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HKBU English student awarded CY Tung Scholarship to join Spring 2016 voyage of Semester at Sea

28 Dec 2015

Dr Jason Polley (left) praises Zabrina's first-rate performances in academic, extra-curricular, and volunteer activities.
Dr Jason Polley (left) praises Zabrina's first-rate performances in academic, extra-curricular, and volunteer activities.

Zabrina Lo Shun-siu (English Language and Literature, Year 3) of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) won the CY Tung Scholarship to join university students from around the globe to spend a semester on the “floating campus” of Semester at Sea (SAS). The 102-day voyage will begin on 5 January 2016 in California, USA. The ship will sail through Asia and Africa before anchoring in England, visiting 15 cities in 11 countries along the way.


Zabrina was pleased and excited to be awarded the CY Tung Scholarship and is keenly looking forward to the global voyage. Interested in both English literature and biology, she went on an expedition in Antarctica in 2010 and witnessed how fragile the ecosystem is. It was then that she became determined to pursue a career as a wildlife writer. She hopes to help people realise the scarcity of natural resources and to promote environmental conservation through writing articles.   


Of the various ports along the voyage, Zabrina is most interested in visiting Cape Town in South Africa where she can observe in close proximity wild animals, such as rhinos and leopards, and gain an in-depth insight into the African ecosystem. She is equally excited about visiting a wildlife conservation site run by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation in Port Louis, Mauritius. She wants to learn from international organisations about sustainable conservation so that she can share her knowledge when she returns to Hong Kong and contribute to the conservation of local species.


Dr Jason Polley, Associate Professor of English Language and Literature at HKBU recommended Zabrina for the Scholarship. He is thrilled about Zabrina winning the scholarship and praises her first-rate performances in academic, extra-curricular, and volunteer activities. Zabrina also participated in a yearlong exchange to England, travelled to Antarctica, and earned top prizes in English poetry and short story contests at HKBU. With her already rich experiences garnered at such an early age, she will prove herself more than deserving of the life-enriching and life-inspiring CY Tung scholarship.


The ship will set sail from San Diego and call at Hilo, Hawaii (USA), Yokohama and Kobe (Japan), Shanghai and Hong Kong (China), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Rangoon (Burma), Cochin (India), Port Louis (Mauritius), Cape Town (South Africa), Takoradi and Tema (Accra) of Ghana, and Casablanca (Morocco) before ending the journey at Southampton (England). During the voyage, Zabrina will study Sino-American Relations, travel writing, environment science and contemporary world literature and so on.


Founded in 1963, SAS is the world’s premier global comparative education programme open to undergraduate students of all majors from around the world. The programme is administered by the Institute for Shipboard Education and the University of Virginia is the academic sponsor. Over the past five decades, SAS sailed more than 100 voyages, educated over 55,000 students from about 1,700 institutions around the world and travelled to more than 60 countries.