10th Anniversary of Project Mingde (Department of Civil Engineering)

Message from Department of Civil Engineering

Project Mingde, a charity project to build schools and facilities in mainland China, was established by the Department of Civil Engineering at HKU in 2004. It aims to provide education for children in impoverished villages or disaster areas in mainland China and let students contribute to the society by their skills and knowledge. Project Mingde has completed four projects in Guangxi and Sichuan and provided HKU students with opportunities to involve in the design and construction process. Project Mingde is now inviting students from other disciplines to join by different means. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Project Mingde is going to hold an exhibition and a sharing session (Registration) to present its rationale and the messages from students participating in the project.

Please visit the official webpage (http://www.civil.hku.hk/mingde/) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/projectmingde/) of Project Mingde for more details.

For enquiries, please contact us at mingde.comm@gmail.com.


Date: 20-21 March 2014 (Thu-Fri) 10:30am – 7:30pm
22 March 2014 (Sat) 9:30am – 3:30pm
Venue: Covered area outside the Main Library, HKU

Sharing Session


Date: 27 March 2014 (Thu)
Time: 6:00pm (Light refreshment) / 6:30pm – 7:30pm (Sharing)
Venue: Wang Gungwu Lecture Hall, Graduate House, HKU

Award Presentation Ceremony for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Knowledge Exchange 2013

Message from The Vice-Chancellor

Dear Colleagues, Students, Alumni and Friends,

You are cordially invited to attend the Award Presentation Ceremony for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Knowledge Exchange 2013, which will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Loke Yew Hall at 5:00 p.m.  We are privileged to have Dr the Honourable Sir David Li Kwok Po, our Pro-Chancellor, to be our Guest of Honour on the happy occasion again this year.

The Ceremony is one of the most important annual events on the University calendar, since it is an opportunity to recognise the exceptional contributions our colleagues have made to the University’s teaching, research and knowledge exchange endeavours. Just as importantly, it gives us a chance to celebrate the dedication and hard work that have gone into our colleagues’ accomplishments, and to encourage their peers at HKU to strive for ever greater achievements.

During the ceremony, the Outstanding Teaching Award under the Teaching Excellence Award Scheme, Faculty Teaching Award, Outstanding Research Student Supervisor Award, Outstanding Researcher Award, Outstanding Young Researcher Award, Research Output Prize, and Knowledge Exchange Award will be presented.

These honours to outstanding teachers and researchers are only bestowed sparingly, and are a tribute to the high standards of excellence that the University of Hong Kong stands for.

I do hope you will be able to join us at the ceremony, both to salute our deserving colleagues and to share the pride of being a member of the University family that includes such distinguished scholars.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Lap-Chee Tsui

The list of award recipients can be found at: http://www4.hku.hk/award/ceremony/award-recipients
For enquiries, please contact Ms Shirley Yeung (Tel: 2241-5258, Email: shirley_yeung@hku.hk).

Morrison Hall Centenary Exhibition

Message from Morrison Hall

Dear members of HKU,

You are cordially invited to the “Morrison Hall Centenary Exhibition”. This exhibition is held to celebrate the 100 year history of Morrison Hall. Through this Exhibition, we hope that more members of the University of Hong Kong will be able to learn more about Morrison Hall, its glorious history and our Morrisonian Spirit.

Morrison Hall was established in 1913 and was closed down in 1968. The new Morrison Hall was finally rebuilt in 2005. In this exhibition, the history of the old Morrison Hall, the rebuilding campaign and the rebirth of the new Morrison Hall will be presented. This exhibition will also display a recently completed architectural model of the old Morrison Hall.

The details of the exhibition are as follows:

Date: 15th – 28th March
Venue: Level 3 Multi-Purpose Zone

Metamorphosis of our Hall:

We are looking forward to your visit and to share with us the proud history of Morrison Hall! Thank you.

Morrison Hall Students’ Association

Quiz night – Hispanic Month 2014

Message from School of Modern Languages and Cultures


Hispanic Month 2014

“Spanish Courses Abroad (Summer 2014)”

A seminar / briefing session
5 March, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
CPD-LG.34, Centennial Campus, HKU

This seminar is aimed mainly at students of Year II Spanish courses who are thinking about travelling to Spain in the summer for an intensive course. In the seminar we will look at general information about travelling to Spain, choosing a location, a course and other information of interest. The seminar will also serve to inform students about procedures to apply for The Consulate of Spain Award for 2014.

Screening: Los Últimos Días (The Last Days)

Film screening
17 March, 4:30 – 7:00pm
MWT6, Ming Wah Complex

Title: Los Últimos Días (The Last Days)
Directors: David & Alex Pastor
Country: Spain
Synopsis: A mysterious epidemic spreads across the planet. Humanity develops an irrational fear of open spaces that causes instant death. Soon, the world population is trapped inside buildings. As Barcelona descends into chaos, Marc sets off on a quest to find Julia, his missing girlfriend, without ever going outside.

Quiz night

21 March, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Global lounge

Do you know anything about the Hispanic World? Would you like to win a prize? If so, come to our Quiz Night in the Global Lounge, a competition which will put to the test your knowledge about the 21 countries which have Spanish as their mother tongue. Teams of 3 participants will have to answer questions about language, culture, customs, dances, festivals, etc. of Spanish-speaking countries. Places are limited.

“Tebeos: a short history of comics in Spain”

24 March, 4:30 – 6:00pm
KK201, K. K. Leung Building

The evolution of tebeos (Spanish for ‘comics’) seems similar, on the surface, to the one in many other Western countries: they first appeared as social satires in the late 19th century newspapers; they became an immensely popular, and populist, media in the mid 20th century (a period, however, in which they tended to be despised as infantile and disposable entertainment); and they came to be regarded a minority art form by the early 21st century. However, in a closer look, the history of comics in Spain reveals many particularities that reflect the radical changes that the Spanish society has gone through in the XX Century. In his presentation, Martin Juaristi will provide a general overview of this history, focusing on the particularities that make Spanish tebeos something a unique as French BD, American comics or Japanese manga.


“¡A bailar! Learn the basic steps of Salsa, Merengue and Bachata!”

March 25th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Global Lounge

The Spanish-speaking world is well-known for its music and dances, which have become famous around the world. For all those budding dancers who would like to try their hand at some Latin American rhythms here is their chance. Come to this workshop and learn the basic steps of three of the most famous dances: Salsa, Merengue and Bachata. After you learn the steps we’ll put your skills into practice with some dancing. We will also have some Spanish snacks and sangría.

Screening: Eva

Film screening
28 March, 3:30 – 5:30pm
CPD-3.28, Centennial Campus, HKU

Title: Eva
Director: Kike Maíllo
Country: Spain
Synopsis: Álex, a renowned cybernetic engineer, returns to Santa Irene to create a child robot for his former University. During his ten–year absence, life has moved on for his brother David and for Lana, who married David after Álex’s departure. Álex’s routine is altered in an unexpected way by Eva, Lana and David’s charismatic daughter, with whom he has a special connection from the moment they meet. They ultimately set out on a journey together, which will bring them to a revelatory end.
Suitable for all ages

Contemporary China Studies Public Lecture Series

Message from Faculty of Social Sciences


Contemporary China Studies Public Lectures

Social Sciences Chamber, 11/F, The Jockey Club Tower
Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong | 6:30pm

Monday April 7, 2014
China’s Rise, US–China Relations and Implications for East Asia
Professor Jae Ho Chung

Monday April 14, 2014
Is Weber’s Analysis of China (circa 1913) Still Useful a Century Later?
Professor Gary Hamilton

Wednesday April 23, 2014
China’s Growth Model: Logic and Challenges
Professor Tao Ran 陶然教授

Tuesday April 29, 2014
Rebellion and Repression in China, 1966–1971
Professor Andrew Walder

Details and registration: www.socsc.hku.hk/ccspl