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Horizons Project Mingde is a university-wide “to-build-and-to-serve” experiential learning programme – built on Project Mingde initiated by the Department of Civil Engineering – that mobilizes teachers and student from all 10 Faculties to apply their disciplinary knowledge and skills to improve impoverished communities on the Mainland. The programme is designed to:

  • apply academic theories into real-world practice in a complex and dynamic environment
  • equip HKU students to become global citizens, self-initiaters, critical thinkers, and socially conscious and responsible citizens of Hong Kong and the world
  • allow students to seek opportunity for creativity and reflection
  • gain remarkable experience living in rural China
  • build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively

Teachers from relevant Faculties will engage in pre- and post-trip guidance, supervision and assessment as well as project review and enhancement.


To construct, serve and support impoverished communities on the Mainland by building community facilities and serve the local communities through teaching, health and dental care.


All year round – with each trip to last for about two weeks


Guangxi, China


Up to 100 students in 2018 and 125 students in 2019

Strategic Partner and Sponsor

Lee Hysan Foundation


Short trips will take place during the Reading Week and public holidays while long trip of up to 8 weeks will be scheduled to summer time


Each participant will be responsible for 20% of the expenses, which is about RMB300-500 per trip


Applications open all year round

For enquiry, please contact Ms. Anila Ma at anilama@hku.hk.

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