New Know How – deTour 2023

  deTour 2023 – design festival is back with “New Know How” from 24 November to 3 December. This year, curators Kay Chan Wan Ki, Chi-wing Lee and STICKYLINE delve deep into the heart of local crafts, examining their glorious past and envisioning a future that bridges old and new. PMQ will again be transformed into an interactive playground where visitors can experiment with new concepts while immersing themselves in Hong Kong’s rich cultural heritage.   With over 20 installations and exhibitions, 40 workshops and 12 design dialogues, film screenings and guided tours featuring seasoned and young artists, deTour 2023

Gamechangers for Sustainable Business in Asia

We invite interested undergraduate students to participate in this research project in collaboration with the international sustainable business consultancy firm BSR ( The project will be mentored by Anna Iles, Associate Director of the BSR’s Futures Team. The project involves identifying and researching emerging issues and trends affecting the future of sustainable business in Asia. Under the guidance of consultants from the BSR Futures team, students will learn the skills to conduct horizon scanning, identify signals of change, and extrapolate on the potential implications. Students will be required to conduct a short survey, deliver a concise visual deck, and a

The TransDisciplinary Undergraduate Research Project for 2023-24 Semester 1

The TransDisciplinary Undergraduate Research Project is an opportunity for an individual or small groups of undergraduate students to pursue funded research on a topic of their own choosing. To be carried out locally or outside Hong Kong, the project will be supervised by a Faculty mentor, with a duration of between 6 weeks to 6 months.   All undergraduate students (first to final year) are eligible to apply  Application Period for 2023-24 (Sem 1): Now – October 31, 2023 Application method and guidelines:

Rhythms of the Inter-Island

The School of English at HKU in collaboration with the Inter-Island Festival 2023 is inviting students to participate in a collaborative project, “Rhythms of the Inter-Island,” by contributing their own sound to a collective musical installation and performance that explores the cultural and ecological dimensions of life near the sea through auditory experience, enjoyment, and reflection. Participating students will attend three workshops on listening and sound collecting, composition, and field recording, taught by local professionals and artists. The workshops will involve field trips, hands-on practice and interaction, as well as illustration to engage students’ critical thinking and creative skills. Students

deTour 2023 – design festival

Register before 28 Aug, 2023 deTour is Hong Kong’s largest annual design festival, featuring innovative installations, creative workshops, inspiring design dialogues, and more. This year’s festival will be held at the PMQ from November 24th to December 3rd, and Common Core will be one of the supporting organisations of the festival. deTour 2023 – design festival is currently conducting an Open Call exercise for Creative Proposals for Workshops to respond to this year’s theme “New Know How”. The deadline for submitting is 28 August 2023 (12:00 nn). Sponsorship Max. HKD 2,500* / session *The number of workshop sessions and amount of


Register before Sep 17 We invite undergraduate students to join the program Cities Alive Hong Kong: WHAT ARE THE 100 ISSUES SHAPING HONG KONG’S FUTURE? in collaboration with Arup Students from all disciplines are encouraged to join. No prior experience is required, just an interest in exploring Hong Kong’s future. Over 8 weeks, students will: Attend interactive workshops by Arup’s Foresight team to learn futures thinking concepts and methodologies Conduct desktop research in teams on social, technological, economic, environmental, and policy trends specific to Hong Kong Develop a set of “Cities Alive” cards (20 cards per team) communicating key

Congratulations for “LEAN Social” winning Most Collaborative award in U21 RISE 2023 Competition

Dear all,   It’s our pleasure to share with you that the project “LEAN Social – Virtual Work & Study Space for GenZ” ( carried out by Ky Nam Nguyen, Fanyin Yang and Zi Hao Lam, has received the Most Collaborative award in the U21 RISE (Real Impact on Society and Environment) 2023 competition!   We would like to take this opportunity to give our sincere congratulations to the team and thank all students whose fantastic works were showcased in the competition. You could view the entries at   The Common Core nominates one or more student projects every

Congratulations to Gitanjali Anna Pies – Winner of Best Student Work at Student Learning Festival 2022-23

Dear Friends,   We are pleased to announce that Gitanjali Anna Pies, a Year 4 student in the BASc programme, has been named the winner of the Best Student Work at the Student Learning Festival!   We would like to extend our congratulations to Gitanjali and thank all the students whose excellent works were showcased at the festival. Your hard work and dedication to your studies continue to inspire us.   Thank you to the staff and students who supported the festival and helped make it a success. We could not have done it without your help.   All the

Transdisciplinary Experiential Learning Fund

Transdisciplinary Experiential Learning Fund SUPPORTED BY THE HKU GALLANT HO EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING FUND The Transdisciplinary Experiential Learning Fund enables innovative and immersive experiential learning projects/activities aligned with the Common Core. Students and/or teachers can apply for funding which enables students either individually or in teams to engage with transdisciplinary experiential learning involving real-life challenges beyond the campus. Activities should foster collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, and should have local and/or global impact. Activities can take place in Hong Kong, in the Mainland, or internationally. Application will be accepted on a rolling basis. >> Details   

Transdisciplinary Research Exchange 2023

HKU COMMON CORE & UTRECHT UNIVERSITY CRITICAL ZONES: LOCAL & PLANETARY FLOURISHING A TRANSDISCIPLINARY GLOBAL RESEARCH-IN-ACTION LAB 2023 PROGRAMME DIRECTORS GRAY KOCHHAR-LINDGREN (HKU) & RICK DOLPHIJN (UTRECHT UNIVERSITY)  AN INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE The Common Core is inviting applications for Critical Zones, this year’s Transdisciplinary Research Exchange 2023, co-organized with the Honours Programme at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands). To increase capacities for creative problem-solving and global collaboration that produces tangible outcomes around issues that they care deeply about, students will work with each other and their peers in Utrecht to initiate, organize, analyze, and create transdisciplinary research methods, reflections, video productions, and public events.