The HKAC organizes “moving seminars” in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta for groups of American university students, drawing on the expertise about the region at our eight member universities. We co-design the academic program with the American group leader and handle local logistics. For some delegations, the HK and PRD visit is one component of a broader tour of greater China. Other programs concentrate on HK and south China.
River Restoration and Chinese Urban Development. The University of Southern California sent a group of 20 graduate students in the School of Public Policy and Development (SPPD) on a learning laboratory about urban waterways in HK and Foshan. Dr. Eric Heikkila of USC, a former Fulbright scholar at the HKAC, led the delegation for two weeks (May 23 to June 5) to study river and harbor restoration projects, such as the Kai Tak River and the harbor front in HK and the Fengjiang River Project in Foshan. The HKAC also assisted the Pacific Rim Consortium of Urban Development (PRCUD), based at the USC, to organize a four-day policy forum in Foshan in November 2009 in collaboration with the World Bank.
Chinese Fine Arts is the focus of a special month-long course each fall in HK for 30 students from St. Olaf College in Northfield Minnesota. The HKAC arranges for St. Olaf’s Global Semester to study with the Fine Arts Department at CUHK, and to learn about creative industries of HK.
Lynn University in Boca Ratan in Florida sponsored a delegation of 24 students of business to HK and the Pearl River Delta for a three-week program in January 2010. Led by Dr. Eldon Bernstein, the group started in HK and traveled through Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan, Shunde and Macau before returning to HK. The HKAC takes many American student groups on variations of this “PRD circuit” to learn first-hand about the economic geography of the so-called “Workshop of the World.” The NYU campus in Shanghai has sent a series of student delegations to HK and the PRD to study the contrasts between the PRD and the Yangtse River Delta (YRD). The East-West Center’s Asian Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) held their annual field study meeting in HK for 50 participants with assistance from the HKAC, which represents the EWC in HK. Working with the US Consulate in Guangzhou, the HKAC organized a series of lectures and seminars in PRD universities by Fulbright scholars, students and English teachers in mid-December, 2009.
National Council of Teachers About Asia The US-China Institute of USC brought a delegation of 14 school teachers to HK in July 2010 on the final stop on their study tour of greater China. The HKAC introduced them to the education reforms in HK, and arranged meetings with our summer interns to learn about non-formal ways that young Americans learn about HK society and its workplace culture.