Induction Activities at a Glance

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 Ceremony, 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.

 

University Induction Talks

Registration and Induction Programmes for New Students

Coming soon.

18 - 26 Aug 2020

To be conducted online

 

1st Semester

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. Both on-line and face-to-face programmes are offered. We have prepared a series of videos and live tutorials, including Learn Chinese Calligraphy with Peers, Kung Fu Step by Step and K-Pop Dance Tutorial for Beginners via Zoom to help you explore new culture, peoples and places.

Learn more: cedars.hku.hk/wow

1-2 week(s) before Semester starts

Various locations

CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table

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! 

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

From 21 Aug 2020 onwards

HKU Main Campus or via Zoom

Live Chat Session with Student Advising Officers

For non-local students, these Q&A sessions with our Student Advising Officers will answer your questions related to preparation for your arrival and settling into HKU. We will give you some ideas about the wide range of services that we provide and some practical tips to your adjustment to the University. 


Learn more: cedars.hku.hk/nonlocal/orientation/WoW_livechat.pdf 

28 Jul – 30 Sep 2020

Via Zoom

Orientation for Non-local Students

This is an orientation session designed for the newly arrived non-local students. Topics include safety concerns, immigration formalities, etc. Videos on the above topics will also be made available. Stay tuned to the following website for the most up-to-date information.

 

Learn more: cedars.hku.hk/wow
 

27 Aug 2020

4:30 - 5:30 pm (HKT)

To be informed by 

confirmation email

Inauguration Ceremony for New Students

The Inauguration Ceremony for New Students, organised by CEDARS, is the University's formal welcome to all first-year students at which they will meet the principal officers and senior academics of the University including President and Vice-Chancellor, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Executive Vice-President, Vice-Presidents and Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Registrar, Librarian, Deans of Faculties, Dean of Graduate School and Dean of Student Affairs. The President of the Students' Union will also be present.  In view of the pandemic, the Ceremony will be held online.  All new students are expected to attend. 


Enquiry: cedars@hku.hk

31 Aug 2020

11 am - 12 nn (HKT)

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 

31 Aug 2020

2:30 – 5 pm (HKT)

Via Zoom

Virtual WoW Party

The definitive and signature HKU Party for students to meet new friends from around the world. At this virtual party, let's enjoy music and get our exclusive souvenirs from lucky draw.


Learn more: cedars.hku.hk/wow
 

31 Aug 2020

7 – 8 pm (HKT)

Via Zoom

Music Salon   

Life and study in 2020 continue to be a year of unprecedented disruption due to the pandemic and politics unfortunately. While we are facing all kinds of challenges and unknowns, music could still accompany us through these tough times with tears and laughter. Music friends are also indispensable to support each other in this journey. Online mode of Music Salon will be curated to welcome students to share their songs on various themes.


Learn more: cedars.hku.hk/ge
Enquiry: gened@hku.hk

14 Sep (Mon), 
9 Oct (Fri),

and 
10 Nov 2020 (Tue) 
5 – 7 pm (HKT)

GE 

Gatherland2001 and/or Online

Platforms

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
 

21–23 Oct 2020
11 am – 4:30 pm (HKT)

Run Run Shaw Podium

 

2nd Semester

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 emphasising student autonomy and self-determination.


Enquiry: cedars-cope@hku.hk

Jan 2021

HKU Main Campus

Be Smart: Plan for your First CV!

Key contents of this workshop:

  • Steps for writing your 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.


Enquiry: workshops@cedars.hku.hk

2nd Semester

HKU Main Campus or via Zoom

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 or via Zoom

Eat To-Gather 入屋食飯

Family meals and gatherings are highly valued in the Chinese culture. In this programme, non-local students will be invited to enjoy homey meal or gatherings with a local host family to have an authentic taste of the family life in Hong Kong. Local students will also join as “foodmates” to foster cultural exchange and interaction. Through exploring the social and cultural dimensions of food in family meals and gatherings, this programme aims at providing a backdrop for cultural interaction and facilitating non-local students’ adaptation and understanding on local culture


Enquiry: eat-to-gather@cedars.hku.hk

Jan – Apr 2021

HKU, home visits & places as arranged by host families or CEDARS

 

Whole Year

Career and Job Fairs

Large and small-scale career fairs with different themes are organised for you to get a glimpse of the world of work. You may interact with the insiders of your desire industries and companies, and apply for internships on-site. Types of fairs include annual Career Fair, Startup Job Fair and other industry and theme-based career events.


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


Enquiry: careers@cedars.hku.hk

Throughout the year 

HKU Main Campus / Virtual Event

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

  • Self-management

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 China, Denmark, Egypt, France, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom have shared the tea and snacks of their hometown. 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

F:A:C:E: Choice & Sharing Sessions

F:A:C:E: Choice provides recommended arts and cultural programmes to students throughout the year. To widen students’ horizons in arts and culture, ticket subsidy will be offered to full-time HKU students to enable appreciation of different art forms of performances or films. A maximum sum of HK$150 will be provided on a reimbursement basis. Students may freely choose a programme from the recommended list and register for one of the sharing sessions.


Learn more: cedars.hku.hk/ge
Enquiry: gened@hku.hk

Throughout the year 

Online Platforms

 

Information Technology Services (ITS)

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-orientations
Enquiry: ithelp@hku.hk

Aug / Sep 2020

HKU Main Campus

 

Libraries

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 online activities.


Enquiry: libis@hku.hk

Aug / Sep 2020

Via Zoom

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