Community Outreach

With solid knowledge and skills acquired from the University, students are empowered to serve the community at large and improve human beings’ quality of life.

Academy for Bright Future Young Engineers (ABFYE)

Academy for Bright Future Young Engineers (ABFYE)

ABFYE aims to provide an innovative and student-centered platform to engage high school learners in authentic engineering experiences and inspire them to embrace an engineer's habits of mind. Students will build resilient problem-solving skills and be empowered to think like engineers through a series of collaborative and student-directed projects.

HKUST Underwater Robot Competition

HKUST Underwater Robot Competition

The Underwater Robot Competition is one of the main activities under the HSBC / HKUST Robotics For Youths Programme (the Programme) which offers a unique platform for iSTEAM (Inclusion, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education over three consecutive academic years (2017-2020). The Programme will engage over 250 tertiary students to lead more than 5,500 students (from Primary 4 to Secondary 3, including those with Special Educational Needs (SEN), disabilities, the underprivileged and ethnic minorities) and teachers to take part in this experiential learning and community engagement initiative.

Student Innovation for Global Health Technology (SIGHT)

Student Innovation for Global Health Technology (SIGHT)

SIGHT is an undergraduate education platform at the HKUST to transform passion and creativity of students into innovative solutions for health care problems around the world. SIGHT integrates course work, team project, and overseas study trip to provide learning experience that transcends the borders of disciplines, geography, and culture. SIGHT projects target resource-limited communities, and aim to deliver social impact with tangible solutions. 

Community Services Project courses (ENGG1900 & ENGG2900) 

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ENGG 1900 Service Learning Program [1 Credit]

With the collaboration of local or non-local NGO and support from the School of Engineering, students enrolled in this program would be provided an opportunity to engage themselves in community service. Lectures, talks or training sessions will be provided to students to build up their communication skills and / or broaden their horizon. Students should also fulfill the requirements set by the NGO. At the end of the Program, students are required to submit report, reflective paper, group projects or to make a presentation as appropriate. They may also be required to make evaluation. Cantonese may be used in off-campus trainings, in some situations. Enrollment in this course requires instructor's approval. Students may not repeat the course for credits. Graded P or F. Maybe graded PP. 

Course Intended Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Identify the problems that the service providers is facing  

  1. Demonstrate empathy for people in need and reflect on their roles and responsibilities as a responsible citizen  

  1. Plan, organize and conduct community project(s) in collaboration with community organizations  

  1. Communicate with people who are involved including classmates, service providers and the beneficiary  

  1. Appreciate the value of social responsibility, cultural diversity and active citizenship  

  1. Evaluate the methods used in providing community service  

  1. Critique on the role of Engineers  

ENGG 2900 Community Services Project [1-4  Credit(s)]

The course is offered in a form of a community project at a designated non-governmental organization (NGO) under the supervision of the School. Students are required to attend all the training sessions, design and implement the service project / participate in the service learning tasks as instructed by the host NGO and / or the course instructors. By the end of the course, students have to submit a reflective statement in the format of a paper, a group project report or a presentation to demonstrate the attainment of all intended learning outcomes, in addition to other requirements of the relevant NGO as appropriate. Approval from the course coordinator is needed prior to enrolling in the course. Graded PP, P or F. Students may repeat the course for credits if different topics are taken. 

ENGG 2900A Community Services Project: Developing Leadership Through Service Learning  [2 Credits]

This course aims to increase students' involvement in community services and provide them learning opportunities through the social services programs such as fund-raising events, greening the society and elderly services. Under the supervision of the School, students will gain experience from developing a plan, marketing through implementation of projects at a designated non-governmental organization (NGO). Instructor's approval required. Graded P or F. May be graded PP. 

ENGG 2900B Community Services Project: Innovative Trolley Design for the Elderly [2 Credits]

In this course, students need to participate in teams to design and develop an innovative trolley for the elderly. This course aims to increase students' involvement in community services and provide them learning opportunities through the social services programs. Under the supervision of the School, students will gain experience from developing a plan, marketing through implementation of projects with a group of professional civil engineers. Students must obtain prior approval from course coordinator for enrolling in the course. ILOs of this course are: 1.Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and community services issues from a social point of view; 2.Introduction to mechanical, eletro-mechanical, production and costing aspects of trolley design, with the aim of helping elderly people collecting cardboard from the streets; 3.Integrate students' knowledge and technical skills into a comprehensive design project; 4.Involve students actively in the planning and design of a realistic engineering project; 5.Foster teamwork and multi-disciplinary coordination towards solving open-ended design problems; 6.Provide students with exposure to real-life engineering experiences via site visits and meetings with engineers from a prominent engineering company. Students must obtain prior approval from course coordinator for enrolling in the course. May be repeated for credits, if different topics are taken. Graded P or F. May be graded PP. 

Course Intended Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Understand the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and community service issues from a social point of view 

  1. Identify the key problems involved for elderly people collecting cardboard from the streets via site visits in low-income areas of Hong Kong 

  1. Integrate their knowledge and technical skills into a comprehensive design project to design trolleys with improved features to help the elderly 

  1. Foster teamwork and multi-disciplinary coordination towards solving open-ended design problems 

ENGG 2900C Community Services Project: The Mobile App Development for Hearing Impaired Children [2 Credits]

This project is aimed to design a mobile App and server system of Articulation Screening and Training Tool for hearing impaired children. In this course, we would like have multidisciplinary students from various schools. Student will work in sub-team in different area such as mobile app design, data server construction, system integration, UI design. They will also organize service learning activities in collecting speech samples. Students must obtain prior approval from course coordinator for enrolling in the course. May be repeated for credits, if different topics are taken. Graded P or F. May be graded PP. 

Course Intended Learning Outcomes: 

  1. To learn the basic knowledge of mobile App from instructors and peers 

  1. To involve student actively in designing a system and planning a project according to the user specification from the NGOs. 

  1. To facilitate the teamwork in solving open-ended design systems 

  1. To experience the limitations of the served groups  

  1. To interact with the multi-disciplinary professionals including alumni and social workers with idea exchange  

ENGG 2900D Community Services Project: Underwater Robot Community Engagement Project [2 Credits]

This Project course gives HKUST undergraduate students the opportunity to work in teams from different schools, to serve identified community group (i.e. primary and secondary school students / South Asian youths etc.), to understand limitations on the served groups and to learn how to apply theoretical knowledge on the building of under-water robots. Throughout the project, HKUST undergraduate students will act as teachers by transferring their skills of under-water robot building to primary and secondary school students and / or South Asian youths. HKUST undergraduate students will also learn the skills of event management throughout the project. Students must obtain prior approval from course coordinator for enrolling in the course. May be repeated for credits, if different topics are taken. Graded P or F. May be graded PP. 

Course Intended Learning Outcomes: 

  1. To learn the multi-disciplinary basic knowledge of underwater robot design from instructors and peers 

  1. To design custom-made learning guides for different served groups 

  1. To transform from apprentices of underwater robots to become coaches of the served groups  

  1. To experience the limitations of different served groups (i.e. primary and secondary school students / SEN students) 

  1. To organize workflow of a two-day event on underwater robot design competition 

  1. To participate the team’s work with idea exchange and cooperation between different tiers. 

ENGG 2900E Community Services Project: Wofoo Grace Nursing Home  [2 Credits]

This course aims to increase students' involvement in community services and provide them learning opportunities through the social services programs such as fund-raising events, greening the society and elderly services. Under the supervision of the School, students will gain experience from developing a plan, marketing through implementation of projects at a designated non-governmental organization (NGO). Students must obtain prior approval from course coordinator for enrolling in the course. May be repeated for credits, if different topics are taken. Graded P or F. May be graded PP. 

ENGG 2900F Community Services Project: Waterproofing of YMCA Centre [2 Credits]

The YMCA Bridges Street Centre, built in 1918, is a 6-storey redbrick construction that was accorded Grade 1 status by the Antiquities Advisory Board in 2009. Formerly used as the headquarters of the Chinese YMCA, the Centre is now mainly used for Rehabilitation Service. It currently houses the Home of Love Hostel and Home of Love Sheltered Workshop to provide accommodations and employment opportunities to the mentally handicapped. After years in services, the building is currently facing water leakage problems due to material aging and cracking. In this community services project, we will study a new approach for waterproofing of the building roof, based on the use of fiber reinforced mortar as buffer between the concrete roof-top and conventional repair material to prevent cracks in the concrete from penetrating into the waterproofing layer to render it ineffective. In this course, students will learn about the history of the building and the services provided by the Home of Love. Arrangements will be made for them to talk to the mentally handicapped residents to see how water leakage affects their daily life and work. On the technical side, there will be lectures covering conventional waterproofing approach and design of the fiber reinforced mortar, as well as site visits to expose students to the current practice of building waterproofing. A major part of the course will be on the design and conduction of laboratory experiments, under the guidance of research students, to study the waterproofing capabilities provided by various compositions of the fiber reinforced mortar. At the end of the semester, we hope to identify a cost-effective composition suitable for waterproofing of the YMCA building. Students must obtain prior approval from course coordinator for enrolling in the course. Graded P or F.