Simon Koo joined TBC in 2017, brining over a decade of teaching and administration experience in higher education. A computer scientist and engineer by training, he received his undergraduate education from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and continued his graduate education in the United States at NYU, Columbia University, and Purdue University. He has then taught a wide range of subjects in his own area of expertise as well as in Mathematics, Finance, Political Science, and Architecture, while simultaneously took on administrative roles including curriculum design, academic planning, accreditation, and university partnership building. Prof. Koo is also an entrepreneur, having founded multiple technology startups in Silicon Valley and Hong Kong. He is a senior member of IEEE and ACM, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society. Currently, he is dedicated to identifying innovative models for international education, and enhancing cross-cultural learning experience for TBC students and scholars.
This course is intended for you to obtain in-depth knowledge of working in China and of Chinese people by providing you an opportunity to learn from the real Chinese world through working and interacting with the people and organizations. The purpose of this course is not only to gain working experience but, more importantly, to encourage you to think about China in a deeper and more meaningful way outside the classroom.
You are placed in an organization as an intern for 10-16 hours a week during an academic semester and instructed by an on-site supervisor. You need to complete a weekly work record and collect relevant materials to document what you have done and learned. At the end of the semester, you will submit a portfolio including all weekly records, work documentations, and a research paper on a topic relevant to the internship experience. The research paper must connect your internship experience and a more sophisticated understanding of China.
By the end of the semester, you will not only have developed your work experience and skills in a professional setting, applied your academic learning to the “real world”, but also have gained direct understanding about social, economical or political issues in China through close-up observance, immersion and reflection.