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Dear Student,

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Semester start is always exciting – new courses, new professors, new friends and new opportunities everywhere. To introduce you to the wide variety of learning opportunities available on campus, the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) and the Academic Advising Office (AAO) will jointly organize the Pathfinding Exhibition next week:

Date: September 25-26, 2014 (Thursday and Friday)
Time: 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Haking Wong Covered Podium

You will find a wide spectrum of learning opportunities and student support services outside classroom such as student exchange, service learning, experiential learning, library service, health education, sports programmes, English language support, common core curriculum information, personal development and career planning, campus life and student development, academic advising, general education, internship and many more.

There will also be a lucky draw! Do come and have fun!

Academic Advising Office (AAO)
Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS)

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This program is initiated and organized by Tsinghua University, Beijing, China from 2006. A total of 1,741 students and 250 faculty members from Tsinghua University and 545 students and faculty members from other regions and countries’ universities, have been dispatched in teams, to rural counties in the past eight years.

Every summer, 180 Tsinghua volunteers and 120 volunteers from other regions and countries, who show a sincere commitment to charity work were recruited to join the Program. Successful applicants will be dispatched in 30 teams and perform their service in 30 counties throughout various locations in rural China. Each team will consist of one Tsinghua teacher, five Tsinghua students, four non-Tsinghua volunteers. Volunteers can provide diversified services to the local students in those rural counties, including English teaching, social survey conducting, lectures and intercultural communication exercises.

For 2014 SSLP, the Program will run from July 9th to July 29th, 2014. Students who are interested in joining the program should read through the information (in Chinese) at: http://wp.cedars.hku.hk/fileupload/files/sd/Tsinghua14.pdf and submit your application with all necessary materials to Ms. JIAO Yiju (Daisy) by email jiaoyiju@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn on or before 10 April, 2014.

Volunteers need to arrive in Beijing on July 9th and leave from Beijing on July 29th. Volunteers are responsible for payment of a non-refundable US $490 program registration fee, the round-trip air travel to and from Beijing. Tsinghua University will provide the accommodation, the subsidy for food, the transportation to the rural locations, the accidental insurance for all the volunteers during the program in China.

Videos about this program:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNTgzNzg2OTEy.html
http://www.wangfoundation.net/video.htm
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNjMyNDM4NTcy.html
Thank you.

Best Regards,
Center of Development and Resources for Students

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Message from CEDARS


Dear colleagues,

Each year, the Vice-Chancellor hosts a Prize Presentation Ceremony for students winning external awards to honour and celebrate their extraordinary achievements, dedications and talents. The Ceremony will be held on 13 April (Sunday) evening in 2014.

We are inviting students who have received awards of significance in international, Pan-Asia Pacific region and local competitions during April 2013 to March 2014 to join the Ceremony. Awardees will be commended by the Vice-Chancellor and attend a High Table Dinner to celebrate their achievements with their teachers, family and friends.

If you have provided guidance to help student(s) win an external competition, please kindly invite them to register for the Prize Presentation Ceremony.

For detailed information on registration guidelines and eligibilities, please visit http://cedars.hku.hk/pc2014. Deadline for registration is 21 March 2014 (Friday).

Should you have any questions, please contact Ms Cindy Chan at cpychan@hku.hk.

Yours sincerely,

Cindy Chan (Ms)
Chief Student Advising Officer (Student Development)
Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS)

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Message from CEDARS – Student Development

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Dear Students and Colleagues,

Applications are now invited for We Are With You Project Fund (Fund).

“We Are With You” (WAY) is a four-year community-based social capital development project in the Southern District. HKU students and staff will contribute to improve the condition of the less privileged and empower them to improve their own conditions in the long run. Its objective is to develop a replicable model for social capital development, particularly with the involvement of staff and students of tertiary institutions. The Fund will support projects initiated by students and staff of HKU under WAY.

The Fund is open to all HKU full-time students and staff. Joint projects between students and staff will be preferred. The Fund may be used to support research, direct services, community events, exhibitions, social entrepreneurship, documentary making, art, cultural, history promotion and presentations, and all activities that contribute to the goals of WAY. The projects should be carried out in the Southern District of Hong Kong preferably in collaboration with at least one community partner/NGO in the District. The project should normally be completed within one year. Longer projects are also welcome but funding will be approved for one year in the first instance with possibility of renewal. The maximum amount to be granted to each project is HK$50,000.

Details of the Fund are available at: http://wp.cedars.hku.hk/fileupload/files/sd/WAY_Fund_Application_Guidelines.pdf.  To know more about We Are With You Project, please visit: http://cedars.hku.hk/way/.  Applications should be submitted to cedars-programmes@hku.hk on/before 13 April 2014 (Sunday).  Retrospective application will NOT be considered.

For enquiries, please contact us at cedars-programmes@hku.hk (email) or 2857 8387 (phone).

Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS)

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IMGL3868-2Campus Internationalization and Integration Funding Scheme (Scheme) is established by the University Grants Committee to support new initiatives of internationalization and engagement with Mainland China. The Scheme is administered by the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) to support projects or activities initiated, planned and organized by students to facilitate integration between local and non-local students in higher education.

Objectives

The Scheme aims to achieve the objectives below:

  1. To enhance students’ awareness on globalization and diversity; and
  2. To promote intercultural understanding and facilitate integration between local and non-local students of different cultural backgrounds for them to interact and learn from each other

Amount of Subsidies

The maximum amount to be granted to each project is HK$100,000.

Award Criteria

The Scheme finances projects organized by full-time local and non-local students, either on individual or group basis, to facilitate integration between local and non-local students in 2013- 14 and 2014-15 academic years. The projects should be of distinguishable nature that promotes campus integration.

Students from both local and non-local origins can organize and/or participate in the funded projects. The majority of students in each project team should be taking UGC-funded programmes.

Some examples of activities envisaged include visits to schools, community services for social welfare groups, hostel debating competition, movie screening, artwork exhibition, talent contests, TED talks, drama production etc. Intellectual, quasi-intellectual, culturally enhancing projects and inter-institutional collaborations will be highly valued.

Inter-institutional collaborations are encouraged. For such projects, students are required to elect a coordinator from among themselves and the institution where the coordinator is studying at will assess the project and provide the funding, if selected.

The criteria for award include:

  1. Anticipated impact on facilitating student integration in relation to the objectives of the Scheme;
  2. Active and extensive participation of both local and non-local students;
  3. Anticipated number of students taking part;
  4. Originality and innovativeness of the Project; and
  5. Benefits to the community, if any.

Application Procedure

Applications should be submitted to cedars-programmes@hku.hk on/before 5 January 2014 (Sunday). Only one round of selection will be conducted each year. Applications and proposals should contain the following information and details:

  1. Title of the project;
  2. Objectives of the project;
  3. Project/activity description;
  4. Format and schedule of activities (date, time, duration and venue, etc.);
  5. Expected number of local and non-local students taking part;
  6. Expected outcomes, achievements, impact and contributions of the Project;
  7. Information of the partner organization (if any);
  8. Method of project evaluation;
  9. Budget; and
  10. Information and CV(s) of the project coordinator(s).

Projects should be carried out during the period from January 2013 to June 2015.

Conditions of Award

The Scheme is a token subsidy and does not mean to assist any student/ student group to generate income or profit. It can be held concurrently with other subsidies and sponsorships. However, applicants are required to declare and report on details of any subsidies and sponsorships already received at the time of application or as soon as they are awarded.

Subsidies will be paid in the form of reimbursement upon successful completion of the project, presentation of original receipts and evaluation report. Disbursement of funding in advance or early reimbursement requires the approval of CEDARS.

The report should include:

  1. An account of activities carried out;
  2. Outcome(s) of the project;
  3. The number of participating students and a profile of their background by countries of origins
  4. Feedback and evaluation by students;
  5. The use of the subsidy awarded;
  6. The obstacles encountered and areas for improvement;
  7. A financial statement with the original receipts; and
  8. Publications, video or photo CD, if any.

The UGC and CEDARS may use the materials provided in the report for publicity and reporting purposes.

Students of the projects which best achieve the objective of integration will assist The University of Hong Kong to help spread the importance of the initiatives of internationalization and engaging the Mainland in the higher education sector.

Important Notes for Applicants

1. Retrospective application will NOT be considered.

2. Submission of incorrect/incomplete information may cause delay/disqualification. Moreover, a successful applicant will be disqualified and/or, where appropriate, be required to refund the subsidy if he/she provides any false or misleading information to CEDARS.

Enquiries

Centre of Development and Resources for Students (Student Development) cedars-programmes@hku.hk / 2857 8387

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Message from CEDARS – Student Development

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Dear Students and Colleagues,

Applications are now invited for We Are With You Project Fund (Fund).

“We Are With You” (WAY) is a four-year community-based social capital development project in the Southern District.  HKU students and staff will contribute to improve the condition of the less privileged and empower them to improve their own conditions in the long run.  Its objective is to develop a replicable model for social capital development, particularly with the involvement of staff and students of tertiary institutions.  The Fund will support projects initiated by students and staff of HKU under WAY.

The Fund is open to all HKU full-time students and staff.  Joint projects between students and staff will be preferred.  The Fund may be used to support research, direct services, community events, exhibitions, social entrepreneurship, documentary making, art, cultural, history promotion and presentations, and all activities that contribute to the goals of WAY.  The projects should be carried out in the Southern District of Hong Kong preferably in collaboration with at least one community partner/NGO in the District.  The project should normally be completed within one year.  Longer projects are also welcome but funding will be approved for one year in the first instance with possibility of renewal.  The maximum amount to be granted to each project is HK$50,000.

Details of the Fund are available at: http://wp.cedars.hku.hk/fileupload/files/sd/Application%20guidelines.pdf.  To know more about We Are With You Project, please visit: http://cedars.hku.hk/way/.  Applications should be submitted to cedars-programmes@hku.hk on/before 30 November 2013 (Saturday).  Retrospective application will NOT be considered.

For enquiries, please contact us at cedars-programmes@hku.hk (email) or 2857 8387 (phone).

Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS)

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When is this Fair?
11:00 am to 3:00 pm, April 25, 2013 (Thursday)

Map for R-Zone in Learning Commons

Where is this Fair?
Student Advisory Services Zone (R Zone), 2/F,
Chi Wah Learning Commons, Centennial Campus

Who is this Fair for?
All undergraduate students

What is the aim of this Fair?
HKU’s new undergraduate curriculum provides flexibility for students to design their own combination of disciplinary majors, minors and electives within and outside their home Faculties with guidance from academic advisers. The aim of this Fair is to provide an opportunity for students to explore different major and minor options.

Who will you meet in this Fair?

  • Teachers and Administrators from Faculties and the Academic Advising Office
  • Representatives from Student Societies
  • Careers Advisers from CEDARS (Careers & Placement)

click here to view the list of participating Faculties and Student societies

What can I get from this Fair?

Get Information:

  • We have invited different Faculties to conduct information briefings on their major / minor options offered to non-home Faculty students. Want to join the talks? Please click here to register.
  • We have prepared factsheets on different major/ minor options for your easy reference.

Seek Advice:

  • Administrators from different Faculties /Academic Advising Office will be there to answer your questions regarding course requirements and relevant regulations and procedures.
  • Representatives from CEDARS (Careers and Placement) will also station there to advise you on the career prospects of particular major/ minor programmes.

Be Connected:

  • Over 15 student societies will join this Fair. You can have a causal chat with your peers. They will be happy to share with you their views and first-hand experience.

Got questions?

Message from Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services announced the commencement of advisory services for students on the second floor of the Chi Wah Learning Commons (智華館) on 15 October 2012 (Monday).

On the second floor, an area (shown in green in the following floor plan) is designated as a Student Advisory Services Zone where students may seek advice from a number of departments, namely the Academic Advising Office (AAO), Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES), Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) and the University Libraries.

The Student Advisory Services Zone consists of an open space where the advisors are on duty; a Language Practice Laboratory (to be opened later); and ten interview rooms for one-on-one discussions. There is a display screen at each end of the Zone showing the servicing hours of the advising departments.

The following outlines the types of advice that students will be able to obtain in the Learning Commons.


The Academic Advising Office (AAO) will provide academic advice to students on a one-on-one basis in the following areas:

  • adjustment to university studies and development of study plans;
  • guidance on academic regulations and cross-faculty learning opportunities;
  • attending to academic areas of weakness;
  • planning for postgraduate studies; and
  • exploration of campus resources to enhance academic success.

The Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES) will provide English writing support in one-on-one sessions where undergraduates and postgraduate students can come to:

  • get advice from teaching assistants;
  • learn how to analyze and plan an assignment;
  • learn how to grow as a writer;
  • develop writing techniques in both academic and literary writing.

The Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) will focus primarily on providing “non-academic” advice to students covering such areas as career advising, service and experiential learning opportunities, generic skills (e.g. time management, study and life skills, and personal growth), campus life planning (e.g. financial management, housing needs), and university life planning (e.g. goal setting, learning plans, cultural awareness).


The University Libraries will offer assistance to students in:

  • using the library services and facilities;
  • formulating search strategies;
  • searching the information resources, such as Dragon (the library catalogue) and the article databases; and
  • setting up personal consultations for in-depth information search.

Moreover, CAES and CEDARS are jointly offering the “Peer English Tutoring” scheme in the Zone; and, in conjunction with the Chinese Language Centre, CEDARS is also offering the “Survival Cantonese” scheme. More details of the schemes can be found at these websites: http://caes.hku.hk/ve and http://cedars.hku.hk

The University is committed to making the Learning Commons an inspiring, vibrant and technology-rich learning space.  The provision of high quality advisory services to enhance student experience and to enable skills development is pivotal to the development of the Learning Commons into a campus hub for student-centered learning activities.

Message from the Centre of Development and Resources for Students

The “First Year Experience” website for new HKU students was recently launched. Highlights of the website include:

  • Induction Activities of Faculties, Departments and Other Offices
  • Orientation Activities of Student Groups
  • Important Dates
  • First Year Study
  • Information for Newly Arrived Non-Local Students
  • Accessibility Support
  • Diversity and Sustainability
  • Student Groups and Networks
  • Tips on Enjoying University Life

Both students and colleagues are welcome to visit and “like” the First Year Experience Facebook page to look for news, leave comments and connect with the HKU community.

The “First Year at HKU” brochures were distributed during Registration Days to new students. Copies are also available at CEDARS Office at 3/F, Meng Wah Complex.

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