The Columbia University School of General Studies has announced Qimeng Shi as the Salutatorian at the 2021 Class Day Ceremony to be held on 28 April. Qimeng is a graduate of the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program between City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University.
While studying business economics at CityU, Qimeng served as a presenter and student organiser for the University’s orientation for international and non-local incoming freshmen, as well as a student mentor and peer-assisted learning leader for the Department of Economics and Finance. She also participated in the National Investment Bank Competition in Canada, and served as an executive committee member for Technology & Education: Connecting Cultures. In 2019, she interned as a portfolio manager at Tishman Speyer in Shanghai, China, where she continued gaining real-world experience in the field. She also spent six weeks volunteering for a summer programme at the University of Auckland, conducting comparative study in public transport between Hong Kong and New Zealand, and volunteering with Mercy Hospice.
Qimeng was named to the Dean’s List at CityU, and received several scholarships in recognition of her academic achievements, including the Presidential Scholarship and the CMB Wing Lung Bank Scholarship for Economics and Finance Students.
At Columbia University School of General Studies, Qimeng continued her study of economics, especially interested in courses that focused on poverty and inequality that were uniquely offered at Columbia. She worked as a teaching assistant for Intermediate Microeconomics in the Department of Economics, and also worked with Professor Tamrat Gashaw on his research regarding asymmetric risk-taking behavior of foreign and domestic banks.
Qimeng was named to the Dean’s List, and was inducted into the School of General Studies Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society. She graduates summa cum laude with a degree in financial economics.
The College of Business of City University of Hong Kong takes pride in Qimeng’s exceptional performance.