Fellowship

AIRI Urban-Rural Sustainability Fellowship
Making Changes for Urban-Rural Sustainability!

 
AIRI Urban-Rural Sustainability Fellowship 2022-23 is a one-year incubation programme jointly organised by The University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua University, National Chengchi University, and Asian Institute of Technology. The Fellowship aims to empower and connect thought leaders and exceptional practitioners from across the Asia-Pacific region who aspire to be Change Fellows spearheading urban-rural integration and rural sustainability. Change Fellows who have successfully completed the programme will earn a Certificate of Recognition jointly issued by the four universities. They will also be eligible to enter into a competition with innovative proposals that address rural sustainability challenges. There will be a total of four awards (one laureate from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand respectively), each with a seed grant at the value of US$25,000
The Programme: The Change Fellows will participate in a series of online lectures, web-based practical training sessions, and field trips and experiential Hackathon delivered by renowned international scholars and experts in the fields of rural governance and economy, conservation and resource management, social innovation and community revitalisation. After the Learning Phase, the Change Fellows may join the Competition Phase. Please see the fellowship leaflet for details.
Who Should Apply: Individuals who aspire to bring sustainability changes to rural communities: graduate students, government officials, community practitioners, social workers, social investors, managers at farming co-ops, etc.
Applicants should:
- Hold a recognised bachelor’s degree (graduated)
- Be proficient in English (for applicants whose degree is not awarded by a university that teaches and assesses in English, IELTS or TOEFL results must be provided)*
- Live in Thailand, Taipei, Hong Kong or Beijing, and have work/voluntary/research experience related to community, sustainability, rural revitalisation or other relevant issues in these places
- Be committed to attend the Fellowship activities, including the compulsory trips to Hong Kong and Bangkok
Language: All learning activities will be conducted in English.
Fee: Free. The scheme is fully supported by The Hongkong Bank Foundation.
Application Method: - Interested individuals should submit the application form together with all supporting documents to the Centre for Civil Society and Governance at The University of Hong Kong by August 31, 2022 via email to ruralsd@hku.hk.
- Interviews may be arranged for selected candidates.
- Successful candidates will be informed via email by end-September, 2022. 
Enquiry: 3917-1255 / ruralsd@hku.hk
* An overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5 in IELTS Academic Module; or a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL; or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL; or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL. If the applicant is unable to attach proof of English proficiency, nomination from the respective local university partner in the AIRI programme is required (i.e. PART C of the application form has to be completed).

 

Hong Kong Events on Socio-ecological Landscape Planning and Management

Event 1: Online Workshop on Integrated Nature-Culture Approaches to Rural Sustainability
Date: July 23, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 14:30-16:15 (Hong Kong Time)
Format: Zoom
Language: English
Contents: - Introduction to AIRI Fellowship Programme 2022-23
- Lecture: Sustainable Management of Socio-ecological Production Landscapes
- Exercise: Re-establishing Socio-ecological Integrity of a Rural Community
- Fellowship Scheme Application Instructions
Trainers: - Mr Bruno Leles, Partnerships Associate, Secretariat of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative
- Ms Katie Chick, Assistant Director, Centre for Civil Society and Governance, The University of Hong Kong
Fee: Free of charge
Enquiry: 3917-1255 / ruralsd@hku.hk
Registration: Click here
Event 2: Visit to Lai Chi Wo, Mui Tsz Lam & Kop Tong on Rural Planning and Management
Date: August 13, 2022 (Saturday) 
Time: 09:00-17:30 (Hong Kong Time)
Format: Site visit
Language: Cantonese supplemented with English
Contents: - Introduction to AIRI Fellowship Programme 2022-23
- Guided Tour in Lai Chi Wo: The intact South China feng-shui village landscape of Lai Chi Wo and socio-economic strategies to revitalise the Lai Chi Wo cultural landscape
- Site Visit to Mui Tsz Lam and Kop Tong: Planning and design challenges and opportunities for local forest villages
- Fellowship Scheme Application Instructions
(Round boat trip between Ma Liu Shui and Lai Chi Wo will be arranged.)
Trainers: - Ms Katie Chick, Assistant Director, Centre for Civil Society and Governance, The University of Hong Kong
Mr Ryan Leung, Senior Project Officer, Centre for Civil Society and Governance, The University of Hong Kong
Fee: Free of charge
Quota: 20 [The event is now full]
Enquiry: 3917-1255 / ruralsd@hku.hk
Registration: Click here

Mainland China Events on Rural Planning and Management

Event 1: Visit to Dayu County, Jiangxi Province on Rural Planning and Management
Date: July 12-15, 2022 (Tuesday-Friday)
Format: Site Visit
Language: Chinese
Trainers: Professor Yahua Wang, Associate Dean, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University; Executive President, China Institute for Rural Studies, Tsinghua University
Event 2: Visit to Nanjian County, Yunnan Province on Rural Planning and Management
Date: July 15-17, 2022 (Friday-Sunday)
Format: Site Visit
Language: Chinese
Trainers: Professor Yahua Wang, Associate Dean, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University; Executive President, China Institute for Rural Studies, Tsinghua University

Taiwan Events on Sustainable Placemaking

Event 1: Sustainable Placemaking with Natural and Cultural Capitals
Date: August 18, 2022 (Thursday)
Trainers: - Professor Ching-Ping Tang, Director, University Outreach Office, National Chengchi University
- Ono Hiroaki, Creator of Plus Kaga
Event 2: Visit to Placemaking Training Station at Daxi
Date: August 19, 2022 (Friday)
Format: Site Visit
Trainers: - Yang-Hsian Chang, Owner, Zebra Crossing Library Co.
- Zhao-Ming Chiu, Green Meet Farm Owner, Agritourism Association

Thailand Events on Rural and Peri-urban Planning and Management

Event 1: Fieldtrip to Visit Saraburi Province - Challenges and Opportunities of Divergent Socio-economic Rural Development
Date: Jul 25, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 7:00-16:00 (ICT/Bangkok Time)
Venue: Saraburi Province, Thailand
Language: Thai/English
Contents: - Introduction to AIRI Fellowship Programme 2022-23
- Field visit and interaction with local communities including irrigation water self-management group, OTOP centre, self-sufficiency economy learning centre, women's union
Trainers: - Dr. Thi Phuoc Lai Nguyen / Prof. Mokbul Ahmad, Development Planning Management and Innovation Program, Asian Institute of Technology
- Director of Economy Sufficiency Learning Centre of Suan Lom
- Head of OTOP Phu Kae Centre
- Head of Women Union, Khao Din Phattana
- Khao Din Phattana Village Head
Registration: Click here
Event 2: Fieldtrip to Hua Takhe Community in Bangkok - Experience of Urban-Rural Development Transition
Date: July 27, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 9:00-16:00 (ICT/Bangkok Time)
Venue: Hua Takhe Old Market, Lat Krabang District, Bangkok
Language: Thai/English
Contents: - Introduction to AIRI Fellowship Programme 2022-23
- Field visit and interaction with local communities and exchange experiences about rural-urban transformation through community conservation and spatial planning in peri-urban area 
Trainers: - Dr. Thi Phuoc Lai Nguyen, Development Planning Management and Innovation Program, Asian Institute of Technology
- Mrs. Umbha Bunyaket, Head of Hua Takhe Loving Community Enterprise
- Dr. Rattikarn Khambud, Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning Bureau, Ministry of Interior, Thailand
- Mrs. Theerada Rongrat Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin
- Dr. Amorn Kritsanaphan, School of Architecture, Art, and Design, King Mongkut's Institute of Techology Ladkrabang
Registration: Click here

 

Resources

To empower future change fellows and practitioners, training modules and toolkits
for strengthening rural-urban linkages are now available for download.

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