Vibrant summer programmes for students across the globe
Cultural activities offered by ISS are a great way to immerse in the local scene outside the virtual classroom.
The popular lineup of international summer programmes at CUHK—International Summer School (ISS), Summer Institute (SI) and Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP) continued their online presence for the second year offering enriching academic and cultural exchange opportunities to students across the globe.
ISS offered its signature July Session this year with 17 academic courses in a variety of subject areas including Global Business and Management; Environment, Science and Technology; Society and Human Interaction; among others. The most popular cultural activities, including the cooking classes, Chinese characters classes, and student-hosted virtual tours held in collaboration with the Hong Kong Tourism Board allowed students to sample the local culture. More than 300 students from over 80 universities joined the July session, drawing participation from CUHK’s exchange partners and APRU member universities, as well as CUHK students.
Meanwhile, SI has continued its hybrid mode and attracted more than 280 participants this summer. Designed as a taster experience for secondary school students preparing for university admission, SI offered 16 short online courses from CUHK’s eight Faculties during August. Participants explored their academic interests with an opportunity to gain up to two credits for their future studies at CUHK. The courses were accompanied by a series of enrichment activities to showcase university studies and life outside the classroom.
Participants of SI get a preview of their university life ahead.
SURP welcomed over 100 students from more than 50 institutions this summer to undertake virtual research attachments under the supervision of CUHK faculty members. A special Research Webinar Series covering research communication, entrepreneurship and innovation, and computational social science was designed to enhance the research capabilities of students. The participants celebrated the conclusion of the programme at a virtual presentation.
Prof. Hongliang Ren from the Department of Electronic Engineering, one of the judges for the Best Presentation Award, congratulated the students for their accomplishments despite the hurdles brought by the pandemic. ‘I can see that the students are very smart in working remotely with their peers at CUHK. Some students even got papers submitted for review. That is really impressive.’
SURP students celebrate their achievements with their CUHK supervisors by showcasing their research projects.
The Office of Academic Links looks forward to resuming in-person summer programmes and providing ample opportunities for students to explore their academic interests and enrich their cultural experiences soon in the future.