News  | 26 Mar 2024

Thousands from HKUST Community Immerse in the School of Science's Intercultural Fair, Embracing Global Diversity


Building upon the resounding success of last year's event, the HKUST School of Science organized a two-day "Intercultural Fair" on March 13 – 14, 2024. Showcasing the diverse heritage of 13 countries and regions, including South Korea, Malaysia, Turkey, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and Sweden, the fair featured 36 captivating booths hosted by non-local students.

HKUST boasts a substantial population of international undergraduate students with a remarkable non-local student ratio among institutions in Hong Kong. Over the past few years, more than half of the non-local students admitted to HKUST's undergraduate programs come from countries other than Mainland China, including the Americas, Eastern and Western Europe, Australia, Africa and other parts of Asia. In the current academic year, 20% of the students admitted to the School of Science are non-locals who come from 16 different countries and regions overseas. The school regularly organizes activities that bring together all students to embrace the charm of multiculturalism.

This year's Intercultural Fair captivated both local and non-local students, immersing them in a vibrant celebration of cultural diversity. The event provided a valuable opportunity for students to unwind and recharge before their mid-term exams. Turkish students showcased Coffee Divination, while South Korean students brought traditional costumes for their schoolmates to try on. Indian students skillfully painted "Henna" patterns, and Austrian students shared their expertise in ballroom dances. Indonesian students introduced the crowd to "Lato-Lato," a beloved toy from their country. Malaysian students not only showcased local traditional games but also treated teachers and students to delectable handmade desserts. Additionally, students from various regions delighted participants with a variety of snacks representing their hometowns.

The School of Science showcased the cultural significance of Cheung Chau's "Bun Tower" to HKUST community through a meticulously crafted two-meter-tall miniature replica. This exhibit highlighted the unique traditions of the Cheung Chau Jiao Festival, a cherished aspect of Hong Kong’s traditional culture. Adding to the festive atmosphere, the school also distributed specially made "Fortune Buns" from the renowned Cheung Chau brand, Kwok Kam Kee, managed by a HKUST alumnus. The buns featured the Chinese character "" (meaning science) printed on them, symbolizing blessings for the students. The event drew an impressive attendance of over 1,000 students and staff members from across the globe.

Local students introduced Cheung Chau Jiao Festival and Bun Scrambling culture to students from all over the world, and distributed “Fortune Buns” made by Kwok Kam Kee, a brand of “Fortune Bun” managed by an HKUST alumnus.
Indian students painted "Henna" patterns for their schoolmates, as it is believed to have a blessed meaning.
Turkish students demonstrated traditional Coffee Divination, peeking into the possible future through the coffee patterns left in the cup.
The Austrian students not only performed local traditional ballroom dances, but also invited other students to dance with them.
An Indonesian student (left) introduced a toy called "Lato-Lato", which consists of a rope and two balls that make a loud "tah-tah" sound when they hit each other.
Students dressed up in Korean traditional costumes to take photos.
Malaysian students introduced their local traditional games "Congkak" and "Batu Seremba", and invited HKUST community members to taste their handmade “Kuih" and "Kaya".
The specially made "Fortune Buns" distributed out at the event were printed with the Chinese character "理" (meaning science), to send blessings to the students.
The event attracted more than 1,000 students and staff from all over the world.