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

Common Core Global Climate Change Photography Competition

In support of Global Climate Change Week on 18 – 24th October 2021 and our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Common Core is inviting HKU undergraduate students to participate in the “Climate Action and Leadership in Hong Kong” Photography Contest: Any undergraduate HKU student is eligible to enter the contest. The photo must be submitted as a high-resolution JPEG, accompanied by a caption and a short description of how the photo(s) relate to Climate Change and Leadership in Hong Kong. (No more than 50-words in total) Accepted entries will be exhibited between 18 – 24th

Updates on Course Offerings for 2021-22 (Last update on August 26, 2021)

August 26, 2021 CCGL9062 ‘Shaping Our Health Across Cultures’ (Sem 1)The first three lectures of CCGL9062 ‘Shaping Our Health Across Cultures’ (Sem 1) on September 1, 8 and 15 will be delivered online. CCHU9079 ‘FantASIA: Weaving Queer Intersections in Asia’ (Sem 2) The offering of CCHU9079 ‘FantASIA: Weaving Queer Intersections in Asia’ (Sem 2) has been cancelled. CCHU9010 ‘Being Different: Understanding People with Disabilities’ (Sem 2) The lecture venue of CCHU9010 ‘Being Different: Understanding People with Disabilities’ (Sem 2) has been changed to LE1. Split-class arrangement is not necessary for the lectures of this course.. August 24, 2021 CCHU9052 ‘The

Common Core Transdisciplinary Minors and Clusters 2021-22

Common Core Transdisciplinary Minors and Clusters (Optional and available to students of the 2017-18 intake and thereafter) If you are a student of the 2017-18 intake and thereafter, you may pursue an organized course of interdisciplinary study tailor-made to your interests. The Common Core (CC) has launched two thematic clusters as follows which are applicable to cohorts admitted in or after 2017-18: a.  Sustaining Cities, Cultures, and the Earth (SCCE)b.  The Quest for a Meaningful Life (UQM) / The Universe and the Question of Meaning (UQM) These will offer you a self-chosen pathway for you to personalize your Common Core