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Hong Kong, China Project Center
Hong Kong, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: C term
Restrictions: WPI applicants only
Budget Sheets: C term
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
C term 2015-2016 10/06/2014 01/12/2015 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Term:
C Term
Project Opportunities:
IQP
Director:
Creighton Peet
Center Highlights:
International, Urban
Housing:
Shared apartments
Program Preparation:
1/6 PQP in the term preceding departure, ID 2050 in the term preceding departure
Program Eligibility:
All majors eligible, Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation), Sophomore at the time of application
Program Description:

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The Hong Kong Project Center provides a gateway to one of the most dynamic and significant regions on the planet. Hong Kong radiates energy as it rapidly modernizes and takes the lead in economic development, high-rise building and urban planning, efficient transportation, artistic expression, educational reform, and environmental conservation. Students at the project center live in furnished apartments with small kitchens located in a typical Chinese residential neighborhood.

Students at the project center live in furnished apartments with small kitchens located in typical Chinese residential neighborhoods.

Projects

Project sponsors include a variety of educational, social service, policy, and environmental organizations and institutions. Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) and Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) have regularly sponsored projects. Other recent sponsors have included Friends of the Earth Hong Kong, Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), Designing Hong Kong, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Urban Renewal Authority, Hong Kong Green Building Council, and Hong Kong Business Environmental Council.

New sponsors are sought on a regular basis, and projects focus on topics such as urban planning, a greener environment, sustainable resource use, education reform and innovation, and economic and social issues.

Project Examples

Education reform and innovation - Evaluating English language educational software developed to help Chinese students improve their English writing skills; evaluating how to best improve library usage and information literacy among secondary school students.

Greener environment - Evaluating how to increase recycling of beverage containers and vehicle tires; identifying how to reduce light pollution and traffic congestion.

Sustainable resource use - Investigating how to make Hong Kong’s fishing industry more sustainable; evaluating how to best develop the waterfront and marine areas of Victoria Harbour; how to plan urban housing and redevelopment to maximize sociocultural values and utility.

Resources

Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State

Country-specific travel health information from the Center for Disease Control