Updates on Course Offerings for 2022-23 (Last update on August 31, 2022)

August 31, 2022 CCHU9013 ‘Cultural Heritages in the Contemporary World’ (Sem 1) The first lecture of CCHU9013 ‘Cultural Heritages in the Contemporary World’ (Sem 1) on September 7 will be delivered online. Please refer to the announcement on Moodle for details of the arrangement. August 26, 2022 CCST9066 ‘Big Data Solutions to Social Problems: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ (Sem 2) The lecture venue of CCST9066 ‘Big Data Solutions to Social Problems: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ (Sem 2) will be changed to Grand Hall. CCHU9014 ‘Spirituality, Religion and Social Change’ (Sem 2) The lecture venue

New Common Core Courses in 2022-23!

   Science, Technology and Big Data Course Code Course Title Course Co-ordinator CCST9081 All You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Humans Dr Michael B.C. RIVERA School of Humanities (History), Faculty of Arts    Arts and Humanities Course Code Course Title Course Co-ordinator CCHU9079 Queering Art, Performance and Cities Dr Brenda B.R. Alegre School of Humanities (Gender Studies), Faculty of Arts CCHU9086 Understanding Religious Worlds Dr G.A. SOMARATNE Centre of Buddhist Studies, Faculty of Arts CCHU9088 We are Family: Myths, Realities and the Future of an Idea Dr Carol C.L. TSANG School of Humanities (History), Faculty of Arts CCHU9090 The Love

MTR EXIT FINDER – an app designed for people with visual impairment

Inspired by Dr Sandra Tsang’s teaching in CCHU9010 “Being Different: Understanding People with Disabilities”, a talented group of students – Nafisa Humayra, Rachel Natalie, Lai Tsz Ching, Leung Charlotte and Poon Yin Yung – designed an app for persons with visual impairment to locate MTR exits. They entered the Joint Ophthalmology and Vision Science Research Program for MBBS and BME Students 2021/2022 with this app MTR EXIT FINDER. Pitching Competition will be held on 6 August 2022, 10:30 am – 12:15 pm, in Event Hall A&B, the Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing One. Deliverables of all competing teams will be

Winners of Common Core 10th Anniversary Lucky Draw

Thank you for your participation. The Lucky Draw open for HKU undergraduates who took this trivia quiz has come to a successful end! Prize winners are notified by email with prize collection details. If you have any questions, please contact us at Prize: $100 Starbucks vouchers (x8) Winners: Louise Catherine Torres LAGASCA Chun Wang SY Mianne WONG Pui Ling WONG Kar Yi YEUNG Po Lam Esther LI Po Yan NG Hoi Shan KWONG

WeThrive: Learn and experience the art and science of happiness (June-July, 2022)

WeThrive is a university-wide learning programme designed to equip students with a set of intellectual, intrapersonal, and interpersonal capabilities for nurturing student positive strengths and holistic developments in the University and beyond. Topics will, among others, cover: – What are ingredients to happiness and productivity? – What roles do positive and negative emotions play in a thriving life? – How to explore and utilize character strengths to overcome challenges? – How to recognize thinking traps and cultivate an optimistic mindset? – How to foster engagement and make healthy habits stick? – How to sharpen sense of meaning by setting and

Joint University “SDG#12 GAMIthon”

Common Core and the Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium now welcome all undergraduate and postgraduate students to join the “SDG#12 GAMIthon”. In this GAMIthon, you will not only learn more about SDG#12 Responsible Consumption and Production from academia of the tertiary institutions and gaming consultancy, you will also have to chance to design a new game with members from different universities! The winning teams can receive up to HKD25,000 project funding and mentorship opportunity. HKU students who successfully complete the project will be eligible to earn a modest stipend. The application deadline is on 10 April 2022.     For

10-Week Blockchain Course: NEAR Web Series by Blockchain@HKU

Blockchain @ HKU (A Common Core Student Learning Partner) proudly presents the NEAR Web Series, aimed at offering HKU students a technical introduction to the Near Protocol and general blockchain knowledge. Over the course of 10 weeks, the series will provide an introduction to the NEAR ecosystem. Each workshop is facilitated by different students blockchain clubs across leading universities internationally*, with invited guest speakers from the NEAR Ecosystem. The workshops will be a combination of technical or non-technical content, from smart contract review to NFTs guide. Our aim is to offer a dynamic opportunity for students to learn, be challenged,

[Call for Applications] Night Time Design in Hong Kong – Perceptions of Safety

Night Time Design in Hong Kong – Perceptions of Safety Do you feel safe walking alone at night?   The Common Core in collaboration with Arup ( is providing the opportunity for students to participate in furthering the sustainable development of the city through exploring how night lighting influences perceptions of safety in different sites around Hong Kong. The project consists of in-class workshops facilitated by Arup’s lightning designers as well as practical fieldwork in the city. Students will learn about night lighting principles, human-centered design approach, and global night management trends, while conducting site measurements and researching user-experience and

[IMPORTANT] [Seminar Rescheduled] Origins of Cinema & Preserving Film Heritage

Dear Participants,   After careful consideration of the health and safety of our participants and partners under the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 virus in the community—and after consultations with our HKU partners—we have made the difficult decision to postpone Origins of Cinema & Preserving Film Heritage on 10 January 2022 to yet a later date.   This is deeply frustrating since this is already our second attempt, but the new government COVID rules apply to “events and performances,” so we need to align with those guidelines for the health of all.   It looks to be a

Call for Application: U21 RISE (Real Impact on Society and Environment)

U21 RISE (Real Impact on Society and Environment) is an international video competition for student teams to showcase their projects related to sustainability and social innovation. Winning teams will be awarded a prize of USD 2,000 each, together with access to a global network of experts in academia and industry to help scale their projects. If you have a project for RISE, please submit your entry (video + analysis) by 21 January 2022. The University of Hong Kong will nominate up to four (4) undergraduate student projects, two of which can be cross-institutional entries*, to RISE 2021/22. Selected projects for