First Year Experience – HKU

CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table



CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table is a flagship programme held in the last week of August to put first-year undergraduates from different faculties and countries of origin into small groups. Under the guidance of Student Induction Instructors (SIIs), new students will set ambitious yet realistic personal goals and explore the ideal of a university. They will also be engaged in intellectual dialogue with distinguished alumni and staff members. The High Table is the pinnacle and concluding event to induce a sense of pride and identity with the University. Upon completion of CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table, participants will be able to redeem a Green Gown, one of the most wanted HKU collectables that is available nowhere else!

Date/ Time

This is a two-day programme. Participants must attend all activities on both days.

Part I (Aug 25)
Registration 9:30 – 10:00am
Setting My University Goals 10:00am – 12:30nn
Lunch Break 12:30nn – 3:00pm
Inspirational Activities – Connecting to the HKU Family 3:00 – 6:00pm
Part II (Aug 26)
Reporting and Sharing of Inspirations on Part I Activities 3:00 – 5:15pm
Registration of High Table Dinner 5:45 – 6:00pm
High Table Dinner 6:30 – 8:30pm



  • HKU campus for Part I (Aug 25 morning) and Part II (Aug 26)
  • HKU campus & various locations outside campus for Part I ( Aug 25 afternoon)


  • Full-time and full degree undergraduates
  • Both local and non-local students are welcome

Medium of Language


Programme Fee

HK$120 programme fee with :

  • A HKU T-shirt;
  • A University green gown (upon completion of ALL activities including a learning experience questionnaire)

Participants will bear all other incidental expenses incurred during the ‘Inspirational Activities -Connecting to the HKU Family”.

Registration and Payment Procedure

All quota is full.

Full Commitment Required

This is a two-day programme which is best described as a ‘hands-on, minds-on experience’. Through an interactive and collaborative process, participants will acquire a holistic learning experience. Each segment of the Programme will build on the activities before and after, so it is critical that participants arrive punctually and participate fully and actively. Not doing so create challenges not only to yourself but other participants. If you are unable to commit fully, we invite you to join other CEDARS induction activities which require less commitment.

Dress Code

Part I (Aug 25): Casual wear

  • Skirt, mini-skirt and flip-flops are not recommended.
  • You will receive a HKU t-shirt to wear upon registration.

Part II (Aug 26): Business formal

  • Please dress in formal attire for High Table.
  • Male students: a shirt, a pair of trousers and a pair of leather shoes.
  • Female students: a shirt with pants/skirt or a dress and a pair of leather shoes.

Note: No jacket is required, as you will be given a green gown to wear on top for High Table. Please also keep your personal belongings minimal. No storage for belongings will be provided.

Arrangement on “Inspirational Activities – Connecting to HKU Family”

For the “Inspirational Activities – Connecting to HKU Family”, participants will be allocated randomly to an activity held in or outside HKU campus. The activity will be related to various themes including culture, aesthetics, innovation/entrepreneurship, environment, advocacy for a better world etc. CEDARS will try to make the best and most feasible arrangement to cater for participants with special needs. If you have any special needs or conditions (e.g. sea sickness, motion sickness, physical constraints, religious belief, etc.), please indicate on the registration form to facilitate our arrangement.