We expect every incoming first-year undergraduate student of Faculty of Social Sciences programmes to participate in this induction activity by:

  1. reading the core readings and watching the videos below;
  2. answering online the questions posed in the Topic, which should be posted by Monday August 26, 2019 in the feedback box below; and
  3. participating in the Induction Forum to be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 11:30am-1pm in LG.08 and LG.09 (opposite to the Grand Hall), Centennial Campus, HKU.

All over the world, young people’s views have difficulty being reflected in government policy. In the UK, young people voted overwhelmingly against Brexit. In the US, young people are much less favourable to President Trump than the rest of the electorate. And in Hong Kong, young people have spent this summer protesting against a government that they say has failed to act in their best interests, resulting in a series of ongoing protests that are becoming increasingly volatile.

A major focus of Social Science is to study human society and to understand how to build a stable and vibrant society. To do that, the interests of all sectors of society need to be reflected in government decision-making. In this forum we will invite representatives from different age bands and sectors of public life to have a conversation about how, in Hong Kong and beyond, effective communication between young people and their government.


Mr Raymond Mak
Co-founder & CEO, Farmacy HK & Former President, HKUSU (2003-2004)

Miss Yvonne Leung
BSocSc(G&L), LLB and PCLL graduate & Former President, HKUSU (2014-2015)

Dr Christian Chan
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, HKU

Moderator: Professor Keith Richburg
Director, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, HKU

  1. After finishing the two readings, list the essential points of reference that may influence your thinking about the topic.
  2. In your opinion, what is the most important thing that governments could do better* to communicate with young people, and likewise, what young people could do better* to communicate with governments. (*Stop doing? Doing more? Doing differently etc.)

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