The new University of Hong Kong’s Lead for Life certificate programme is a transformational and holistic journey for undergraduate students to help them grow in character leadership. It builds upon the foundations and success of the previous Character of Leadership programmes at HKU. Hear and read feedback from students of the previous HKU Character Leadership classes who have already started on this journey to become leaders of character.
How can you join Lead for Life?
We invite all incoming first-year HKU undergraduate students of the 2021/22 academic year to join us on our journey. The inaugural orientation launch is on 9 -10 October 2021. We seek as wide a diversity as possible in our students who will be joining the Lead for Life programme.
An overview of the steps to earn your Character Leadership certificate from HKU is below. Have any questions or comments? Or just want to chat more about the programme? Contact us today!
Step 1: Application
Applications are now open until 15 September 2021 to all incoming first-year HKU students of the 2021/22 academic year. We encourage and welcome students from all abilities, backgrounds and cultural diversities, and across all faculties and degree programmes to enrol. Places are limited. For more information on the application process, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or message us using the online form.
Step 2: Orientation
Your journey as a Lead for Life leader will start with a two-day orientation programme at HKU. This will be when you first meet your mentors and fellow mentor group students. Two programme mentors will lead each mentor group of ten students who will be a mix of academic backgrounds and cultural diversities. Students will have opportunities taking turns as student leaders within each mentor group. With your mentor group, you will explore together in practical and fun ways answers to life questions such as: Why am I here at HKU? What are the values of education at HKU? How do I flourish at HKU?
Step 3: Core activities
Participate and engage fully in your mentor group until graduation. Much of the learning in Lead for Life will take place in the communal context of a mentor group, which provides an inclusive, personalised, and nurturing environment. Mentor groups are flexible such that they can cater to and care for the various needs of the students in the group. The trained mentors themselves represent diverse and inclusive leadership. You will need to attend at least one mentor group event each semester. This event will be planned by the student leaders together with the mentors, and can be as simple as a gathering or outing. The hope is that the activity can be much more, but there is recognition some terms/years will be busier than others. The goal is to create a context in which mentor groups develop organically and relationally for meaningful conversations to thrive.
Experience life-changing ‘aha moments’ in interactive and inspirational courses. Students will need to take at least one course which has been listed as a Lead for Life certified course: such as designated courses from the HKU Common Core Curriculum (e.g. ‘Life Worth Living‘, ‘Science and Religion: Questioning Truth, Knowledge and Life‘), The Way to Success by CEO Global Education Foundation, and others. Mentors too will be trained, provided ongoing support and offered relevant courses to help support them to further integrate character leadership into their vocations.
It’s not about you as an individual, but about how we build vibrant communities together. Students will need to take part in at least one group service project with high community impact during their time at HKU. The service project can be done together with your mentor group, or with other student groups or organisations. You can choose from an inventory of possible projects at HKU or design your own. CEDARS provides advising services and service project funds.
Throughout the years, there will be an array of booster learning opportunities available. Lead for Life intentionally incorporates diverse perspectives through its curriculum, readings and speakers. These booster learning will potentially be in the form of Oxford Character Project events, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce courses, book clubs, competitions, special pop-up events, online resources, and lots more. These boosters are available for Lead for Life participants and attendance is highly encouraged as they will greatly help further enrich your character leadership journey.
Step 4: Distinction
Just prior to your last year to graduation, all students active in the programme will be invited to apply and interview to receive the distinction as a HKU “Leader of Character”. The interview assessment will be based on the student’s journey so far in the programme. Students aiming for the distinction will be assessed by having participated in and taken more than the minimal requirements, and their reflection of growth as a character leader. If the interview is successful, then the student will lead in the subsequent year’s Lead for Life activities. These students will receive career coaching as well as the HKU “Leader of Character” distinction on their certificate. There will also be potential opportunities to interview for job internships or practicums.
Step 5: Completion / Commencement
There will be a celebratory graduation with a world-class speaker who embodies the spirit of character leadership and leading for life. All students successfully completing the programme will receive a HKU Character Leadership certificate – some with the HKU “Leader of Character” distinction. Congratulations on making it so far!! The journey goes on to greater heights as students begin building flourishing communities in their own chosen vocations. Students will also be encouraged to keep on learning, leading and helping out with future Lead for Life events, such as orientations, where others are just starting their journeys.
Apply now! Join the new HKU Lead for Life community today.
Applications are now open until 15 September 2021 to all incoming first-year HKU undergraduate students of the 2021/22 academic year. We encourage and welcome students from all abilities, backgrounds and cultural diversities, and across all faculties and degree programmes to enrol. Be a pioneer with us in this new HKU Lead for Life community!
Places are limited. For more information on the application process, please send an email to email@example.com or message us using the online form.