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 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
The offering of the programme will be confirmed by mid-May 2022, dependent on the development of Covid-19 pandemic and the associated travel restrictions.
- Interviews: March 2022
- Orientation: week of June 27
Jul 8-14 Xian
Jul 15-21 Lanzhou / North West
Jul 22 – Aug 5 Macha village, Gansu
Macha Village, Gansu
35 HKU students
Full-time HKU undergraduate students, except:
- students in their final year of study (unless with approval from their home Faculty)
- students on leave of absence during the current academic year (unless they have paid tuition fee for the current year)
- 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
- two weeks of cultural immersion in Xian and the Lanzhou area / North-West.
- 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.
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 & proposal||30 hours|
|Execution / delivery (note 1)||40 – 50 hours|
|Written Project||40 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 Items||Assessment Method||CLOs|
|Execution / delivery||Evaluation of onsite execution||1, 2, 3|
|Written Project||Written assessment||1, 2|
|Group Video Presentation||Presentation assessment||1, 2,3|
Applications for 2022 are accepted from December 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022 (6 pm).
For enquiry, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.