Common Core Office



Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren

Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren has been Director of the Common Core since June 2014. Focused on building an intersecting series of F2F, hybrid, and online learning platforms for both students and colleagues, he has coordinated efforts to expand the flexibility of course-types, enhance the interactivity of courses large and small, and to support students’ co-curricular projects. The Common Core Team has expanded regional and global partnerships with the invention of GLADE (Global Liberal Arts Design Experiments), the facilitation of CLASS (China Liberal Arts Summer Sessions), and participation in the HKSCC (Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium). Currently, there is a deepening attention to building out student peer-mentors and to expanding interdisciplinary undergraduate research opportunities through initiatives such as Critical Zones: Gender, Cities, and Well-Being (based on three of the UN’s SDGs). An HEA Principal Fellow, he also served as the Team Lead for a UGC and HKU Outstanding Teaching Awards (Team) for Transdisciplinarity-in-Action and is a member of the first cohort of HKTEA (Hong Kong Teaching Excellence Alliance).

With a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, Professor Kochhar-Lindgren’s scholarship focuses on cross-disciplinary learning in the global university and how philosophy, the arts, and social theory intersect with urban space. Recent publications include Urban Arabesques: Philosophy, Hong Kong, Transversality (New Critical Humanities Series, Rowman & Littlefield International); “Scintillant@the University of Angelic Invention,” A World Is Born Here: Thinking the Contemporary with Michel Serres. Ed. Rick Dolphijn. London: Bloomsbury; and, with Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren, “Wild Studios: Art, Philosophy, and the Transversal University,” Transversal Studies in Globalisation and Education. Eds. David R. Cole and Joff P.N. Bradley. Springer Publications. Prior to joining HKU, Professor Kochhar-Lindgren served as the inaugural Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Learning and Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington-Bothell.

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Associate Director

Dr Jack Tsao

Dr Jack Tsao is the Associate Director of the Common Core. Prior to this role, he taught Common Core courses in genetics, evolutionary biology, and psychology at the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. Currently, Jack is leading multiple research and T&L projects aimed at promoting undergraduate research capacities and community engagement, innovative interdisciplinary education, and developing students’ capacities for future readiness and global citizenship. As a HEA Fellow and with a PhD in Education from the University of Queensland, Jack’s scholarship centres around comparative and international education, youth aspirations, and the sociology of education, grounded through an interdisciplinary lens. Jack has an extensive background in organisational learning and development, commercial banking, and entrepreneurship, occupying various leadership roles. As a leadership and communications consultant at a global consulting firm, Jack trained and coached executives and professionals of multinational corporations across the sectors of banking and finance, education, healthcare, construction, FMCG, and governmental organisations.

Administrative Staff

Assistant Registrar Yvonne Cheng
Administrative Assistant Carmen Cheung
Senior Executive Assistant Emily Chan
Executive Assistant Penny Tse

Research Staff

Research Assistant I Chi Zhang

Contact Information

Address: Common Core Office, The University of Hong Kong
Room 136, 1/F, Main Building, The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2219 4957
Fax: (852) 2858 5745

Our Convenors

  • Dr Hugo Horta

    Faculty of Education (Division of Policy, Administration & Social Sciences Education)

    AoI – Global Issues Convenor

    2859 2525

  • Dr Jiangnan Zhu

    Department of Politics and Public Administration
    Faculty of Social Sciences

    AoI – China: Culture, State and Society Convenor

    3917 2278

Our Consultants

  • Ms Wincy Chan
    Ms Wincy Chan

    Department of Pathology
    LKS Faculty of Medicine

    Lecturer and Instructional Designer
    CC Consultant for Tutors

Common Core Lounge

The Common Core Lounge is located in Room 150 on 1/F of the Main Building. The facility is a common space for students and teachers to gather before and after their CC tutorials or other lectures for further discussion. The space is also used for showcasing students’ exemplary projects and assignments in CC courses.

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