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SIGHT - Simple Technology BIG Difference

Student Innovation for Global Health Technology, hosted by the Division of Biomedical Engineering, offers chance to students from different backgrounds to work together to design tangible solutions to tackle healthcare problems of poor communities. Deployment is driven by students sharing the same goal of overcoming the social, cultural and economic barriers.

Recent Projects in collaboration with NGOs of Cambodia:

Latest News: Simple technology to make BIG difference in healthcare problems in the developing world

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Cambodia Service Learning Trips

Three Risk Management & Business Intelligence students joined Cambodia Service Learning Trips to serve the needy in other parts of the world.

The trip organized by HKUST Connect, collaborating with the three Cambodian NGOs, Wat Opot, Who Will Village and Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF), aimed to empower Cambodian children to pursue their dreams through showing affection and compassion. Participants visited the HIV+/AIDS orphanage and organized a series of activities to spread love and care to the orphans. 

The trip co-organized by School of Science and Happy Tree Social Services, encouraged students to serve the needy and also apply their knowledge and skills, e.g. by delivering science-related activities to the children in Cambodia. Participants visited HIV+/AIDS orphanage, Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, The Killing Fields, garbage dump and Angkor Wat to understand the history and social issues of Cambodia. Students also held various activities for the orphans to enhance their senses. 


MAK Hoi Kiu Tiffany (Year 2)

"Despite the unfortunate past of the kids, they still embrace their lives with courage and smile and they are thankful for all they have; On the other hand, we live in big cities but are always not satisfied with what we have, we crave more no matter how much we possess. Sadly, in the end we maybe less well-off than them. After this program, I learn that we should focus more on what we have instead of what we don't, what we gain instead of what we lose; as simple as it sounds." 


SUN Siwen, Synix (Year 2)
"I realized the power and importance of education. For us, we always take it for granted. However, for the children in Cambodia, it is a life-changing opportunity, a starting point for their dreams. Although the trip is really too short to make a huge difference, I believe it is the beginning for me to engage more into the community to give more chances for the children who are eager to learn."


Capstone Projects

Environmental Management and Technology final year students will have to complete a capstone project by writing up proposals for the betterment of the local community.

The Ocean Plastic Education and Solutions Project
It aims to build the foundation and strategies necessary for a large yearlong campaign to change people’s attitudes about the importance of keeping plastic out of the waterways. Students have organized a “No More Plastic Waste” campaign at HKUST and also developed a teaching kit for primary and secondary schools. To bring this out to public, an “Out to the Sea Ocean Plastic Exhibition” will be held in the Hong Kong Science Museum in November 2015.  

Stakeholder Analysis on "The Baroque on Lamma"
Students analyzed the Lamma Island development from the viewpoints of different stakeholders and submitted a final proposal to the developer Agile for their further consideration. 

Revitalization of a Fresh Market in Sha Tin 
Students conducted a focus group meeting with Sha Tin residents to seek their comments on how to revitalize the Fresh Market and submitted a final proposal to The Link for further investigation. 

Greener Actions
Students look into the food waste problem of the supermarkets and write-up proposal to reduce the daily food waste produced by the supermarket.


Global Social Venture Competition 2014 in Japan in Summer Term 2013/14

12 students of Dual Degree Program in Technology & Management represented HKUST and formed 6 mixed teams with total 33 students from Kansai Gaidai University, Wittenberg University and London South Bank University. By applying the knowledge in social entrepreneurship and business planning, each team had to deliver a business proposal and presentation to solve Japan NEET youth employment problem and provide both business and social impacts.

After 10 days visiting in Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya, and training, student teams did presentations to a panel of five external judges comprised of senior business executives and professors from Business and Social Science Departments.