Program Requirements

Curricular Components

Curricular Components Requirements
Research Experience Complete EACH of the following:
  • Perform a two-semester long Final Year Project (FYP) with the topic related to at least one of the 14 Grand Challenges;
  • Present the FYP in the College’s annual Student Project Exhibition; and
  • Conduct a two-month summer research project* (minimum of 120 hours) with the theme related to one of the 14 Grand Challenges and submit a final report and a poster.
* Students who already have other equivalent research exposure could apply for exemption from the summer research project.
Interdisciplinary Curriculum Complete at least 4 GE courses from an approved list:
  • Courses need to demonstrate the interdisciplinary component (i.e. minimum one course each from Area 1, 2 and 3) and relationship with the chosen Grand Challenge(s).
Entrepreneurship Complete EACH of the following:
  • Participate in at least one business plan / pitching competition and submit a reflective essay after completion of the experience.

Remarks: Students are highly recommended to study "GE2304 Foundations of Innovation and Entrepreneurship" or similar entrepreneurship course(s) before participating in a business plan / pitching competition, and preferably before their final year.

Global Dimension Complete ONE of the following activities:
  • Overseas Student Exchange Program
  • Overseas Internship Scheme (OIS)
  • Cultural and Language Immersion Scheme (CALIS)
  • Overseas Study Tours
  • Overseas Summer School
  • Overseas Competition
And, submit a reflective essay to articulate the linkage between the global experience and the Grand Challenge.
Service Learning Complete ONE of the following activities:
  • City-Youth Empowerment Project (CYEP)
    • Minimum of 30 hours of services
    • Submit a report to the faculty mentor to reflect on the overall experience
  • Servant Leadership Training Program (SLTP)
    • Meet the requirements laid down by the SLTP
    • Obtain endorsement on the completion of the program
  • Other service learning activities related to the 14 Grand Challenges
    • Prior approval needs to be sought from the steering committee
    • Minimum of 30 hours of services
    • Submit a report to the faculty mentor to reflect on the overall experience

*Courses listed below are examples only (Students may consult the committee for other choices outside the list).

Area 1: Arts and Humanities

GE1113 Visual Storytelling and Cultural Thinking
GE1119 Ethics for Professionals: An Interaction between Ethics and Professional Knowledge
GE1120 Thinking Philosophically: Bridging the Gap between Arts and Sciences
GE1123 Law, Reasoning, and Morality: A Critical Analysis
GE1134 Movies and Psychology
GE2105 Popular Culture
GE2120 Asian Values and Managerial Practices

Area 2: Study of Societies, Social and Business Organizations

GE1205 Green Economics
GE1218 Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
GE1222 Accounting in Everyday Life
GE2202 Globalization and Business
GE2204 Business Ethics and Society
GE2206 Sustainable Cities for the 21st Century
GE2211 Sexuality, Culture and Diversity
GE2220 Sustainable Business: Doing Good Business While Doing Good
GE2227 Preservation and Revitalization of Buildings with Heritage Value inside City Environments
GE2230 Revolutionary in Global Business
GE2231 Business, Media and Society
GE2233 Public Policy in Action
GE2235 Global Media, Global Crises
GE2236 Understanding Energy-Environmental Policies
GE2239 Food: Culture, Science and Society
GE2241 Cool Ideas for Hot, Thirsty Cities: Climate and Water Governance
GE2250 Understand Global Projects for Business and Engineering Professionals
GE3201 China in the Eyes of World Media
GE3203 Sustainable Development of Hong Kong

Area 3: Science and Technology

GE1333 Low Carbon Footprint-Energy Saving Practices in Everyday Life
GE1334 New Materials in the 21st Century
GE1337 Urban Green City: Pollution and Solution
GE1341 Life and Health
GE2303 Save the Earth: Sustainable Development
GE2304 Foundations of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
GE2305 Astronomy - The Sky and Us
GE2306 Energy and Technology
GE2317 Integrating Green Energy into Society
GE2321 Health, Safety and Environment
GE2329 Green Buildings: Discovery & Innovations

Suggested Curricular Plan

Year 1
  • Submit application in the second semester
  • Successful candidates will receive conditional offer
  • Take relevant Gateway Education courses in Areas 1-3 to fulfil “interdisciplinary curriculum” requirement
  • Participate in service learning activities (if applicable)
  • Submit Annual Progress Report
Year 2 & 3
  • Submit detailed Research Proposal and Curricular Plan to the assessment panel (First semester of Year 2)
  • Successful candidates will receive offer to GCSP
  • Continue to take relevant Gateway Education courses in Areas 1-3 to fulfill “interdisciplinary curriculum” requirement
  • Take GE2304 to fulfill part of entrepreneurship requirement
  • Participate in entrepreneurship contests/competitions
  • Participate in at least one cross cultural activity
  • Participate in service learning activities
  • Conduct the proposed 2-month summer research project during Year 2 or Year 3 summer.
  • Submit Annual Progress Reports
Year 4
  • Complete Final Year Project (FYP)
  • Complete any requirements of the 5 components which have not been fulfilled.
  • Submit Annual Progress Report 
  • Notify committee about the completion of the program.  Submit final portfolio and reflective essay to demonstrate how the learning and activities carried out in the five components relate to the selected Grand Challenge

Summer Research Project

Each GCSP scholar has to complete a two-month summer research project/equivalent research project in order to fulfil the component of “Research Experience”. It can be an individual or a group project.

Composition of each group project

  • Maximum three students in each group.
    • Justifications for manpower needs have to be made by indicating workload of each member in the research proposal.
  • Each group can be comprised of students from different years, Departments, Schools/Colleges*.
  • The leader of each group must be a GCSP scholar.
    *Priority will be given to groups with more than 50% CSCI students.


The College may provide subsidy to summer research project. Reimbursement after the successful completion of the project will apply.

  • Allowance per month per student (Maximum TWO months only).
  • Material subsidy per group (Justifications have to be made).
  • Additional resources will be provided to overseas project.
    • For overseas project in Mainland, 50% of the total travel expense or $2,000, whichever is lower will be subsidized.
    • For overseas project in any other places, 50% of the total travel expense or $4,000, whichever is lower will be subsidized.

Selection Criteria

  • The originality of the Research Project.
  • The alignment between the Research Project and the 14 Grand Challenges.
  • Multi-discipline topics addressing the Grand Challenges are recommended.

Outcome of each project

  • Complete a minimum of 120 hours of research for each project.
  • Approved by one or more GCSP mentors.
  • Submit a final report, a poster and a log book for recording research progress* to the Steering Committee by mid-September.
    *No allowance will be provided if students fail to submit a final report, a poster and a log book.
  • Selected projects will be presented in the Discovery and Innovation Gala.

Important Notes

  • GCSP scholars (Year 2 or above) have to submit a detailed proposal, a detailed curricular plan and/or a budget plan for the summer research project to the Steering Committee by early April.
  • Results for Stage Two application and summer research project subsidy will be announced in May.
  • The summer research project is expected to begin after the examination.
  • GCSP scholars have to contact their mentors before starting the research project, and should meet their mentors regularly during summer.