Bandar Seri Begawan - The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is proud to be hosting the first International Baccalaureate (IB) World Student Conference in Asia from August 11-16. The conference will attract several hundred IB students from across the globe to the University's cutting-edge urban campus in bustling city of Hong Kong, a press release stated.
The IB World Student Conferences have been created by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to bring together IB Diploma Programme (DP) and IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC) students from around the world to experience what it really means to "think globally" and develop their leadership skills while learning in an international environment.
The theme of the conference at The University of Hong Kong is "iResponsibility: Explore How We Engage in the Online World". It will be an exciting, hands-on conference which will immerse the students into the world of social media and expose them to the issues and opportunities in the field.
With speakers and experts from academia and the industry at large, the conference aims to guide students to harness the immense variety of online tools responsibly to help their communities and create innovation.
The University is honoured to be working with a team of IB World School teachers from Hong Kong and around the world to develop the curriculum of the conference so that students can take home learning and ideas for their Creativity-ActionService (CAS) projects, which form an integral part of the IB curriculum.
Prof John A Spinks, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and International Student Exchange at HKU, says, "Students can spend hours a day on social media, blogging, tweeting, messaging or Skyping, for example. This conference will not look so much at the problems that this creates, but more at how this new subculture can be used for positive impact.
We have many examples in HKU of students who have used social media for developing communities of like-minded students to engage in social service activities, to help underprivileged individuals around the world. We will be engaging the expertise of academics in HKU, as well as speakers from Hong Kong and abroad, to provide a programme which we believe will challenge and interest the participants."
The University of Hong Kong is ranked as the best university in Asia and 23rd in the world by QS World University Rankings 2012. It is consistently ranked locally as the best university in Hong Kong, and enrols the vast majority of the top students from the territory.
Last year it attracted over 18,000 applications for undergraduate study from students outside Hong Kong. It enrolled several of the students who scored 45/45 for their IB.
--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin