A decade ago, Dr Amy Chen came from Zhuhai, a city in Mainland China, to Hong Kong to start a new life on her own and pursue her “Hong Kong dream”.

She moved with only two pieces of luggage, HK$3,000 in her wallet and an admission letter to a PhD programme.

Amy says, “When I returned to Zhuhai upon completion of my Master’s degree in the United Kingdom, I worked in human resource management in the banking industry. Everything went on so smoothly that I didn’t bother to think about whether I was following my own interest. It was only after l joined Beijing Normal University – Hong Kong Baptist University United International College as a lecturer that I found my passion in life – teaching.” To better equip herself in the quest for excellence in teaching, Amy decided to give up her stable life in Zhuhai as well as her well-paid and respectable job, and came to Hong Kong to pursue a PhD degree.

Amy frankly shares that it was no easy task for her to return to student life. She encountered many obstacles during that time. “I cannot really express what I faced during those three years of hard work. I couldn’t help wondering whether my initial decision was correct, especially when I thought about the uncertain prospects after graduation. Fortunately, I’m rather positive. Once I’ve made up my mind to do something, I do my utmost to accomplish it regardless of the efforts I have to make in the process. I might need to work much harder than others, but I proceed towards my goal with unwavering conviction.” Upon graduation, Amy chose to stay in HKBU as a research associate and continued with her research. After some time, she transferred to the School of Continuing Education to work as a lecturer, throwing herself into teaching and research. Despite being overwhelmed, she laid a solid foundation for her career development.

Amy’s perseverance and diligence eventually paid off. When doing her PhD, she was invited by teachers to co-author academic papers. Her research papers on management were published in various academic journals, including Academy of Management Journal, a leading journal in the field. Her distinguished research performance won her the University’s Faculty Performance Award for Young Researcher; and her well-recognised teaching performance has contributed to the smooth advancement of her career.

Looking back on her 10-year “Hong Kong dream”, Amy expresses her gratitude. “All along, I’ve been moving forward despite immense difficulties, but luckily I’ve had plenty of helping hands. Most of all, I’m grateful that I’ve found a life-changing religion which gives me staunch support through every up and down.” Amy firmly believes that everyone should have the courage to pursue their dreams and put their shoulders to the wheel in order to achieve their goals. She emphasises that enjoying the course of working hard towards the goal without bothering too much about the result will bring great contentment.