Fountain of Knowledge

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If you would like to expand your personal network, practise your English and enrich your knowledge in diverse aspects, Fountain of Knowledge (FoK) must be a good platform for you.

FoK provides an eye-opening experience to enrich students’ learning outside the classroom. It helps students connect to the real world and enrich their knowledge with a wide spectrum of non-academic topics.

Program Objective

The main objectives include but not limited to an enhancement of English language ability, communication skills, soft skills, arts & culture; international affairs; geopolitical issues; critical thinking; independent thinking; creativity etc.  The program instructor will lead each session with kickers/teasers, poking holes in each sub-subject and asking students to make instantaneous response. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, participatory students will be able to:

  1. Enhance their language ability so that they can communicate effectively and professionally to different groups of people;
  2. Broaden their horizons through exploring diversified cultural and current issues; and
  3. Establish a networking platform to connect them with different company representatives, leaders and professionals.

2022/23 Activities:

Topic: Halloween Culture in Different Countries

Video highlight: https://youtu.be/eHJv2AFBArw

This video is edited by HKMU student Ms. Yan WONG

Past Events – 2021/22 Activities:

Topic: Haute Couture, Culinary Art; Arts and Culture

Speaker:

• Mr. Philip Leung (Founder, Small Talks Circles; Founder/CEO, HelloJack! Limited)

Video highlight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIckGNolm8Q

Topic: Wine Tasting; Geopolitical Issues; Current Affairs 

Host:
• Mr. Philip Leung (Founder, Small Talks Circles; Founder/CEO, HelloJack! Limited)

Guest Speaker:

• Mr. Philippe Bera (CEO, Omtis Group of Companies)
• Ms. Clémence Bideau (Sales Manager, Omtis Fine Wines)

Video highlight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTSsuqw03L4

Topic: Embracing Emerging Technologies

Host:
• Mr. Philip Leung (Founder, Small Talks Circles; Founder/CEO, HelloJack! Limited)

Guest Speaker:

• Mr. Andy Ann (Co-Founder & CEO, YAS Digital Limited; Chairman, NDN Group)

Video highlight: https://youtu.be/gNsVaoG8HtA

Topic: From traditional banking to new banking

Host:
• Mr. Philip Leung (Founder, Small Talks Circles; Founder/CEO, HelloJack! Limited)

Guest Speaker:

• Lord Daniel De Weyer of Cold Higham (Founder of Cryptoworld Limited Hong Kong)

Video highlights: https://youtu.be/rtFRqSAAxQI

Topic: Career Tips

Host:
• Mr. Philip Leung (Founder, Small Talks Circles; Founder/CEO, HelloJack! Limited)

Guest Speaker:

• Mr. Justin Leung (People & Culture Director, Asia Pacific L – founders of loyalty)

Video highlights: https://youtu.be/xnoKMUAFnnk

Topic: The Unexpected Path of Entrepreneurship

Host:
• Mr. Philip Leung (Founder, Small Talks Circles; Founder/CEO, HelloJack! Limited)

Guest Speaker:

• Mr. Aaron Chin (Co-founder & CEO of The Editors Company )

Video highlights: https://youtu.be/UXV2gJMMPCo

Topic: The Emerging ESG Agenda: Journey as a Climate Educator and Corporate Sustainability Professional

Host:
• Mr. Philip Leung (Founder, Small Talks Circles; Founder/CEO, HelloJack! Limited)

Guest Speaker:

• Ms. Natalie Chung (Sustainability Associate, DFI Retail Group)

Video highlights: https://youtu.be/j5AdNrb9_eE

Topic: Life Revolution with Disruptive Technology

Host:
• Mr. Philip Leung (Founder, Small Talks Circles; Founder/CEO, HelloJack! Limited)

Guest Speaker:

• Mr. Richard Yuen (Co-Founder, DWeb3 Capital)

Video highlights: https://youtu.be/Jh2PHRHeO6Q

Video highlights are edited by HKMU student Mr. LAU Yi Ching, Zachary

Program Instructor:

Mr. Philip S. K. Leung, B.Sc., M.Sc., MBA; Founder, Small Talks Circles; Founder/CEO, HelloJack! Limited

Mr. Leung, affectionately known as ‘Phil’ among university students, is the founder of Small Talks Circles. Owing to a troubled childhood and young adulthood Phil has developed a genuine penchant to work with young people. WWII decimated family wealth causing much distress among the Leung clans, who had to run for covers to make ends meet… At a tender age ‘street kid Phil’ endured 12 harshest possible years life could have presented… Fast forward three decades…during a casual meeting in 1988 with then Shanghai Mayor/Party Chief the Hon. Mr. Zhu Rongji, the seeds of a non-mainstream, social education forum had been sown… …Hong Kong parents/students are fixated on formal education at the expense of ‘other things’ in life. A typical scenario is that, after having been in the workforce for years and even decades, graduates would get stuck in some mediocre positions not being able to see the light of day… Small Talks Circles attempts to add a new sight line to student life so much so that young men and women could find new skill sets and therefore a rewarding/fulfilling work life. ‘Putting money where his mouth is’ so to speak, Phil founded ‘HelloJack! Limited in 2019 with an all-STC team – investor, featured speakers, alumni and current students. HelloJack! is a Home Improvement business powered by technology. The startup is said to be doing very well after only two years ! Phil studied Humanities at Kingsway College in Oshawa, Ontario; obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc at the University of Manitoba; MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong; has had two tours of the INSEAD Senior Management Program in Hong Kong and Fontainebleau, France. Phil spearheaded Dairy Farm International’s first manufacturing joint venture in 1980 in Guangzhou and was appointed General Manager before he was poached to the Seagram Company in 1986 to lead the global giant’s investment in China, and was named Managing Director, Seagram China. He left a cushy corporate life twenty years later to venture into angel-type investments with projects in China, Vancouver and Toronto. Phil is a self-confessed classical music and art buff, his favorite subjects at dinner parties would be interior architecture, art, sports, or the great Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff… Phil’s pastime also includes scouting period furniture pieces of different origins. He played first and second violin at several orchestras while at high school and university – Hong Kong Youth Orchestra; Oshawa Symphony; Winnipeg Youth Orchestra; and the University of Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. At 19, he won first prize, Open Division, at the Peterborough Kiwanis Music Festival in Ontario playing Czardas by V. Monti. Phil picked up tennis late in his life and is known among the tennis circle as a tourney junkie!

Enquiries:

Tel: 2768 6644

Email: career@hkmu.edu.hk