Enjoying a fruitful vacation with friends has always been a luxury for a typical Hong Kong student: we simply do not have enough time to take a break from our academic and social treadmills and explore a foreign country in depth. However, the GBS
programme gave our cohort the valuable opportunity to delve deep into the vibrant city of Seoul. Our journey revolved around two central themes—company visits and cultural exploration, both of which allowed us to broaden our horizons.
The companies that we visited have one common ambition—to use technology to improve humanity. In order to help us better understand the background of those Korean companies, a lecture was arranged at Yonsei University, one of Korea’s most prestigious institutions. During the lecture, we discussed the various elements which led to massive IT developments in Korea. Surprisingly, besides technological and economic factors such as extensive internet coverage, having a strong semiconductor industry, adequate government subsidies, and cultural factors such as the ‘Bali Bali’ (hurry hurry) spirit also contributed substantially to Korea’s economic boom. This demonstrated that the infinite potential of the human factor is what the entrepreneurs should not overlook; after all, businesses are run and supported by people, and a positive attitude will always go a long way.