Undergraduate students sweep top awards in the HKSI Institute Scholarship Programme 2020

Undergraduate students sweep top awards in the HKSI Institute Scholarship Programme 2020

Three undergraduate students of HKU Business School took part in the HKSI Institute Scholarship Programme 2020 and were awarded Champion, 1st Runner-up & team award, and Finalist.

Participating students were required to write a 1000 word essay on the topic “What does it take to develop a career in the increasingly digitalised financial industry?” Eight finalists were then selected to work on a research project in groups of two to compete for attractive cash prizes and premier internship opportunities offered by leading firms in accounting, banking and financial services.

Since its launch in 2004, HKSI Institute Scholarship Programme has provided university students an avenue to widen their horizons and advance their career development for the financial industry.

Sharing from the Awarded Students:

Champion – Lee Chi Lam Esther, BEcon&Fin

“HKSI Scholarship Programme 2020 has been a fruitful journey to deepen my understanding towards the financial sector. I have learnt about the changes in the finance industry in the realm of technology, such as the implementation of ‘Digital Person’. I am also grateful to have received valuable mentoring from Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, which has allowed me to get a head start on building my career path in the banking industry.”


1st Runner-up & team award* – Lee Siu Hin Aaron, BBA(Law)&LLB 

”Despite majoring in law, I have embraced different opportunities in the financial sector. It is for this reason that I have joined the HKSI Scholarship. The experience in shadowing Mr. Paul Day, head of operation from Morgan Stanley, is an eye-opening and precious one. Therefore, stay open-minded and seize your opportunities. You may gain more than what you have ever expected from the journey.”

*shared with another student from City University of Hong Kong


Finalist – Ma Chun Ming James, BFin(AMPB) 

“The HKSI scholarship programme was fun, intellectually stimulating, and challenging. Experienced senior executives of multinational financial institutions come together to guide you to an interactive research project. The programme strives to discover dynamic ways to ensure this is a fun and interactive competition! I highly recommend students from the faculty to join the programme next year.”


Champion Miss Esther Lee (2nd from left) accompanied by HKU Representative Prof. Anna Wong (right) to accept award from Mr. Barry Tong (2nd from right) of Grant Thornton, Programme Chair and Lead Sponsor, and Mr. Dicky Hung (left) of SPD Bank, Research Project Sponsor.

Mr. Aaron Lee (3nd from right) and Mr. Alex Kwok (3nd from left) accompanied by Prof. Anna Wong (left) and Prof. Stephen Shum (right) to accept the Team Award from Ms. Katherine Ng (2nd from right), Chairman of HKSI Institute, and Mr. Victor Lee (2nd from left), Chairman of Panel Interview.

Finalists accompanied by university representatives to accept awards from Mr. Christopher Tang (2nd from left), Member of Panel Interview, Mr. Kevin Liem (right), Volunteer Marker, Mr. Barry Tong (2nd from right) and Mr. Kingston Tsang (left).

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