'Knowledge Exchange is at Our Core'
The new President and Vice-Chancellor of HKU, Professor Peter Mathieson, has spoken firmly about the central role of knowledge exchange (KE) at the University and its essential contribution in maximizing and inspiring our research and teaching achievements.
Venus in Her Glory at HKU
Opportunity and expertise came together for an exhibition at the University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) that introduced young and old alike to the rich and remarkable world of the Renaissance and its art.
The Many Languages of Hong Kong
To the casual observer, Hong Kong appears to be a Cantonese-speaking city with some English and Putonghua added in. But like major cities the world over, Hong Kong has attracted people from many different places. Beneath the homogeneous Cantonese front is a mosaic of languages and cultures, and now they are the focus of a website launched in the School of English.
Technology with a Social Purpose
Dr Vincent Lau of the Department of Computer Science has been developing new technology products for more than 20 years and he is enthusiastic about the possibilities of today's advances to change lives for the better, especially among the impaired people. At the same time, he has been puzzled that many young people do not have similar enthusiasm. His KE project has tried to change that.
Screening Tool for Disaster Volunteers
When the Sichuan earthquake struck in 2008, more than one million volunteers were reported to have flocked to the scene to offer their help. That outpouring of support, however, brought its own logistical problems and burdens, prompting Dr C. Harry Hui, Associate Professor of Psychology, to wonder what could be done about it.
New Twists for Public Parks
Two projects involving students and staff of the Faculty of Architecture helped to introduce new ideas on the use of public space in Hong Kong's parks.
The Language of Genetic Counselling
Two pregnant women in their late 30s are at a higher risk of having a Down's Syndrome baby. The healthcare professional who counsels them is steering them towards taking a test for Down's Syndrome. But the clients have very different priorities.
Keeping the Blood Flowing
The health and medical needs of an ageing population mean Hong Kong has to store up increasing amounts of fresh blood products. This year alone, the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) needs 3.4 per cent more units of whole blood, plasma and platelets than it collected last year, when demand increased by 4.4 per cent.