ACU Commonwealth Summer School 2018


Applications Extended to 28 January (Hong Kong students only)
Up to 10 Full Scholarships Available for Hong Kong Students


Quick Facts
Dates: 1-9 July 2018
Location: CUHK, Hong Kong
Eligibility: Current postgraduate and final-year undergraduate students studying at a university in a Commonwealth country. Students at ACU member universities in Hong Kong (The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong), the Maldives, and Zimbabwe can also apply.
Application Method: Online [click here to acccess]
Application Deadline: 23:59 GMT, 14 January 2018
Registration Fee: £400 (students from ACU member universities) / £500 (students from non-member universities) / Bursaries available to cover registration

Click here for full programme details



Hong Kong is one of the most developed, urbanised and crowded cities in the world. In recent years, people of the city have begun to ponder if its development can sustain the challenges of the future. Facing an inevitable blaze of globalisation and urbanisation, how do people of Hong Kong and other parts of the world cope with the challenges of urban development and sustainability?



Themed “Designing and Creating Sustainable Communities”, the 2018 ACU (The Association of Commonwealth Universities) Commonwealth Summer School, to be held at The Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1-9 July 2018, is inviting bright-minded students from Hong Kong and all corners of the Commonwealth to discuss the issue with a group of local and international experts in urban planning and development. They include:

  • Professor Jenny Cameron – Geography and Environmental Studies, The University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Mr Christopher Law, JP – Founding Director, Oval Partnership; and Member of Development Committee, West Kowloon Cultural District
  • Professor Ng Mee Kam – Director, Urban Studies Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Professor Peter Ngau – Centre for Urban Research and Innovations, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dr Edgar Pieterse – Director of the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Professor Hendrik Tieben – School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Ms Ada Wong, JP – Director, Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture; and Chairperson, Make A Difference Institute



The Summer School will welcome 50 current postgraduate or final year undergraduate students from Hong Kong and the Commonwealth to the CUHK campus for a week of intensive learning, discussions, and idea exchange. Complementing themed lectures, a number of field trips to key sites within the city will be arranged for participants to gain hands-on experience on how sustainable communities are created and preserved in Hong Kong. Some of the sites include:

  • The Blue House Cluster, a group of revitalised historical tenement buildings
  • Community store and community spaces in Sai Ying Pun
  • Jao Tsung-I Academy, one of the projects in the first batch of Hong Kong’s ‘Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme’

City tours and cultural events will also be available for participants to experience and engage in the unique East-meets-West culture of Hong Kong, and interact and engage with an international student body.



Application to the ACU Commonwealth Summer School 2018 is now open and will close at 23:59 GMT on Sunday, 14 January 2018. The registration fee is £400 GBP for students from ACU member universities and £500 GBP for students from non-member institutions. Registration fee covers full Summer School participation, including the academic programme, social events, site visits, accommodation, most meals and airport transportation. Flights and cost of visas and health insurance are not included. Bursaries are available for students from ACU member universities. For more information about the programme and to access the online application form, please visit the programme website.

Click here to read an article on the latest ACU newsletter to learn more about the concept of “urban commons”, an sustainable approach to urban development that will be the main focus to be discussed during the Summer School.