ENVS has developed an exchange program with Shenzhen University (SZU) under the 10,000-People Scheme of the Central Government of China (for HK and Mainland exchange). We are pleased to inform you that our proposed program has been approved by the Ministry of Education. The main theme of this exchange program is to conduct comparative analyses of human and social impacts on the mangrove ecosystems of both Mai Po Nature Reserve (Hong Kong) and Futian National Mangrove Reserve (Shenzhen). In particular, we will focus on pollution at different trophic levels of the two mangrove systems.
Participants from HKUST (30) and SZU (10) will be divided into 5-6 groups and each group will conduct an independent project under close supervision of professors from both Universities. There will be field trips to mangrove reserves, laboratory analyses, lectures, literature review, presentations, as well as social and cultural activities. The group project will be a major component of *ENVS4964/LIFS4960/4961/4963/CHEM3610*. The relevant Capstone Project Research Courses under ENVS and LIFS will be offered in Spring 2014-2015, while CHEM3610 will be offered in Winter or Spring semester (to be decided by Chemistry). Students will be required to complete a group research (about three weeks) in January 2015. ENVS and LIFS students should register for ENVS/LIFS Capstone Project Research Courses in Spring 2014-2015, complete the required language component, submit a written report, and give an oral presentation on their group projects.
*Tentative schedule:* 4th – 23rd January 2015 (arriving at SZU on 4th and returning to HK on 23rd January)
*Location: *Shenzhen University (SZU) Nanhai Ave 3688,Shenzhen, Guangdong, P.R.China,518060
*Quota*:*30 (LIFS, CHEM and ENVS students, * Year 3 students*)
*Program Coordinators: *Prof. Pei-Yuan QIAN (HKUST) and Prof. Ying XU (SZU)
*Project Title: 深 港兩地之經濟發展及人類活動對紅樹林的影響 The Economic and Social Impacts on the Mangrove Systems of Hong Kong and Shenzhen
*Cost: *Free - ENVS/LIFS/CHEM will cover the travel expenses and insurance for HKUST participants; the grant from Central Government will cover all the costs of accommodation, meals, local travels, laboratory consumables, and social activities of HKUST participants at Shenzhen. *ENVS/LIFS/CHEM will not cover the travel expenses for personal trips of HKUST participants.
*Application Deadline:* 1st November 2014
Interested students are strongly recommended to submit their applications to Mr Richard KUI of ENVS General Office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The application should include a short statement, student ID number, academic transcript as of current semester, HKID number, ITSC email address, and mobile number (the HKID number is for permit applications to enter the mangrove reserves and restricted zones of the field sites). We look forward to receiving your application by 1st November.