11 August 2014
SOAS, University of London was recently visited by a group of 30 students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) who were in the UK taking part in SOAS Enterprise Office’s Leadership Development Programme. The Enterprise Office has run the programme for the past four years, this year with support from the China Institute. It is part of a two-year credit-bearing programme at CUHK and aims to help students understand globalisation and contemporary social change.
As well as attending lectures on topics such as urban regeneration, creative industries, social enterprise immigration and multi-culturalism, students visited many iconic sights in and around London, including the Olympic site, Kew Gardens, the East End and Greenwich. They also went on an excursion to Bristol where they attended a graffiti workshop – and as you can see from the photo, students had a chance to put their new skills into practice. The group decided to focus on a theme relevant to their lives in Hong Kong (see caption).
Professor Michel Hockx said: "I was really impressed by the quality of the presentations by the CUHK students on their final day at SOAS. They had interviewed Londoners from all walks of life in order to delve into some really interesting research topics. I recall vividly their fascinating discussion of the reasons why public parks in London, as opposed to those in Hong Kong, close in the evenings and what the political motivation might be for denying citizens access to public space."
When in Bristol. CUHK worked with a community partner called the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft on the graffiti workshop. The focus of the graffiti is the Ikea Lufsig toy wolf which has become a symbol of anti-government protests in Hong Kong
The Enterprise Office oversees a number of programmes which have been specifically designed for particular clients according to their requirements or bid specifications. For more information on the work currently underway, visit their section of the SOAS website.