Graduating with an MSc in international shipping and transport logistics from PolyU, Florence Chan said the benefits she had received from the programme exceeded her expectations. 'In addition to practical theories and industry knowledge such as the latest trends and development of shipping and logistics, the programme offers a good opportunity to expand my business network,' said Ms Chan, assistant manager of the corporate logistics department at Orient Overseas Container Line. 'My classmates came from many different fields, ranging from third-party logistics, chartering and freight forwarding to the Marine Department. We could share work experiences and learn from others through class discussions.' Ms Chan graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with a marketing degree in 1999. After about four years of work experience, she decided to enrol in PolyU's MSc programme, which she said suited her career requirements. She said the course had enriched her management and leadership skills to do a better job in the office. 'I've also learnt more about the legal aspect of the industry, from local regulations to the mainland's maritime and port laws. The course even includes elements of port development and design, which is closely related to the day-to-day operation in the industry.' Ms Chan said she was particularly impressed with the commitment of the professors who had provided a lot of research material and global market data for class discussions and analysis. 'I feel that my capabilities in project management have been enhanced as I've learnt how to manage [my] time better, and finish a job effectively within a short [space] of time,' she said. 'Through class discussions and co-operation with other students, my communication and soft skills have improved a lot. I would certainly consider taking other courses if time allows in the future.'