“The BSc(Surveying) prorgmme and the graduates are highly rated by the employers. There are abundant job opportunities for the degree holders, including the public sector, the academia, property developers, real estate funds, consultants, contractors, etc.”
I received my BSc(Surveying) degree from HKU in 1995 and have been qualified as a General Practice Surveyor. Currently, I am working in the Hong Kong Housing Society as the Director (Development & Marketing) with other professionals to serve the needs of the Hong Kong community in housing and related services. Before that, I had been participating in various real estate development and investment projects, mainly in Hong Kong and Mainland China, from my previous roles in listed property developers, a private investment company and a development consultant.
The course offers the students a broad horizon of knowledge and proficiency in equipping themselves for the future career. The curriculum diversifies from the land and property related specialism (e.g. planning and building technology), to the commercial aspects (e.g. economics and financing), and the business environment (e.g. law and management) too. The module of Surveying Studio provides a platform to integrate all these elements and simulate the real world for the young learners.
The programme and the graduates are highly rated by the employers. There are abundant job opportunities for the degree holders, including the public sector, the academia, property developers, real estate funds, consultants, contractors, etc.
In brief, the unique structure and content of the BSc(Surveying) programme incubate the undergraduates to become not only the professional practitioners but also the industry leaders.
“The BSc(Surveying) Programme offered by HKU is the only programme in HK accredited by 5 professional surveying divisions under the HKIS. Graduates could accordingly specialise in the General Practice, Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying divisions etc., while I joined the General Practice stream. Having acquired 2 years of relevant working experience, I took the HKIS and RICS exams to obtain a professional licence in surveying, and I passed both with only one sitting!”
During my 4 years of undergraduate studies in the Department of Real Estate and Construction, not only did I benefit from learning much useful knowledge via a variety of extra-curricular activities, my university life was also enriched by being an executive member of the Surveying Society, a hall resident, and participating in overseas student exchange programmes. My most memorable experience was a 6-month exchange in the United Kingdom (UK), which exposed me to the local lifestyle and learning culture, and developed my independence. After the UK residence, my friends and I toured Europe and the land development projects of different countries. Naturally, I also made friends of different nationalities. A truly unforgettable experience.
In addition to the above, the Department encourages students to be exposed to work related to our programme. During my 4 years as an undergraduate I worked twice as a summer intern, from which I learned the different aspects of various surveying divisions, allowing me to decide on the work that best suits my career on graduation.
For me, studying in a university is not only about landing the ideal job, but also about enjoying the varied aspects of university life to widen my horizons. I am fortunate to have selected the BSc(Surv) programme, and to have lived my life to the fullest in my 4 years of study!
“My four years studying BSc(Surveying) at HKU are some of my best and most enriching experience to date. The most prominent memories I have at HKU revolve around early mornings spent practising interhall softball games, case competition brainstorming over the nights, and of course, the starry nights at Marina Bay Singapore where exchangers of different ethnicities learnt about each other’s culture, and shared our dreams and visions.”
Life at HKU is full of possibilities. Students freely brainstorm and visualise their wildest ideas, predicting property price trends with big data or even submitting a VR animation as a deliverable! Graduating from BSc(Surv) opens up the vast and closely connected alumni network of surveyors who together with Faculty Members are always there to support, counsel and even secure us placements. Pursuing a career in the business world as a surveyor is indeed a well-worn track – the well-respected profession and rigorous critical thinking capability developed will give you unmatched competitive advantages.
“Although I didn’t pursue the conventional surveyor path after graduation, I am still grateful that BSc(Surv) has equipped me with the industry knowledge that taps me into the real estate investment and finance industry, which helps me to land a job in Standard Chartered Bank.”
I regard university education as lens to better understand myself and the world – Although I didn’t pursue the conventional surveyor path after graduation, I am still grateful that BSc(Surv) has equipped me with the industry knowledge that taps me into the real estate investment and finance industry, which helps me to land a job in Standard Chartered Bank.
Apart from equipping students with practical knowledge, the programme also values students’ personal development and international exposure and by encouraging us to take part in competitions and offering lots of exchange opportunities.
My classmates and I once flew to Vancouver to compete in Sauder Summit Global Case Competition at University of British Columbia with other top-notch universities. Within a week, we built an investment thesis for a real estate project in Chicago and presented it in front of a panel of developers and industry experts from the US and Canada. Without the guidance and support from our professors (i.e. answering our calls at 3am HKT), we definitely would not have been bold enough to take on this challenge.
My exchange experience at the University of York was definitely once-in-a-lifetime. Besides schoolwork, I had the chance to backpack to 17+ countries in 6 months and learnt snowboarding in the Alps. Taking the time to explore the world, which I believe to be of significant incremental value to our personal growth, offered me a new perspective towards life. In retrospect, it was undoubtedly the highlight of my student years.