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Consultation on Residential Education Model in the New Hostel

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About the Consultation

The University is in the process of developing the residential education model in the New Hostel under the Proposed Hostel and Academic Building Complex (HABC).  Since the fourth quarter of 2015, study tours to 15 overseas and local universities have been arranged for students and colleagues to learn their respective residential education models.  Following the latest study tour to the US, a Task Force on Residential Education in the New Hostel, comprised of staff and student representatives from the Student Senators, Students’ Union and Hall Councils, was formed.

With inputs from the Task Force, two consultation meetings open to all students and colleagues were held on 19 May and 22 May 2017 respectively to collect and collate feedback. (You may download the powerpoint slides here)

You are welcome to send us your feedback through email (hall_edu@hkbu.edu.hk) or by completing the online feedback form before 26 July 2017.

The Way Forward

This consultation is part of the process in formulating the residential education for the new hostel.  Feedback received from the meetings and the online forms will be taken into consideration in the preparation of the proposal to be submitted to the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) by September 2017, for further deliberation and refinement before sending to the Senate.

Task Force on Residential Education in the New Hostel, comprised of staff and student representatives from the Student Senators, Students’ Union and Hall Councils, was formed in April 2017.  Most of the student representatives have participated in the earlier local and overseas study tours of respective universities to learn their residential education models .
 
All members of the Task Force agreed that Residential Education bears the role of educating students in fulfilling the graduate attributes of the University and the new hostel should adopt a different Residential Education Model from the current model so as to provide alternatives for students.
 
1,700 bed places will be provided in the new hostel, including around 300 beds for Research Postgraduates as required by the UGC.  In line with the University’s institutional strategy on internationalization, an increasing number of international students will be expected to live in the new hostel.
 
The Task Force focused on three topics: Objectives and Themes of Residential Education; Residents Involvement in Hostel Activities; Identities and Roles of Hall Tutors/ Resident Assistants and Resident Composition in New Hostel.  Proposals from the Task Force are as follows:
 
 
Objectives and Themes of Residential Education:
 
Elevate Learning Experience
Through Academic and Cultural Exchanges   
To pursue intellectual excellence by:
•Supporting academic and cultural exchanges among residents.     
•Including Academic/Faculty members (both internal and external) in residential education.
Cluster Of Like-mindedness
To provide interactive platforms for students of similar interests and goals. 
Connection Of Minds
To facilitate brainstorming and enlightenment via self-initiated programs and inter-disciplinary connections.
Embrace Diversity
To cater for different needs of students, especially RPG and senior returning students, which could be quite different from those of freshmen, and to accommodate students with different interest and learning objectives. More choices of living/residential models as a whole should be available to UG and RPG, local and non-local students.
Engage With The Community
To act as agent of change to positively influence the community and the society.  

 

Residents Involvement in Hostel Activities:

Residents as Participants Residents as Participants and Student Organizers Residents as the Sole Student Organizers
Residents would elect their Hall Council to be the major organiser of hostel activities, similar to the current model. Some of hostel activities would be organised by Hall Council, on the other hand, some of the time slots would be reserved for Resident-Initiated activities.  In modelling MIT, all activities would be proposed by residents and the student governance would act as the budget approving board.  Residents would choose and run their own selected hostel activities.

 

Identities and Roles of Hall Tutors/ Resident Assistants:

Undergraduates as Hall Tutors

Graduate Students as Hall Tutors

Students of the right calibre as Hall Tutors

A Hall Tutor of similar age could avoid generation gap or being too parental.  A friendly peer to peer relationship could be built.

 

A mature student could provide a higher standard living and academic guidance and experience sharing to residents. 

Proposed adding an age limit to the graduate students.

Candidates would be interviewed and selected based on their personalities and calibre. Students could benefit from Hall Tutors from different age groups.

 

Resident Composition in New Hostel

In the consultation meetings on 19 May and 22 May 2017, three options were proposed:

A Random Mix of
UG and PG students

A Balanced Mix of
UG and PG students
A Separate Residence of
UG and PG Students
Each hostel may have a different proportion of UG and PG students. All hostel may have a similar proportion of UG and PG students. UG and PG students stay in separate hostel.

 

Your idea is vital to the planning of the Residential Education in the New Hostel.
 
Please complete the online feedback form: https://qual-link.hkbu.edu.hk/se/SV_1B1sEq9orC4E2Dr
 
All feedback received from the meetings and the online forms will be taken into consideration in the preparation of the proposal to be submitted to the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) by September, for further deliberation and refinement before sending to the Senate.