｢香港大學一直致力培育學生成爲具有國際視野的世界公民，並能掌握大中華地區的脈搏。除了課堂上學習，我們深信，學生有機會到海外和內地透過親身的體驗學習，將會受益更多。大學因此訂定目標， 希望在 2022 年， 每名學生均享有最少一次到海外及一次到內地學習的機會。這個長遠目標，已得到大學的教務委員會支持，在實踐之前，我們會開展連串的諮詢和討論，瞭解同學、老師和持份者的意見。我們計劃爲學生提供機會，但是否每位學生都必須全面參與，將有待進一步諮詢和討論。
副校長(教學)何立仁教授正深入探討，如何能最好地把這種學習模式進一步拓展。他說: 「過去九年我在港大服務期間， 一直積極與同學緊密聯繫。上任至今，先後出席過學生會的公開論壇、 學院委員會會議，和種種的學生交流討論活動。我會繼續瞭解同學的看法。刻下正安排與學生見面，繼續討論。」
“The University of Hong Kong (HKU) strives to ensure that all of our graduates are globally-minded citizens with a good knowledge of Greater China. Other than on-campus learning in Hong Kong, we strongly believe that students would greatly benefit from learning experience overseas and in China. It is our aim that by 2022, 100% of our students will have the opportunity and a rich choice to have learning experience outside Hong Kong, at least once overseas and once in the Mainland. This plan was supported by the University Senate. A series of consultations and discussions with students, staff and stakeholders will now take place before implementing this long-term goal. We plan to provide opportunity for all our students. Whether it will eventually become mandatory will depend on further consultation and deliberation.
Our students have benefited from a wide variety of overseas experience over the years. They worked on research projects in universities in the United States, led architectural projects in our HKU’s Shanghai Study Centre, gained valuable experience as engineering interns in Shenzhen’s industries, taught English in Mynmar’s remote villages, built houses in rural Chile, and designed bridges and kindergartens in remote villages in Mainland China. In addition to the large-scale HKU Worldwide Scheme (which sends hundreds of students for overseas exchanges), Faculties and Departments have already included internships and learning experience outside Hong Kong as part of their curricula, e.g. Chinese Medicine’s 1-year placement; Social Sciences “China Study” field trip; Education language and cultural immersion programmes; Earth Science field trips in Cyprus; and overseas field trips also for BBA(IBGM), Geography students and students in other disciplines. On their return to Hong Kong, we have witnessed that our students greatly benefit from a learning experience outside Hong Kong, gaining broader perspectives, new ideas, and heightened sensitivity to different cultures.
Therefore, the idea is to extend the scope of this learning experience to cover all students, to provide them with as much flexibility and alternative choices as we can to suit their academic need and interest. They can have classes, internships, field trips, immersion or professional training programmes etc., overseas and in the Mainland. HKU teachers will be involved in the design/teaching/supervising of most of these programmes. We will discuss with students on the design and arrangements of these programmes and seek their views.
Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) is currently engaged in detailed discussion concerning optimal implementation of the plan:
“I have worked closely and engaged in dialogue with students throughout my 9 years of service at HKU. In my current position, I have had dialogues with students in an HKUSU open forum, at Faculty Board meetings, and in informal gatherings. I will continue to meet with students for their opinion. I am currently arranging a meeting with students for further discussion.”