A Joint course between HKUST and University College London (UCL)

IDPO 3500A - How to Change the World

  • Date : 25 Jun - 30 Jun 2018 (1 week)
  • Time : 08:45 – 13:00; 14:00 – 18:15
  • Venue : Room 5620 (lift 31/32, HKUST)
  • Organizer : Division of Public Policy, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
    Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy Home, University College London (UCL)
  • Target students: 2nd and 3rd year UG students of HKUST and non HKUST students
  • Class size: 40
  • HKUST Instructor : Prof. Kira MATUS (PPOL)
  • UCL Instructor : Dr. Carla Washbourne (STEaPP)
  • UCL Instructor : Dr. Naomi Britton (STEaPP)

Teaching and learning activities: Lectures, guest seminars, course participation, student teams’ discussion, project video and presentation


IDPO 3500A - How to Change the World

(3 credits) (Summer 2017-18)


Jointly organized by the University College London (UCL) and HKUST, the Summer program aims to bring together second-/ third-year undergraduate students from across all disciplines to address some of the toughest and most pressing global challenges.


Unique in its scale and impact, UCL (Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Poilcy (STEaPP)) and HKUST (Division of Public Policy (PPOL)) deliver “How to Change the World (HtCtW)” to students through a problem-based experiential learning pedagogy. Briefly summarized, this approach entails: (i) Confronting students with an open-ended societal challenge; (ii) Placing students in teams with diverse backgrounds and expertise, and engaging those teams with materials and mentors which enable them to develop and flexibly explore detailed subject matter knowledge about the problem; (iv) Providing student teams with frameworks that enable them to hone down on one specific problem within the broad challenge; (v) Supporting student teams through a structured design studio aimed at applying their technical skills to developing a creative, technically-robust proposed solution to the specific problem they have identified.


Registration starts now

Interested students please register the course (IDPO 3500A)

via the web-based Student Information System (SIS)

Tentative schedule

Program Fee for Overseas students:

Course fee: $17,000 HKD (Non-HKUST students)

Application deadline: 31 May 2018


The course fee covers:

-          Housing and use of all facilities at HKUST

-          Course materials

-          Medical insurance

-          Expenses for Company visit and the two social activities of the program

** The Program fee excludes cost on visa, daily expenses and flight and transportation arrangements to Hong Kong.

** Upon successful completion of the Summer course, students will receive a transcript stated with HKUST credits.

** Non-local students are required to have possessed valid results of international English proficiency test that are recognized by HKUST if they are not studying at an English medium institution.