Before It's Too Late: The Witness to War Project
Hong Kong experienced terrible upheaval in the Second World War but personal accounts of these experiences and the painful choices they involved have been scant. HKU has been working to change that in a unique collaboration with local secondary schools.
Language as Culture
Should language be taught simply as a tool to communicate, or can it be a starting point for deeper cultural explorations? This is a question that concerned the School of Chinese when it saw the government launch the Chinese language curriculum in 2000.
Something to Chew On
Tooth decay is an unpleasant experience that we all want to avoid and the Faculty of Dentistry has been educating young people in schools for years on how to do so. But tooth decay is also something else: an example of science in our everyday lives.
Out of the Shadows
Private supplementary tutoring has become ubiquitous in Hong Kong, and is increasingly visible elsewhere. It is widely called "shadow education" because it mimics regular schools. As the curriculum in the schools changes, so it changes in the shadow. The intention may be to help students keep up or get ahead, but shadow education has implications for education systems as a whole – and for social equity.
Keen on Competition
Until 14 June 2012 Hong Kong lacked something that many other developed countries have: a competition law. Its long-awaited introduction has been aided in some part by the input of a HKU legal expert.
Science studies in secondary schools can be pretty ordinary – read the textbooks, listen to the teacher, watch the teacher do the experiment. But the Junior Science Institute (JSI) is showing students there is a lot more to a subject that relates very much to their daily lives.
Opening Access to Information
The government is looking for an expert to do a study on green buildings. A company is looking for a biotechnology specialist to advise on its new project. A researcher in the U.S. wants to find an expert who can team up for a project on domestic violence in China. How can they find the right people?