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Intercultural understanding and global citizenship

Intercultural understanding and global citizenship

Cross-cultural Speed Dating

Ever wonder how it will be like to mingle or even have brief “dates” with people from various cultural background? Cross-cultural Speed Dating provides you a chance to meet prospective romantic partners and friends in a fun, speedy and relaxing way. Through various activities, you can meet different people from different cultural backgrounds, polish your social skills and discover your love language.

Enquiries: cedars-cope@hku.hk (Counselling and Person Enrichment (CoPE) Section)

Expand Social Circle – Social Communication Enhancement

Striking up conversation with a stranger may be difficult. Pair up with your peers to brush up your language skills and enhance your confidence!

“Peer English Tutoring” connects you with a native or near-native English speaking Language Partner to practise conversational English in a stress-free environment. Spoken English is made easy by chatting about food, movies, travel and music!

“Survival Cantonese” offers practice sessions conducted by native Cantonese Peer Tutors.  Essential day-to-day “Survival Cantonese” phrases will be covered at these sessions.   Non-local students are most welcome to join as tutees.

cedars-cope@hku.hk (Counselling and Person Enrichment (CoPE) Section)

Global Friends Programme (GFP) 

A group of GFP ambassadors will initiate an array of fun-filled activities for you to join. The programme aims to:

1. offer a networking platform for HKU students to make friends from around the world while enjoying cultural activities

2. enhance the language competencies of HKU students with a focus on the use of English in outside classroom activities and to extend opportunities for cross‐cultural interactions.

It is a co‐curricular programme with a strong focus on language enhancement and cultural exchange. This programme will deepen students’ multicultural understanding and offer a total language learning experience through real‐life interactions.

Enquiries: cedars@hku.hk (Campus Life Section)

Happy Thursday - Tea from Around the World

Our Happy Thursday – Tea from Around the World continues to bring you the very best opportunities to learn more about different places’ tea culture and meet your HKU peers in the new semester.

Student hosts from different countries, cities and villages will be invited to share the tea and snacks of their homelands, and to tell stories of their tea culture and own place! 

GE Team has been curating this cultural exchange programme since 2017, and student hosts from all over the world including China, Denmark, Egypt, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam have shared the tea and snacks of their hometown.

Enquiries: gened@hku.hk (General Education Team)

Global Kitchen 

‘Global Kitchen’ is a cultural melting pot that allows you to explore other cultures through food. Not only can you connect with students from over 100 countries, sample dishes from around the world, but also cook the home cuisine that you have been dearly missing!  

Enquiries: gened@hku.hk (General Education Team)

Global News Chat 

We are living in a globalised world with news circulating across the Internet in an instant. Just by tapping your smartphone, you can catch a glimpse of the latest news happening thousands of miles away. To facilitate some in-depth understanding and discussion on significant international and regional news, Global News Chat invites students from various backgrounds to share their personal views and insights on the issues that they care about.

Prior knowledge about the issues is not required; come along and learn more from our peers.

Enquiries: gened@hku.hk (General Education Team)

Music Salon

Sharing music online is far too easy and convenient.  Picking a song and sharing the story with music lovers face-to-face is another kind of experience.  This “back-to-basics” communication and appreciation will become a lost art if we keep doing everything in the name of development and efficiency.  Although you might not have heard of the recent Vinyl Revival, it is a phenomenon that has changed the lifestyles of music fans and aficionados.  Also, the business models of music companies and retailers have also re-embraced the physical carriers of music.  Here, you can choose from a wide selection of vinyl records to get into the groove and mood of Pop, Rock, Jazz, Alternative, R&B, Classical, Soundtracks etc.  In the relaxed ambiance, we can enjoy music, stories, and friendship.

Enquiries: gened@hku.hk (General Education Team)


Have you ever seen a mind-blowing film that you eagerly wished to tell your friends about, only to find that you were lost for words? Have you ever wanted to discuss films with your friends, only to find that they were not interested at all? In Filmtastic Movie Club – a club curated by student hosts for cinephiles – you can meet with your fellow movie lovers, discuss and share the films you love.

Enquiries: gened@hku.hk (General Education Team)