Partnership Opportunities Involving Students

Partnership Opportunities Involving Students

Partnership Opportunities Involving Undergraduate Students

Experiential Learning Projects

"Experiential Learning" is a distinctive feature of the University's 4-year undergraduate (UG) curriculum. Our Faculties have been incorporating various forms of experiential learning into their curricula (either credit-bearing or non-credit bearing), and some have already made it a graduation requirement.

The University launched the Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre in March 2012 to bring together the Faculties and the community partners, and promote the sharing of good practices in designing, supporting and assessing experiential learning. Experiential learning examples are available from the Centre website.

In UG student projects for experiential learning, our faculty members have put in tremendous amount of time and effort to identify suitable sites for learning, to work with community partners, and to provide on-site guidance for students.

If your organization has a project idea that could provide experiential learning opportunities for our students, please complete the online form to contact our colleagues in Teaching & Learning.

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Internships

Internships provide valuable opportunities for our students to gain working experience in real-world workplace environment and are important for their career preparation.  In an internship placement, the student receives supervision and on-the-job training from the external organization that offers the internship.  An internship placement may be full-time or part-time, and may be undertaken during a semester, the winter break or summer break in Hong Kong, mainland China or overseas.

Full-time non-local students studying at degree level or above whose study period is not less than one academic year may also take up internships that are study/curriculum-related.  Their internships have to be arranged or endorsed by the University, and the duration of the internship is up to one year, or one-third of the normal duration of the relevant full-time academic programme, whichever is shorter.  Moreover, eligible students may also take up part-time on-campus employment for not more than 20 hours per week throughout the year; and employment during the summer months without any limit in relation to work hours and location.  Eligible students will be notified of the type(s) and conditions of employment which the student may take by a "No Objection Letter" (NOL) upon approval of entry and extension of stay applications.

If your organization is interested in offering internships to our students in one of the disciplines, please contact the respective Faculties as listed below.

If your organization is interested in offering internships to our students but has no specific requirement on discipline, please visit Careers & Placement, the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS).

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Mentorship

The HKU Mentorship Programme was established in 1997. Every year, 500 pairs of Mentors (friends and alumni of the University) and Mentees (HKU second-year undergraduates and Exchange Students) are matched.  Not only was it the first programme of its kind in Hong Kong, it has also become the exemplar from similar programmes.

Mentees have the chance to look beyond the classroom and learn from HKU Mentors who are professionals and experts from different walks of life.  Please visit the HKU Mentorship for the unique features of this Mentor-Mentee relationship.

The Mentorship Programme Office is delighted to help your organization in setting up a similar programme by offering free consultation; please contact the Development and Alumni Affairs Office.

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Partnership Opportunities Involving Taught Postgraduate Students

Capstone Projects

Taught postgraduate programmes (TPg), with an emphasis on coursework, lead either to a doctoral or a master's degree, or a diploma/certificate.  Some TPg programmes of the University require students to complete a capstone project as part of the curriculum requirements.  A capstone project enables students to integrate what they have learned from the coursework programme and demonstrate their ability to analyse critical issues and solve problems. Students typically work in small groups to complete a project.

Involving a team of TPg students in a capstone project may be a good way for your organization to tap into the knowledge and skills of our student talents to perform an in-depth analysis and/or find solutions for specific problems of your organization.  For details of the University's TPg programmes, please visit the TPg website

Faculties that offer TPg programmes with a capstone project requirement are listed below.  If your organization has an idea for a capstone project for our TPg students, please contact the respective Faculties to see if a student team with the appropriate mix of skills could be identified.

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Partnership Opportunities Involving Research Postgraduate Students

Research Projects

Candidates pursuing the degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) conduct research work under the supervision of at least one member of the University's teaching staff. These research postgraduate (RPg) students are required to submit a thesis on their research by the end of their period of study (2 years for MPhil and 3 or 4 years for PhD on a full-time basis; 3 years for MPhil and 4.5 or 6 years for PhD on a part-time basis). A successful MPhil thesis should represent the result of the candidate's research which displays some originality and which demonstrates a sound understanding of the field of study and the appropriate research methods, whereas a successful PhD thesis should represent the result of the candidate's research which should be an original contribution to knowledge and worthy of publication.

The University welcomes partnership projects proposed by outside organizations that yield community benefits while enabling RPg students to have challenging projects and providing additional financial support.

If your organization has an idea which requires substantial research to develop, or may generate new knowledge in the field, your organization may benefit from a partnership with our faculty members through a research project conducted by an RPg student. The funding support required from an external organization to establish a community scholarship in such a partnership is as follows:

- For Full-time RPg Students:
The external partner organization will contribute towards the postgraduate scholarship (PGS) of a full-time RPg student (total of around HK$180,000 per year at present) and fully support the data collection, travel and training needs of the student, etc.
The contribution from the partner organization towards the PGS will be confirmed by the Faculty concerned but will not be less than 40% of the PGS (around HK$72,000 per year at present). Please note that the annual value of the PGS shall be determined by the University from time to time. For the current rates of PGS, please refer to the Graduate School website.

- For Part-time RPg Students:
The external partner organization will cover the composition fees for a part-time RPg student (around HK$60,000 per year at present) and also provide the financial support for any data collection, travel and training needs of the student, etc. Please note that the composition fees are subject to revision by the University. For the current composition fees for part-time RPg students, please visit the Graduate School website.

Students supported under the community scholarship arrangement will follow exactly the same regulatory system of the University as all other RPg students and have to meet the normal HKU admission standards.

If your organization is interested, please contact the respective Faculties as listed below to discuss the research idea.

For details of the University's RPg programmes, please visit the Graduate School.

To find a potential thesis supervisor, please visit the HKU Scholars Hub.

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Other Partnership Opportunities Involving Students

Service Learning

Service is a core value of HKU. For a century, HKU is determined to build a better world of compassion, justice and dignity and our students are active advocates for improving human conditions.  They have launched a variety of community projects related to peace and development, climate change, environmental sustainability, AIDS, fair trade, hunger and poverty alleviation, and universal education, etc to serve those in need locally as well as across the globe.

In order to nurture the future social and service leaders of our society, the Centre of Development and Resource for Students (CEDARS) provides funding (SERVICE 100), advice and support to facilitate and enable students to realise their service initiatives and implement their own projects.  Through service learning programmes, students can contribute their expertise and apply academic knowledge to tackle pressing local and global issues.

If your organization is interested in forming service partnership with HKU or offering service opportunities to our students, you are welcome to contact the Student Development Section of CEDARS at cedars-programmes@hku.hk. Moreover, you can join the HKU Service Network to recruit HKU volunteers and promote your voluntary or service events through this dynamic platform.

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Student Knowledge Exchange Projects

The Student Knowledge Exchange (KE) Project Grant Scheme was introduced in 2011/12 under the KE Funding Exercise with the following aims:

(a) To promote a student culture of contributing to society through applying their knowledge gained at HKU;
(b) To nurture the spirit of innovation among students; and
(c) To promote the development of engagement projects between students of the University and external organizations.

To streamline the support for students to engage in community projects, the Student KE Project Grant Scheme has been subsumed under the SERVICE 100 Fund administered by the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) since January 2014.The student KE project grants may support the following types of projects initiated by students:

(a) Non-credit-bearing community engagement projects with KE elements;
(b) Not-for-profit student start-ups that are non-technology-based.

The Student KE Project Grant Scheme is open to all currently enrolled full-time students of the University, including undergraduate (UG), research postgraduate (RPg) and taught postgraduate (TPg) students. CEDARS normally calls for applications two to three times a year. Each project should have a Faculty mentor to supervise the design and implementation of the project, assist students in finding a partner organization for their project, monitor the progress of the project if it is funded to ensure it is running to schedule, and help students address any obstacles that may arise before its completion.

The proposed project should enable the students to apply their knowledge gained at HKU to benefit a non-academic sector or society at large. For non-credit-bearing community engagement projects with KE elements, the proposed project must have the support of a non-academic partner organization outside the University.  

For more information, please download the checklist and FAQ.

If your organization is interested in supporting a student KE project, please contact the respective Faculties as listed below or the Knowledge Exchange Office.

The list of projects supported under the Student KE Project Grant Scheme in previous exercises can be viewed here.

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If your organization has any other ideas for partnership opportunities involving our students but could not find any suitable framework from the categories above, please send details to the Knowledge Exchange Office. Suggestions and enquiries will be re-directed to the relevant Faculties, departments or units of the University, which may contact you direct if it is considered that common interest may be explored.

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