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The Horizons Office has teamed up with the Wu Zhi Qiao Foundation ( to offer the HKU Wu Zhi Qiao (WZQ) Programme since 2017-2018, 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

Briefing materials


  • Interviews: March 2024
  • Orientation: April 29, 2024 (10am – 12nn)
  • Travel:
    May 23 – 30 Xian
    May 31 – Jun 14 Macha village, Gansu
    Jun 15 – 21 Dunhuang region


Macha Village, Gansu


20 HKU students


Full-time HKU undergraduate students, except:

  1. students in their final year of study (unless with approval from their home Faculty)
  2. students on leave of absence during the current academic year (unless they have paid tuition fee for the current year)
  3. students who have already fulfilled the requisite/permitted number of credits for the current academic year (unless with approval from their home Faculty).


Students from Mainland universities


  • one week of cultural immersion in Xian and exchange with mainland university students.
  • two weeks of onsite service in Macha Village, Gansu:
    • documenting oral history of villagers
    • sustainable reforestation
    • agricultural learning experiences
    • village centre maintenance
  • one week of historic immersion in Dunhuang area


HK$3,500 + HK$1,500 (Participants have to arrange their own transportation from Lanzhou back to Hong Kong on June 21.)

Orientation Session

Date: April 29, Monday
Time: 10:00am – 12:00nn

Venue: Room 150 (Common Core Lounge), Main Building

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

Pre-trip planning & proposal30 hours
Execution / delivery (note 1)40 – 50 hours
Written Project40 hours
Presentation10 hours
Total120-130 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 Pass/Fail (subject to approval)

The assessment items and learning outcomes are as follows

Assessment ItemsAssessment MethodCLOs
Execution / deliveryEvaluation of onsite execution1, 2, 3
Written ProjectWritten assessment1, 2
Group Video PresentationPresentation assessment1, 2,3


Applications for 2024 are accepted from February 5 – March 10, 2024 (12 midnight).

Application form

For enquiry, please contact us at

Acknowledgement: Wu Zhi Qiao received partial programme fee sponsorship by Lee Hysan Foundation.