Government and International Studies student joins international conference to explore global issues

2018-05-02
Rex Chan (centre) and his team win the Impact Challenge in the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations


Rex Chan (Government and International Studies, Year 3) was selected to join the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) in the US which brought together 300 university students from 40 countries and cities to discuss the most pressing issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Rex and his team won the Impact Challenge with their familiarity with Asia and insightful development strategy.

Rex remarked that in the four-day conference, various issues including entrepreneurship, economics and finance, environment and sustainable development, health and social policies, international politics and diplomacy were discussed. He was deeply inspired by the views exchanged between participants and the talks delivered by speakers. He also took the opportunity to attend humanities lessons while at Harvard University to get a taste of the learning atmosphere in the world-class university.

The Impact Challenge was a one-day case competition held on the last day of the HPAIR conference. Participants were divided into groups and were asked to provide advice to a randomly assigned startup. Rex, together with another four delegates from Malaysia, the Philippines and India, suggested a Harvard startup named 'Luminopia' to expand its service, a virtual reality (VR) therapeutic tool for visual disorders, to remote areas in Asia and increase its branding efforts.

Rex thanked GIS and HKBU for their support which enabled him to join the international platform to exchange ideas with people around the world. This experience broadened his vision and gave him new ideas about his prospects.