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SDG16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions



The Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Social Sciences in Criminology  [MSocSc(Crim)] programs aim to provide in-depth education to promote peace, justice, and strong institutions in Hong Kong and beyond. The MPA course prepares graduates for a career in the public sector and instils them with leadership skills to ensure effective, accountable and transparent governments. The MSocSc(Crim) program gives graduates a law a psychology grounding in the field of criminology that they will use to ensure fair criminal justice. 


For those studying other disciplines, HKU provides relevant courses so that graduates can have an understanding of the themes behind SDG 16 regardless of their degree. The Common Core course, Think Global, Act Local: You, Hong Kong, and the World explores the effects of globalisation on institutions and how this affects local livelihoods. Criminal Justice: Policy and Practice, offered by the Department of Sociology, covers the theory of criminal justice and current practices in Hong Kong and China in order to discuss the idea of equal access to justice for all. 


The University also puts its teaching into practice with the Faculty of Law’s Free Legal Advice Scheme on HKU Campus. The scheme provides free preliminary legal advice for members of the HKU community and the public while giving law students an opportunity to develop their lawyering skills. 

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The Faculty of Law’s Rule of Law Education Project (ROLE) aims to enhance the public's understanding of the rule of law and strengthen law institutions in Hong Kong. They work with legal academics, practitioners, NGO leaders, education experts, members of the Legislative Council, and senior liberal studies teachers to provide training and publish materials on legal matters. The project aims to bridge the understanding gap between stakeholders so that the rule of law is further ingrained in Hong Kong society. 


The Faculty of Law continues to expand their reach by collaborating with the Department of Computer Science on the Hong Kong Legal Information Institute (HKLII). The Institute provides free Hong Kong legal information for the general public in order to promote free access to the law.  HKLII is organized as a user-friendly online database that allows for the understanding of the law for all. 


Despite having numerous projects and initiatives hosted on campus to promote sustainability, HKU understands that it is crucial for the university to have a clear governance structure and funding mechanism to ensure effectiveness, accountability and transparency on sustainability work. Therefore, HKU established a cross-campus interdisciplinary task force that includes faulty, staff and students to design and implement a campus-wide sustainability strategy which is aligned with the SDGs. The task force has engaged a consultant to assess HKU's current situation, identify gaps and benchmark with best international and regional universities on sustainability practices and performance. The vision of this project is to help the university design a holistic strategy with concrete targets and action plan to achieve the 17 SDGs.

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