Quality Assurance Officer, Gourmet House Limited
I chose this program for further study after completing my undergraduate studies as this program is the only master’s program in Hong Kong that focuses on health and safety issues in different aspects, like food safety and occupational safety. Therefore, completing this program enables me to have a wider range of career options. Also, the curriculum of this program is flexible and comprehensive which covers different environmental aspects. We can therefore choose the courses which we are truly interested in. On top of that, students studying in EHS are from diverse academic background and career path – most of them are full-time master students with science or engineering background, and several part-time students are working in related industry while studying. Therefore, I get to know many experts and professionals of the field.
Apart from attending lectures, students may also choose to conduct a minuscule research project under the supervision of a faculty. I worked on a project about saltwater aquaponics under the supervision of Dr. Cindy Lam. I acquired many techniques and standard operating procedures of working in a laboratory. Besides, I have developed critical thinking skills when analyzing the data and making logical decisions about my findings throughout the research process. My communication skills have also improved when having discussion with my supervisor and delivering presentation to professors and other students. The hard and soft skills I learned through these experiences are of paramount importance for me when seeking a lab-related job in the future.
There are extra-curricular activities that enhance the learning experience and broaden my horizon, including field trips and company visits. I think the most unforgettable field trip throughout the program would be the guided walk through Mai Po Nature Reserve, which is a Ramsar site with many endemic and precious animals. I also participated in a company visit to ASB, which is a biodiesel plant that can produce renewable energy by processing tons of waste oil. In addition, the EHS program conducts other interesting and educational field trips such as visiting a wastewater treatment plant, butterfly reserve area, and marine park. Joining these activities allows me to learn and have fun at the same time. They definitely spiced up my school life at HKUST.
EHS Administrator, China Resources Land Ltd.
I am so lucky that I chose to join the MSc EHS Program at HKUST. It was a wonderful year, not only to give me a fresh perspective on current environmental issues, but also dramatically improve my knowledge of environmental health and safety.
The program provides different kinds of career services such as field trips, EIA training, SGS training, etc. Despite the fact that all of the knowledge is yet to be applied at work, for someone like me who has chosen an EHS career, a solid foundation in relevant areas has been built.
I also appreciated the efforts of MSc Programs Office and all of professors since the admission interview, especially in such a hard year. There were concise and comprehensive instructions for every key step we had to take, and I felt well supported during the whole year of my study.
Safety Engineer, Nam Kwong Real Estate Co., Ltd.
Aiming to introduce students to wide-ranging knowledge and techniques for managing environmental science, the EHS program provided by HKUST is perfectly fit for my academic interest because of its focus on topics of safety, environment and sustainability. A scientific evaluation of my character and preference convinces me that EHS is the area I want to pursue. It enables me to engage with in-depth exploration of the environmental technology in order to prepare the theoretical and practical base I need for career development. The decision to apply this inspiring one-year learning experience is really a smart choice in my life.
EHS Administrator, Dongguan Industrial Investment Holding Group Co., Ltd.
Academic Excellence Scholarship Awardee
I like a Japanese tune called “The Song for The Lights on Fishing Boats” while I would like to give this name to the days in UST EHS Program. UST faces to the sea as a heaven for the students, like the Clear Water Bay as the heaven for the fishing boats. The days in EHS Program light up the rosin torches of my dream to become a person who can devote the whole life to help the other being suffered by paint and diseases. I got a deeper understanding in pharmacology, microbiology, and the relation between environment and human health, acting as the foundation for my dream. From now on, I won’t stop but seeking a way to achieve my goal.
Engineering Consultant, Guangdong Guangzi International Engineering Investment Consultants Co., Ltd.
This program allows me to gain invaluable knowledge from professors who used real-life examples as part of their teaching. In the past year, the EHS program conducts many field trips for students, such as conserve parks and treatment plants in Hong Kong and Guangdong Province to broaden our horizon. Secondly, our professors invited officers and consultants from the government organizations and well-known enterprises to show us the international laws and regulations about environmental protection, health and safety. I treasure the lectures and chances of site visits which definitely gave me invaluable insights and help me in my future career.
PhD Student, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The EHS program offers me a truly inspiring 1-year learning experience. The program has not only equipped me with a variety of health and environmental related science disciplines, but more importantly, the competence to analyse problems thoroughly and learn quickly. These skills are helpful and important for my coming PhD study and future career.
EHS is a supportive and warm community where you can always get guidance and inspiration from professors and professionals in related sectors. You can definitely explore different academic interests and career throughout the study of the EHS program. I am grateful to be part of the EHS family.
I have been studying at HKUST for 6 years. Throughout these 6 years, I got my Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry and Master of Science in Environmental Health and Safety. Now, I am going to start my 3-year PhD study here. My research interest focuses on the nanoporous metal and its environmental applications. I love HKUST and here is definitely my second.
Research Assistant, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The year in HKUST was short but substantial. HKUST has a strong atmosphere of scientific research and abundant and practical learning facilities. The school also pays great attention to our physical and mental health, providing students with public facilities such as gyms, swimming pools and school hospitals. The course schedule of MSc EHS is reasonable and compact, which provides a lot of fundamental knowledge in our major. In particular, the course Research Project provides us with a good opportunity to learn experimental skills. I joined the laboratory for systematic training of experimental skills, which made me have a deeper understanding of this major and learned many advanced scientific technologies and research means, which laid a good foundation for my future work and also made me realize my love for scientific research. Therefore, I chose to work in the laboratory after graduation. Finally, I wish you a full and interesting life at HKUST.
Assistant Technician, Vitargent (International) Biotechnology Limited
It was a wonderful year during the EHS program, no matter the courses, but also the professors, and all kinds of off-campus activities. The courses contents basically include general knowledge about both biology and environment, which can lay a solid foundation for the coming career life. What I gain most, is the variety of the course exams, from group project to field trip study, from course essay to group presentation, I thus have a significant improvement on my cooperation, communication and team working abilities. Apart from this, professors also help me a lot. They act as mentors in my daily life, and tour guides in my career plan. Last but not least, the fantastic class activities such as BBQ, lunch party, all create a long-lasting friendship among classmates.
Laboratory Teacher, School of Food and Bioengineering, Xihua University, China
Time flies, as Professor Wang always mentioned in the Marine Ecotoxicology classes. I have gained much more than just knowledge and practical experience in the past year at HKUST. To all the faculty members, thank you for all the great effort you put in teaching and your valuable advice on my career development. I also feel very lucky to have a supportive group of friends from the EHS program. They always gave me useful suggestions on academic studies and they even taught me how to swim. I enjoyed the time spent with them, it was full of happiness. Now I am so fortunate to be working in my hometown as a teacher. When I give lectures to my students, I will always remember how I was mentored at HUKST.
Assistant Environmental Engineer, Sembawang-Leader Joint Venture
I obtained my bachelor degree outside Hong Kong, I didn't know much information about my career pathway in Hong Kong. In this master programme, I have met some experienced classmates and friendly lecturers, they were more than willing to spend their time and share their invaluable working experience and opinions with me. Besides, the lecturers invited some officers from government departments in career talk, which was a really good chance for us to learn from them. In other words, this programme didn't provide us learning materials only, I have also gained some thoughts about my future, they are always ones of my important mentors.
Research Assistant, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
By taking the MSc course, Environmental Health and Safety, I reap the benefit of acquiring more knowledge, both theoretical and practical, related to our ambient environment and human health. For example, case analyses of air and water pollution encourage me to know more about the science behind the news of environmental pollution and keep myself in a healthy surrounding to some extend. As for my career, EHS provides good opportunities by offering advanced views towards environmental researches and field trip, such as sewage treatment plant, so that we can achieve more favorable experiences to jobs related to environment.
HSE Engineer, Yip's Chemical Group
I have gained practical knowledge and experience in environmental health and safety during my full-time MSc study at HKUST. It helps to advance my career to professional level. Forums and seminars provided by the MSc Program are target-oriented which broaden my horizon. Classmates from different academic backgrounds can get together and become the life-long companion. Memories will stay in my heart forever!
Ticketing Service Supervisor, Hong Kong Airport Service Ltd
Through the HKUST - EHS Program it had helped me to get a much more in-depth understanding of the environment in relationship to disease, health and safety. Having worked in the airline industry for 20 years, I never knew aircraft has emitted nerve gas and its impact on human health receives great attention recently. My heartfelt thanks to all the professors, teaching faculty and staff who made this successful one-year program a valuable and memorable experience in my life.