To Inspire. To Be Inspired. – 30 Stories on HKUST Faculty, Alumni and Students

the odds, and after many late nights studying, Kevin’s hard work paid off. He scored 5* in four subjects for his Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination results and was admitted to HKUST to study risk management and business intelligence. But when HKUST launched Hong Kong’s first tech-based data science undergraduate program in 2018, Kevin jumped at the chance to join its first cohort of students. Keen to develop his long-time interest in programming, he declared two additional majors in computer science and mathematics. Kevin’s achievements are admirable when you learn about how he developed his caring heart and his drive to turn adversity into opportunity. Kevin was raised in a single-parent family, by a father who had kidney failure and was unable to work due to his health. The two led a frugal life, going without most of the comforts many of us take for granted, including air-conditioning in their home. While studying at school, Kevin had a range of part-time jobs, from waiter to shop assistant, to help meet the family’s expenses. This was in addition to the hectic preparation needed for him to pass his public examinations. Against I have received much help from the bighearted, so I have to give back to society whenever I can.