kong and we still keep in touch with each other even after all these years.  What a success story it is!

One of the most gratifying things working in the area of international education is the fact that we are able to make a difference in people’s lives.  The impact and power of a study abroad experience can be easily felt.  I hope to be able to motivate more of our HKBU students to engage in this worthy academic pursuit in the future years to come.


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