In August, CGL Director Kim Cahill and Education Abroad Director Liz Campanella conducted a site visit to meet with our partner, Academic Internship Council, and the University of Hong Kong to review and finalize logistics for the inaugural 2015 Global Citizens program in Hong Kong.
The Academic Internship Council is driven by a single mission: to provide academic institutions with internship programs that help their students achieve personal and professional growth and competitive advantage in the global workforce. The leadership team has been fulfilling that mission since 1984. That was the year Tony Johnson, now President of the AIC, welcomed the first cohort of American undergraduate students participating in the first internship program by London Placements, the organization he founded.
Founded in 1911, Hong Kong University (HKU) is the territories’ oldest institute of higher learning and an internationally recognized, research led, comprehensive university. VSB Global Citizens will be welcomed by HKU’s Office of International Student Exchange responsible for creating and administering study abroad programs for students. They currently have 285 exchange partners worldwide spanning 35 countries on six continents. Global Citizens will be invited to participate in many student activities including excursions, networking events, a buddy program (paired with a local HKU student) and membership in student clubs and organizations. HKU will also secure classroom space and identify potential economics faculty for the Global Citizens program.
Hong Kong is located at the geographical and economic center of Asia and serves as the trading hub of the Asia Pacific region. This vibrant and dynamic city will provide exciting opportunities for VSB Global Citizens students. Cahill noted, “integrating the Global Citizens into HKU’s university setting will further enrich and expand the student experience in ways that have not been possible previously without an institutional partnership.”