Anna Y. Y. Mak

MSc Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy (2009)
Current Job: 
Assistant Director, Campus Planning and Sustainability Office, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Why did you choose Cardiff University as a place to study?

The curriculum, the School being research intensive, and the less formal culture in the University, the city.

What was the best thing about your time as a student at Cardiff?

The intellectual exchange between the teachers and the students and among the students.

What thing or person inspired you most whilst you were a Cardiff University student?

The keen research interest of our teachers, the high standards of the teaching and their passion to pass on their knowledge.

How did your degree most help you in the career or job you have now chosen?

The curriculum design and the rich knowledge of the teachers has helped me to develop a thorough understanding on the big picture and also on the related issues, and at the same time, to develop a critical thinking.

Tell us a bit about your current job, how you got into what you are doing and what you enjoy about it most.

My current job is to promote the sustainable development of our campus through policy formulation and facilitating campus-wide projects. It provides me an invaluable opportunity to contribute to my alma mater with the knowledge I gained from the MSc course in Cardiff and my past work experience with tertiary education institutions particularly in policy review and formulation.

What opportunities do you feel have opened up to you as a result of being a student at the School of Geography and Planning?

That the SPEP course is being a professional Master degree; the good reputation of the academic quality of the School.

Tell us any interesting facts about yourself, hobbies or interests that you have.

Movies, music, reading, swimming, travel, food.