Social Services & Tours

The School also emphasizes students’ awareness of serving the
. Various service learning opportunities, both within and
outside Hong Kong, are provided for students to serve others while
fostering their self-confidence and interpersonal skills.

Besides social service programs, the School also holds short study tours to
let students experience other cultures and widen their horizons.

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SCI/NUCLEUS Science Busking Team

In Spring 2015, the School established the social service team SCI/NUCLEUS and now is transformed into a Science Busking Team which mobilizes a group of students as Science Buskers to drive the team. The mission of SCI/NUCLEUS is to build a close network among Science students, alumni and staff who are with passion for promoting Pop Science and serving the community together.


Highlights of SCI/NUCLEUS:

- All Science students, alumni and staff are welcomed

- Each year, a group of passionate Science Buskers are recruited as executive committee to lead the team with support from the School

- Self-initiated Science Busking themes and events with partner NGOs/organizations


To know more about SCI/NUCLEUS, please click the website here and the attachments below.

SCIE 1090C Developing Leadership Through Service Learning

In collaboration with CEO Global , the Business School and the Engineering School, this 2-credit course is offered to nurture students’ leadership and other professional skills through serve learning.


Highlights of the course:

-  Lectures held by guest speakers, ranging from international education experts, senior manager of well-known enterprises to experienced corporate training experts

-  Multiple learning modes used, including experiential activities, discussions, self-assessment

-  Various topics covered, including values and attitudes, leadership principles, relational skills, career planning and personal development

-  Students engaged in small group community service projects by putting into practice of the core values, principles and skills learned in the course


To know more about the course, please click the following:

"Science is Everywhere" Competition

“Science is not finished until it’s communicated.”

The School organized the "Science is Everywhere" Competition with the financial support from the industrial partner ( NTK Academic Group) to serve as a platform for Science students to unleash your creativity and polish your skill sets through designing and executing your own STEM/Smart City programs to promote Science to a wider community. We received over a dozen innovative ideas in Spring 2019 as we first organized this competition and finally 3 teams got the awards (STEMming Edu, HKScience Temple and Inscie) for the year of 2019.  

Check out the highlight of "Science is Everywhere" Competition 2019 via here!

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SCIE 1090D Underwater Robot Community Engagement Project

Cooperating with Business School and Engineering School, this 2-credit course aims at promoting the importance of applying iSTEAM (Inclusion, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) into community education. Students from different schools form groups with service targets (primary and secondary students including South Asian Youths and SEN groups) to participate in an Underwater Robot Competition.


Highlights of the course:

- Understand the limitation of served groups

- Guide served groups to apply theoretical knowledge on building underwater robots

- Acquire skills of event management throughout the project

- Serve as a platform for students across Schools to cooperate with each other


To know more about the course, please click the following:

SCIE 1090E Wofoo Grace Nursing Home Project

Science, Business and Engineering Schools join hands to offer students an opportunity to serve the elderly people at the Wofoo Grace Nursing Home. Students are required to visit the elderly people regularly and help them to produce a booklet of their life stories.


Highlights of the course:

- Appreciate the beauty of aging and gain inspiration on life planning

- Help preserve elderly’s memories and turn them into a memoir

- Understand the need of the elderly people and show respect to them

- Equip with essential communication skills by mingling and interviewing the elderly people


To know more about the course, please click the following:

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Sri Lanka Cultural Exploration and Service Trip

Cooperating with Eastern Vision, our School organized a Sri Lanka Cultural Exploration and Service Trip for students to broaden their horizons and serve the global communities. Participants were involved in several service projects such as Elephant Conservation, Organic Farming and Voluntary Teaching. Visits to UNESCO heritage sites and local farmers' home were arranged for students to experience Sri Lanka from different perspectives.

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Sichuan Cultural Study Tour

The School signed a student exchange agreement with Sichuan University in 2010. Since then, study tours to Sichuan have been arranged during summer. Students in the tours are given opportunities to learn about the cultural, historical and social aspects of Sichuan by immersing themselves into the community and communicating with the students there. 

To know more about the program, please click the following:

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Culture Trip to Sun Yat-Sen University

During winter and summer breaks, Sun Yat-Sen University will host a culture trip for HKUST science students to experience Guangdong from a different perspective. Participants can take a closer look at the profound culture and stunning landscape in Guangdong via sightseeing tours to historical spots and natural wonders such as the Republic of China Military Academy and Mount Danxia. They will also enjoy a ride on the epic high-speed train and visit one of the supercomputers in the world.

To know more about the program, please click the following:

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Cultural Exchange Tour to South China Agricultural University

The School co-organises a cultural exchange tour with the College of Veterinary Medicine, South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou during the Easter break. Throughout the tour, students have the opportunities to learn more about the fast-growing pet care industry in China. They have the chances to visit famous pet clinics and guide dog training centre in Guangzhou. The most interesting part is to participate in Pet Carnival – a large-scale carnival held annually, and interact with pets and pet owners from Guangzhou.

To know more about the program, please click the following:

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Nanjing China Pharmaceutical University Cultural Exchange Tour

The Nanjing China Pharmaceutical University, one of the key universities that specializes in the pharmaceutical sciences in China, host a cultural exchange tour for HKUST science students during Christmas break. The tour provides the opportunities for students to explore the development of pharmaceutical industry in China through visiting Pharmacy Museum, Botanic Garden, Chinese Medicine Hospital, etc. Students also have the chance to experience the profound Chinese culture by visiting some famous spots in Nanjing, such as the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders (南京大屠殺博物館), Confucius Temple (孔子廟) and XuanWuMen (玄武門).

To know more about the program, please click the following:

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Cambodia Social Service Program

Co-organizing with Happy Tree Social Services, the Cambodia Social Service Program has been held since 2010. Apart from serving the needy in other parts of the world, students are also given opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills, e.g. by delivering science-related activities to the children in Cambodia. 

To know more about the program, please click the following:

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