Student Learning Festival 2023-24


April 24 Wednesday, 11:30 am-2:30 pm @ Haking Wong Podium

The Student Festival will showcase students’ innovative work in tackling issues which required them to integrate knowledge, methods, and media across disciplines. These exemplary projects come from different undergraduate courses and include posters, videos, podcasts, models, and more.

Come Meet the Students!

Special Exhibition

@ThinkOcean Drawing Competition on “Ocean Protection”

@UNICEF Club Photography Competition “Beauty in Times of Adversity”

Student Learning Festival and HKU Horizons Experience Awards 2022-23

Congratulations to the winners of the #hkuhorizons Experience Awards 2022-23! A prize presentation and award-winning video screening ceremony was held at the Student Learning Festival on April 26, 2023. Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) congratulated the students on their outstanding performance and commended the students for their efforts in capturing the fond memories of their overseas learning experiences to share with the HKU community.
Top Prize:
  • TAM Ching Hin Anfield, BSocSc (Govt&Laws) Year 4: The Laidlaw Scholars Programme 2022 (Columbia Global Leadership in Action Programme) (
Over 10 Common Core and undergraduate courses were showcased at the event, with course tutors and students sharing the objectives and learning outcomes with the HKU community.
Professor Julian Tanner, Director of Common Core, expressed a token of appreciation to various HKU units including CEDARS, T&LEMU, BASc, CiC and HKU Horizons Office for their efforts in organising the Student Learning Festival.
Please click here for the photo album
HKU Horizons Experience Award
In support of internationalization, the University has launched the HKU Horizons endeavor, with the specific aims to promote and provide educationally meaningful and robust Mainland and international (ML/INT) learning experience for undergraduate students. Awards are being established to encourage students to reflect on and to share their ML/INT learning experience, with a view to promoting and publicizing the HKU Horizons endeavor. The Award competition is held annually in January. Three awards – with a top prize of $10,000 and two further prizes of $5,000, are awarded. For more details, please visit

6 students selected for Best Presenter Awards at the Poster Session of the UG Research Fellowship Programme 2022-23

Thirty three undergraduate students participated in the Poster Session of the Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programme (URFP) 2022-23 held on April 19, 2023 to share their research findings and experience with the HKU community.  The Poster Session provides a platform for participating students of the URFP to share the research, scholarship and creativity activity with other fellow HKUers and faculty members who serve as URFP project supervisors.
Six best presenters were selected by a selection panel consisting of Professor Ian Holliday, Chairman of the Working Group on URFP and Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), members of the Working Group on URFP: Dr Eric C. Ip, Faculty of Law; Dr Olivia Leung, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), Faculty of Business and Economics; Dr Thiyagarajan Vengatesen, Assistant Dean (Experiential Learning), Faculty of Science; and Dr Patrick Chung, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, LKS Faculty of Medicine.  
The wining students of the Poster Session of URFP 2022-23 are:
  • CHEUNG On Hei, BSocSc, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • SO Charlotte Theodora, BBiomedSc, LKS Faculty of Medicine
  • WONG Wing Yan, BBiomedSc, LKS Faculty of Medicine       
  • Jessica YAM, BBiomedSc, LKS Faculty of Medicine
  • YEUNG Kin Ling Kinny, BSc(Sp&HearSc), Faculty of Education
  • YEUNG Lok Sze, BBiomedSc, LKS Faculty of Medicine 
Students who enroll in the URFP are generally in their final year studies and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.  The URFP calls for applications in January each year and students admitted to the programme will have the opportunity to undertake a course component and deliver a research deliverable.  They could also submit an application to apply for the Research Internship Award, which supports research internship to be conducted in Hong Kong, mainland China or overseas for not less than 8 weeks. 
Ever since the URFP was launched in 2015-16, over 400 students have been selected to receive the Research Internship Awards to conduct their research projects in some 50 institutions across 13 regions, including Australia, Canada, France, Singapore, mainland China, the UK and the US.
To view the wining posters, please visit:
For more details on URFP, please visit:
For photo album, please visit here

Student Learning Festival 2022-23

Student Learning Festival 2022-23

April 26 Wednesday, 11:30 am-2:30 pm @ Haking Wong Podium

The Student Festival will showcase students’ innovative work in tackling issues which required them to integrate knowledge, methods, and media across disciplines. These exemplary projects come from different undergraduate courses and include posters, videos, podcasts, models, and more.

Come Meet the Students!


Poster Session of the Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programme 2022-23

Through the Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programme (URFP), academically outstanding undergraduates undertake a research study under the guidance and supervision of academics with a strong research track record and experience in training research postgraduate students. URFP participants selected for the Research Internship Awards under URFP also have the opportunity to take a research internship in a local, mainland or overseas institution as part of the research study. The URFP forms part of the teaching-research nexus and aims to enhance students’ learning experience and nurture the next generation of researchers/scholars. Through the eleven rounds of the Programme to date, some 1,000 students from across all the faculties have enrolled in URFP, and over 400 of them have undertaken internships.

A poster session has been scheduled to take place for the Research Internship Award recipients of URFP 2022-23 to present their research findings and share their experience with other URFP participants, supervisors, undergraduate students and staff, and the wider community of the University.  Details of the event are as follows:

Date: April 19, 2023 (Wednesday)

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Venue: Foyer, G/F, Chi Wah Learning Commons, Centennial Campus

(Note: The posters will be displayed at the venue on April 17-21)


More information:

Please join us to find out more about the URFP experience from the participating students and supervisors.  I look forward to seeing you at the poster session.

Professor Ian Holliday

Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) and

Chairman, Working Group on the URFP/Laidlaw Scholars Programme

Your One-stop Exploration Platform: Major Minor Week 2023

To prepare for major/minor declaration and course enrollment planning for your potential major/minor during the add-drop period, please don’t miss the upcoming “Major Minor Week 2023” organized by Academic Advising Office (AAO) from 16 January – 20 January 2023 (first week of the second semester, face-to-face). It provides ample opportunities for you to obtain advice and information that could facilitate your decision making.
Major Minor Week 2023 is the one-stop platform for students to explore different major and minor options both within and outside their home Faculty. Colleagues please encourage your students to join us! 

Opening Talk – “Your Studies and Career: What to Consider”

Should I choose a major that helps find job? 
Are double majors always better in the eye of employers?
Advisers from AAO and CEDARS (Careers and Placement Section) will help students understand the relationship between studies and career, how to select majors/ minors and how to prepare for future career. This seminar will be held in a hybrid mode to make it most accessible for you! Come join us to kick start your exploration journey with us in the Major Minor Week!
Date:      16 January 2023 (Monday)
Time:     12:30pm – 2:00pm
Format:  Hybrid-mode
    • Face to Face at Digital Interactive Lab, 2/F Main Library
    • Live broadcast via ZOOM
Seats for on-site participation are available on a first-come, first-served basis according to the sequence of your registration. A confirmation email will be sent to you upon successful registration. 


Faculty-based Sharing Sessions

Want to meet with senior students who are doing the majors that you are considering / exploring the majors that you haven’t think of? 
Every day of the week, senior students from various majors/ minors will be sharing their first-hand experience towards the subject and their decision making process at the Faculty-based sharing session. Faculty office staff will also address students’ questions regarding requirements, policies and regulations while AAO Advisers hand out more tips and online tools for selecting majors/ minors.

Period:    16 January – 20 January 2023 (Monday – Friday)
Time:       5:30pm – 6:30pm
Format:   Face-to-face
Venue:     Digital Interactive Lab, 2/F Main Library
Dates:                    Majors/Minors offering Faculty:
16 January (Mon)   Arts

17 January (Tue)    Business and Economics

18 January (Wed)   Engineering

19 January (Thu)    Science

20 January (Fri)      Social Sciences

Common Core Office Sharing Session on Transdisciplinary Minors

Common Core Office and its student representatives will be hosting a sharing session as well to introduce the Transdisciplinary Minors.
Date:      20 January 2023 (Friday)
Time:     12:30pm – 1:30pm
Format:  Face-to-face
Venue:   Digital Interactive Lab, 2/F Main Library
*If you are interested in the minors offered by Architecture and Medicine, please click HERE to fill in the form and your questions will be forwarded to these Faculties for answering. And if you have questions regarding minor programmes from Faculty of Education, please contact the Faculty Office directly.

Pop Up Advising Booths

Looking for some personalized advice based on your own study progress? AAO Advisers are always here to help! Do come to have a quick one-on-one Q&A session with our advisers on issues not limited to major / minor selection, but also any topics e.g. setting academic goals, developing academic plans and finding learning support.  NO registration is required, just drop by to engage and get a souvenir!
Date:    17 January – 19 January 2023 (Tuesday – Thursday)
Time:   11:30am – 2:00pm
Venue: Counter area, LG/F Centennial Campus (Opposite of Oliver’s Super Sandwiches)
We look forward to seeing you all in AAO’s “Major Minor Week 2023” in the first week of Semester 2 (16-20 January, 2023)! 
Sign Up Now!
Registration link:

Penn Dental Medicine Academic Initiative and the Influence of Technology Development in Medical Science


Organised by Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative (TELI)

Details of the event:

Date : Nov. 7, 2017 (Tuesday)
Time : 3:00pm – 4:45pm
Venue : Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building
Speaker : Mr. Chia-Wei Wu, Director of Learning Sciences and Technologies, School of Dental Medicine (PDM), University of Pennsylvania


Designing a successful and innovative initiative in the field of Learning and Development (L&D) is one of the most important projects for schools and organizations in the era of digital learning. It is imperative to create well-designed course materials and plan an engaging infrastructure to ensure an effective and evaluable learning experience. In this session, Mr. Chia-Wei Wu, the Director of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Penn Dental Medicine (PDM) will showcase PDM’s Online Learning Initiative and present how PDM’s Learning Technology Team (LTT) successfully developed and implemented blended learning solutions by utilizing cutting-edge learning technology tools. Moreover, you will learn how PDM LTT has harnesses the power of gamification, mobile learning and social learning to “flip” the classroom at the oldest IVY League dental school since 2013. Lastly, through an efficacy study, Mr. Wu will introduce the online learning methodologies both in synchronous and asynchronous learning scenarios with PDM’s current projects. Cecilia Tsang, the Education Development Manager from Apple, will introduce the current technology development in medical science and its influences. Different examples will be shared. This session will be of excellent value to instructional designer, online curriculum planner, or any e-learning developers whose professional focus is on finding the best use case for tomorrow’s learner.

About the Speaker

ChiaMr. Chia-Wei Wu
Director of Learning Sciences and Technologies
School of Dental Medicine (PDM),
University of Pennsylvania


Enquiries should be directed to

Macao Delegation Visits HKU

Knowledge exchange with fellow academics through collaboration and outreach is always an important part of TELI. On 12 October 2016, we were honored to welcome a Macao education delegation to HKU.

Initiated by the Macao Tertiary Education office, the purpose of the half-day visit was to share and exchange HKU’s experience in e-learning, MOOCs and language teaching with the delegation.

banner A 360 degree group photo with the delegation

We welcomed a total of 23 delegates from 8 Macao higher education institutions, which included Vice Presidents, Faculty Deans, Language professors and Admin personnel. It was led by Prof. SUN Jian Rong (Macau University of Science and Technology) and Prof. JIN Hong Gan (University of Macau).

The day opened with an introduction of HKU’s e-learning landscape and visions for online learning by TELI.

After introducing the wider picture, Prof. Gina Marchetti from the Department of Comparative Literature then introduced and shared her hands-on experiences on creating an upcoming MOOC called Hong Kong Cinema through a Global Lens. To produce a rewarding MOOC, Prof. Marchetti stressed the importance of identifying your academic strengths, using existing content alongside supporting research, and working with a team throughout development progress.

banner Prof. Marchetti introducing the MOOC

As HKU has been pioneering language teaching through technology, Dr. Ka-Yee Loh’s team from the Faculty of Education next introduced mLang, a mobile language app (IOS, Android) developed for non-native students to learn Chinese. Dr. Ki Wing Wah provided background to the app which revolves around DIY flashcard production by students. Ms. Florence Chu and Principal Tracy Cheung from HKMA Lee Kwok Po Secondary School (one of the partner schools) shared first-hand experiences and showcased videos demonstrating usage of mLang in class. Dr. Vincent Lau concluded with technology’s important role in mLang.

banner Ms. Florence Chu showcasing how mLang is applied in the classroom

Subsequent tours to the Centre for the Promotion of Language Learning, Digital Literacies Lab and TELI’s multimedia office enriched the visit, allowing delegates to learn more about the infrastructure supporting online learning in HKU.

banner A visit to the Centre for the Promotion of Language Learning, guided by Mr. Kevin Chan

banner Mr. Patrick Desloge guiding delegates through the Digital Literacies Lab inside the Chi Wah Learning Commons

banner TELI Multimedia team showcases TELI’s daily works

We look forward to future collaborations with Macao’s tertiary institutions. Contact us to learn more.

International Conference – Beyond the Formal Curriculum in Universities: Conference Summary

Conference Summary

The International Conference – Beyond the Formal Curriculum in Universities was held on 30-31 August 2016 by the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), Professional Development and Capacity Building for Residential Education (ResEd) Project, and Hall Education Development (HED) Project at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). The conference concentrated on hall and residential education, including its history, challenges, role in skill development and personal growth, and the future directions of such education in Hong Kong and around the world. With Keynote speakers coming in from Cambridge, Harvard, and the National University of Singapore (NUS), over 200 academics and professionals attended, coming from other higher education institutions in Hong Kong and around Asia.


The event began with some warm welcoming remarks from Professor Peter Mathieson, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong, followed by those of Professor Sandra Tsang, Chairperson of the Committee on Halls, and the Conference Chairperson and Warden of the RC Lee Hall, Dr Robert Chung.

Reverend Duncan Dormor, Dean of St John’s College at the University of Cambridge, was the first to take the stage with his keynote presentation “‘Jewel in the Crown?’ The Oxbridge College: Its Origin, Character and Future”. Touching on the history of the college model in higher education, he highlighted how collegiality in the Oxbridge residential colleges – inclusive of college allegiance, belongingness, interdisciplinary learning and relationship building – acted in combination with a plethora of extracurricular and academic opportunities to emphasize and develop a strong character and college spirit, amidst a rich array of activities, clubs, traditions, tutorial systems and research opportunities.


The next session, titled “From Present to Past: The Evolution of Hall/Residential Education”, was chaired by Dr Kaimin Shih, Warden of the Suen Chi Sun Hall. The presentations focused on past developments in residential education up to the present day, in both HKU and at the University of Macau (UM). The HKU presentations included an overview of our halls in following the Oxbridge residential model, the establishment of residential colleges and how they compare to traditional halls, and the continued challenge of promoting internalization in halls where Cantonese is the dominant language, while the UM presentation explained how its newly established Residential College System helped students attain overall learning outcomes. Presenters included Dr Eric Chong (Warden of St John’s College, HKU), Professor Haydn Chen (Vice Rector of Student Affairs at UM), Ms Rainbow Wong (Acting Deputy Master of the Chi Sun College, HKU) and Mr Kevin Yung (Senior Resident Tutor in Simon KY Lee Hall).


In the afternoon, Professor Kenneth Leung, Warden of Morrison Hall, led a panel discussion on residential education around the world, aptly titled “Hall and Residential Education in a Global Perspective”. Reverend Duncan Dormor and Professor Hayden Chen returned on stage as panelists and were joined by Mr Renaldo Michael Pearson (Academic Coordinator of Winthrop House at Harvard University) and Professor Adekunle Adeyeye (current and founding College Master of the Ridge View Residential College (RVRC) at NUS). The discussion began with each panelist outlining the hall system at their respective universities, and followed with an in-depth exchange about ongoing challenges, which included the need to embrace diversity of both student and staff in halls, the sustainability of residential models and the development and assessment of generic competencies. The panelists concluded with a unanimous agreement that the most rewarding aspect of their work was the opportunity to work closely with students and watch them in their growth and achievements.

The last session of the day was chaired by Dr Siu Man Ng, Warden of the Simon KY Lee Hall, titled “Hall and Residential Education in Hong Kong”. Presentations were focused on the current position of residential education in Hong Kong (with specific examples from HKU and Lingnan University). Some speakers presented student responses to surveys regarding residential education and hall life, with further suggestions made to address concerns raised by the surveys, such as the need to implement strategies targeted at nurturing self-care and independence of residents. Presenters included Professor Annie Chan (Warden of the William MW Mong and Bank of East Asia Hall, and Associate Dean of Social Sciences at Lingnan University), Mr David Choi (undergraduate student at HKU), Dr Robert Chung, and Dr Maggie Zhao (Director of the Teaching and Learning Evaluation and Measurement Unit, HKU).


Day two kicked off with a keynote presentation by Professor Adekunle Adeyeye titled “Transmission from Home to College: Opportunities and Challenges in a Year One Residential College”. He began with stressing the need to assist freshmen students in transitioning into the university, and detailed a programme in RVRC that aimed to help students develop academic and co-academic learning components. The programme includes peer mentorships, industry dialogues and community building activities, and also provides regular fieldtrip and project opportunities for students to connect with a problem to integrate classroom learning and theory with reality and experiences. Going forward, Professor Adeyeye acknowledged the challenge of integrating the college’s program with the university’s, and the need to continue establishing the RVRC’s name and brand.

Professor Thomas Ng, Warden of the Lee Shau Kee Hall, chaired the next session titled “Measuring and Assessing Learning Experiences in Hall and Residential Education”. Discussions focused on the importance of residential education in developing soft skills and generic competencies, and the specific programs and activities offered at certain residences that promoted experiential learning, artistic exploration, and personal growth of resident students. Presenters included Dr Cecilia Chan (Head of Professional Development, CETL, HKU), Professor Spencer Benson (Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, UM), Dr Natalie Pang (Faculty in Residence at Crescent Hall, Nanyang Technological University), and Professor Greg Peterson (Fellow at the College of Alice & Peter Tan, NUS).


Representing Harvard’s Winthrop House, Mr Renaldo Michael Pearson was next to give his keynote presentation titled “Why Harry Potter Chose Harvard: A House System that Continues to Cultivate Top Talent”. He drew on the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, as featured in the fictional Harry Potter series, to detail Harvard’s houses, residential system, and intermural activities. He also put particular emphasis on the organizational structure of the houses – inclusive of faculty deans, academics, and residential and non-residential tutors – and its irrefutable role in supporting the robust character building experiences and successful undertakings of Harvard’s students.

The conference concluded with a session titled “The Way Forward: Professionalization and Specialization”, chaired by Professor Raymond Cheung, Warden of the Lee Hysan Hall. Structured as a panel discussion, presenters discussed various pressing needs of residential halls, particularly in HKU. Multiple suggestions were made in regards to the continuing need for professional development, academic advising and staff training in residential education. Concerns regarding student discontinuation and suicide were also brought forth, with panelists urging the continued need to help students directly in coping with hall life stressors. Speakers included Dr Wilton Fok (Senior Resident Tutor of Suen Chi Sun Hall), Ms Katherine Wan (Head of the Academic Advising Office, HKU), Professor Anthony Yeh (Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Discontinuation, HKU), Ms Linda Yeung (Clinical Psychologist at the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS), HKU), and Professor Paul Yip (Director of the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, HKU).


In his closing remarks, Dr Robert Chung emphasized the importance of continuing intellectual pursuits in hall and residential education, and expressed his enthusiasm in pursuing new endeavors with new collaborators. Echoing the word “Beyond” in the name of this maiden conference, Dr Chung looked towards the future and voiced his hope that everyone would continue their efforts in exploring what is next for hall and residential education, and can one day meet again to share more experiences, research and insights.

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Nurturing Caring Leaders Programme 2017

Message from HKU Horizons Office

feature-ugcDear Students and Colleagues,

In 2017, HKU will launch the Nurturing Caring Leaders Programme. The Programme, which will be credit-bearing subject to Senate approval, will recruit 100 HKU students to work alongside 50 teenagers drawn from Hong Kong secondary schools and youth organizations. Their joint task will be to deliver English-language classes in marginalized and improvished communities in three Southeast Asian countries: Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.

The programme will enable 100 HKU students to:

  • gain one week of training in teaching English as a second language
  • teach English for eight weeks in Cambodia, Myanmar or Thailand
  • develop leadership skills inside and outside the classroom
  • engage in mentorship both in Hong Kong and in Southeast Asia
  • understand mainland Southeast Asian through an immersion experience
  • contribute to positive social development through knowledge exchange.

Each participant will receive HK$10,000 from the Hong Kong Jockey Club to support airfare, accommodation and in-country costs. Application period is from November 14, 2016 to January 20, 2017. Details can be viewed at

Two identical briefing sessions will be held to introduce the Programme:

  • Wed September 28 at 3 pm in Convocation Room , Room 218, 2/F, Main Building
  • Mon October 7 at 3 pm in G-07, G/F, Main Building.

All are welcome.

Professor Ian Holliday
Vice-President & Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning)
The University of Hong Kong