香港浸會大學 Hong Kong Baptist University
國際學院 College of International Education
Study Tour
A Quest for Inspiration in Queensland
13-28, June 2015
Tour Co-ordinators: Ms. Bobo Lee, Mr. Terence Li
Following the success of the college's pioneer study tour to Queensland last year, another group of 29 students set foot on Australian soil in June 2015, embracing an exciting and rewarding journey that combines English learning with the appreciation of nature, cultural heritage and city chic.
Immersed in an English-speaking environment, students were offered opportunities to boost their English proficiency in an array of different activities, including but not limited to interactive classes delivered by experienced instructors, exchange sessions with international students and an excursion to city landmarks with fun-loving locals. The immersion programme not only enhanced students’ language skills, but also facilitated their personal development.
Stepping out of the university campus, the journey to farms and the wilderness was undoubtedly an eye-opening escape for city dwellers. The fleeting two weeks away from home has nurtured students’ maturity and facilitated their independence and above all the lasting memories of the warm hospitality by their host families.
     
12-25 June, 2015
Tour Co-ordinators: Dr. Popsy Poon
Seven Nutrition and Food Management Concentration Studies students visited Cambodia for a two week Community Nutrition and Food Safety Research Internship. It was a great opportunity for them to gain overseas exposure by participating in seminars, visits, food production and farming, to understand the diet and health condition of local people and to apply knowledge learned from class.
Students valued the opportunity to join a seminar about strategic research to improve health conditions of Cambodians with local youngsters, students from the University of Hong Kong and representatives from Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. Ways on how to deal with food safety and environmental health problems have been discussed, while students have presented the benefits of organic farming and how it could help to improve local people’s living standard.
     
First Tastes of Sustainable Leadership Training and Authentic Indonesian Living Wisdom
15-20 June, 2015
Tour Co-ordinators: Dr. Stephen Cartwright, Ms. Sandy Chan
With the aspiration of experiencing sustainable living and embracing an exotic culture, 22 Associate Degree students embarked on an adventurous journey to Bali, Indonesia with a focus on outdoor experiential learning and green living wisdom. Activities ranging from organic farming and cooking, bamboo garden building, adventure treks, night safari, mepantigan mud-pit play, Wayang kulit-making (shadow play), team-building, laughter yoga to waterfall diving inspired students to think out of box and step out of their comfort zone to take up new challenges. A hearty language and cultural exchange with local students further prompted the students to examine their values and attitudes towards life.
     
Profound Art and Cultural Investigation Tour to Japan
29 June-4 July, 2015
Tour Co-ordinators: Ms. Iris Chan, Dr. Sheren Cheng
Lecturers of Division of Communication and Division of Arts and Languages led a cultural study tour to Kyoto and the West District of Biwako Lake in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. 24 Associate Degree students joined to investigate the interwoven relationship between traditional Japanese culture and art creativity. Students were deeply impressed by the hospitable local people and their simple living style, which fully illustrate Japanese philosophical, cultural and artistic thinking. From the modern architecture in Kyoto JR railway station to the beauty of traditional gardens such as Murin An, and natural water purification systems in Harie, it was totally an eye opening experience. Interesting activities also included staying in local households in the village near terraced rice fields, learning the bamboo art and tea ceremony, visiting hand dye artist Mr. Gensho Yamamoto. Students also participated in group discussions and presentations to reflect on what they have found during the trip. Fruitful memories together with true friendships were earned, as well as knowledge and exposure.
     
Exploring Wild Life Conservation at Sabah
22 - 29 June 2015
Four CIE students from the Environmental Conservation Studies of Division of Applied Science, visited Sandakan, Sabah in Malaysia. Students visited a wide range of wildlife habitats and conservation facilities, to explore the operation of best-practice eco-tours and learn about the conservation works to protect species with high conservation value.
Led by experienced eco-tour guides, students were able to observe rare animals which could seemingly only be seen from TV documentaries in their natural habitats, such as the flat-headed cat (Prionailurus planiceps), an endangered species which is rarely found.
Students became more sensitive to their surrounding environment and wildlife even after returning to Hong Kong. They noticed indeed that there are many beautiful birds and butterflies along the footpath they walk on everyday which they have taken for granted before. More importantly, they found themselves giving nature more respect and understood more about the importance of conservation.
     
Hong Kong Baptist Universituy • School of Continuing Education, HKBU