The 'Up' Side of Recycling
Everyone has heard of recycling but there is a new concept in the environmental field. "Upcycling" involves taking discarded items and adding value to them by turning them into something new. But how many people know of it?
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.
Learning Right from Wrong in the Business World
Business ethics has become a hot topic of late thanks to corporate misbehaviour and the global financial crisis. But in today's packed curriculum, how can the complex ethical issues involved be conveyed to the next generation of business leaders?
Education in the Community
To ask the Faculty of Education about its knowledge exchange programme is to ask it about its entire body of work. The Faculty by its very nature requires a high degree of knowledge exchange in order to be able to place students in schools for teaching practice and identify and test research that is pertinent to education.
FICPI South East Asian Drafting (SEAD) Training Course
A patent application starts with drafting a claim submission. It requires not only knowledge of the invention, but also good language skills and legal knowledge. The Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI; 'International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys' in English) has developed a training course on drafting patent specifications, which was launched in Singapore in 1997 and extended to Australia and Europe in 1999.
Bridging Past and Present
A collapsed village bridge may seem like a straightforward repair job, but for the Department of Architecture it turned out to be a great opportunity to engage with a community in re-creating public space.
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.