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Helping university students from Hong Kong

  • 1.  Helping university students from Hong Kong

    Posted 22 days ago
    Dear colleagues -  I beg for your forgiveness about this posting and I beg for your understanding.  Chris/

    Helping university students from Hong Kong to continue their studies in Taiwan during an unsettled period in Hong Kong

    How can students currently enrolled in universities in Hong Kong continue their study when all universities are closed for the current calendar year?  As an educator, I care about the future of these young talents in Hong Kong because they represent the future of Hong Kong. 

    First, I am delighted to learn from two leading universities in Taiwan (National Taiwan University (NTU) and National Tsinghua University (NTHU)) that they have set up "special programs" to accommodate students currently enrolled in universities in Hong Kong to study in Taiwan as visiting students for the remaining of Fall 2019 semester and/or Spring 2020 semester.   (As of November 20, 2019, over 550 university students from Hong Kong have applied for these special programs at these two universities and over 150 of them are Hong Kong residents.)

    Second, knowing many students from Hong Kong may not have the financial resources to visit Taiwan as visiting students, I have learned from various Taiwan university officials about ways to donate funds as financial aids for these students.  Based on my understanding, a gift of US$2000 can really help these university students to continue their studies at NTU or NTHU during this difficult period of time in Hong Kong.  (Due to limited funds, all non-Taiwanese students have a higher priority to receive financial support.) As such, I urge you to donate what you can.  Even a small donation US$10 can help for two reasons: (a) small things can change the world; and (b) small things can inspire others. 

    (A)Students currently enrolled in one of the eight universities in Hong Kong (i.e., Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, City University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong, Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Lingnan University) who would like to apply for the "Special Programs", see below: 

    *  National Taiwan University
    (Chinese) 
    http://oia.ntu.edu.tw/ch/news/detail/sn/1207
    (English) 
    http://oia.ntu.edu.tw/news/detail/sn/1206


    * National Tsinghua University 
    (Chinese and English) 
    https://www.facebook.com/nthu.tw/photos/a.421000657955968/2698927596829918/?type=3&theater
    Taiwan Hotline number:  +866-3-5162464


    ** Students who apply for these "special programs" are responsible to check about the transferability of the credits earned in Taiwan.


    (B)  Individuals who wish to make donations to support students to continue their studies at NTU or NTHU, see below:

    * National Taiwan University
    (For US citizens making tax-deductible donations):  Send a check and fill out the form https://giving.ntu.edu.tw/DonationFormUS.aspx?lang=EN  (In the form, please drag down the section (*Please indicate the purpose and/or beneficiary of your gift) and click "other" to open a dialogue box and then state the purpose is "to OIA for Hong Kong".

    (For Taiwan citizens making tax-deductible donations): Send a check and fill out the form  
    https://giving.ntu.edu.tw/DonationFormTW.aspx?lang=EN  (In the form, please drag down the section (*Please indicate the purpose and/or beneficiary of your gift:)  and click "other" to open a dialogue box and then state the purpose is "to OIA for Hong Kong"

    ** For other donors who are neither US citizens nor Taiwan citizens making donations without tax deductions, please fill out the form 
    https://giving.ntu.edu.tw/DonationFormUS.aspx?lang=EN  and follow the above instruction.  

     * National Tsinghua University
    (For US citizens making tax-deductible donations):  Please visit https://www.nthu-na-foundation.org/donate and download the donation form by clicking on the link on the right hand column.  (Please check the box "other" in section 3 and write "HK student emergency fund" for this special purpose.)

    (For Taiwan citizens making tax-deductible donations):  Please visit  
    https://giving.nthu.edu.tw/  and click the tab 我要捐款 to access the donation form (In the form, please click that the fund is for "HK student emergency fundin the 捐款用途 section)


    ** For other donors who are neither US citizens nor Taiwan citizens making donations without tax deductions, please make your donation via International bank wire transfer: 

     Bank NameBank of Taiwan, Hsinchu Branch

    Bank Swift CodeBKTWTWTP

    Bank AddressNo.29, Lin Sen Road, Hsinchu, Taiwan

    Beneficial NameNational Tsing Hua University

    Account Number015-036-070-041
    ** Donors can state "HK student emergency fund" as a remark when conducting a wire transfer.

    Time is of essence.  Please share this post/email with others so that more university students in Hong Kong know about different options. 

    Your support will be a ray of hope for these students during an unsettled period in Hong Kong!   I am forever grateful to you for your kind consideration. 

    Sincerely yours,

    Christopher S. Tang



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    Christopher Tang
    Professor
    University of California-Los Angeles
    Los Angeles CA
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