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Global News Chat
Global News Chat
We are living in a globalised world with news circulating across the Internet, through social media, and other online avenues in an instant. Just by tapping your smartphone, you can catch a glimpse of the latest news happening thousands of miles away. To facilitate 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 they care about.

If you want to hear and share the latest developments on the topics below and how they are related to you, please do not miss this chance. Register and join us on Global News Chat! Prior knowledge about the issues is not required; come along and learn more from our HKU peers.

Previous discussion topics include the Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis, Abortion Rights in Colombia, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, etc.

每個學期,Global News Chat都會邀請來自不同地方的同學分享他們所關注的時事,由斯里蘭卡經濟危機哥倫比亞墮胎法案、覆蓋至以巴衝突等不同中外議題。

#Session 1 - The United Kingdom in 2024: Domestic Crises, Global Pressures, and an Uncertain Future
(Rescheduled session: 12/3/2024)

Student Host: Deiniol Brown (BSocSc, Year 3)

Join us for a Global News Chat as we delve into the developing political situation in the UK ahead of the 2024 election. 

In this session, Deiniol from UK will provide insights into the positions of the Conservative and Labour parties as they approach election campaigning. He will also discuss current domestic issues, and how they are shaping the political landscape. Deiniol will also lead us in exploring the UK's emerging global position, taking into account recent developments such as Brexit and international conflicts.

Share your perspectives on the future role of the UK as a global actor in this engaging discussion. Don't miss out on this enlightening Global News Chat!

Registration(Session 1): 

#Session 2 - Unveiling Republic of India's Reality: Exploring Corruption, Governance, and Social Issues
(Date: 15/3/2024)

Student Host: Nafeesa Seyed (BSc, Year 4)

Unveiling India's Reality: Exploring Corruption, Governance, and Social Issues" is a thought-provoking session that offers a comprehensive examination of some of India's most pressing challenges. This engaging discussion dives deep into the pervasive corruption system, providing insights into its origins, impact on governance, and society at large. The session also critically assesses the governance under the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), analysing its policies and initiatives and evaluating their effectiveness in driving India's progress.

Additionally, this session will address the India's rape law regulations and the urgent need for reform in order to strengthen the legal framework and protect the rights of survivors. Furthermore, we will explore how the caste system may implicate  a the equality and social justice in India.

Registration(Session 2): 
Time:16:30 – 18:00
Venue:GE Gatherland 240 (MB240, 2/F, Main Building)
Quota:15 per session

# Global News Chat - Special Series: Exploring the Municipal Solid Waste Charging Scheme

I. Global News Chat:

Is the upcoming MSW Charging Policy just a way to test the public creativity in shirking accountability? Navigating challenges toward public engagement and purpose-orienting implementation.

都市固體廢物收費方案將於八月實施,要求全港所有界別按「污染者自付」原則繳交垃圾收費。垃圾收費不單增加我們日常生活的開支,更衍生出各方面的爭議及挑戰,例如非法傾倒廢物和執法困難。面對全新的環保政策,我們應該如何適應呢?這次,我們邀請到倒垃圾學堂 (@wastedisposalacademy) 的代表、清潔員和環保人士大便妹 (@imsheeppoo) 和我們分享和交流,從不同的角度了解這個切身的議題。


The Municipal Solid Waste Charging (MSW charging) Bill has received its third reading from the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, making it mandatory for all sectors to pay charges for the quantity of waste they dispose of. The implementation date has been postponed to August 1, 2024, after nearly 20 years of discussion in the Council since 2005.
In this session, our student host, Lily, will lead us in evaluating the efficacy of the policy and engaging in a collaborative discussion with a representative from the Waste Disposal Academy, cleaners, and an environmentalist. We will assess its potential opportunities and challenges, including the risk of fly-tipping, issues with enforcement and compliance, and the lack of emphasis on reducing resource consumption.
Join us to prepare for the new waste charging policy!
Student Host:Lily Ng (BSocSc, Year 5)
Guest Speaker: Waste Disposal Academy (Local Community-Project-based Organization)
Yeungs (Local Environmental Educator)

Date: 20/2/2024 (Tue) 

Time: 16:30 - 18:00

Venue: GE Gatherland 240 (MB240, 2/F, Main Building)
Language: Cantonese (Simultaneous interpretation in English will be provided upon request by 13/2)
Quota: 30

II. Special Outing: 

Learning MSW Charging Scheme through City Walk: Amplify your impact of actions than mere words *Cancelled

Rather than waiting for government intervention, can we, as members of the public, proactively address the imminent challenges associated with the upcoming charging scheme? Following the discussion in Global News Chat, this experiential city walk aims to provide you with a real-life experience to explore the various aspects of waste practices and management in Hong Kong.

Outing Highlights:
  • Visiting both traditional and innovative recycling shops run by the government and private sectors
  • Getting to know the Hong Kong waste management system and current situation by walking through the Tai Po area
  • Experiencing recycling of polyfoam at Missing Link, a polyfoam recycling centre
  • Chatting with Andy Li, the polyfoam recycling pioneer, to discuss the recycling industry and MSW charging in Hong Kong
Student Host:Lily Ng (BSocSc, Year 5)
Guest Speaker: Andy Li (Founder of “Missing Link - Polyfoam Recycling Scheme”)

Date: 24/2/2024 (Sat) 

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Venue: Tai Po District & Missing Link Tsuen Wan Factory
Language: English (Supplemented with Cantonese)
Fee*: $50 (Refundable upon full attendance)
*A one-way shuttle from Tai Po District to the Missing Link Tsuen Wan Factory is included

Date Time Venue
12 Mar 2024 16:30 - 18:00 GE Gatherland 240 (MB240, 2/F, Main Building, HKU)
15 Mar 2024 16:30 - 18:00 GE Gatherland 240 (MB240, 2/F, Main Building, HKU)
Bio of Instructor(s) 導師簡介:
 Deiniol BrownDeiniol Brown (BSocSc, Year 3)

I am a social sciences student studying at Hong Kong University on a one year exchange from Durham University in the UK. My studies focus on international relations, but also include history, politics and China studies. My home is in the south west of England, but my family are welsh.
 NanaNafeesa Seyed (BSc, Year 4)

I am Nafeesa, Indian born but brought up in Home Kong! Currently a final year Science student who enjoys socializing. Besides having meaningful conversations, food is my one true love, well actually there are a lot of things I do love such as binge-watching true crime, diving deep into the world of self-care, deadline fighting, etc. 
Lily iconLily Ng (BSocSc, Year 5)

Lily is a final year student studying geography as part of her social sciences degree. She is passionate in broad aspects of climate action and has been actively engaged in community education initiatives.

WDA iconWaste Disposal Academy (Local Community-Project-based Organization)

Waste Disposal Academy, a community education project launched by Caritas Mok Cheung Sui Kun Community Centre last year, which has engaged with a large groups of cleaners in Hong Kong. The aim is to educate students about responsible rubbish disposal and raise awareness about how hard the city’s cleaners work.

Yeung's iconYeungs (Local Environmental Educator)

Yeungs (well known as 大便妹 on social media) is a passionate environmental educator as well as wastes and marine researcher who has dedicated herself to environmental protection since 2009. She extends her research commitment from Hong Kong to Taiwan, and even to Philippines. In a significant effort to inspire public reflection and action, she has published a popular book titled 「生活給我們上的10堂環保課–我就是要環保過生活」(In English: The 10 Lessons on Environmental Protection Taught by Life – I Am Determined to Live an Environmentally Friendly Lifestyle).

Andy Li iconAndy Li (Founder of “Missing Link - Polyfoam Recycling Scheme”)

Andy Li is the initiator and project director "Missing Link - Polyfoam Recycling Scheme”. Having witnessed the disheartening chaos of wastes in Hong Kong, he returns to Hong Kong after completing his environmental studies in the UK and contributes on frontline of the community