CUHK I•CARE Research and Study Scheme Sees Encouraging Participation from Students who Show Genuine Concern for the Underprivileged
Since 2011-12, the I•CARE Research and Study Scheme of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has supported students from various disciplines to conduct research projects on social issues in Hong Kong, mainland China or overseas communities in which they are interested. In 2012-13, the Scheme funded a total of 18 research projects out of 40 entries with a total of HK$130,000. Students from various disciplines including Social Science, Arts, Law, Education, Business and Science showed their social awareness and genuine concern for the underprivileged groups by researching into topics like local arts and cultural development, rights of the ethnic minorities, education resources for students with different socio-economic background, and the living condition of the elderly and children in mainland China.
About I•CARE Research and Study Scheme
The I•CARE Research and Study Scheme encourages students to conduct non-credit-bearing research projects on specific social problems/phenomena and make viable suggestions. It motivates students to reach out to the community and to explore issues that are out of their areas of expertise. Research funding will be provided according to the need and scale of the proposed projects (the maximum amount is HK$24,000 for each project). The proposals and final reports will be evaluated by the following criteria:
(a) depth of treatment of the issues
(b) social impact and possible actions following the research
(d) relevance and significance of the project, and
(e) cost-effectiveness of the research design
The findings of some outstanding projects were presented to the relevant government departments for reference.
About I•CARE Programme
With the slogan ‘Aspiration through reflection; Renewal through civility’, the I•CARE Programme aims to promote students’ holistic development through social and civic engagements in Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas countries, and to raise their humanistic and civic awareness. Led by the Steering Committee for Promoting Personal Development through Social and Civic Engagement, the programme adopts an integrated approach and supports students to participate in six programmes, including: 1) Social Service Project Scheme, 2) Research and Study Scheme, 3) NGO Internship Scheme, 4) Social Enterprise Scheme, 5) Local Poverty Alleviation Initiative, and 6) University Lecture on Civility.