The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) announced its partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), covering research collaboration and a range of activities which include workshops and an exclusive traineeship program, to facilitate humanitarian work at the global arena and enhance HKUST students’ global vision through experiential learning.
Under the partnership, HKUST faculty and students will work with a new department at ICRC – set up specifically to facilitate research cooperation with external organizations like HKUST, on a research project to quantify the economic impact of humanitarian intervention in developing countries. A trainee position will also be designated exclusively to HKUST students – a popular position usually open for global competition, at ICRC’s Geneva headquarters for the first time.
The selected candidate – a highly-motivated individual with excellent communication skills and passion in humanitarian work, will be able to work for a full year with the three-time Nobel Peace Prize winning institution, assisting on its diplomatic relations issues with donors and collaborators spanning state representatives and senior management of global corporations.
To give HKUST students a taste of the every-day challenges met by humanitarian field agents, ICRC also organized a one-day simulation workshop – first one organized by ICRC in Asia, in February, containing interactive discussions, presentations and role-play exercises.
Ms Helen Wong, Associate Director (Co-curricular Programs) and Program Director of HKUST Connect of Student Affairs Office at HKUST said the arrangement offers an unprecedented opportunity to the students of the university. “It is indeed a privilege to establish this partnership with a very unique international humanitarian organization that is in a class of its own. The partnership provides a platform for impactful and global engagement not just for our students, but also for our faculty, staff and alumni.”
The partnership is the latest initiative by HKUST Connect – a community engagement program of the University aims to deepen student learning and raise civil awareness through sustainable partnership with the wider community. Faculty and staff were also engaged in these activities to facilitate their commitment to education with a public purpose.
Mr Jason Yip, Regional Head of Market from Resource Mobilization Division – Government Affairs and Donor Relations of ICRC said, “This traineeship allows students in Asia to have direct and concrete experience in the international humanitarian organization. ICRC hopes to see more young professionals in the region joining the organization.”
Rachel Huang – a final-year student in Global Business and Operations Management, who obtained the position after rounds of interviews, will commence the internship in mid-June.
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