Harvard students mix with the locals

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 May, 2006, 12:00am

These students from one of America's leading Ivy League universities were in Hong Kong recently as part of the Harvard College in Asia Project to meet local students and find common ground.

'There's so much culture here despite it being a large bustling city,' said Kevin Papay, 21 (left), who is from southern California.

Evgenia Peeva, 20 (front), a Bulgarian student and the chairperson of the project's finance committee, said: 'We raise funds to cover the costs of the conference at Harvard and also receive sponsorship to help with the fares for the students. In today's globalising world we need this international understanding and co-operation.'

The project harbours idealistic ambitions, including connecting the world's future leaders and 'strengthening the international relationships of tomorrow'.

The students were in town after the project teamed up with the University of Hong Kong.

Under the agreement reached between HKU and Harvard, each side will send delegates to the other's university every year to attend an eight to 10-day exchange conference. While in Hong Kong, the students were given lectures on the history of Hong Kong and also visited the ICAC headquarters.


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