Galant Tso did thorough research before deciding to pursue his tertiary education at Macquarie University. “According to different reports, Macquarie graduates have better career prospects and salaries on average,” he says. “In addition, the pathway from SIBT was also attractive to me.”
As Galant did not take the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination, he was required to study the Certificate IV at SIBT. It takes two years to complete the HKALE but two semesters to complete the Certificate IV.
“This fast track, as well as the Diploma and the Advance Diploma courses, enabled me to graduate two years earlier than students in Hong Kong,” Galant says.
He went on to do a Bachelor of Applied Finance degree at Macquarie and on graduation, pursued a postgraduate degree in banking and financial regulation.
“Both degrees gave me a strong knowledge base of financial products and related regulations that facilitates my day-to-day job duties,” he says.
Galant has been working in the legal and compliance field of the financial industry for the past three years. He is now a Senior Associate, Compliance, in Sun Hung Kai Financial Limited in Hong Kong.
“My main job duties are to provide support and advice on regulatory compliance and related matters, undertake compliance monitoring and surveillance of trades as well as working closely with management to resolve compliance-related issues,” he says.
Galant remembers his university days fondly. “I met friends from all over the world, which broadened my horizon and social network,” he says. “Also, the flexibility and availability of lectures and tutorials allowed me to gain lots of working experience.”
In the end, Galant says an Australian tertiary education holds advantages for Hong Kong students. “Australia is often classified as a multicultural country in Hong Kong,” he says. “Hong Kong graduates from Australian universities not only have high proficiencies in English but also a higher standard of Mandarin and other Asian languages.”
Students in the Bachelor of Applied Finance study accounting, economics, current financial theory and mathematical techniques such as probability and statistics. SIBT offers standard-track and fast-track diplomas leading to the second year of Macquarie bachelor degrees.