The Business of ‘Best Before’
A student-led social enterprise is addressing the problem of food waste by selling products that have passed the ‘best before’ date but are still safe to eat.
A Global Voice of Sustainability Policy
HKU’s Policy for Sustainability Lab has been recognised by the United Nations as a new member of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), a programme begun in 2010 with the aim of ‘promoting collaboration in the conservation and restoration of sustainable human-influenced natural environments through broader global recognition of their value’.
Data: Now Open for Business
There is enormous public benefit from these plans for making government data open. The reality is the government can never supply enough information, and the cost of making these data available is marginal.
‘Introducing the Special Needs Trust to Hong Kong’
Professor Lusina Kam Shuen Ho and Associate Professor Rebecca Wing Chi Lee’s research has directly led to the setting up of a special needs trust (SNT) in Hong Kong. They proposed an SNT model that saves costs by pooling the funds contributed by parents for investment. The team received the University’s Knowledge Exchange Excellence Award 2018 for their ‘Introducing the Special Needs Trust to Hong Kong’.
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.