Lifting the Veil on the Starry Sky
Hong Kong is one of the most light-polluted cities on Earth, a situation that not only blocks out the night but also represents a huge waste of energy. An astronomer at HKU has, fittingly, been at the forefront in calling attention to this problem.
A Helpline for Refugees
Hong Kong has hundreds of asylum-seekers who literally live in limbo as they await decisions on their fate. They cannot work or attend school, and their most precious commodity is information.
Interaction is the Key Word in iClass
A teacher asks her students to name the causes of global warming and 10 hands shoot up into the air. Who will be chosen to answer the question?
The Sunshine Project
Vitamin D is essential to bone health and overall good health, but one of the populations most vulnerable to insufficient intake, the elderly, are often ignorant about its benefits. A project initiated by an MPhil student has taken steps to correct that problem.
Saving Baby Teeth
Tooth decay is prevalent among young children in Hong Kong, where one survey has estimated nearly half of all five year olds suffer from the problem. While schools provide oral health education to children in the primary years and up, and through the efforts of the HKU Faculty of Dentistry, programmes are starting to target pre-schoolers, good and bad habits can start even earlier. It's not only the children but the parents also need to be educated.
The Buddy Programme
Secondary school students in Mainland China, like their counterparts everywhere, have to make major decisions about their future. But many Chinese students are at a disadvantage because their schools offer little opportunity to talk to people from different fields about their options. A group of HKU students tried to fill that gap through an outreach project that was inspired by personal experience.
Finding Hope in Used Soap
Hotel guests typically are provided with small, wrapped complimentary bars of soap. Rarely do they use the whole bar. What happens to the remainder?