Greeting to Students
Welcome to the Common Core! Required of all HKU undergraduates, the Core encourages you to explore, experiment, jostle with the unfamiliar, and to make a positive difference in the world around you.
The Core will accompany you as you travel the pathways of the unexpected and begin to see connections between genomics and poetry; politics and nanotechnology; surveillance and entertainment; the environment and gender; sexuality and economics; philosophy and globalization; the city and the countryside; media and the virtual; painting and cosmology; and east and west and north and south.
Why bother with this type of interdisciplinary and interactive learning? you (or your parents!) might be asking yourselves. Why not just get on with my major? There are three basic answers to this question. First, the Common Core addresses the demands of the 21st century workforce for graduates that possess a more developed set of “core competencies” such as communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity, as well as an ability to problem-solve a number of social issues. Secondly, the Core exposes you to cross-disciplinary epistemologies that connect topics across differences instead of narrowing them to ever greater degrees of specialization. And, finally, the Core provides you with an opportunity to deepen your ethical responsiveness to the profound challenges we are all facing.
Bring all you can, then, to this experience: your intensity, your desire to know and to do, your anxieties, your questions, and your dreams. You will, I promise you, make new friends across all the Faculties and discover things you haven’t even imagined.
Be in touch with us and remember to create the Common Core that you most want!
All the best,
Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, PhD
Professor and Director
The Common Core