Take Faculty to Lunch
Activities | Take Faculty to Lunch
The purpose of this program is to enhance mentoring relationships between faculty and students through a friendly and casual opportunity where they can meet and interact with each other. Students invite their favorite faculty, along with 1-2 schoolmates, for a casual on-campus lunch or tea/coffee sponsored by the Center.
Application Information
  • All SBM Undergraduate Students

Application Period:

  • Fall Semester: September, Online Application
  • Spring Semester: February, Online Application

Matching Process:

  • Students can indicate where and which Faculty they would like to have lunch/tea with in the application.
  • SBM will match all requests and make the gathering arrangements for professors and students accordingly.

Lunch/Tea Costs:

  • Covered by SBM; up to max of $70/person.

Suggested Discussion Topics:

  • Major Selections
  • Career Planning
  • Career Prospects
  • Personal Growth
  • Minor Programs
  • Social Issues

*Subject to yearly/semesterly changes by SBM

Events in 2018-19
Spring 2019
Gatherings with Faculty
  • Gatherings Organized: 51
  • Invited Faculty: 35
  • Participating Students: 111
Fall 2018
Gatherings with Faculty
  • Gatherings Organized: 38
  • Invited Faculty: 33
  • Participating Students: 89
Events in 2017-18
Spring 2018
Gatherings with Faculty
  • Gatherings Organized: 28
  • Invited Faculty: 23
  • Participating Students: 64
Fall 2017
Gatherings with Faculty
  • Gatherings Organized: 15
  • Invited Faculty: 14
  • Participating Students: 28
Professor Ekkachai SAENYASIRI
FINA Faculty
“Take Faculty to Lunch” program is a great way for professors to meet students who are eager to explore the possibilities for their future. In addition popular topics such as major selection and career prospects, we also talked about how to set and achieve their goals while enjoying university life and being able to take advantage of the resources and learning environment at HKUST. I enjoyed sharing my life experiences, and learning a lot from students sharing as well.
BSc ECOF Year 1
Professor Ekkachai has a very interesting personality. From how he started looking for jobs as a student in Thailand to coordinating finance-related programs in HKUST, his life story was truly an inspiration to hear. He provided valuable insights into the QFIN program, how it is different from programs like ECOF or Finance, and whether the program is right for us. He is a very friendly person and it was great to have lunch with him.
Dr. Veronique Lafon-Vinais
FINA Faculty
I'm quite flattered that students want to "Take (me) to Lunch"! I very much enjoy sharing insights and advice with my students in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and sharing dim sum is a very good way to do that. It's a win-win situation as I also take the opportunity to find out what our students are thinking so we can keep improving. Thanks to the organizers for a lovely event.
LIN Ho-hao
BBA Undeclared, Year 1
Prof. Veronique is definitely the kindest faculty I’ve met in UST. During the lunch, I not only obtained a better understanding towards QFIN and SBM but also heard a lot about how she saw the future trend in HK and the business world would be. It’s always valuable to know the opinions from a professor. Prof. Veronique treated students as her sons. Having the lunch with her really made my day!
Past Take Faculty to Lunch