Highlights 2012


Engineering Everywhere

As one of the oldest and the most well-established engineering schools in the region, the HKU Faculty of Engineering has played an important role in building Hong Kong since its establishment as one of the two earliest Faculties of The University of Hong Kong in 1912. The Faculty celebrates its centenary this year and proudly shares with us the impact it has made on the community over the last 100 years.


DSpace CRIS (Current Research Information System) Module

The University Libraries had made available the download of the first alpha release of the DSpace CRIS module.

Understanding Non-Academic Impact of Research in Social Sciences

The Dean of Social Sciences shares his views on how to demonstrate non-academic impact of social sciences research.


Green Roofs to Conserve Energy

The green roof and associated green wall (vertical greening) research projects transfer the research-based knowledge to the community for direct adoption and application.


10 themes and 15 network group projects developed under ExCEL3

The ExCEL3 Project (Excellence in Capacity-building on Entrepreneurship and Leadership for the Third Sector) under the Faculty of Social Sciences has identified 10 project themes and developed 15 network group projects in collaboration with non-profit organizations since its launch on May 7, 2012.


Life and Death Education Training and Service Programme for Cancer Survivors and Local College Students

During the summer of 2012, the Department of Social Work and Social Administration and the Centre on Behavioral Health of the University of Hong Kong, the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, and the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Incubation Centre jointly provided a Life and Death education and training course to cancer survivors and local college students and arranged them to visit and accompany terminally ill patients after the training. It is hoped that this pilot programme could be promoted to different hospitals in Hong Kong to attract more cancer survivors and college students to participate in the scheme so as to benefit more terminally ill patients.


HKU Faculty of Education develops teaching materials on HKDSE Chinese Language oral exam

The HKU Faculty of Education partnered with 22 secondary schools between 2010 and 2012 to interview around 800 students and 100 Chinese Language teachers to identify the problems faced by students in preparing for the HKDSE Chinese Language oral exam. The project team has developed teaching materials for secondary schools to help raise students' oral communication skills. The project is supported by a $2 million funding from the Quality Education Fund.


Learning the Secrets of Effective Knowledge Exchange

Training for young researchers has equipped them to convey their ideas to the public and get their innovations to market. 


The HKU Faculty of Law launches the Human Rights Portal

HKU's Faculty of Law has a long history of contributing to human rights knowledge both inside and outside Hong Kong. Its Centre for Comparative and Public Law has launched the Human Rights Portal, which serves as a virtual centre to capture and disseminate this knowledge, with articles, documents, videos, guides, manuals and links - in English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese.


HKU partners with Queen Mary Hospital (QMH) to launch handbook and mobile phone app for blood patients

HKU and Queen Mary Hospital have launched a handbook, website and smartphone app that will provide medical professionals and patients with information on the latest treatments available for blood cancers and diseases. The project was funded by HKU and the Queen Mary Hospital. The protocol marks a new model of medical practice in Hong Kong, which allows quick exchange of new knowledge and experience. It is the first time that online technology is harnessed in the dissemination of medical management and treatment standards in Hong Kong.


To Myanmar With Love

Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, is in the throes of a historic transition. The military has given up direct rule after more than a half century in power. Parliamentary elections have been held, and the long-imprisoned democracy campaigner, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been sworn in as a member of parliament. She visited Thailand in late May - the first time she has been allowed to travel abroad since 1988 - followed by a visit to several European countries, including Norway to collect the Nobel Peace Prize that was originally awarded to her in 1991. The University of Hong Kong has been lending support to Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Myanmar for years, inside and outside the country. Read the cover story of the Convocation Newsletter (Summer 2012 issue) published by the Development & Alumni Affairs Office of HKU for details.


HKU develops smartphone/tablet application to prevent voice problems

The HKU Division of Speech & Hearing Sciences interviewed 115 teachers between 2007 and 2010, and found that 55% of them had voice problems. The Division has developed a smartphone/tablet application to promote vocal hygiene to prevent voice problems.


Knowledge Exchange (KE) Awards 2012

The Faculty Knowledge Exchange (KE) Awards were introduced in 2011 in order to recognize each Faculty's outstanding KE accomplishment that has made demonstrable economic, social or cultural impacts to benefit the community, business/industry, or partner organizations. Following the successful launch of the Faculty KE Awards, the KE Award (Non-Faculty Unit) has been introduced this year with the same objective for the independent centres, institutes and units of the University.


HKU and Jockey Club launch leadership programme to empower the Third Sector

HKU and Jockey Club are jointly presenting a 32 million-project ExCEL3 - "Excellence and Capacity building for Entrepreneurship and Leadership for the Third Sector". The Project seeks to empower the third sector for a better society. So far over 1,000 representatives from the Third Sector have participated.


HKU develops interactive e-learning platform 

HKU's E-Learning Technology Development Laboratory has begun a project to develop a software platform which can be used to facilitate interactive e-learning and development of teaching materials for primary and secondary schools.


Student KE Projects 2011/12 on Social Media

Some student teams have shared the progress of their Student KE Project and their experience on social media.  Find them on Facebook or other social network websites.


HKU launches community project to raise quality of life among retirees

HKU and the HK Christian Service have jointly launched the CADENZA Community Project, sponsored by the Jockey Club Charities Trust, to make use of successfully retired people as mentors.  A total of 27 retirees have been trained as mentors since June 2011.  Another 48 soon-to-retire people have also been recruited to participate in the project.  Around 20 organisations are participating members of the project.


HKU Law and Technology Centre launches legal information website for young people

The HKU Law and Technology Centre has launched the first legal information website for young people in HK. The Youth CLIC website is sponsored by the Home Affairs Bureau.


HKU develops environmentally friendly ballast

HKU Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Chair Professor Ron Hui Shu-yuen and his research team have invented the environmentally friendly "Ultra-low-loss magnetic ballast" to be used in fluorescent lamps.  Professor Hui said the newly developed ballasts had longer lifespan and were recyclable.  The ballast is also energy efficient, and can reduce expenses on repairs as well as electronic waste management. 


Communicating serious health hazards of Hong Kong air: A new version of the Hedley Environmental Index

Hong Kong's air quality has been deteriorating over 20 years and today presents a serious daily threat to the health of the public and for future generations.

The Environmental Protection Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government relies on the Air Pollution Index (HKAPI) to communicate the health hazards of pollution to the public. However, the standards used by HKAPI are 25 years out of date, primitive and seriously misleading. The risk categories in the HKAPI bear no relationship to the currently measured bad health outcomes in the population. In order to create a new approach to health risk communication and to inform and assist the public in the interpretation of pollution levels, a group of researchers at The University of Hong Kong School of Public Health developed the Hedley Environmental Index (HEI) in 2008 and launched an updated version on January 17, 2012 to improve the hourly estimation of air pollution impacts on bad health outcomes and economic costs. The new HEI is based on the latest scientific evidence for health risks and referenced to the World Health Organization (WHO) Air Quality Guidelines (AQG).