Beyond the Concrete Jungle: Exploring Nature and Biodiversity

Programme Code: SISS2201

Faculty of:

Managed by: HKU Summer Institute

Level-of-study: S4-S6

Area of Interest: Science

Programme Period: July 25, 2022 to August 5, 2022

Programme Schedule: Monday to Friday (AM & PM)

Programme Fee: HKD 11,800

Teaching Mode: Face to Face

Discount(s) on Programme Fee:
20% - Academy Summer Scholarship / Alumni Discount
10% - Referral Discount / HKU Members Discount
5% - Early Bird Discount (Deadline: February 28, 2022) / Private Discount
* All discounts are NOT in conjunction with any other discounts.
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Deadline for Application:
March 31, 2022 (for non-local students)
June 10, 2022 (for local students)

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Programme Description

Co-organised by the Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre, an experiential and experimental knowledge institution based at the University of Hong Kong, this course is designed to help senior secondary school students to acquire a comprehensive understanding of nature and sustainability in Hong Kong.

Through various activities, students will learn about the features and elements of nature and biodiversity, as well as the approaches in nature conservation and education in Hong Kong. Students are also expected to gain insight and first-hand perspectives that will encourage them to appreciate the wonders of the natural world and proactively engage with nature and biodiversity in their daily lives.

The course will also discuss the environmental issues and challenges of local species and habitats. Through practice in design thinking and problem-solving, students gain capacity to make informed decisions and get involved in nature conservation.

This interdisciplinary course will be composed of lectures, tours, workshops and other innovative learning opportunities, enabling students to make impactful contributions to local ecology during the two-week study period.

Programme Learning Outcomes

On completing the course, students will:

  • Gain knowledge on local ecology and biodiversity
  • Learn perspectives on environmental education and nature conservation practices in Hong Kong
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills on environmental issues and challenges
  • Become better informed and advocate for environmental causes
  • Learn to appreciate wildlife and recognise the importance of biodiversity conservation in Hong Kong

Key Learning Areas 

Knowledge Skills Innovative Learning Experience

●        Understanding of biodiversity in Hong Kong

●        Approaches on environmental education and nature conservation

●        Insights to connect with nature

●        Design thinking

●        Critical thinking

●        Problem-solving

●        Team building

●        Observation of wildlife species and habitats through virtual tour

●        Identification and mitigation of local environmental issues and challenges


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• Students of non-credit bearing programmes will receive a certificate upon programme completion. Students of credit-bearing programmes can apply a transcript stated with HKU credits, please contact your home institution about the issue related to HKU credits recognition.

• You understand that you must be available for the entire duration of the programme, from the start to the end of the programme. 20% absence is allowed for emergencies or sick leave with legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence. Students have the responsibility to contact the programme coordinator and/or teacher concerned about this ahead of time. No exceptions will be made, unless prior approval has been given. You are expected to be punctual for all classes and tutorials. Unexcused cases of lateness may count as absence. Students who fail to achieve an 80% of attendance or absence without legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence will not be awarded the HKU Credits or the Certificate of Completion.