Vivien Lau Shuk-kau is the administrative manager of the Facilities Management Office at PolyU. Her responsibilities include assisting the department head with day-to-day operations, budgeting, staffing and policy matters. While Ms Lau's selection of PolyU's Master's in Management (Public Sector Management) programme may seem obvious, her reasons for choosing the programme were more profound. 'Of course, PolyU has an exceptional reputation,' she said. 'But it was the applicable practicality of the programme that attracted me as the curriculum was balanced between theory and the use of theory. I also found the subject lecturers to be incredibly knowledgeable, helping me develop my research studies and greatly improve my analytical skills.' Ms Lau found the case studies and homework assignments to be of exceptional benefit, as the topics were often chosen by the students themselves through discussions with the lecturer. The topics were related to real-world issues relevant to today's business landscape. She found it difficult forfeiting personal leisure time on evenings and weekends but, by convincing herself that the purpose was to enrich her life, she discovered how to adjust her psychological balance and approach. Ms Lau advised students considering a master's degree to take the time necessary to finish the programme properly. 'By adopting this approach, students will be able to find a suitable work-life balance, which will help them enjoy the programme more,' she said. 'And, as the professors tend to be knowledgeable and experienced, but grounded and relaxed, it will be easy to also have fun.'