The second part of the trilogy about the interesting people that I had the pleasure of meeting at the conference.
Conversations happened at either breakfast or on the trip in the bus to the UAM where there was time to get to know each other. I was luckly to strike up a conversation with a man who can be described as having the most intoxicating smile. All though the conference he seemed to be intensely interested in everything the various speakers had to say and during coffee breaks and lunches he was charming.
Our conversation was not about who he was academically but about the person himself. He discussed what it was like to be a student, how he felt when he received the letter saying he was accepted into college and his mothers’ reaction to him leaving home. I know that a lot of you students can relate to that. He spoke eloquently of his parents, which struck a chord with me, as a lot of the time it is the aspirations of our parents that lead us to third level education and help us attain our Goals.
I was party to a lunch meeting where Albert captivated us all (the students) and I realized his credentials and that he was willing to actively be involved with ‘Global Student Engagement’. My eyes have been opened to the fact that Rectors, Vice Chancellors, Presidents, Proctors (President is the title in DIT) of all the University’s represented in the ‘Talloires Conference’ where there for the betterment of the students that they represent.
Dr. Albert W.L. Chau, Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong, B.SC, M.S., Ph.D. You should add him on to the list of people that one would like to have lunch with. If you are ever in Ireland I would have no problem in finding Guests for that lunch. I would recommend ‘The Gingerman Pub, Poolbeg Street, where the Guinness tastes good.