CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table

Introduction

CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table, a flagship programme for first-year undergraduate students entering HKU, puts new students from different faculties and countries of origin into small groups.  It comprises of 5 non-academic induction activities, namely Speed-Friending, Goal Setting, Inspirational Activities, High Table, and IG Challenge on Adjusting to HKU Life.

Upon completion of CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table, you can redeem your own Green Gown, one of the most wanted HKU collectables that is available nowhere else!

Activity Schedule

Part I: Speed-Friending @ Zoom 

 

Making new friends is easy!  Speed-Friending could be the beginning of some beautiful friendships and the formation of learning communities which facilitate social integration and intercultural understanding… 

 

During this 1.5 hours on Zoom, you will join in a group with new students from different faculties and countries of origin. You and your group will be given conversation cards to get to know one another. At the end of each round, you will rotate to a new group. Before group rotation, you are free to exchange social media contacts, socialise, make plans to meet and hang out in campus. Be prepared to leave with loads of fun and chats, and IG friends… 

 

  • To allow more students to take part, each new student will be assigned to ONE session only. 

  • It is not a compulsory part of CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table for green gown redemption.

Sessions:

  1. 21 August 2020 (Friday)      3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (HKT)

  2. 24 August 2020 (Monday)   11:30 am - 1:00 pm (HKT) 

  3. 24 August 2020 (Monday)   3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (HKT)

  4. 25 August 2020 (Tuesday)   3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (HKT)

Part II: Goal Setting @ Zoom 

 

Handling multiple demands and prioritising commitments inside and outside the University can be crucial in maximising the learning opportunities available in HKU.  New students may also be uncertain of your goals and not have much experience in developing action plans to meet ones.  

 

In this 1 hour Goal Setting Exercise on Zoom, you will formulate realistic academic and personal goals and explore the ideal of a university in small groups under the guidance of Student Induction Instructors (SIIs) so that you can attain a sense of achievement at the end of the first year. 

 

  • Each new student will be assigned to ONE group only. 

  • It is a compulsory part of CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table for green gown redemption.     

Part III: Inspirational Activities @ Zoom 

 

Sessions:

  1. 27 August 2020 (Thursday)  11:30 am – 12:30 pm (HKT)

  2. 27 August 2020 (Thursday)  2:30 pm – 3:30 pm (HKT)

  3. 27 August 2020 (Thursday)  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (HKT)

Want to get inspired on reaping the rich learning opportunities offered in HKU and orientate to ways of learning and doing that are conducive to the development of the attributes of HKU students as set out in the six educational aims of HKU?  Wanna adopt a lifestyle in University that is conducive to psychological and personal wellness?  In the inspirational activities, you will engage in thought provoking dialogue with exemplary peers and young alumni under one of these themes: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Advocacy, Global Citizenship, Arts and Humanities, Sustainable Living and Development, Social Inclusion and Diversity, and Intellect. 

 

  • Each new student will be assigned to ONE group only. 

  • It is a compulsory part of CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table for green gown redemption.

Sessions:

The sessions will be held on 28 August (Friday) and 29 August 2020 (Saturday).  Please refer to the registration form for details.

Part IV: High Table 

 

The High Table is the pinnacle and concluding event of CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table to induce a sense of pride and identity with the University.  High Table is a proud tradition of HKU at which faculty members, guests and students in gowns sit at long refectory tables and dine together in a formal setting.  Guest of Honour will offer wise food for thought on the ideal of a university.  It is designed to promote intellectual exchange among the participants. 

 

  • It is not a compulsory part of CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table for green gown redemption.

Schedule:

Semester 1, 2020-21 (To be announced)

Part V: IG Challenge on Adjusting to HKU Life

 

Your new journey at HKU is full of excitements, but also fraught with uncertainties and challenges.  It is common for new students to experience adjustment issues and the induction period is the best time for you to start thinking about how to prioritise your commitments, enhance your self-confidence and build your social network at HKU.    

  

Participate in this 5-day challenge on CEDARS Instagram account (@hku.cedars) and get quick tips on university adjustment.   

  • No registration is needed.  All are welcome! 

  • Follow us and stay tuned for the fun activity! 

  • It is a compulsory part of CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table for green gown redemption.  

Schedule:

1 - 5 September 2020

Eligibility

  • Full-time and full degree undergraduates 

  • Both local and non-local students are welcome. 

Medium of Language 

English

Programme Fee 

HK$100 

Important Notes: 

  • Participants will be entitled to redeem a University green gown upon completion of Part II, III and V of CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table, and submission of an online learning experience questionnaire.  Participants are expected to settle the programme fee upon green gown redemption by cash.  Eligible students will receive emails on redemption details in due course.  

 

Registration 

 

Registration quota is FULL.  Confirmed participants will receive emails from CEDARS at least one day prior to the dates of respective activities. 

Full Commitment Required

 

CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table is best described as a ‘hands-on, minds-on experience’. Through an interactive and collaborative process, participants will acquire a holistic learning experience. Most segments of the Programme will build on the activities before and after. Not doing so create challenges not only to yourself but other participants. If you are unable to commit fully, you are advised to join other CEDARS induction activities which require less commitment. 

Special Needs 

 

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, please indicate on the registration form to facilitate our arrangement. 

 

Enquiries

 

induction@cedars.hku.hk

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