Summer EU Student Exchange: TOP-UP Programme BRUSSELS 2016

Every year, European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong (EUAP) holds a summer top-up programe aiming at enhancing students’ knowledge on the EU and on its role in different global issues. The 5-day EUAP Summer EU Top-up Programme is organized by EUAP with the support of the European Union (EU) and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels (HKETO).

15 students from 3 local universities (Hong Kong Baptist University, the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong) from different majors joined the programme between 20/6 and 24/6 this year. Throughout the trip they were offered chances to visit the EU institutions, engage in discussion with EU/HK officials and students on various topics. This year the trip also features a visit to Bruges, a World Heritage Site of UNESCO.

On 21/6, the participants had a chance to visit the European External Action Service (EEAS) of the European Union and listen to the briefings given by the EU officials. EEAS represented the EU in global scene and facilitates the discussion of many major topics and issues with other countries. Some topics were selected which were of interest to the students such as HK-EU relation, Migration Crisis, EU Counter-Terrorism Policy and EU human Rights Policy.

On the following day, an introduction session of the HKETO was given by Mr. Jeffrey Chim (Assistant Representative) on the function of the HKETO which covered 15 European countries and HK-EU relations. Special highlight this year went to the exchange session with the Administrative Officers (AO) who were also in attachment to HKETO in Brussels this year.

A briefing session and guided tour of the Parliament was held for students on the fourth day of the programme. The Information officer explained the functions and composition of the EU parliament, the work of parliamentarians and the daily operation of the parliament itself.

To know more about the Belgian culture and history, the group also traveled to Bruges for an excursion. The tour was led by a professional guide by giving off some geographical information and history of the city.

For more details, please visit EUAP website at http://euap.hkbu.edu.hk/main/summer-eu-student-exchange-top-up-programme-brussels-2016/