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.
Moving Up the Wage Scale
Hong Kong's economy has undergone a lot of changes over the past 30 years, evolving from a manufacturing city into a global financial centre. How has that affected people's earnings? Are they better off? And what about the people on the lowest rungs of the wage ladder?
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.
A Culture Change
Knowledge exchange is not a new thing at HKU. It has simply been brought out into the light and given its proper status as one of three prongs – the others being education and research – that define our mission. If we do not share our knowledge with industry and society, and create ties with the community so our students have more opportunities to learn, we are not making the most of our work.
Bridging the Gap between Culture and Preservation
Heritage conservation projects are usually meant to keep old and important sites safe from the wrecking ball. But while the physical structures stand, the life and culture of these buildings - embodied in their inhabitants - are often moved out. And when that happens, much is lost.
Prevention is the Cure When It Comes to Suicide
Suicide is a worry in any society, but there is a perennial problem in addressing it: how do you intervene and stop it from happening?