Virtual Worlds, Real Bodies

Programme Code: SIUS2104

Faculty of: Engineering

Targeted Students: HKU Undergraduates, Non HKU Undergraduates

Area of Interest: Science

Credits: 6

Programme Period: July 19, 2021 to August 6, 2021

Programme Fee: HKD 16,800

Early Bird Discount (Deadline : February 28, 2021)
– 5% discount on programme fee

Partnership Discount*:
– 10% discount on programme fee (HKU Exchange Partners’ students)
*This discount is not in conjunction with other discounts

Deadline for Application: May 31, 2021

Online Application: APPLY NOW

Programme Description:

“Virtual Worlds, Real Bodies”, jointly conducted by the Department of Industrial Engineering, Common Core, and Summer Institute of HKU, explores the possibilities of creating virtual worlds and communities.

In this online version of the regular course, students will create projects through cultural and technological exchanges so that they can share experiences, collaborate on projects and foster cultural understanding without the need to travel.

Using the Zoom and Mixer platforms, HKU and overseas students will attend online lectures, and join online tutorials to discuss project ideas and exchange views.

Programme Features:

The three-week intensive course comprises online lectures, daily online tutorials and workshop sessions to develop collaborative projects.

These projects will be created in small groups of five or six, with students from different universities collaborating with each other. The projects will involve creating a simulated, virtual tour of cultural locations that some students will be familiar with. Students who are not familiar with these spots will be asked to experience the virtual location and make suggestions.

As an example, Temple Street in Hong Kong is a unique locale with rich cultural elements. Local HKU students who are familiar with this place can create a virtual model for their overseas peers to visit.  By conducting cultural research and sharing information from the visit, overseas students can play an active role in how Temple Street is represented in this virtual reality.

Programme Details:

The class will facilitate the exchange of cultural knowledge and understanding through virtual world simulations using available VR technology. The building of these virtual realities will be exciting and fun for both HKU and overseas students even if they are not able to see the places in person.

• 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.