Animal Assisted Intervention for Hong Kong’s ‘Hikikomori’
The therapeutic value of animals to relieve stress in the young, elderly and sick has been documented by academics and medical professionals around the world. But what has not been known until relatively recently is how therapy animals can also help people who have difficulties dealing with modern society and lock themselves away in their rooms. Dr Paul Wong, Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, is working with a non-profit-making social service organisation to study how therapy animals, mainly trained dogs, are helping Hong Kong’s hidden youth to regain their self-belief.
Microspaces Made Liveable
Hong Kong’s tiny subdivided flats are here to stay, reckons Juan Du, Associate Professor and Associate Dean (International and Mainland China Affairs) of the Faculty of Architecture. So she and her students are helping make it easier to live in them.
More than Skin Deep
Dr Celia Chan and her team in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration conducted the first psycho-social intervention programme in Hong Kong for children with eczema that aims to help both the sufferer and their parents.
A City Map for Pedestrians
Most street maps are designed to get cars from A to B. But now the Faculty of Architecture has an alternative: a 3D map that helps pedestrians navigate narrow walkways and footbridges, and provides a trove of data for app makers.
Do-It-Yourself Help on the Rental Home Front
A team of teachers and students from the Faculty of Law has put their knowledge of property law into practice and developed a DIY residential tenancy electronic package which helps landlords and tenants save money.
Every Picture is a Story
Organised by the University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG), an exhibition of the works of Swiss photojournalist Walter Bosshard offered a fascinating insight into life in China in the 1930s.