DHRMP Hong Kong Study Trip 2013
Written by: Kok Kai Jie (DHRMP/2B/01)
40 students from SP’s Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology (DHRMP) embarked on an exciting study trip to Hong Kong from 9-14 September 2013. They looked forward to learn more about the HR practices that top companies in Hong Kong adopted to engage their staff, as well as to experience the culture of Hong Kong.
On the first day, the students met at the airport at 3am, eagerly waiting to make the trip together with their course mates. We arrived in Hong Kong and headed to our temporary home before proceeding to have our welcome lunch. We were given a warm welcome from the teachers and students of our host institution, who then showed us the campus and gave us a chance to appreciate the diverse culture in the campus. We also had a short exchange session with the students and found out more about their daily student life.
The next few days were lined up with seminars like “Chinese Wisdom and Modern Management” and “Doing Business in China” which proved to be more interesting than it sounded and really helped to boost our cultural intelligence in both China and Hong Kong. We also had a chance to visit reputable companies in Hong Kong, which were very hospitable and eager to share their HR practices with us. We appreciated the business culture in Hong Kong and the kinds of HR practices adopted by the different industries, which were eye-openers for most of us.
Besides seminars and corporate visits, we also visited the Hong Kong Museum of History where we took a step back to the past and learned more about the history of Hong Kong. The ancient artifacts and displays, which ranged from the birth of Hong Kong to the present day, were amazingly preserved in very good condition.
After each day programme, we would explore the streets and sights of Hong Kong in the evening and do what Singaporeans like to do – shopping. We were able to visit The Peak, Mong Kok and the Avenue of Stars. We also tried the delicacies of Hong Kong, especially the acclaimed dim sum of Hong Kong.
On the second last day, we had a learning journey in Disneyland Hong Kong, where we embarked on Disney’s Youth Programme to find out more about Disneyland as well as ourselves. We had the chance to visit the staff section of Disneyland and understood how a large corporation like Disneyland managed to retain its staff so effectively. We managed to catch the rides, parades and of course, the world-famous Disneyland fireworks which was nothing short of amazing.
Very soon, these 6 days came to an end, and before we knew it, we were back home in Singapore. It had been an amazing trip and time well spent with our friends and lecturers. After all, it is not often that we get a chance to go on a trip with a bunch of friends to learn and enjoy together. Throughout this trip, we exchanged, we experienced and of course, we enjoyed.
What other course mates said about the trip:
“A trip to forge and strengthen friendships without sacrificing the memories and valuable lessons learnt.” – Chia Kim Tat (DHRMP/2B/01)
“An enjoyable and fruitful trip! Definitely an experience that you wouldn’t want to miss :)” – Reena Tay (DHRMP/2B/01)
“Fun-filled with enriching and entertaining corporate visits. I had loads of fun gaining knowledge and experiences during corporate visits.” –Fraser Sim (DHRMP/2B/01)
“It is an eye-opener and it provides us with a rich experience on Hong Kong’s culture and the companies there.” –Tan Wei Jie (DHRMP/FT/2B/01)
“It was a wonderful experience - we learned more about HR and doing business in China. Even till today I am using the information for my Cultural Intelligence project. At the same time, I had a great trip with my friends and lecturers” – Haikal Cheong (DHRMP/2B/03)
“The trip opened my eyes to the possibilities that HR could take me to.” – Joelene Wong (DHRMP/2B/04)
“I was able to learn how people do business in a different country based on their own beliefs. This benefited me a lot since as I would be able to work and interact with people from different cultures in future.” – Chia Ying Pei (DHRMP/2B/04)
“In Hong Kong, I learnt a lot of new things which could not be learnt in classrooms. Not only did we learn a lot from the trip, it is also a great bonding time for us!” – Felicia Ong (DHRMP/2B/04)