APRU Undergraduate Leaders’ Program 2019

“Untangling the Knot: Pacific Rim Environment, Health and Inequality Challenges”
1-12 July 2019, University of Oregon, USA

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The APRU Undergraduate Leaders’ Program 2019 will be hosted by the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA during 1 – 12 July 2019. Students from the Pacific Rim will work in small teams to untangle three intertwined social dilemmas: environmental degradation, public health risks and social inequality.

The 12-day programme will combine high impact educational practices including research and community-based learning with intensive leadership development and the application of scientific knowledge to societal dilemmas. Students will engage in skills development workshops in areas such as team building, science communication and non-profit management. They will attend leadership lectures, interact with faculty experts, experience organized excursions and cultural activities and develop real action plans for solving these pressing social dilemmas.


About APRU

As a network of 50 leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region.  APRU brings together the region’s experts to address the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Pacific Rim through regular conferences and workshops. Its primary research areas include natural hazards & disaster risk reduction, women in leadership, population aging, global health, sustainable cities, artificial intelligence & the future of work, the Pacific Ocean, and labour mobility.  The Chinese University of Hong Kong joined the APRU in 2017.


Funding Scheme

To support link-building and collaborations between the CUHK community and non-governmental sectors, the Global Policy Impact and Social Mission (GPISM) Subgroup is tasked with facilitating this education mission and works closely with different units within the University to strengthen and coordinate efforts in students’ involvement in global social programmes. The University will support CUHK students participating in the APRU Undergraduate Leaders’ Program 2019. The programme fee is US$500 per delegate. Selected CUHK students will be responsible for the sum of HK$500, and the rest (approximately HK$3,500) and air fare for travel between Hong Kong and Eugene, Oregon (capped at HK$10,000, and only Economy Class is accepted for reimbursement) will be reimbursed upon submission of i) certificate of participation; ii) written report; iii) group video report; and iv) reimbursement report. The registration fee covers the following:

  • On-campus accommodation on a sharing basis
  • Airport transfers on 30 June and 12 July
  • Meals as indicated in the programme (breakfast, lunch and dinner in university facilities)
  • Programme materials
  • Certificate of participation
  • Excursions and organized activities

For further details on the programme, please refer to the website of APRU Undergraduate Leaders’ Program 2019. Applications are now open until 12:00 noon on 11 February 2019.


General Principle

  1. Selected candidates should attend all activities of the APRU Undergraduate Leaders’ Program.
  2. Selected candidates should submit a written report, a video report (work with other delegates from CUHK) and the reimbursement report within three weeks after completion of the APRU Undergraduate Leaders’ Program, otherwise no reimbursement will be made.
  3. Priorities will be given to students without relevant experience.



All CUHK full-time undergraduate students from all disciplines (except final year students) aged 18 or above at the time of application.


Application Procedures

  1. Applicants should complete the application form (also downloadable from http://www.gpism.cuhk.edu.hk/calling-for-application). 
  2. Applications should be submitted by 12:00 noon on 11 February 2019 via mail to the Office of Academic Links to the attention of Ms. Cora Chan (i-Centre, 1/F Yasumoto International Academic Park) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  3. Selected candidates will be informed of the outcomes in early March 2019.
  4. Final decision rests with the APRU Undergraduate Leaders’ Program.
  5. Selected candidates will be required to fill out the APRU Undergraduate Leaders’ Program Application Form.


Disbursement of Funding

The funding will be disbursed after a written report, a group video report and reimbursement report have been submitted within three weeks after completion of the APRU Undergraduate Leaders’ Program. Late submission will not be considered and no reimbursement will be made after the deadline.



For enquiries about the programme, please contact Ms. Cora Chan, Office of Academic Links, on 3943 1125 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit http://www.gpism.cuhk.edu.hk/.