On Saturday 3rd September, 2016, Stanley Ho East Asia College (SHEAC) successfully held a day trip for a group of 15 students, led by College Fellows Mr. Walter Wan and Dr. Angus Lam (FST), and Resident Fellow Dr. Sancia Wan, to Hong Kong to visit organic farming facilities in three universities. Not only did this activity provide a peer learning opportunity to students, but it also helped them gain basic knowledge about how to plan and run a rooftop farming project in the College in the near future.
In the early morning, the group travelled from Macau to Hong Kong. The first activity was to visit the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change located in the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). During the guided tour, based on the artefacts collected from and information related to the “three poles” (referring to Antarctica, Artic, and the Himalayas) and climate change exhibited in multimedia forms, students acquired a deeper understanding of sustainable development and the importance of practicing green lifestyle. CUHK staff and students are offered space in several colleges and rooftops of some buildings to get engaged in planting or farming activities. Among those, SHEAC students visited the organic farm in New Asia College to learn how her members participate in the farming project.
In the afternoon, the SHEAC delegation was warmly received by Dr. Frank Cheang, Assistant Professor of the Department of Science and Environmental Studies at the Hong Kong University of Education (EdUHK), and his team of colleagues and students. They elaborated in detail the research-oriented and well-organized aquaponics facilities and eco-garden in EdUHK. The last destination of the trip was The University of Hong Kong (HKU) where the delegation visited her rooftop farm. They were impressed by the various types of vegetables and herbs, as well as by the eco-friendly facilities, such as the natural composting technique applied, in the farm.
Despite the short stay, by deep observation and comparing between the examples of the three universities, not only have the students obtained foundational knowledge about organic farming and green living, but they have also realized the importance of environmental protection and green campus policy. Upon return to the College, the students shared their learning experience with others.
By: Communication Working Group of SHEAC House Association
Cao Fangyi, Astreaus, General Business Studies Year 1 (English)
Wei Caihui, Lucy, General Business Studies Year 1 (Chinese)
雖然這次的香港綠色有機之旅十分短暫，但是為學員們帶來了許多知識上的收穫和美好的回憶，更明白到保護環境和綠色化管理的重要性，回去後更向其他同學們分享了自己觀察所得及體會。撰寫：何鴻燊東亞書院學生會通訊工作組 工商管理一年級學生 危彩慧（中文） 工商管理一年級學生 曹方怡（英文）