Virtual Information Days will be held from November 2020 onwards to introduce various Associate Degree and Higher Diploma programmes offered by individual post-secondary institutions in the academic year 2021/22 and their admission requirements. Date Institute Highlights 14 November Tung Wah College Online talk - Tips for JUPAS applicants, Live chat with the Physiotherapy teaching team, Virtual tour of laboratories 14 November UOW College Hong Kong Information seminars 20 & 21 November Caritas Institute of Higher Education Live broadcast, Chatroom 27 & 28 November The Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), Hotel and Tourism Institute/Chinese Culinary Institute/International Culinary Institute Online programme talks, Interactive Q & A, 360° Virtual Tour, Overview of programmes, Graduate sharing 28 November Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education Admission talk, experiential activities, 1:1 programme consultation, Onsite application and interview Pre-registration may be required for the event updates of certain online events. Please refer to the latest official announcement via the links.
The beginning of work life marks the beginning of another life stage. While there are a vast variety of occupations and industry prospects, it is natural to ponder the way to make informed and suitable decisions for our career plan in the future. A video titled “The Five Stories of Life Planning” which features five life stories about self-discovery and career exploration is produced by “La Violet Charity Foundation” (Chinese version only), a funded organisation of the “Funding Scheme for Youth Life Planning Activities”. The interviewees come from different walks of life. They are Shala, a Singer and a Composer; Zowie, a Media Editor; Ranger, a Business Development Officer of a social enterprise; Wing, a Community Tour Guide; and Hannah, a Marketing Manager of a social enterprise. Let’s listen to their life stories and advice on life planning. “The Five Stories of Life Planning” (Source: The Youth Development Commission Facebook Page) About “Funding Scheme for Youth Life Planning Activities” The Youth Development Commission provides subsidies for non-governmental organisations to work in collaboration with secondary schools in organising a wide variety of life planning projects for the youth under the “Funding Scheme for Youth Life Planning Activities” (the Scheme). By offering in-depth, appropriate and continuous individual counselling services, the Scheme aims at helping the youth to search for their life goals and to be well prepared for the next life stage. For more information, please visit the ydc.gov.hk website.
Social Entrepreneur – Kit Wong One may regard Kit Wong as a winner in life - attained outstanding academic achievements, had a nice job and fulfilled his dream of lyric writing. A few years ago, he quit his job and established a social venture "La Violet Education" which introduces a series of dream plans to encourage youngsters to pursue their dreams. "Young people have great potential. What I am doing is like planting the seeds. It may take a long time to bear fruit. But what if I can inspire the next Thomas Edison, or give a helping hand to the next Martin Luther King Jr?" said Kit. Two years ago, through his other social venture "Under Production", Kit published an illustrated storybook written by Mohammad Moavia, a Pakistani student suffering from muscular dystrophy. They have recently helped Moavia publish his third book. But Kit doesn't like the word "help". He said they are mutually beneficial: Moavia got his life improved with the income whereas the scheme becomes sustainable as Moavia's books are their best-sellers. To better nurture the seeds, the planter has decided to move one step forward. Kit is starting five subsidiaries based on the five service scopes of "Under Production", giving young people a chance to run a business while "Under Production" offers technical support. It aims to let young people gain practical experience that will help them achieve more. Innovative Venture – UP Poverty Youth Engagement The innovative venture mentioned above is funded by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund and assisted and supported by the Fund’s intermediaries in project implementation. The details of the innovative venture are as follows: Name of Organisation: Under Production Limited Service nature: Job training and opportunities Beneficiary group: Children and Youth Project type: Start-up Intermediary Programme: Impact Incubator What is Social Entrepreneur Series? Stories of how other social entrepreneurs aspired to start their own business might facilitate your social innovation and entrepreneurship exploration. A series of social entrepreneur stories will be featured and categorised into six sub-series: Education and Learning, Job Training and Opportunities, Community Participation, Healthcare, Food and Transport. What you are going to read are stories of social entrepreneurs taking forward the startup projects that help themselves and others.
Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) held its annual Elevator Pitch Competition 2020 (EPiC) virtually on 6 November for the first time. This year, EPiC attracted 476 entries from 37 countries and cities, who presented their innovative business ideas with a one-minute video pitch to simulate the signature 60-second elevator ride to leading investors and judges. US-based biotechnology startup, Mi Terro, crowned champion and claimed the top prize of US$100,000 at the competition. Mi Terro, also the winner of the Smart City category, is a company that upcycles and reengineers protein food waste into plastic and cotton alternative fibres for the fashion, medical and packaging industries. The three Tech Category Winners, including UK-based AI & Robotics startup Arctoris, Philippines-based fintech startup PearlPay, and Portugal-based health technology startup RUBYnanomed, showcased their potential as innovators in the competition. Startups which participate EPiC have to present their innovative business ideas in a one-minute elevator pitch. The top ten finalists were given another opportunity to face the judges in a three-minute live pitch and two-minute Q&A, before announcing the overall champion, who took away a cash prize of US$100,000 while each of the category winners received a cash prize of US$10,000 and all ten finalists won US$6,000 each. This year the event was expanded to a week-long virtual programme. Please visit https://epic.hkstp.org/ for more details. List of Winners: Award Company Name Countries and Cities Champion and Tech Category Winner – Smart City Mi Terro United States Tech Category Winner – Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Arctoris United Kingdom Tech Category Winner – FinTech PearlPay Philippines Tech Category Winner – Health Technology RUBYnanomed Portugal Other Top 10 Finalists Augmented Bionics Australia D-Engraver Hong Kong FindOurView United States Pivotal Technologies Limited Hong Kong PurCity Denmark Qi Sensor Technologies Limited Hong Kong