2017 Induction Activities

Events Description Date Venue
Weeks of Welcome (WoW) The Weeks of Welcome for Non-local Students Programme (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.


Aug 21 – Oct, 2017 & in the second semester Various Places
Inauguration Ceremony for New Students The Inauguration Ceremony is the first formal University gathering for new students. Students will meet the President and Vice-Chancellor, senior academics, alumni bodies and  the  President of HKUSU. The President and Vice-Chancellor will give an inaugural address and host the Robing Ceremony during which new students will put on the HKU traditional Green Gown.


Aug 30, 2017

10 – 11am

The Grand Hall,
Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, Centennial Campus
Talk on Financing Your University Studies At this session, students who are in financial needs 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.


Aug 30, 2017
2:30 – 5pm
T1, LG/F, Meng Wah Complex
CEDARS Peer Connect and High Table The  CEDARS Peer Connect  and High Table Dinner is the flagship programme held in the last week of August to put first-year undergraduates from different Faculties and countries of origin into small groups. Under the guidance of Student Induction Instructors (SIIs), new students will set ambitious yet realistic personal goals and explore the ideal of a university. They will also be engaged in intellectual dialogue with alumni and staff members. The High Table Dinner is the pinnacle and concluding event to induce a sense of pride and identity with the University. Upon completion of the Peer Connect and High Table Dinner, participants would be able to redeem a Green Gown, one of the most wanted HKU collectables that is available nowhere else!

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

Part I:
Aug 26, 2017
9:30am – 6pm
Lecture Hall II (CPD-LG.07-10), LG/F, Centennial Campus and Various Locations
Part II:
Aug 27, 2017
3:00 – 9pm
Rayson Huang Theatre and Lecture Hall II (CPD LG.07-10), LG/F, Centennial Campus
Orientation for Non-local Students and HKUSU Fair This is an orientation session designed for the newly arrived non-local students. Topics include knowing HKU and HK, adjustment tips, safety concerns, immigration formalities and meeting staff and students. HKUSU will host a welcome fair afterward to introduce the new students to their student clubs and associations.

Information: cedars.hku.hk/wow

Aug 25, 2017
10am – 5pm
The Grand Hall,
Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, Centennial Campus
WoW Party This is an evening of fun, party and music for students to celebrate their new identity as a HKU member, and as a university student.

Information: cedars.hku.hk/wow

Sep 1, 2017
7- 10:30pm
Loke Yew Hall, 1/f, Main Building
Support for Students with Disabilities or Special Educational Needs (SEN)

This is a comprehensive service for students with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN). Visit our website or contact us to find out what support you would need in your university life.

Information: cedars.hku.hk/CoPE/SEN

Enquiry: cedars-SEN@hku.hk

Throughout the  year Rm 301-323, 3/F, Main Building
Enhancement Group for Direct Entry to Year 3 Students This  programme  is  designed for  students  who are directly admitted from associate degrees (AD) or higher diplomas (HD) to year 3. It aims to enhance students’ self-understanding, recognise their personal strengths, build up mutual support, obtain necessary resources on support services and set more realistic expectations of university life.

Registration : http://wp.cedars.hku.hk/form/node/593


Sep 18, 2017

5:30 – 8:00pm

Rm 302, 3/F, Main Building
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
  • Resources and support offered by CEDARS – Careers and Placement

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


1st 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
  • Resources and support offered by CEDARS-Careers and Placement

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

Enquiry: careers@hku.hk

1st Semester HKU Main Campus
Eat To-Gather


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. Beyond the dining table, non-local students will also have the chance to engage in deeper cultural exchange with the host family through different gatherings and outings. Local students are invited to join as “foodmates” of the non-locals in these family meals and gatherings to help promote their integration into the Chinese culture and adaptation to life in Hong Kong.


Oct 2017 – Apr 2018 HKU, home visits and places as arranged by the host families
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.


Jan 14, 2018 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
- Resources and support offered by CEDARS-Careers and Placement

Event details will be announced in “Daily Jobs & Career Events” email by CEDARS-Careers and Placement.

Enquiry: careers@hku.hk

2nd Semester HKU Main Campus
Job Search Strategies This workshop is for both local and non-local students who are planning to look for internships, summer jobs or full-time positions in Hong Kong.

Key content of this workshop:

  • Learn some of the effective ways to jump-start your job search
  • Resources and support offered by CEDARS-Careers and Placement

Event details will be announced in “Daily Jobs & Career Events” email by CEDARS-Careers and Placement.

Enquiry: careers@hku.hk

2nd Semester HKU Main Campus
Person Enrichment (PE) Programmes PE1.0 Workshop series:

- Confidence & Social Communication

- Relaxation & Resilience

- Thinking & Study Skills

PE2.0 Leadership Training with the focus on effective communication and teamwork.

Students who have attended PE1.0 workshops are encouraged to  join the  advance  learning module – “Person Enrichment 2.0” which involves a week of intensive training in personal improvement and leadership skills during winter/summer break.

Enquiry: cedars-cope@hku.hk

Throughout the year HKU Main Campus
Student Development Programmes Educational programmes on leadership development, community engagement and global citizenship as well as funding opportunities for student-initiated projects are available to meet your interests and development goals.

Enquiry: cedars-programmes@hku.hk

Throughout the year Various Places