Link Asset Management Limited (Link), the manager of Link Real Estate Investment Trust (Link REIT) is pleased to announce that 220 students were awarded the Link University Scholarship (Scholarship) this year. For the first time since the launch of the Scholarship, the awardees this year include students from all 11 universities in Hong Kong. A scholarship presentation ceremony was held on 25 February 2023 (Saturday) to celebrate the success of the awardees, the first physical ceremony in four years.
A number of distinguished guests from the 11 universities attended the ceremony, including Professor Rocky Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Paul Lam, President of Hong Kong Metropolitan University, and Dr Albert Chau, Vice President (Teaching and Learning) of Hong Kong Baptist University, together with other senior university deputies, as well as the panel of judges comprising representatives from the public, business, education and social services sectors. Prior to the ceremony, about 180 scholarship awardees joined a workshop organised by Link Scholars Alumni to foster connections among the scholars, the largest scale alumni activity in the history of the Link University Scholarship.
Nicholas Allen, Link’s Chairman, said at the ceremony,
“At Link, we believe that young people hold the key to a brighter future. In 2021 we opened applications to students from three self-financing universities and non-JUPAS students in addition to the eight University Grants Committee-funded universities. And this year, for the first time, there are awardees from all 11 eligible universities. We are pleased to see a broader spectrum of scholars joining our alumni ranks to promote upward mobility through sharing knowledge, experiences and resources.”
Among the 220 awardees this year, who come from diverse academic disciplines and ethnicities, two students are all-time scholars from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, meaning they received the Scholarship for four consecutive years. Each of the 220 awardee receives $20,000 from the Scholarship this year.
A record number of applications from over 2,000 students were received last year. Applicants were shortlisted by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) according to their academic results and social services track record. On 19 November 2022, a panel of judges comprising 50 distinguished members came together to interview over 300 candidates in Link’s headquarters. They were assessed based on three criteria: Teamwork and Communications, Logical Reasoning and Presentation, and Social Services Participation.
The Link University Scholarship is Link’s signature youth empowerment programme and part of the Link Together Initiatives. Since its inception in 2015, Link has awarded 1,380 scholarships totalling $27.6 million.
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Link Real Estate Investment Trust (Hong Kong stock code: 823), is the largest REIT in Asia by market capitalisation#. It is managed by Link Asset Management Limited, a leading real estate investor and asset manager in the world. Since its listing in 2005 as the first REIT in Hong Kong, Link REIT has been 100% held by public and institutional investors. It is a constituent of the Hong Kong securities market benchmark Hang Seng Index, as well as a component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index, the FTSE4Good Index Series and the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index. From its home in Hong Kong, Link Asset Management Limited owns and manages a diversified portfolio including retail facilities, car parks, offices and logistics assets spanning from China’s Beijing, Greater Bay Area (Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen), and Yangtze River Delta centred around Shanghai, to the UK’s London, Australia’s Sydney and Melbourne and Singapore*. Link Asset Management Limited seeks to extend its portfolio growth trajectory and grasp expansion opportunities in different markets in pursuit of sustainable growth.
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*Proposed acquisition announced on 28 December 2022; Pending completion