I‧CARE Whole-person Development Programmes

I‧CARE Whole-person Development Programmes

I‧CARE Centre for Whole-person Development

Launched in 2011, the I‧CARE Programme has been committed to offering informal whole-person education to students based on the I·CARE Framework. In line with its motto “Aspiration through Reflection; Renewal through Civility”, the I·CARE Programme aims to inspire students to actively partake in social and civic services.  It also facilitates the release of students’ holistic competencies so that they will become able to enhance the wellness of people in the local, regional and global communities.

The I·CARE Programme has been administered by the I·CARE Centre for Whole-person Development since 2016-17. The I·CARE Centre is currently reunited with the Office of Student Affairs, Student Experience and Development Section. The Centre also collaborates with other University units to motivate the all-round development of students.

Achievers Programme 

The Achievers Programme is committed to promoting 24 Character Strengths and life values through a wide range of small group experiential learning activities to enhance self-awareness and positive values of students. It aims to enhance the self-awareness and positive values of students, to promote the positive development of the community and the world.

Lean Poverty Alleviation Initiative

The Lean Poverty Alleviation Initiative aims to bring CUHK students to address the underlying causes of poverty in Hong Kong as well as to build an enabling environment for penury moderation.  Through engaging in different forms of experiential activities and direct services, participants gain first-hand experience with societal issues and nurture resolve to tackle poverty.

Under the Lean Poverty Alleviation Initiative, “poverty” is not only perceived as the insufficiency of essential resources to maintain a citizen’s living but also one’s relative disadvantages as compared to the members of a dominant socioeconomic group.  The activities and services under this initiative have, therefore, reached out to both impoverished people (e.g. those in short of material possessions or income) and vulnerable members (e.g. disabled persons and ethnic minorities) in Hong Kong.

Social Enterprise Startup Scheme

The Social Enterprise Startup Scheme (SESS) provide funds to CUHK students and young alumni to transform their creative business ideas into meaningful startups but more preciously, it also offers mentorship by experts in the real business sector. Participants may receive from the “CUSE Fund” a maximum of HK$100,000 as seed money to set up an enterprise with a social mission.

Social Service Projects Scheme

The Social Service Projects Scheme encourages CUHK students to design and implement sustainable social services in Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas countries so as to enhance people’s wellbeing and personal growth.  In addition to financial subsidies, the Scheme offers training opportunities and individual guidance to the project teams.

The Art and Culture Scheme

The Art and Culture series consists of seminars and forums that explore the relationship between men and society or nature.  Scholars, artists and luminaries from around the world share their unique humanistic points of view with CUHK members and catalyse them to reflect on the meaning of life.  The series also include of film screening and large-scale cultural activities such as Book Festival, Floral Festival and Film Festival. The goal is to inspire CUHK members to have an appreciation on life and promote aesthetic development.

Other Activities

Student Experience and Development Section hosts and assists in, from time to time, various activities to enrich student life. They include, inter alia, “Charity Sale of Charles K. Kao Foundation”, “Wu Zhi Qiao – Service Learning Trip”, etc.