Southside January 2019

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The University of Chicago opens first Hong Kong campus at Mount Davis

The University of Chicago’s first Hong Kong campus officially opened its doors at Mount Davis at the end of November, following two years of construction. The campus is housed on a historic site, once home to the Jubilee Battery which played a defensive role during the Second World War. Later it was converted into mess and quarters for the British Army Royal Engineers and in the 1960’s it became the Victoria Road Detention Centre (VRDC) under the Special Branch of the Hong Kong Police Force. Designers have been careful to preserve features including Grade 3 listed heritage buildings and heritage trails. The

University of Chicago was founded in 1890 in Hyde Park, Chicago. The new campus will be home to the School of Business Executive MBA Program Asia and Executive Education non-degree courses for professionals, as well as the University’s first undergraduate study abroad program in Hong Kong. The Honorable guest Mrs. Carrie Lam said at the opening, “Higher education institutions are essential to creating the talent we need to succeed in our global economy. They are also essential in connecting people, institutions, business and governments.” The call for faculty proposal will run until January 15.

Hong Kong Human Rights Art Prize 2018 winner announced

On December 8, Hong Kong artist Siu Wai Hang was awarded the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize (HKHRAP) 2018 for her powerful video Open Ta Kung Pao. Siu’s work was selected from a shortlist of 23 artworks. The fifth HKHRAP awards and exhibition opening ceremony was co-presented by Justice Centre Hong Kong and the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao. Two runners-up were


also chosen; Sophie Cheung Hing Yee for her mixed-media piece Soften stones 1: Tombstone for 61 students suicide since 2016, and Yuet Mei Lo for Boxed In. The Directors’ Choice Award was presented to Ching Yee Lau for Wildness in Pawn. The exhibition runs weekdays until January 11, 8am-8pm at The Hive Spring, 42 Wong Chuk Hang.

Money back on public transport The government is trying to make crossing the city easier. Starting this month, commuters will receive a 25% discount on public transportation costs when they spend over $400 each month using their Octopus card. All modes of public transport will be included. The subsidy is available to claim on the 16th day of the following month, starting this month. The claim-back amount will be capped at $300. Apply through the Octopus app.

Health kick at Horizon Plaza Popular fitness and lifestyle store, Nerd Kids for Living has opened a location at Horizon Plaza. Nerd Kids for Living retails gym equipment including; crosstrainers, foldable treadmills and rowing machines and also offers clients a personalised service to create their own fullycustomised home gym. Nerd Kids for Living, 19 Floor, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing St, Ap Lei Chau.