Purdue Club Hong Kong

The Purdue Club Hong Kong is the official alumni organization of Purdue University in the Hong Kong SAR, China. We welcome any Purdue alumni or faculty, current students and parents, or any other related persons to participate. We also welcome your ideas for activities. Hail Purdue! Go Boilers!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Purdue Day of Giving 2018

It's today it's now!  For the next 24 hours please join Boilers around the Globe and support our Purdue Day of Giving 2018!  Let's set record together - with the courtesy of our fellow senior member Mr. CH Kwan's "Purdue Hong Kong Legacy Scholarship" - Purdue’s first country supported international scholarship!  BOILER UP!

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

2017 Purdue Year in Review


Friday, March 16, 2018

University Fair at CDNIS 2018

One of our recruitment experts, Nicky, representing Purdue in local recruitment fairs - at CDNIS since 2015!   #BoilerUp

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Monday, March 05, 2018

Boilers Alumni Series - Brian Chan

#ProudBoilers 系列 - Brian Chan (Class of 2011)

I have met Brian since he was the President of our Hong Kong Student Association on campus, always amazed his adventure and proud to see another success Boilers!

Boiler Up!

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向世界錢進:港男移居闖印尼 貪創業無限「奇」



印尼與香港息息相關,目前最少有17萬名印尼人在香港生活及工作。事實上,印尼是東盟十國中最大經濟體,在當地默默耕耘的港男Brian,不但住逾千呎豪宅,更有宏大的創業偉略。
Brian於一一年大學畢業後一年,前往印尼發展,原來他的家人早於內地經營生意。一三年時家人想開拓新市場,他亦想趁年輕,向外創一番事業,同時又可幫忙拓展家族生意,於是毅然到印尼發展。「來到印尼,才發現當地機會比較多,可以接觸不同的生意範疇,如地磚、塑膠及捕魚業等。」

開設電廠 處投資階段

他續指,在香港,創業常因受制於高昂的舖租,公司或難以長線經營。惟在印尼,可以接觸到不同的生意人,而且當地市場大,資源亦相對充足,不失為創業的好地方。現時他在印尼的業務分別為礦物提煉、開設電廠及房地產發展。
Brian稱:「我們會將印尼的廢料如棕櫚纖維、木材邊角料及原木等用來發電。既可減少石油能源污染,同時又可為當地大量民眾供應電力。」由於電廠於去年才成立,因此現時屬投資階段。Brian的太太去年亦放棄在香港工作,跟他來到印尼生活。太太為了和他一同生活,就接受了200小時的瑜伽訓練,考獲瑜伽導師牌,計劃未來在印尼開班授徒。
夥發展商起樓攻白領

另外,Brian近年涉足房地產,並與當地發展商合作,興建開放式住宅。現時項目正處於銷售樓花階段,銷售對象為近30歲的白領,單位平均呎價預料約1,100港元。Brian指在印尼開設公司,有不少事項需要注意,如外資公司的最低投資金額為100億印尼盾(約578萬港元),當中需要有兩名股東。如希望公司屬全資擁有,可以將99%權益分配為自己在香港的公司,1%為個人持有。

生意範疇比港多元化

在當地生活,他認為最難適應的是交通問題,主要原因是當地基礎建設不足,如至今仍未建有地鐵,有時遇上塞車,短短幾公里的路程,也要等待幾小時才能通過,浪費了不少時間。
「在印尼最令人開心的,我會說是做生意範疇比香港多元化。在香港,想賺取高收入,必定要成為專業人才,例如醫生、律師或從事金融行業。至於在印尼,我可以接觸到不同的人及行業,機會更多!」
如有意在印尼生活或開拓業務,他提醒要接納當地人文化,最好是學會當地語言,因為即使懂得英語,亦未必可以與當地人溝通。
多管齊下谷經濟 GDP升5%
根據香港貿發局資料顯示,印尼經濟主要依賴服務業及工業,兩者分別佔國內生產總值的46%及40%,農業則佔11%。印尼去年第四季全國GDP升5.2%,家庭消費穩健增長。
最低月薪漲至2千元
根據印尼銀行(Bank Indonesia)報告指出,一七年印尼GDP按年升5.05%,較一六年按年升5.02%再有輕微升幅,並預期經濟增長會持續,料一八年GDP按年升5.1至5.5%不等。經濟增長主要是受強勁產出及公營基礎建設投資帶動。
事實上,為刺激經濟,印尼政府有一系列方案,如簡化基建項目的審批和採購程序、部分固定資產獲得臨時減稅等,近年又與科技世界接軌,推出經濟政策以支持電子商貿、創意產業發展。當地工人收入亦有上升趨勢,去年最低工資水平平均上升8.3%,首都雅加達的最低工資調高至每月約1,972港元。
事實上,當地發展仍未完善,故政府推出一些政策以吸引外企投資。如一六年向外資開放更多領域,如允許投資電子商貿、冷凍倉庫、製藥及電影等行業;又於70個工業區提供3小時快速投資審批服務等。一七年上半年,外商投資額達160億美元,當中大多來自於新加坡、日本、香港等,大多投資於礦業、化工、製藥及食品等行業。
香港與印尼的經濟合作亦非常頻繁,印尼是香港第22大出口市場;去年首7個月香港對印尼的出口按年增加28.8%,主要出口貨品包括電訊設備、針織產品等。同期印尼對香港的出口則上升11.9%,主要出口貨品包括珠寶、食用產品等。
外地人買樓 僅45年使用權
前往印尼生活的港男Brian早年在當地租樓住,但去年決定於當地繼續發展事業後,就以約360萬港元買入首都雅加達一個面積1,400方呎的單位自住。他稱,外國人在當地買樓擁有最多45年的使用權,並沒有擁有權,但卻有權把物業轉售;另銀行普遍不會貸款予外國人。
在熱錢推動下,全球房地產市場興旺,印尼的樓價亦企穩,按主要16個城市樓價統計,當地去年第三季住宅樓價按年上升3.32%。不過,若計及通脹元素,期內樓價實際下跌0.47%。
雅加達公寓呎價$1665
在該16個城市當中,不同城市的樓價升幅有別,如第四大城市萬隆市(Bandung)樓價第三季按年升5.22%,蘇門答臘城市班達楠榜(Bandar Lampung)按年升3.34%。至於雅加達公寓的價格,則於去年第三季按年升4.6%至每方呎約1,665港元。有市場人士料,當地公寓價格於今年或會持續上升6至8%不等。雖然當地樓價有上升趨勢,但高力國際研究認為,未來的樓市銷售增長會放緩。

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Recruitment Fair - ESF King George V School

Recruiting future Boilers!   兩位師兄當然功不可沒!!!

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Our Recruitment Experts - Billy Man and Nicky Lee
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Letter to Hong Kong -- One Week in Hong Kong Politics

One Week in Hong Kong Politics — Fight Every Battle

A week is a long time in politics. Just look at this past week.

On Monday, nine democratic legislators joined a luncheon hosted by the Chief Executive, in order to speak to her on political reform, housing, juvenile suicide and other issues. Most of us described the atmosphere as cordial.

But, on Tuesday morning, the Chief Executive dropped a bombshell by announcing that the Government would adjourn the Stamp Duty (Amendment) Bill in order to make way for a non-binding motion on the co-location arrangement at the West Kowloon Station of the Express Rail Link, making sure that this non-binding motion could be presented and passed in Legco next week.

To us in the democratic camp, this was clearly an ambush. The earlier the passing of this non-binding motion, which the government hopes to create a false sense of public endorsement, the harder it will be for us to force our government to openly consult on the co-location arrangement. It will become even harder for us to get any further disclosure from the government about this co-location arrangement. Most of all, we know that this arrangement will permanently damage “One Country Two Systems” and undermine the Basic Law, as the Hong Kong government will actually “rent” land to Mainland China, resulting in the absolutely horrifying precedence of allowing mainland laws to be carried out by mainland officials, overriding Hong Kong laws on Hong Kong soil.

So, any goodwill from the lunch the day before evaporated less than twenty-four hours later.

Then, on Wednesday, at the start of the first regular meeting of the year for Legco, to express our disapproval of this unscrupulous tactic by the Government, we the democratic camp had no choice but to filibuster — with all of us speaking against the government motion to suspend the Stamp Duty (Amendment) Bill, and by making quorum calls.

But we did not forget the other storm brewing over the pro-establishment camp’s attempt to overhaul and amend the rules of procedure of Legco, with the single goal of cutting short meeting time in both the Finance Committee and the Council meeting itself, by limiting the rights of members to ask questions and to make motions in order to monitor the government and hold it accountable.

We will come back to the situation in the Finance Committee later. But, for rules of procedure of the main Council, the pro-establishment camp was already said to be planning a series of changes to the rules of procedure, for example, limiting the power of members to form select committees to investigate government wrongdoings, and formally expanding the power of the President to deny members from making amendments to motions. So, on Wednesday late afternoon, we the democratic camp fought back by submitting thirty-four resolutions to amend the rules of procedure ourselves.

Why did we do that? First, for any such member’s amendment to be passed, it must be passed by both the geographical and functional constituencies of Legco. And normally, the democratic camp, getting more than half of the popular votes in Hong Kong, holds the veto power in the geographical constituency. Not anymore, after the disqualifications of six legislators. Now, the pro-establishment, despite getting fewer votes in the election just a little over a year ago, holds the majority of the seats in Legco in both constituencies. This is the unfair advantage that they hold, and oh they are not going to let this golden opportunity slip by without trying to change these rules of procedure to their favor, permanently cutting the power of Legco and its members to monitor the government, in the name of limiting filibuster.

The other reasons for us, the democratic camp, to submit our own series of proposed changes to the rules of procedure is to show the people of Hong Kong the proper ways to amend these rules — by expanding Legco’s power to monitor the government, making Legco more modern and inclusive by, for instance, adopting sign language as an official language, and making it more democratic by, for instance, allowing only geographically elected members to serve as President. All in all, we want to make sure that the pro-establishment’s proposed amendments to the rules of procedure will not be able to be presented in the Council meetings before the by-election in March next year, when we may have a chance to rectify some of the unfairness caused by the disqualifications of our members. Of course, now it is up to the Legco President to rule on approving our proposed resolutions, or not. If he’s to rule against us, he better finds a lot of good reasons.

And then, a familiar and ironic thing happened on Thursday. Not long after we have exhausted our means to delay the vote on the motion to suspend the Stamp Duty (Amendment) Bill in Legco, the meeting was unexpectedly adjourned because the pro-establishment camp failed to fill the quorum required by only one person — despite the fact that about half a dozen more of them were present in the building. It seems that they have accomplished what they were there for, to adjourn the Stamp Duty (Amendment) Bill, so that the co-location non-binding motion can proceed next week. And by causing an adjournment, they can conveniently blame us. But, how could the minority cause such an adjournment that the majority did not want to see happen, when they had many more than enough people in the building to make the quorum. It was as close to a setup as it could be.

Finally, on Friday, back to the controversy in the Finance Committee, with its chairman’s decision to unilaterally issue the so-called “chairman’s directions” to, for example, redefine the length of a meeting so that ejected members cannot return to the next two-hour meeting in the same day.
The chairman, Chan Kin-Por, believes he has the full power to issue these directions without consultation, despite the legal and procedural points that our camp has come up with. Chan simply told us that he hadn’t changed his mind, and, when we asked him to hold an open meeting to discuss his directions, he said, if he changed his mind, he would “lose face”.

So, that’s what our pro-establishment camp in Legco really only care about. Besides worrying about losing face, they just want to cut short the meetings, even if it means we cannot force the government to be more responsible and transparent, and we cannot stop the government from causing all these rampant cost overruns over and over again.

And, to the government, all that they care about seems to be letting their political objectives, such as the co-location arrangement, override true livelihood matters, including housing and stamp duties. And, in order to carry out its political mission, the government has no qualms about overturning the procedures of the Legco.

So, we the democratic camp have no choice, but to unite and stand firm on our principles, and fight to our last stand, first, because of the unfair and undemocratic political system in Hong Kong, and second, because of the political prosecutions that caused the disqualifications of six legislators. We may not win every battle to come, but we have to make sure we do not give up on any one of them. We must continue to fight for the underdogs, for the rights of the minority, especially when the minority actually is the majority — only that the majority citizens in Hong Kong actually holds the minority in political rights. Such is our mission. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Meet President Mitch Daniels and Dean Chiang in Hong Kong!

Boilers please mark your calendars to meet President Daniels since his last visit to Hong Kong in 2015, and not to mention our honor to meet our 1st ever Engineering Dean from Hong Kong!

The Purdue Alumni Association is coming to East Asia, and President Daniels and Dean Chiang will be visiting Hong Kong on Oct 30!

Highlight as below:

President Mitch Daniels Purdue University Reception:
Date: October 30, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Venue: Edinburgh & Gloucester Room, 2F Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Please RSVP via the official link for this marvelous chance to meet our guests and rest of alum.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Hail Purdue!

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