First Year Experience – HKU

Induction Activities

At the start of every academic year, Faculties, Departments and other University Offices (e.g. Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS), University Health Service (UHS), HKU Libraries etc.) organise induction activities for new HKU students. The Induction Programme series of CEDARS, the Inauguration Day, and CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table are just some of the exciting examples on offer. All these activities are designed to help you integrate with the rest of the University and to cultivate your sense of identity as a member of HKU.

Induction Activities

1st Semester

Events

Descriptions

Date

Venue

Weeks of Welcome (WoW)

The Weeks of Welcome for Non-local Students (WoW) is comprised of a series of fun and fact-finding activities to assist the newly arrived students to settle down, induct into the local way and get to know about the new environment and people. Local students will serve as student hosts to lead these activities and introduce HKU and Hong Kong to new students.

Learn morecedars.hku.hk/wow

21 Aug – Oct 2019 & one week before the 2nd Semester Various locations
CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table

CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table is a flagship programme held in the last week of August to connect first-year undergraduates from different faculties and countries of origin. Under the guidance of Student Induction Instructors (SIIs), new students in small groups will set ambitious yet realistic personal goals and explore the ideal of a university. You will also engage in intellectual dialogue with distinguished alumni and staff members, and act to make a real impact as Digital Humanitarians in a Mapathon to map the most vulnerable places in the developing world, aiding locals and international NGOs’ medical humanitarian relief works. 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, you will be entitled to redeem a Green Gown, one of the most wanted HKU collectables that is available nowhere else!

Learn more: cedars.hku.hk/fye/peer-connect-and-high-table

Part I:
31 Aug 2019
9:30am – 2pm
Lecture Hall II (CPD-LG.07-10) Centennial Campus
Part II:
1 Sep 2019
10:20am – 4:30pm
Loke Yew Hall
Financing Your University Studies

At this session, you will be given information on the types of financial assistance, First-in-the-Family Education Fund and scholarships available. Tips on financial management and ways to secure part-time jobs will also be shared.

Learn more: cedars.hku.hk/campuslife/talkonfinance

28 Aug 2019
2:30 – 5pm
MWT1, LG1/F, Meng Wah Complex
Orientation for Non-local Students & HKUSU Fair

This is  an orientation session designed for the newly arrived non-local students.  Topics include knowing HKU and Hong Kong, adjustment tips, safety concerns, immigration formalities and meeting staff and students. HKUSU will host a welcome fair afterwards to introduce the new students to their student clubs and associations.

Information: cedars.hku.hk/wow

30 Aug 2019
10am – 5pm
The Grand Hall,
Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre & various locations
CYMCC facility introduction to freshmen & Screening Event Screening of Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA –The Ultimate Art of Life and Humanism
《坂本龍一:CODA》放映會 —— 生命藝術與人文精神的極致In collaboration with MOViE MOViE, Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre (CYMCC) and General Education (GE) are going to present a documentary, Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA for our Freshmen, HKU students and staff.The heart of this documentary is about Sakamoto’s artistic life and his ethical views reflected in his works. It is our pleasure to welcome our Freshmen with Sakamoto’s humanistic spirits: his dedication to music, art and active participation in social movements. We sincerely hope that, through this movie, we could appreciate Sakamoto’s music and learn from his attitudes and life philosophies.CYMCC will provide a guided tour to introduce CYMCC facilities before the screening for our freshmen. There will be a post-talk session, hosted by Dr Wong Chi Chung, Head of GE and Dr. Ng Chun Hung (Hon Ass Pro, Department of Sociology, HKU) to share their insights from the movie.Information and enrolment: http://www.facebook.com/CYMCCHKU/
19 Sep 2019
7-9:30pm
Yuet Ming Auditorium, CYMCC
Global Kitchen

Global Kitchen is a cultural melting pot that allows you to explore other cultures through food. Not only can you connect with students from over 100 countries, sample dishes from around the world, but also vote for your favourite dish of the night. Join us as a student chef and/or a foodie.

Learn more: cedars.hku.hk/ge
Enquirygened@hku.hk

20 Sep 2019
6:45 – 8:45pm
GE Gatherland
CEDARS Global Career Springboard Scheme (CGCSS) Week

Take a leap into the world! CEDARS Global Career Springboard Scheme (CGCSS) enriches your global exposure and international career learning experience. Every year, the Scheme offers International Internships, Career Exploration Programmes and other career learning experiences in over 50 locations around the globe.

There will be an exhibition counter and concurrent sessions at the CGCSS Week including:

  • Information session on internship and career exploration programmes in Mainland China and overseas countries
  • Talks on different working cultures and preparation tips
  • CGCSS account registration and application methods

Learn more: cedars.hku.hk/careerspringboard
Enquiry: careerspringboard@cedars.hku.hk

2 – 4 Oct 2019
11am – 4:30pm
Run Run Shaw Podium

 

2nd Semester

 

Events

Descriptions

Date

Venue

University Life Trio

University Life Trio is an event organised by CEDARS exclusively for parents of the first-year undergraduate students, with the aim of facilitating communication between parents and the University, while emphasizing student autonomy and self-determination.

Enquirycedars-cope@hku.hk

Feb 2020 HKU Main Campus
Be Smart: Plan for your First CV! Key contents of this workshop:

  • Steps for writing the very first CV
  • What makes good and bad CVs
  • Related resources and support offered by CEDARS – Careers and Placement Section

Event details will be announced in “Daily Jobs & Career Events” email from CEDARS.

Enquiryworkshops@cedars.hku.hk

2nd Semester HKU Main Campus
Preparing for your Upcoming Job Interviews Key contents of this workshop:

  • What interviewers look for in a candidate
  • Learn great answers to tough questions
  • Related resources and support offered by CEDARS – Careers and Placement Section

Event details will be announced in “Daily Jobs & Career Events” email from CEDARS.

Enquiry: workshops@cedars.hku.hk

2nd Semester HKU Main Campus
Your Studies and Career: What to Consider? Key contents of this workshop:

  • Whether career is related to major/minor or not
  • Things to consider when planning for studies and career
  • Related resources and support offered by CEDARS – Careers and Placement Section

Event details will be announced in “Daily Jobs & Career Events” email from CEDARS.

Enquiry: workshops@cedars.hku.hk

2nd Semester HKU Main Campus

 

Whole Year

 

Events

Descriptions

Date

Venue

Eat To-Gather
入屋食飯

Eating together as a family is highly valued in the Chinese culture, as it is one of the best opportunities to connect with one another.

In this programme, non-local students will enjoy a homey meal  with a local host family to have an authentic taste of the family life in Hong Kong. Local students are invited to join these family meals and gatherings as “foodmates”. Beyond the dining table, this programme provides the backdrop to enhance integration by engaging both the local and non-local students in deeper cultural exchange through exploring the social and cultural dimensions of food in family meals and gatherings.

Learn more: http://cedars.hku.hk/eat-to-gather

Enquiryeat-to-gather@cedars.hku.hk

Oct 2019 – Apr 2020 HKU, home visits & places as arranged by host families or CEDARS
Person Enrichment (PE) Workshops Each semester, a great variety of small group interactive workshops in three key areas are offered to help you achieve university success and live a well-balanced life:

  • Confidence & Social Communication
  • Relaxation & Resilience
  • Thinking & Study Skills

Enquiry: cedars-cope@hku.hk

Throughout the year HKU Main Campus
Student Development Programmes

Service opportunities, educational funds, leaders’ resources are available to meet your interests and development goal. You can also get advice and support for student-initiated projects and participation in external competitions, conventions and service learning programmes.

Enquiry: cedars-programmes@hku.hk

Throughout the year Various locations
Happy Thursday – Tea from Around the World

This cultural exchange programme has been curated since 2017, and student hosts from Denmark, Morocco, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, India, China, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Taiwan, South Korea, Pakistan, France and Japan, have shared the tea and snacks of their home cities. You can know more about your HKU international peers and their home countries’ culture and traditions with tea! Or be one of our student hosts!

Learn more: cedars.hku.hk/ge

Enquiry: gened@hku.hk

Throughout the year GE Gatherland

 

 

Information Technology Services (ITS)

 

Events

Descriptions

Date

Venue

ITS Orientations for New Staff and Students

To provide new students with useful information on the  wide  range of services offered by ITS, seminars including an introductory session will be conducted.

Learn more: its.hku.hk/services/training/its
Enquiryithelp@hku.hk

Aug/ Sep 2019 HKU Main Campus

Libraries

Events

Descriptions

Date

Venue

HKU Freshmen Library Orientation

Join the Library Orientation to learn about the services and facilities in support of your study. The Orientation includes a hands-on workshop and a guided tour of the Main Library.

Learn more: lib.hku.hk/general/instruction
Enquiry: libis@hku.hk

Aug/ Sep 2019 Main Library

 

University Health Service (UHS)

Events

Descriptions

Date

Venue

New Student Health Orientation Programme

All new students are advised to attend the Health Orientation Talks to learn about the services, recommended vaccinations and healthy tips.

Learn more: www.uhs.hku.hk
Enquiry: uhealth@hku.hk

Aug 2019 HKU Main Campus