Summer Research Placement Programme for Mainland and Taiwan Students Celebrates 10th Anniversary
The Office of Academic Links (China) [OALC] organized the Summer Research Placement Programme for Mainland and Taiwan Students from July 2 to August 19. A new record high of 114 participants were received to undertake research training in 27 acadmic and research units of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). The programme also celebrated its 10th anniversary since the establishment in 2008. The students joining the programme were from the following 34 mainland and Taiwan universities (in alphabetical order):
Mainland Universities (27 in total)
Central South University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Agricultural University, Chongqing Medical University, Fudan University, Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guangdong Ocean University, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Jinan University, Nanjing Medical University, Nankai University, Ningbo University, Northwest University, Peking Union Medical College, Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Sichuan University, South China University of Technology, Sun Yat-sen University, Tsinghua University, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, University of Science and Technology of China, Wuhan University, Zhejiang University
Taiwan Universities (7 in total)
China Medical University, China University of Technology, National Cheng Kung University, National Chiao Tung University, National Taipei University, National Taiwan University, National Tsing Hua University
Participating students received 7-week training and took part in research activities in CUHK. Apart from seminars, Cantonese workshops and cultural exploration activities, visits were also arranged for the students to public organizations and museums in Hong Kong, gaining a solid understanding of the city as well as the University through interaction with CUHK staff and students. The following 27 units (in alphabetical order) of the University hosted participating students under the placement programme:
Faculties and Schools (6 in total)
Faculty of Engineering, School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Chinese Medicine, School of Life Sciences, School of Pharmacy, The Jockey Club School of Public Health ad Primary Care
Departments and Programmes (14 in total)
Department of Chemistry, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Department of Electronic Engineering, Department of Geography and Resource Management, Department of Information Engineering, Department of Mathematics, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, Department of Physics, Department of Social Work, Department of Sports Science and Physical Education, Department of Statistics, Department of Systems Engineering & Engineering Management, Division of Biomedical Engineering, Earth System Science Programme
Research Units (7 in total)
Center for Housing Innovations, Hong Kong Institute of Integrative Medicine, Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, Jockey Club Institute of Ageing, State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology, State Key Laboratory of Digestive Disease, T Stone Robotics Institute
To enhance collaboration among CUHK and universities in mainland China and Taiwan whilst encouraging academic and cultural exchange among students across the strait, OALC has been organizing this annual placement programme since 2008. Programme enquiries can be forwarded to Mr Simon Leung of our Office at 39434412 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. Extracts of students' feedback are available in the Chinese version of this article.
Students from 30 Universities Join Cultural Interflow Camp in CUHK
The annual Summer Cultural Interflow Programme for Mainland Students was held from July 31 to August 5 2017. A total of 75 students from 29 mainland universities, together with 14 student ambassadors from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), met in Hong Kong to join the programme. The number of participants is the highest since the programme was first organized. A list of participating mainland universities is provided below (in alphabetical order):
Beihang University, Beijing Language and Culture University, Central China Normal University, Central South University, Chongqing University, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Communication University of China, Fudan University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Hefei University of Technology, Hunan University of Chinese Medicine, Lanzhou University, Nanjing University, Northeast Normal University, Peking University, Renmin University of China, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shaoguan University, Shenzhen University, Sichuan University, South China Normal University, South China University of Techinology, Southwest Jiaotong University, University, Southwest University, Sun Yat-sen University, Tianjin University, Tsinghua University, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Zhejiang University (City College)
A series of experiential learning activities were conducted in the 6-day programme, ranging from seminars, workshops, exploratory campus tours, visits to public organizations and museums, as well as excursions to local wonders and scenic spots. Apart from learning about the university life and cultures, participating students had the chance to build up a more comprehensive picture of the city's political, economic, social and cultural developments. Students from diverse regions and backgrounds also interacted actively and established close friendship, making the camp an unforgettable and meaningful one for themselves.
OALC has been organizing this summer camp since 2010 with the aim of providing opportunities for mainland and Hong Kong students to interact and understand different cultures from one another, and to enable the University to strengthen its links with partner universities on the mainland. Extracts of participants' feedback are available in the Chinese version of this article.
Green Competition Camp under Cross-Strait Green University Consortium
The Green Competition Camp under Cross-Strait Green University Consortium 2017 was held in Nanjing University (NJU) from August 24 to August 30. A total of 62 students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), NJU, National Central University (NCU), Beijing Normal University (BNU), Zhejiang University (ZJU) and National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) participated in the activity.
The camp, with the theme of "Green Mountains, Green Campus, Green Waters", attracted 16 teams of participating students from diverse backgrounds, ranging from humanities, science, engineering, business, education, law to social sciences. They prepared proposals and presentations for the competition by conducting in-depth investigations into such current green issues as plastic waste pollution, ecological situations of Yellow River, resource sharing, smart home and campus sustainability, inventing green products or improving existing products. The four CUHK participating students are undergraduates from the Departments of Economics, Mechanical and Automation Engineering, and System Engineering and Engineering Management, as well as Environmental Science Programme. Below is the list of awarded projects:
- "SharingEco": Smart Garbage Sorting System by NCU
- Imall: Mobile App on Campus Environment Protection by BNU
- Study on MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) Sorting System and Improvement Strategies by NJU
- I-CUP by NCKU
- Express Post Bag Pre-processor by NJU
- Project on Plastic Replacement by CUHK
- Smart Garbage Sorting System by NCU
- Mobile App on Exchange of Second-hand Clothes by ZJU
Apart from joining the competition, participating students had the chance to take part in urban cleaning campaigns and poster exhibitions. They also visited natural reserves as well as cultural and historical spots in Nanjing and in Jiangsu Province, exchanged ideas and learned from various professors of NJU, discussing hot topics of green campus, China's environmental problems and establishment of eco-cities. Such activities enabled them from the three regions to interact and reflect on their attitudes towards green life.
The Cross-Strait Green University Consortium was ffirst established by CUHK, NCU and NJU in 2011 with the aim of consolidating resources and driving initiatives that incorporate green concepts into research and education. The three institutions took turns to organize camps and competitions since 2011 and 2013 respectively to encourage students to implement and spread ideas of sustainable development, raising their environmental awareness. The Consortium welcomed the entry of BNU, ZJU and NCKU as new member universities last year, and combined the competition and the camp for the first time which was organized by CUHK in 2016.
Activity Highlights of CU in Mainland & Taiwan in August
OALC sent a total of 30 CUHK students to mainland China and Taiwan for the following six interflow programmes in August:
No. of CUHK Participants
NTU Plus Academy Summer+ Programs
National Taiwan University
Course / training
Tsinghua University iCenter Programme
Siyuan Commonweal Summer Voluntary Teaching Programme
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Cultural and Academic Summer Camp for Guangdong and Hong Kong Students
Sun Yat-sen University
Green Competition Camp under Cross-Strait Green University Consortium
The Search for Historical and Cultural Heritage: Traditional Crafts
OALC will continue to organize more student interflow activities in the new academic year. Programme details, enquiries and feedback can be forwarded to Mr. Simon Leung of our Office at 39434412 or via email@example.com. You may also visit our webpage for further information (click here).
Friends of OALC Now Open for Application
Every year, OALC receives hundreds of delegations from mainland China and Taiwan to foster academic links and partnership development. Delegates include senior members and scholars, as well as executives and students. Under the "Friends of OALC" Scheme, OALC recruits CUHK student ambassadors to help receive delegations (including campus tours and experience sharing with delegates) and organize student activities.
The Scheme for 2017/18 is now open for application. Embassadors will receive training before being assigned any reception tasks. Subsidies will be provided according to the University's Student Campus Work Scheme. Interested full-time CUHK students, with a good command of Mandarin, are invited to apply via the webpage below by noon, September 18 (Monday):
The training sessions will be held at 2:30 pm on September 19 (Tuesday) and 22 (Friday). Enquiries can be forwarded to Mr. Simon LEUNG of our Office at 39434412 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.