Orientation Talks/Workshops

All new students are invited to attend the orientation talks/workshops organized by the University. You will expect to get an idea about those academic skills you need for studying in a university, programs that support an active student life and promote personal development, as well as resources you can tap on to assist your study in HKUST. The duration of each talk/workshop ranges between 1-3 hours, except CAMPUS WRAP which is a 4-day-3-night residential camp.

All talks/workshops are held during 14 Aug - 3 Sep 2013, except the First Year Success Seminars.

Click the links below to get details of the talks/workshops, and to access the online registration system. Prior registration is required, which is accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Early booking is recommended as these courses are usually very popular. You are welcome to join as many as your schedule permits. Note that all new students are required to attend the Getting Started@HKUST & HLTH1010 Course Introduction (CIGT).

If you cannot attend after having reserved a place, we expect you to release your place to other students through the Manage My Orientation page. Please do so at least one day before the scheduled event such that other students may pick up your place.

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Compulsory Events of the Healthy Lifestyle Course (HLTH1010)
**All new students must attend**

About Academic Study Skills

About Student Personal Development

About Support Services for Students

Other Talks & Exhibitions

First Year Success Seminars
Health & Fitness Assessments (Short code: HFA)

The Health and Fitness Assessments aim to help you understand your current general health and physical fitness conditions.

The assessments are required activities of the HLTH1010 Course. You should take the assessments at the S H Ho Sports Hall after completion of program registration. You will attain 2 hours in the "Wellness" module of the HLTH1010 Course.

No prior registration is required.

You are advised to contact the Healthy Lifestyle Course Office (Tel: 2358 8586 or hlstyle@ust.hk) if you cannot attend the assessments in August 2013.

Language : English
Venue : S H Ho Sports Hall
Session quota : N/A
Duration : 2 hours
For whom : All new students ( Notes to participants )


Getting Started@HKUST & HLTH1010 Course Introduction (Short code: CIGT)

HKUST is full of opportunities and possibilities – the secret of getting ahead is getting started!

Through joining the Getting Started@HKUST & HLTH1010 Course Introduction Session, you will find out what you need to know live and learn harmoniously in a diverse environment, and to tailor a path for your first year success. You will hear stories from senior students about how they made the most of their university experience, get some tips for better transition from high school to HKUST, sort out opportunities for success in first year and beyond. You will learn about the Healthy Lifestyle Course (HLTH1010) requirements and the wide range of resources to support students in leading a healthy and happy life on campus.

The Getting Started@HKUST & HLTH1010 Course Introduction are required activities of the HLTH1010 Course.

You should attend one of the 6 sessions to attain 3 hours in the “Orientation” module of the HLTH1010 Course.

Advance Registration is required.

You are advised to contact the Healthy Lifestyle Course Office (Tel: 2358 8586 or email hlstyle@ust.hk) if you cannot attend the session on 30 or 31 Aug 2013.

Language : English
Venue : LT-A / LT-B
Session quota : 400 / 300
Duration : 3 hours
For whom : All new UG students

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English Listening Skills for University Studies (Short code: ELS)

A short course to give you the basic skills for following the major arguments presented in lectures or talks, and to show you how to continue to improve your listening ability as a university student.

Upon successful completion of both Session A and B, HLTH1010 Course participants will attain 4 hours in the "Wellness and Personal Enrichment" of the "Activities" module. Please bring along your student ID card when attending the workshop.

Language : English
Venue : LT-J
Session quota : 200
Duration : Two 3-hour sessions (A & B), 6 hours in total. Must attend both Session A and B
For whom : New students who are interested in improving their English listening skills.

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CAMPUS WRAP (Short code: CAMP)

The only English language orientation camp at HKUST offering a head-start opportunity for you to get prepared for your studies in this English-medium university. It is a fun-filled and highly interactive camp.

There will be fun activities (e.g. photo scavenger hunt, poster competition, board games) and hands-on workshops (e.g. drama, creative thinking, communication strategies). What's more, the student leaders will pass on their tips for success at HKUST, and you can make friends with students from other departments and majors. (More)

Upon full and satisfactory completion of this camp, HLTH1010 Course participants will attain 8 hours in the "Wellness and Personal Enrichment" of the "Activities" module. Please bring along your student ID card when attending the Camp.

Language : English
Venue : HKUST Campus
Session quota : 60-70
Duration : 20 - 23 August 2013 (4 days 3 nights)
For whom : All new students

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Basic Etiquette (Short code: BE)

Etiquette is respect and good manners – it plays an important part in making a favorable impression. Whether you are having lunch with your peers and mentors, or dinner with a prospective internship employer, your manners can speak loudly about you and your professionalism. Join this workshop to find out what you should or should not do in different dining settings and get some practical tips on how to improve your table manners!

Upon successful completion of the workshop, HLTH1010 Course participants will attain 1.5 hours in the "Wellness and Personal Enrichment" of the "Activities" module.

Language : English
Venue : Room 1505 (Lifts 25-26)
Session quota : 40
Duration : 1.5 hours
For whom : All new students

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Time Management (Short code: TM)

Do you find that you never have enough time to get things done? In this workshop, you will find out how to manage your time in order to meet the challenging demands of your university education, and at the same time, find room to pursue other opportunities while you’re at university!

Upon successful completion of the workshop, HLTH1010 Course participants will attain 1.5 hours in the "Wellness and Personal Enrichment" of the "Activities" module.

Language : English
Venue : LT-E / LT-K
Session quota : 100
Duration : 1.5 hours
For whom : All new students

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Eat Smart! (Short code: HD)

Healthy eating is by choice, not by chance! In this workshop, you will find out some dietary facts of your daily food intake to make better food choices on campus. You will also get to apply what you learn to design your healthy meal plans when you eat out.

Upon successful completion of the workshop, HLTH1010 Course participants will attain 1.5 hours in the "Wellness and Personal Enrichment" of the "Activities" module.

Language : English
Venue : Room 1504 (Lifts 25-26)
Session quota : 40
Duration : 1.5 hours
For whom : All new students

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Establishing Friendships in the University (Short code: MF)

Knowing how to establish friendships and sustain them is an integral part of your unique university experience. In this workshop, you will explore ways to break the ice with new acquaintance, and to go deeper with people who could become your best friends.

Upon successful completion of the workshop, HLTH1010 Course participants will attain 1.5 hours in the "Wellness and Personal Enrichment" of the "Activities" module.

Language : English
Venue : Room 1504 (Lifts 25-26)
Session quota : 40
Duration : 1.5 hours
For whom : All new students

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Exploring Diversity for Success (Short code: EDS)

Today’s multinational corporations and top-notch universities make diversity one of their top priorities. In this workshop, you will develop the awareness of diversity issues by exploring your identities in the globalized world. Through interactive learning, you will discover how to create a more inclusive learning experience and environment that will prepare you for the career and academic challenges ahead.

Upon successful completion of the workshop, HLTH1010 Course participants will attain 1.5 hours in the "Wellness and Personal Enrichment" of the "Activities" module.

Language : English
Venue : Room 1504 (Lifts 25-26)
Session quota : 40
Duration : 1.5 hours
For whom : All new students

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Psychology of Developing Sustainable Friendship (Short code: PDSF)

One says, “A true friend gives freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friendship unchangeably.” Develop a valuable support system is an important task in determining the success of the university life! However, having a quality friendship doesn’t come easy not to mention how to maintain it. Let’s learn the what, when, how and where to earn high-quality friendships that can last for a life time!

Upon successful completion of the workshop, HLTH1010 Course participants will attain 1.5 hours in the "Wellness and Personal Enrichment" of the "Activities" module.

Language : English / Cantonese
Venue : LT-D / LT-E / LT-F
Session quota : 100
Duration : 1.5 hour
For whom : All new students

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Psychology of Finding your Way (Short code: PFW)

From kindergarten to secondary schooling, you are taught ABC, addition and subtraction, filling up multiple choices, skills to answer long and short questions, writing essays etc. Have they taught you why you have to pursue your education in a university? Why do you choose this subject? Most importantly, why are you here?

This workshop will help you to develop a sense of self, define your own personal objectives and evaluate the extent to which you meet your personal goals. This is a good opportunity to understand and maximize your potential in attaining your future life direction!

Upon successful completion of the workshop, HLTH1010 Course participants will attain 1.5 hours in the "Wellness and Personal Enrichment" of the "Activities" module.

Language : English
Venue : LT-E / LT-F
Session quota : 100
Duration : 1.5 hours
For whom : All new students

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Psychology of i-Learning (Short code: PIL)

Students in the HKUST are known for a high standard of academic excellence and desire to learn. University life encourages you to realize learning aspiration and maximize your potential in attaining goals. Let’s learn how to have better academic adjustment, understand your motivation to strive for excellence, and establish goals for self-development so as to give yourself the best start possible!

Upon successful completion of the workshop, HLTH1010 Course participants will attain 1.5 hours in the "Wellness and Personal Enrichment" of the "Activities" module.

Language : English / Cantonese
Venue : LT-D / LT-F
Session quota : 100
Duration : 1.5 hours
For whom : All new students

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Standard Training Course (Short code: MFA)

The trainer of the 12-hour MHFA standard course will teach you how to provide initial support to people with mental health problem or people experiencing mental health crisis. It will cover:

1. Basic knowledge of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders and substance use disorder;
2. Possible crisis arising from these mental health problems (e.g., suicidal behaviors, acute psychotic behaviors, acute stress reactions) and the necessary intervention;
3. How to provide early intervention and appropriate support to the one involved before the situation gets worse; and
4. Community resources and professional services available in Hong Kong.

Upon successful completion of the workshop, HLTH1010 Course participants will attain 2 hours in the “Wellness and Personal Enrichment” of the “Activities” module.

Language : Cantonese
Venue : Room 4621
Session quota : 30
Duration : Full day
Fee: : $120
Remark : Participants will be awarded an Official Certificate issued by The Mental Health Association of Hong Kong with recognition by Mental Health First Aid, Australia upon successful completion of the training.

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Forensic Fruit – Drawing and Illustration Workshop (Short code: FDW)

Quick lessons on still life drawing, ink and colour pencils techniques with which students complete a larger-than-life fruit drawing, boarding art and scientific illustration.

Language : English
Venue : Room 2406 (Lifts 17-18)
Session quota : 20
Duration : 6 hours
For whom : All new students

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Contemporary Drawing Workshop (Short code: CDW)

The workshop begins with a brief introduction of artists who use drawing as a form of artistic expression. Students will respond to the works of these artists through mark-making using different materials in a more experimental way. They will learn how to develop their own rhythm through looking and thinking and to interpret it intuitively and abstractly without being too restricted to the traditional drawing technique.

Language : English
Venue : Room 2406 (Lifts 17-18)
Session quota : 20
Duration : 6 hour
For whom : All new students

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Exploring Your Creative Media Zone (Short code: CMZ)

The visit will cover CMZ’s Media Studio, Control Room, Graphics Workshop and AV Editing Suites.

In the Studio, there will be demos of portrait and product shootings, studio lighting; video production setup, green screen effect and auto script for presentation. 3D movie clips and HKUST’s stereo music programs will also be shown.

In the Graphics Workshop, students will try printing 4R photo of their portrait captured in the Studio, and see the plotting of a 42” poster. The procedures of accessing online software courses (lynda.com) and loaning digital camera and camcorder will also be introduced.

Language : English, supplemented with Cantonese or Putonghua if necessary
Venue : Creative Media Zone in Learning Commons
Session quota : 15
Duration : 1 hour
For whom : Current and new students
Remark : Visit the website of Creative Media Zone

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Practical Workshops on IT Services (Short code: ITSC)

This hands-on workshop introduces new students to the HKUST computing environment and to the IT services and facilities that are available for their use and to assist them in their studies.

Language : English / Cantonese
Venue : Computer Barn A Room 4402 (Lifts 17-18)
Session quota : 30
Duration : 1 hour 15 minutes
For whom : All new students

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Introduction to Student Information System (Short code: SIS)

To introduce new students to the Student Information System (SIS) to new students. The System, which operates 24/7, will enable students to review their academic records, look up and update personal particulars, enrol classes and other useful functions.

Language : English / Cantonese
Venue : LT-A / LT-E / LT-H / LT-J / LT-K
Session quota : 400 / 143/ 30 / 230 / 100
Duration : 1.5 hours
For whom : All new students

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Guided Tour Around the University Library (Short code: LIBT)

The Library is more than a place for study. You can meet friends here, work on projects, relax, reflect and get inspired.

Friendly librarians will take you on a walk around the Library (12,350m2 !). During the walk you’ll explore the beautiful & inspiring environment, hear about the cool stuff the Library collects, and its useful services. After the walk, there’s a short hands-on session, where you will learn to login to your Library account, reserve a study room, find things, and more.

Language : English
Venue : Meet at G/F Library Gallery
Session quota : 22
Duration : 1 hour
For whom : All new students

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Experience Sports Workshop (Short code: SV)

10 or more sports activities will be offered at the various sports venues for new students to participate. At each activity station, the sport team leaders will lead a group of about 10 students to experience the sport for about 30 minutes. Groups will rotate after every 30 minutes so that each student can experience a maximum of 3 sports in the 2-hour session.

Upon successful completion of the workshop, HLTH1010 Course participants will attain 2 hours in the "Organized Sports" of the "Activities" module.

Language : English
Venue : S H HO Sports Hall
Session quota : 120
Duration : 2 hours
For whom : All new students ( Notes to participants )

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CLE Student Advice Service: Individual Face-to-Face Consultations (Short code: CLES)

To provide each first-year student entering HKUST in Fall 2013 with a chance to consult an adviser from the Center for Language Education (CLE), asking questions relating to CREDIT TRANSFER, THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENT (ELPA), LANG1002/1003 and the other ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSES, individual consultation sessions will be offered from 19 to 30 August. If you’d like to consult the CLE adviser, book a 20-minute session (http://lcms01.ust.hk/adviser/indiv_consultation/index.aspx). For further information, please contact Dr LI Po Lung (E-mail: lcstdadvice@ust.hk)

Looking forward to meeting you!



Briefing on Government Financial Assistance Scheme (Short code: BFA)

These briefings explain to students the details of Government Grant / Loan Schemes & University Financial Assistance Scheme. There will also be a video show on Tertiary Student Finance Scheme & Non-means-tested Loan Scheme and a Q&A session.

Language : Cantonese
Venue : LT-F / LT-G
Session quota : 100
For whom : All new students

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REDbird Award Program Information Session (Short code: BRED)

How does the REDbird Award Program help you soar to new horizons in your personal development journey? Join this Information Session in which you will be able to have direct dialogues with REDbird members and program staff to learn more about the structure and benefits of this holistic student development program.

Language : English
Venue : Room 4334 (Lift 3)
Session quota : 100
For whom : First Year Students

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Making the Common Core Your Core Business at HKUST

Many students, and parents too, believe that their major undertaking at university is academic studies in a specialized field, and make the important goal for themselves that they must graduate with good grades, because that will in turn bring to them a good job and a bright future ever after. But are these the only purposes for spending your fours year here?

The quality of your time at HKUST is largely determined by your own views and attitude towards university education. In this talk, Prof King Chow, the Academic Director of Undergraduate Core Education, will share with you (new or continuing) some other values and perspectives of university education besides getting good grades for your studies.

If you are unsure what you may expect from university education, and how the Common Core Program can help to meet your expectations, THIS IS THE TALK FOR YOU.

Date :

22 October 2013, Tuesday (English section)
23 October 2013, Wednesday (Cantonese section)

Time : 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue : To be announced later in September
Language : English (22 October)
Cantonese (23 October)
Session quota : 100
For whom : All UG students are welcome, both new and current
Enquiry : Undergraduate Core Education Team, Office of the Provost
Tel: 23585089
Email: uceo@ust.hk
Website: http://uce.ust.hk