The incorporation of experiential and ‘out of classroom’ learning into the formal curriculum is standard practice in professional programmes and is increasingly being formalised in non-professional programmes at HKU. With the generous gift from Dr. Gallant Ho Yiu Tai, distinguished alumnus and long-time supporter of HKU, The Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre (GHELC) was established in March 2012 to collaborate with a wide network of local and overseas partners for the benefits of students and community members. Every year, GHELC will support at least 1,000 students from all 10 Faculties to complete their experiential learning projects.
The GHELC aims to facilitate and promote experiential learning at HKU and work with community partners both in and outside Hong Kong to identify projects for HKU students of different disciplines. The centre will also develop the latest pedagogies and assessment methods for experiential learning.
In addition to experiential learning, HKU offers ample service learning opportunities to nurture students to become contributing members of the community. The Student Development Programme in CEDARS supports students to engage in local and overseas voluntary services. Financial support is also available through the SERVICE 100 Fund.