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See how students have brought together expertise from across Faculties and demonstrated the value of crossing disciplinary boundaries!

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The HKU-Common Purpose Leadership Development Programme (LDP) 2017, in its inaugural year, has enrolled 82 students from Hong Kong, Mainland China and many other parts of the world. The Programme features a cultural intelligence online module in April and May, followed by a four-week trip in June to Manila. In the first two weeks students will visit businesses and organizations for exposure to diverse models of leadership. In the final two weeks they will work in 10 groups on projects developed by local organizations. Participating organizations include the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation, Conservation International Philippines, the Philippine Business for Social Progress, the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Habitat for Humanity Philippines, Solutions Using Renewable Energy, and Rise Against Hunger.

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The Launch Event for LDP 2017 was held on March 15-16 and some 100 participants took part in dialogue and interactive break-out sessions. The Launch set clear goals for students’ June immersion experience in Manila to execute projects themed under the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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In his welcoming remarks, Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), commended the students for embracing the challenge in joining LDP. He said:

“We want to open up to our students the capacity to become leaders and to develop leadership skills as leadership is a core part of our undergraduate student learning experience. So please do commit yourself to this programme……and at the end of it I want to be even more proud of you than I already am right now.”

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Officiating at the Launch Event was Mr Paul Li, Head of Asia, Simmons and Simmons, and a Board Member of Common Purpose. He shared his views on leadership and why it has become so important. “The concept of cultural intelligence ……is not necessarily something you can learn from a book……but an extremely important part of it is cultural empathy – trying to understand each other’s point of view across cultures, economics and social differences. In our hyper-connected world, we constantly live in a multicultural society …… and it does bring challenges. When we learn empathy from another, we can truly learn to lead,” he said.

Also attending the Launch Event were Ms Patricia Dwyer, Founder and Director, The Purpose Business; Ms Tina Arcilla, Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Asia Network; Mr Paul Moreno, Community Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, UBS AG; and Ms Lenlen Mesina, Executive Director, Enrich.

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Developed by Common Purpose, LDP 2017 is an immersive experience aiming to take students out of their comfort zones and into a new city to develop their cultural intelligence: the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures. On completion of the immersion experience in June, students will reflect on their learning journey in Manila. HKU will organize an experience sharing session on campus in October 2017.

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Message from HKU Horizons Office

Dear Students and Colleagues,

HKU will team up with Common Purpose, a global leadership development organization that runs programmes all over the world, to offer the HKU-Common Purpose Leadership Development
Programme 2017. The Programme will launch on Campus at HKU in March 2017. Most of the work will take place in Manila in June 2017.

The programme will enable 100 HKU students to:

  • work in groups of 10 across boundaries
  • devise, plan and implement group projects
  • gain access to leading organizations in Manila
  • boost their cultural intelligence
  • develop their leadership skills
  • learn about the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Each participant will receive HK$5,000 to support airfare, accommodation and in-country costs. Application period is from October 3 to December 30, 2016. Details can be viewed at https://tl.hku.hk/horizons/LDP2017.

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

  • Wed September 28 at 2 pm in Convocation Room, Room 218, 2/F, Main Building
  • Mon October 17 at 2 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

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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 https://tl.hku.hk/horizons/NCL2017.

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

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Message from HKU Horizons Office

In support of its internationalization agenda, the University last year launched HKU Horizons, with the specific aim to promote and provide educationally meaningful and robust Mainland and international (ML/INT) learning experiences for undergraduate students.

In order to encourage students to reflect on and share their ML/INT learning experiences, the HKU Horizons Experience Awards have been established. The HKU Horizons Experience Awards competition will be organized annually in January, with a top prize of $10,000 and two further prizes of $5,000 to be awarded.

To enter the competition, undergraduate students must submit a video of not more than three minutes capturing and reflecting on their ML/INT learning experience. Submissions may be made on an individual or a group basis.

Awards will be made on the basis of the substance and value of the learning experience captured, and also the quality of the video presentation. The winning videos, acknowledged as “HKU Horizons Experience”, may be used by the university for promotional purposes, both internal and external. The student producer, individual or group, will be acknowledged as appropriate. The videos may also be refined as appropriate and authorised by the HKU Horizons Committee.

The 2016-17 Round is now open for submission. Further details can be obtained at https://tl.hku.hk/horizons/hkuhea. The deadline for submission is Monday January 23, 2017 (2400).

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

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HKU’s Moei programme was launched in Mae Sot, Thailand in 2008. The initial aim was to enable undergraduate students from HKU and its major international partners to provide intensive English-language classes to Myanmar migrants and refugees. Since then, more than 350 students have taught English in many parts of Southeast Asia. In 2016, Moei will offer English-language programmes in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. It will also offer discipline-based programmes in Myanmar.

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Message from HKU Horizons Office

Dear Students and Colleagues,

Join Moei and Earn HKU Credits in Summer 2016

The University made a commitment in its Academic Development Proposal 2016-19 to provide “one Mainland and one international learning opportunity” for 50% of undergraduate students in 2019 and for 100% in 2022. The University is now gearing up to meet those targets under the HKU Horizons framework. The first HKU Horizons initiative to be launched will be Moei – in the summer of 2016.

Moei was initially launched by the Faculty of Social Sciences in Mae Sot, Thailand in 2008. The aim was to enable undergraduate students to provide intensive English-language classes to migrants and refugees from Myanmar. Since then, some 350 students have taught English in many parts of Southeast Asia.

In 2016, Moei will offer English-language programmes in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. It will also offer discipline- based programmes in Myanmar. Moei is open to undergraduate students from all Faculties, and can be taken for credit in summer 2016.

Please visit https://tl.hku.hk/horizons/moei/ for more information.

Best regards,

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

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