Date
29 March 2017
Openness to new ideas, the emphasis on learning through discussion and interaction and the sharing culture are some of the things that HK students found impressive during a trip to Stanford University. Photo: HKEJ
Openness to new ideas, the emphasis on learning through discussion and interaction and the sharing culture are some of the things that HK students found impressive during a trip to Stanford University. Photo: HKEJ

Takeaways of some students from a Stanford boot camp

Several dozen Hong Kong students visited Stanford University recently to learn about the startup culture in Silicon Valley and Stanford’s interactive education.

Cathy, James and Eric were among those who traveled under the program that was organized jointly by Cyberport and local universities.

Following their trip, the three shared their bootcamp experiences with Hong Kong Economic Journal’s StartupBeat. 

Professors put a lot of emphasis on interaction between students in the class, James points out.

“Take the Design Thinking class as an example, there wasn’t much lecturing. Instead, the professor let us discuss different topics,” he says.

“Through discussion, it’s actually much easier to absorb the concepts.”

It’s also a great way to discover new perspectives that we were not aware of previously, said Eric.

Questions are always welcome in Stanford. “All questions are good questions, no question is bad,” they recalled a professor as saying.

Professors are generally very encouraging, and they are good at guiding and steering the students toward the right direction.

“You won’t feel embarrassed for asking a stupid question,” one of students said.

The three were also very impressed by the sharing culture.

“When I introduced my startup plans to other people, they were willing to give suggestions, rather than criticize the ideas. In such an open atmosphere, I became more courageous,” James said.

Cathy, meanwhile, said she found Americans’ receptiveness to innovations very attractive.

Following the trip, the students are now more willing to speak up. They also have clearer ideas about their startup plans and know how to better pitch their business ideas.

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RC

EJ Insight writer

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