We vision ourselves in bridging Oxford and Hong Kong higher education communities. “Before & After: My PhD Journey”, held at HKU in 2018 and funded by the Croucher Foundation, is the first Oxford and Cambridge students-led symposium designed to provide detailed insights for prospective graduate students on life during and after postgraduate studies. Featuring student and established researchers, the Symposium showcased many stories of academic pursuit and offered the audience insights into academic life. We also hosted panel discussions on funding and applications for postgraduate studies. The next proposed Symposium will be held in late December 2019 / early January 2020 at CUHK, titled “A Scholars’ Journal: Triumphs and Struggles beyond PhD”.