What do students think about the Common Core?

Vincci Chan

The Common Core gives us the opportunity to better understand issues affecting the world at both a societal and global scale so that we could do well and do good. As a Common Core Student Consultant, I aspire to contribute to this fruitful multi-disciplinary program by generating ideas in shaping students to be a global thinker.


Natalie Fung

Common Core is a playground that brings all students together, giving everyone the opportunity to have a taste of topics outside of our degrees. Being a law and business student, I also see Common Core courses as this irresistible dessert that I always have enough room for after a big meal. I hope all HKU students can realize the true value of taking Common Core courses – enjoy the courses and learn passionately.



Common Core courses helped me learn about a varied list of subjects that were very interesting, while also being different from the topics in my major and minor. Moreover, the best part was how these courses encouraged teamwork and communication among students.

BEng(ME), YEAR 3

Adrian Lam

The Common Core at the University of Hong Kong encourages the creation of a learning environment that will induce youngsters to be curious, to question, and to explore. This in turn gives students the chance to engage their abilities in independent and creative thinking, and eventually nurtures more innovative talent. The subject undeniably enriches students’ understanding of the real world. If they can have a better sense of how the world functions, there is less chance they will be deceived, either by power or by privilege.

BA, 2018

Leung Siu Nga

I was inspired by Common Core courses which talked about animal rights, LGBT rights, gender equality and environmental issues. I wish to use what I have learned to inspire people around me or bring about some little changes to others’ lives. I hope everyone could enjoy studying Common Core courses, learn more on different kinds of issues and get inspired. I also hope that everyone could be free from the constraints by workload and grades to study what they are really interested in.


Taneja Milind

I am excited by both global vision and local solutions, on the issues we can take into our hands and look to change—hence my experience so far with the Common Core has been very positive because the Common Core encourages me to appreciate the complexity of the challenges facing the world today by viewing them from multiple perspectives and thinking of innovative ways to solve them.