Academy for Sustainable Communities

Community Partnerships

Course Description

This course is designed to provide basic theoretical foundations and applied skills in building community-based environmental partnerships. It looks into contemporary environmental and cultural challenges and how they can be managed sustainably through community partnerships. It also explores different types of partnerships, tools and strategies that facilitate the successful design, development, implementation and management of community partnerships.

Assessment and Recognition

Students, who have attained an attendance rate of not less than 70% and have the course assessment passed, will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement by the Policy for Sustainability Lab. This course is one of the four modules of the “Certificate in Sustainable Communities” programme (QF Level: 3; QR Registration No.: 18/000784/L3; QR Registration Validity Period: From 11 Sep 2018 – on-going). Students who have obtained a Certificate of Achievement in all four modules are eligible for the “Certificate in Sustainable Communities” awarded by the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education.

Entry Requirements:

(a) have gained in the HKDSE Examination Level 2 in five subjects including Chinese Language and English Language; or
(b) have passed five subjects in HKCEE, including Chinese Language and English Language; or
(c) hold equivalent academic qualifications, taking into consideration individual merit


Part of CEF Reimbursable Course “Community Partnerships” (CEF Course Code: 44Z127642)

Course Title:

Community Partnerships

Course Code:


Mode of Study:

Part Time

Contact Hours and Study Period:

1-2 sessions per week, a total of 30 contact hours in two months’ time

Teaching Medium:

English, supplemented with Cantonese

Commencement Date:

July 6, 2021

Tuition Fee:

HKD6,600 (expense for site visits is excluded)

Application Deadline:

June 22, 2021

Application Method:

Download and fill in Course Application Form (proof of academic qualification is required) and return to Academy for Sustainable Communities by application deadline, by post or email


Monday-Friday 9:00am-6:00pm

Tel: 3917-4767

Email: ruralsd@hku.hk

Class Venue:

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
(Weekday evenings)


Course Content and Timetable

Date Contents
Jul 6, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-9:30pm Lecture – Urban Context

  • Brief definition of community
  • Main scopes of community development
  • Need-based and asset-based community development
  • Intervention practice models and examples
  • Why should we do community development
Jul 13, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-9:30pm Lecture – Rural Context

  • Formation and development of communities in rural setting
  • Understanding community building in rural villages from a cultural perspective
  • Community based governance system and network
  • Introduction to rural community work approach
Jul 20, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-9:30pm Lecture – Rural-Urban Interactions

  • Concept of rural-urban interactions and its value in modernization
  • Models of rural-urban link
Jul 24, 2021 (Saturday) 2:00pm-5:30pm Lecture and Workshop – Blue House in Wanchai

  • Grassroots participation in community building
Jul 27, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-9:30pm Lecture – Online Community Building

  • Brief history of online community
  • Some important types of online platform
  • Community in online-offline scenario
  • Case study of online, offline community building
  • Criticisms and cautions on online community development
  • Reflection on building sustainable community via online approach
Jul 31, 2021 (Saturday) 10:00am-5:00pm Field Trip / Workshop: Rural Context

  • Rural community challenges and resilience facing modernisation
Aug 3, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-9:30pm Integrated Workshop and Group Project Discussion 

  • Urban-rural community building integrated workshop: Case studies on building a new community
Aug 7, 2021 (Saturday) 2:00pm-5:00pm Group Project Discussion

  • Group project discussion
Aug 14, 2021 (Saturday) 2:00pm-5:00pm Contingency
Aug 21, 2021 (Saturday) 10:00am-12:30pm
& 2:00pm-5:00pm
Lecture – Lessons Learnt

  • Course round up

Group Presentation on Group Community Partnership Project Proposal


Please note:
The course “Understanding Cultural Landscape and Community Partnerships” has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. Students who have completed the “Community Partnerships” course are eligible for the reimbursement. The mother course (Certificate in Sustainable Communities) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 3).

Students' Feedback:

“Field trips and Case Studies allow us to have concrete discussions, and I learn different analytical methods to understand a community.”
“No other similar courses and very useful for different local organizations/groups in Hong Kong.”
“Tutors have rich experience in the community building works.”

Sustainable Communities Fellowship Scheme:

Graduates of the course will be invited to join the Academy’s Fellowship Scheme as Fellows. The Scheme aims to form a network of committed individuals which provide not only continuous support for the members but also a platform for experience sharing in pursuit of community-based sustainability across different disciplines and sectors. Fellows are also eligible to participate in the Sustainability Hackathons and the Rural in Action Start-up Scheme.

Supporting Organisations:


Short Courses

Misinformation Policy Manager, Asia Pacific, Facebook

Jenna is a Product Policy Manager on Facebook’s Misinformation Policy team. She specialises in global health misinformation and misinformation in the Asia-Pacific region, and is based in Singapore.

Product Policy Manager, Inauthentic Behavior, Facebook

Sam Traynor is the Product Policy manager for Inauthentic behavior at Facebook. For almost the last decade he has been working in the integrity space in variety of roles and companies mainly focusing on protecting user voice, the authenticity of conversations, and the integrity of the civic process.

Head of Content Regulation, Asia Pacific, Facebook

Meg Chang is the Content Regulation Policy Lead for Facebook in the APAC region. Prior to this role, she was an Elections Manager and led Facebook’s election integrity efforts across EMEA, including the European Elections, the UK general election, and the Polish parliamentary and presidential elections, among many others. Before Facebook, she was the head of operations and publisher at EUobserver, a Brussels-based EU political and investigative news outlet. She also worked as a management consultant for Global 1000 companies in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. She studied politics and law at the University of Kent in the UK.

Public Policy Research Manager, Data for Good, Facebook

Alex Pompe is a Research Manager on Facebook’s Data for Good team. This team builds privacy-protecting data sets to aid response work for natural disasters and public health crises (here is a recent example from the COVID19 response: https://research.fb.com/blog/2020/06/protecting-privacy-in-facebook-mobility-data-during-the-covid-19-response/). Previously, Alex led the growth team at a startup scaling the company to 35 countries over 3 years. Prior to this he worked on access to information and Internet programs for 6 years at an international NGO called IREX; first in Ukraine, next in Namibia, and then in Washington DC. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching mathematics in Namibia from 2006 to 2008. Alex holds a BS in physics from the University of Illinois, and an MS from the University of Michigan (where he also taught astrophysics.) He has served as a guest lecturer for the University of Maryland’s School of Information.

Public Policy Manager, Hong Kong, Facebook

Head of Privacy and Data Policy, Asia Pacific, Facebook

Raina is the Head of Privacy and Data Policy, Engagement, APAC for Facebook. She is a lawyer by training and is a former regulator, having previously worked at the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data in the position of Assistant Privacy Commissioner (Legal, Policy & Research). Prior to joining the Hong Kong data protection authority, Raina had extensive legal in-house experience and held management positions in both Hong Kong and Shanghai. She served as the Assistant Chief Counsel – Head of Legal at Hong Kong Disneyland and was the Deputy Chief Counsel – Head of Legal at Shanghai Disney Resort during the initial construction stage of the project when she helped set up the legal function at the Shanghai Disney Resort. Raina held a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, The University of Hong Kong

Dr. Chan’s primary research concerns the institutions that shape the consumption and distortion of information in different organizational settings. His current research explores how bureaucrats handle information and the impact of institutions on their choices.

Ongoing projects deal with different aspects of bureaucratic control in authoritarian regimes, such as administrative oversight, juridical intervention, internal reporting, and legislative decision-making.

He holds a PhD Degree in Public Policy from the O’Neill School of Public and Environment Affairs and the Department of Political Science, Indiana University Bloomington.

Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer, Centre for Civil Society and Governance

Dr Winnie Law is the Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer at the Centre for Civil Society and Governance of The University of Hong Kong. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on sustainable development, community planning and environmental management. She also works with a team of researchers and conducts policy research, action research and knowledge exchange projects on rural revitalization, social innovation, community engagement and corporate sustainability. Dr Law has been a director of the Conservancy Association since 2005 and has served on a number of HKSAR Government’s advisory committees including Advisory Council for the Environment. At the regional level, Dr Law was commissioned by the EU and UNDP as a planning and social monitoring expert for their city planning and environmental management programmes in Vietnam. Dr Law was one of the invited speakers for the first TedxTongChongSt’s series on Hacking the Future and delivered a talk on Future of Sustainability in 2019.

Director, Centre for Civil Society and Governance

Wai-Fung (Danny) Lam is Director of the Centre for Civil Society and Governance (CCSG), and Professor in Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. He finished his undergraduate study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University, Bloomington. Professor Lam is an expert in common-pool resource management, institutional policy analysis, public governance, and civil society. His research has focused on the design of efficient institutional arrangements for the governance and management of public resources, a core issue in public administration and sustainable development. Professor Lam has served on the editorial committees of Public Administration Review (PAR), International Review of Administrative Sciences (IRAS), Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (JCPA), Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ), and Asian Politics and Policy (APP), and is co-editor of The Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Administration (APJPA).

Director of Public Policy, Greater China, Mongolia, and Central Asia, Facebook

George Chen joined Facebook in January 2016 as the company’s first-ever policy representative based in Hong Kong, home for Facebook in the Greater China region. Currently as the Public Policy Director for Greater China, Mongolia, and Central Asia, George serves as Facebook’s “ambassador” to engage with the people and governments across the vast and diverse regions.

Prior to Facebook, George has worked in the media sector for about 15 years. George was a 2014 Yale World Fellow and a 2015 fellow of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. George is a doctoral candidate at the University of Hong Kong where he focuses his research on freedom of expression and misinformation.