Hong Kong Students on Study Tours in the USA in summer 2010
The HKAC organized three two-week study tours in the United States in June and July 2010 for student delegations from universities in Hong Kong and Macau. Each program focuses on an important contemporary issue and arranges for in-situ experiential learning in cities in the American northeast.
We offer this service to all our member universities in summer 2011.
Environment, Energy and the Politics of a Green Economy in America
Twenty students from United College of CUHK visited Washington DC from June 6 – 19 to study how the Obama administration and the US federal government is attempting to create incentives for conversion from fossil fuels to renewal sources of energy. They visited the three branches of government, lobby groups and NGOs, and had an outing to Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was the major news item during their visit, showing the urgency of moving beyond a heavily carbon-based economy.
Colonial and Contemporary American Cities
A group of HKU students, with an interest in American studies, visited Philadelphia, New York City and Boston over two weeks from July 24 to August 8 under the guidance of Fulbright professor Dr. To Wing Kai. They studied the colonial cities of the 18th century layered “underneath” the modern 21st century cities of the eastern seaboard. The team of 13 students stayed at Swarthmore College in Philadelphia, at International House in NYC, and at Bridgewater State University campus just south of Boston.
An Introduction to Civil Society in America
The University of Macau supported a group of 22 students to visit three cities on the east coast to study civil society and voluntary organizations in America. In Washington DC (housed at George Washington University) they focused on how NGOs advocate for their views in the federal legislation process. In Philadelphia (based in Swarthmore College) they studied the history of civil society and visited local NGOs to learn how they build up grass roots support. In New York City (in residence at Adelphi University on Long Island) the theme was how American NGOs operate internationally through the United Nations system