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SDG1 No Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Photo Credit: Project Ha Giang 2019


Population Research on Poverty

The Department of Social Work and Social Administration researches social topics to build a more prosperous and harmonious Hong Kong society. The population studies research theme of the Department focuses on population dynamic modelling, namely, fertility, mortality, marriage and divorce, poverty, and migration. Currently, the Department has been researching the impact of poverty and social welfare subsidy on mental health in Hong Kong.

Engagement and Outreach

Essentials donated to combat COVID-19

HKU has set up the “ShareWithU” platform to help underprivileged citizens who cannot afford the expenses of buying anti-pandemic supplies. HKU members, alumni and partnering organisations are invited to donate resources to the program, which will be shared with charitable institutions. Since the campaign launched in March 2020, almost 100,000 masks have been donated to 50 charitable organisations.

Teaching, Learning and Students Activities

Horizons Project Mingde

Horizons Project Mingde aims to utilize the knowledge and skills of our teachers and students to contribute towards the impoverished communities in Mainland China. This is achieved through a series of service-learning and cultural exchange activities such as volunteering teaching in local primary schools. In 2019, our students spent 6 days in Wangdong & Rongshui, Liuzhou, Guangxi to experience local village life and designed games and teaching programs for local primary school students.


Need-based student financial support

The Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) strives to ease the financial burden for disadvantaged students to receive quality education by providing financial assistance schemes to students in need. In 2019/20, we supported 5,000 successful applications on various need-based funding schemes, accounting for HK$ 180 million distributed to students facing financial pressures.

Key Data

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Total amount of donations for scholarships, bursaries, prizes and loans (2019-20)

102 million

Hong Kong dollars

Name of Fund
Number of successful applications in 2019/20
Total Value of Funding Distributed (HK$ million)
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