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The Horizons Office has teamed up with the Wu Zhi Qiao Foundation (http://www.bridgetochina.org.hk/) to offer the HKU Wu Zhi Qiao (WZQ) Programme from 2018-19, as a 6-credit course (course code: HKUH1005).

HKU-WZQ is a project-based construction/human service learning opportunity on the Mainland designed specifically to:

  • expand participants’ horizons and enable them to draw on their academic knowledge through first-hand practical experience
  • provide real life experience in executing a service project which has direct impact
  • foster better communication, mutual understanding and integration between Hong Kong and the Mainland
  • improve the lives of underprivileged villagers in remote areas of Mainland China
  • inspire respect, appreciation and preservation of local culture and environment, and promulgate the concept of sustainability
  • develop integrity and a commitment to society and life

Period (subject to change)

  • July 8–13 (Beijing)
  • July 14–20 (Xian)
  • July 21–August 2 (Macha Village, Gansu)


Macha Village, Gansu and
Beijing and Xian


40 HKU students


Students from Mainland universities


  • two weeks of onsite service in Macha Village, Gansu:
    • construction work and
    • service in one of the following areas:
      • architecture: environment protection / building
      • arts and culture
      • public health: screening and apply fluoride on children teeth if agreeable
      • needs assessment and surveys (e.g. on left behind children)


Each participant will receive a subsidy HK$4,000 from the Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre.

In addition, applicants, upon acceptance to the course, may apply for the Hong Kong Chiu Chow Chamber of Commerce Rayson Huang Memorial Student Enrichment Award (each of HK$5,000) (https://tl.hku.hk/horizons/award-rh/) as top-up subsidy.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon completing HKU-WZQ, students will be able to:

CLO1: Understand indigenous environments/ cultures through first-hand engagement with the community concerned.
CLO2: Identify pertinent needs/ key issues and develop plans/strategies to enhance social development and/or preserve local culture.
CLO3: Develop work ethics, self-initiative, adaptation to the organizational culture, and communication skills for successful workplace performance.

Teaching and Learning Activities

Activities Hours
Pre-trip planning & proposal 30 hours
Execution / delivery (note 1) 40 – 50 hours
Written Project 40 hours
Presentation 10 hours
Total 120-130 hours

Note 1: Students are reminded that majority of the activities and talks in the programme will be conducted in Mandarin. Students who are non-native speakers of Chinese are expected to have at least beginner’s level of the Chinese language in order to complete the programme.


The course will be graded by letter grades:

Standard Grade
Excellent A+
Good B+
Satisfactory C+
Pass D+
Fail F

The assessment items, grading and learning outcomes are as follows (subject to approval):

Assessment Items Assessment Method Grading CLOs
Execution / delivery Evaluation of onsite execution 50% 1, 2, 3
Written Project Written assessment 30% 1, 2
Group Video Presentation Presentation assessment 20% 1, 2,3


Applications for 2019 are accepted until January 15, 2019 (6pm.).

Application form

For enquiry, please contact us at horizons@hku.hk.

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