“Live to Learn, Give to Gain”
The last year has been a successful one for the Birmingham PASS Society at the University of Birmingham. From hosting and taking part in competitions, to organising events with alumni and holding fundraising events, Birmingham PASS have become a well-established and successful society.
In addition to organising regular social service activities, such as volunteering at a local elderly residence, the society has also introduced events aimed at enhancing their members’ employability and career prospects.
Their most high profile event was a dinner and networking reception where The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma attended as the keynote speaker. The society found the event to be a valuable experience, especially as they were then invited to visit the Final Court of Appeal with the Chief Justice himself as a tour guide.
‘The Honourable Chief Justice is such a kind and intelligent man’ says Harry Kwong, President of the Birmingham PASS Society, ‘we were honoured that he attended our event and spoke so openly. We were so excited to be invited to the Final Court of Appeal and hope to meet with the Honourable Chief Justice again soon’.
The society also gained extensive media coverage after holding a Political Forum in Hong Kong. The Forum was attended by the Chairman of the Civic Party and members of the Legislative and District Councils.
Birmingham PASS has also launched the Lighthouse Mentorship Programme in collaboration with the Hong Kong Alumni Association. The programme is open to all students and provides advice and guidance from alumni living in Hong Kong. ‘It builds a great platform between students and alumni’ says Dickson Lam (BA International Relations with Economics) whose mentor is Wilfred Cheung BSc Accounting and Finance, 2005), a senior manager in Deloitte. ‘I have the opportunity to network professionally, understand interview techniques and gain an insight into the financial industry.’ The programme currently has 8 mentees, and will be continuing into the next academic year.
2014 has been an incredibly successful year for Birmingham PASS and the University looks forward to seeing what 2015 will bring.
If you’d like to hear more about the society, or find out how you can volunteer as a mentor please email the alumni office at firstname.lastname@example.org