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HKBU Student Think Tank 2021

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About “HKBU Student Think Tank 2021”

Like other cities of the world, Hong Kong faces its challenges.  HKBU Student Think Tank Programme attempts to provide opportunities for students to study these challenges in depth, more importantly students can take the lead to propose constructive solutions.  The programme includes a series of trainings to enhance students’ understanding of selected issues.  Findings, reports and recommendations will be published and disseminated for the betterment of Hong Kong.

Why should we join the Think Tank
1.    Develop deeper understanding of respective social issues in the local community
2.    Voice out doable, constructive and positive recommendations to resolve social issues
3.    Enhance students’ civic responsibility

What will we deliver
Each team will present a 1-page abstract and a full-report (within 1,500 words) on a particular city’s issue. The E-press conference will be organized for students to present the analysis, conclusions and recommendations in public, and to engage in further discussion with participants.

Training Schedule

Selected Think Tank members will be required to partake in the captioned training sessions. Training will be conducted in mid-May to June, after examination.

  1. 21 May (Fri) 3:30pm – 5:00pm
    Research: Individual Interview Skills and Focus Group (1.5 hours)#

    Dr. Iulia Gheorghiu, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, HKBU
  2. 25 May (Tue) 2:30pm – 4:00pm
    Public and Self-data Collection, Analysis, Interpretation and Presentation (1.5 hours)#

    Dr. Adam Cheung, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, HKBU
    Dr. Jiang Jin, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, HKBU
  3. 4 Jun (Fri) 3:30pm – 5:00pm
    Report Writing and Style, Structure and Framework (1.5 hours)#

    Ms. Heidy Wan, Senior Student Development Officer, Leadership Qualities Centre

#CCL Recognized 聯通課程認可: 3 CCL units will be earned. 

Certification

Members will be awarded with Think Tank Certificate after completing the entire programme.

Topic Identifications - Areas of Interests

Student teams can select a specific area of interests to advocate on one of the appended issues and topics.

  1. Environmental issues
    - How to make good use of discarded face masks
    - Explore why Hong Kong takes plastic recycling so ineffectively
    - Explore why Hong Kong takes paper recycling so lightly
    - How to improve the hygiene of public facilities (public toilets) for citizens
    - Find out how noise impacts on health
    - What is ideal public housing
  2. Education
    - How to improve the learning during pandemic
    - Ways to make DSE better
    - The reasons why it is so difficult for ethnic minority children to learn Chinese in Hong Kong
  3. Personal Issues
    - How to create a good night’s sleep
    - Explore the 5 core elements young people weigh most important in career
    - How to improve personal and love relationship
  4. Poverty
    - Find out the reasons behind poverty in Hong Kong
    - How to enhance the support for single parent families in Hong Kong
    - How to improve the life of jobless elderly in Hong Kong
  5. Children
    - How to tackle children obesity problems
    - How to eliminate bullies in schools
    - Ways to strengthen the support to students with special educational needs in Hong Kong
    - How to raise happy children
    - Explore more about the playtime/ leisure time of kids in Hong Kong
    - Find out the usage of recreational facilities for kids in town
  6. Elderly
    - Ways to make the life of retired elderly more meaningful
    - How to reduce loneliness of elderly
    - Ways to boost senior mental health
    - Support to families of dementia
    - Ways to improve elderly exercise
    - How to improve senior well-being
  7. Mental Health
    - Ways to avoid female alcoholism
    - Explore why Hongkongers are least likely to display their emotions
    - How to help self-harm or suicide intended youths

Enquiry

Ms. Heidy Wan
Leadership Qualities Centre, Office of Student Affairs
(852) 3411 2279/ heidywan@hkbu.edu.hk
Room 401, The Wing Lung Bank for Business Studies, Shaw Campus

Who should join the Think Tank
We are looking for students who are diverse, enthusiastic and desire to explore and provide constructive recommendations to improve city’s social issues; great skills and ability to synthesize and communicate ideas clearly.

How can we form a team
LQC is targeting 6 to 8 student teams, students can form your own teams, maximum 4 members each team. One report will be generated each month started from upcoming September 2021.

All HKBU undergraduate and taught post graduate students are eligible to join the Think Tank.
 

Key Dates

Briefing Session (Zoom) 9 Apr (Fri) & 21 Apr 2021 (Wed) 16:00 - 16:45
Application Deadline 23 Apr 2021 (Fri)
Interviews 29 Apr 2021 (Thu)
Confirmation 3 May 2021 (Mon)
Report Publication & e-Press Conference Sep 2021 - Apr 2022

[Personal Issue]
Explore the 5 Core Elements Young People Weigh Most Important in Career 

Going through uncertainties these years, young people’s future planning and vision have undergone tremendous changes. As university students that are going to enter the job market, we want to explore the key elements, internal and external factors that contribute to one’s commitment to work, and as a study to evaluate the present workplace culture and environment in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, as the significant labor force of our society, we wish to discuss further how these difficulties, uncertainties and global contexts affect youths’ concerns on job satisfaction as well.


CHAN Sing Hing Hengky

Chan Sing Hing, Hengky
MSc in Corporate Governance and Compliance, Year 2

LEE Chi Him

Lee Chi Him
Government and International Studies, Year 2

TU Olivia

Tu Mu Zi, Olivia
Human Resources Management, Year 3

ZHANG Lu Yuan

Zhang Lu Yuan, Yvette
Human Resources Management, Year 3

[Mental Health]
Ways to Avoid Female Alcoholism
 

Traditionally, men are more likely to be heavy drinkers. However, as climbing figures of women’s drinking revealed, female alcoholism seems to be a hidden and alarming issue in Hong Kong nowadays. In line with the changing gender roles and economic development, females may turn to alcohol due to increased pressure and social expectation. In hope to apply our perspectives from sociology to the community, we aim to probe into the causes of female alcoholism and explore the supportive measures for this mental health problem.


CHEN Huanrui

Chen Huanrui, Harry
Sociology, Year 2

Tu Yi Fei

Tu Yi Fei, Flora
European Studies, Year 3

zhaoxintong

Zhao Xintong, Sandy
Sociology, Year 3


 

[Elderly]
Support to Families with Dementia Patients

As Hong Kong citizens, we have a mission to understand our community and make an effort to better our society. Dementia is a highlighted social issue under ageing population so as the social and psychological burden of caregivers. The hardships and difficulties as family carers of dementia patients are overwhelming. While the far-reaching impacts to patients’ families has long been recognized, attention and support are still inadequate.

We hope to investigate the present circumstances and offer constructive suggestions to improve existing measures. Furthermore, we look forward to the valuable opportunity to interact with the needy from different social backgrounds, especially the elderly in Hong Kong.


chan yan sin

Chan Yan Sin, Ana
Nursing, Year 2

LIU Tak Wang Stephen

Liu Tak Wang, Stephen
Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, Year 4

Yu Fung Tao Marcus

Tao Yu Fung, Marcus
Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, Year 2

wong lai ting

Wong Lai Ting
Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, Year 1

[Poverty]
How to Improve the Life of Poor and Jobless Elderly in Hong Kong 

We are inspired by the course 'Community Services on Fighting Poverty' and believe 'A Small Step Can Make a Change '. We hope to take a step further by discussing, investigating and exploring poverty issue in Hong Kong, and come up with workable and practical solutions via Student Think Tank.

With the hard hit of pandemic, the elderly has been found in daily struggle to make ends meet. Though policies, such as Elderly Employment and Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme have been implemented as retirement protection, deprivation and underemployment of the aged are still worthy of concerns. Poverty is a complex issue involving myriad of stakeholders but through evaluating measures offered by the government and non-governmental sectors, we hope changes can be made by our attempts.


he leweiHe Lewei, Yoyo
Business Administration, Year 1

hui ka yan

Hui Ka Yan, Shirely
Government and International Studies, Year 3

lai hei lam

Lai Hei Lam
Business Administration, Year 1

sujiayi

Su Jiayi, Iris
Visual Arts, Year 2

[Environmental Issues]
Explore Why Hong Kong Takes Plastic Recycling So Ineffectively 

With theory and knowledge from environmental studies, we hope to explore reasons behind the unsatisfying progress of plastic recycling. Plastic accounts for more than 20 percent of municipal solid waste daily in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, the recycling rate is still unfavorable, with plastic bags and straws constituting the major plastic wastes. Related scheme has been launched for more than ten years but the effectiveness is profoundly low.


wanchakkui

Wan Chak Kui, Jackel
Master of Public Administration, Year 1

wang xiangyu

Wang Xiangyu
MSc in Green Technology, Year 1