HIGHLIGHTS OF FULBRIGHT/HKAC SPECIAL PROJECTS 2011-2012
The HKAC designs and finds resources for a wide variety of education exchange activities and services each year. Many receive support from the Fulbright Program and the US Consulate in HK. Here are some highlights from the exchange programs we organized with our member universities last year.
General Education and University Curriculum Reform:
An International Conference in Hong Kong, 2012
The City U and the HKAC co-sponsored a major three-day conference at the City University campus to mark the transition in HK to a four- year undergraduate curriculum. Over 400 delegates attended 90 concurrent sessions and 15 plenary presentations. The first day focused on reforms in HK higher education, with second and third days expanding outward to university reform experiences in Asia and North America. The Fulbright HK General Education Project (FHKGEP) held its capstone conference on Monday June 11, including most of the Fulbright scholars from all four cohorts. The conference was the debut showing of a documentary film about the FHKGEP. HUCOM endorsed the GE conference and the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia supported many Asian heads of institutions to participate. The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the Asia Network in the USA and Federation of Self-financed Tertiary Education (FSTE) in HK all contributed to the spirited conference.
Fulbright Orientation Retreat at Kadoorie Institute 2011
Each year the US Consulate and the HKAC host the new American Fulbright scholars and students to HK and Macau in late September at the Kadoorie Institute in theNewTerritories. Guest speakers compare the education cultures ofAmericaandHong Kongand small group discussions lead to friendships and collaborative work throughout the year.
American Studies Research Institute in China (ASRIC)
The HKAC teamed up with the BeijingForeignStudiesUniversityto host a one-week intensive research workshop on American Studies for 30 post-graduate students from throughout China. Dr. Paul Levine, an eminent former Fulbright scholar in China, was our lead academic. Our theme in 2011 was Literature and Society in 19th Century America. His lectures will be published in a new series of books by the Peking University Press called The American Panorama, co-edited by Glenn Shive and Paul Levine and Dan Guttman.
Negotiating Sovereignty in the South China Sea CUHK November,2011
The South China Sea has become a hot-button issue in China’s relations with South East Asian nations as well as the United States. Meeting at the CUHK, students from all eight HK universities played the roles of country teams to try to negotiate a code of conduct for the South China Sea building on the 2002 Declaration by ASEAN and China. Like in reality, the teams failed after considerable effort to craft an agreement on sovereignty or on joint development of the sea beds.
Selecting HK’s Chief Executive HK Polytechnic University March, 2012
Over 60 students played the roles of Legco members and other HK officials who formed the Chief Executive Selection Committee in March to elect the next CE. After panels and debates over two days at the HK PolyU, the students voted in role and then as themselves for the three candidates for CE. The outcome of the second ballot mirrored thereality that occurred a week later when C. Y. Leung was selected as the new CE.
Hong Kong 2020Kadoorie Institute / HKU April, 2012
What do the post-80s generation want for HK in 2020? 75 students from HK universities, including HK, mainland and international exchange students, gathered in the Kadoorie Institute in mid-April to draft a policy paper with their recommendations to submit to the new government. They worked in teams in nine policy areas such as economy, environment, governance reform, urban design, arts and culture, education reform, social coherence, HK – mainland relations, and HK in global context. Their final report was submitted to the Central Policy Unit (CPU) in May. A copy of their report is on the HKAC website
Six Party Talks Baptist University May, 2012
Mike Chinoy led a simulation of the Six Party Talks about the North Korea’s nuclear program for students and scholars in Northeast Asia. The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung funded the Hong Kong Baptist University and the HKAC to host and organize this conference and simulation exercise in early May, 2012. As in real life, our Six Party Talks ended in a stalemate. Although the DPRK
secured several key concessions in the negotiations, still they refused to give up their nuclear program and walked away from the table.