Activities held by European Union Academic Programme (EUAP) in December 2014

2014-12-22

Activities held by European Union Academic Programme (EUAP)

Film Screening “24 Days: The True Story of the Ilan Halimi Affair” and Q&A Session on Anti-Semitism in France (2 December 2014)

The film tells the true, harrowing story of the month-long kidnapping of 23-year-old Ilan Halimi, whose case prompted a massive police manhunt and eventually a national outcry against antisemitism in France. Over 60 students from the European Studies Programme attended the activity. Before the screening, Mr. Simon Goldberg, Director of Education of Hong Kong Holocaust & Tolerance Centre explained the background of the film. A special Q&A session with Ms. Ruth Halimi, Ilan’s mother and Mr. Eli Bitan, Board Member of Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival was held with students raising a number of questions regarding the story portrayed in the film and also the general anti-Semitic problem in France. It is asked if anti semitism is serious in France and why is it a taboo in the society. Students were also curious to know about where the current anti semitism is coming from, and its relation with the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine and the immigrant situation in France. 

This event was organised by the Hong Kong Holocaust & Tolerance Centre (HKHTC) and the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival (HKJFF) and co-organised by European Studies Programme, HKBU and the EUAP.

A Series of Events Related to Green Living and Sustainability

In the past several months, the EUAP in cooperation with over 30 local Hong Kong partners including different academic and  non-academic institutions, civil society groups, HKSAR Government representatives and other organisations organised a series of events related to green living and sustainability targeting on Malmö, urban planning strategy of Barcelona and societal innovation issue of Helsinki. These informative and interactive events aimed to raise the public awareness on the significance of collaborating environmental, social and economic development so as to constitute a highly sustainable smart city.

Barcelona:

Barcelona, a cosmopolitan, dynamic and entrepreneurial metropolis, is considered one of the most attractive European cities to live. It has been implementing innovative technological strategies at the urban scale to propel the transformation from Urban Planning towards Urbanetics, in order to sustainably improve its industrial, social and economic development. With the supporting organisations Consulate General of Spain, Invest in Catalonia, Barcelona Regional, and the City Council of Barcelona, the EUAP particularly organised the following cultural events to introduce the public the background information and development of Barcelona.

25 September 2014

Public Seminar on Barcelona, Smart City: Tradition and Innovation

21 November 2014

Public Seminar on How to Make a Smart City Liveable: Participatory Planning, Arts & Urban Governance in Barcelona by Dr. Christina West

27 November 2014

Public Seminar on the Economic and Urban Transformation of a City- the Barcelona Experience by Mario Rubert

02 December 2014

Public Seminar on the Transformation from Urban Planning to Urbanetics, from Ratios to Real-time Data: Urban Cybernetics by Willy Müller

The events mainly focused on the strategies and sustainable solutions used to make Barcelona a liveable smart city, and how citizens’ participation, urban social movements, arts and urban governance consolidate the improvement in its planning processes. Together with the profound and all-round information given by the honourable guests, these events served as a platform that facilitated the informative interaction between students and different institutions.

Helsinki:

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is the most populous municipality and urban area with an urban population of 1.2 million. It is also the core research centre of different political, educational, financial, and cultural sectors in Finland. The series of events was supported by European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks, Invotech, Efficiency Unit ( HKSAR Government), Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong specifically reveal how this city innovatively integrates different policy guidelines and strategies into ecological and societal development through systemic value networking. In addition, the significance of Public Sector Information (PSI) in structuring and consolidating the public open data and information from stakeholders in business and community groups, in order to achieve operational improvements in their markets’ productivity also risk exchange and opening management.

25 November 2014

Public Seminar on Public Open Data: Business Opportunities and Risks – Experiences from Europe and Hong Kong by Tanja Lahti

24 November 2014

Helsinki: The Smart & Open Urban Region by Tanja Lahti

26 November 2014

Public Seminar on Enhancing Cohesiveness and Transparency of Public Services through Public Sector Information – The Experiences in the Cities of Helsinki Metropolitan Area  by Tanja Lahti

28 November 2014

Two-session Seminar on 21st Century Knowledge Society in Europe: The Case of the Greater Helsinki Region & Hong Kong Knowledge City: Policy Recommendations from a European Perspective by Markku Markkula

1 December 2014

Public Seminar on What's Next for European Innovation Policy – Are Regional Innovation Ecosystems and Societal Innovation the Way Forward? by Markku Markkula

Malmö:

Malmö as an internationally received example of urban sustainability initiative demonstrates high awareness in promoting the idea of environmental sustainability through its successive transformations and implementations on green urban planning as well as environmental conservation measures in the past few decades. In cooperation with the Consulate General of Sweden, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong Green Building Council, Hong Kong Design Centre (Business of Design Week) and City of Malmö, the EUAP organised the following highlighted events comprehensively discussing the issue on energy consumption, relation between agriculture and urban planning, waste management strategy, adaptations of non-renewable energy sources and others.

05 December 2014

Public Seminar- Malmö: How to Become the World's Most Sustainable City? by Joakim Nordqvist

08 December 2014

Public Seminar on The Role of Green in the Future Eurocity by Ola Melin

Public Seminar on Urban Agriculture, Corporate Citizenship and the New Design of Sustainable Business Models by Hans Hassle.

09 December 2014

Public Seminar on Green- Roofing and Green Health by Louise Lundberg

Public Seminars: Malmö's 'Hyllie Climate Contract'- City/Private Enterprises Cooperation by Joakim Nordqvist

10 December 2014

Workshop for Green Groups/ NGOs, Green- Roofing: Practical Applications by Louise Lundberg

Round-table Discussion on Organizational Learning and Citizens' Participation in City Malmö by Joakim Nordqvist

The wide range of topics covered in these events facilitate bilateral discussion and interaction between public and green authorities in order to generate more in-depth information which can enhance Hong Kong’s capability in implementing different green practices.