Open Now – U21 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 voluntary, social enterprise or environmental project that you would like to showcase, scale up, develop, and build, then RISE is for you! Details and submission method of U21 RISE 2022/23:  

The Future of Sustainable Business in Asia

Register before 27 Jan 2023 We invite interested undergraduate students to participate in this research project in collaboration with the international sustainable business consultancy firm BSR ( 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 deliver a final report and presentation. Click here for the details.

Common Core Lounge is open again!

Common Core Lounge is open again! Welcome to the CC Lounge, a common room for students and teachers to gather before and after their CC tutorials and other lectures. We hope you enjoy our space as much as we enjoyed making it for you. It is located in Room 150 in Main Building. Come chill out!

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

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