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The Summer Institute was organized collaboratively by Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and Department of Sociology at Peking University for postgraduate students. The objective of this partnership is to respond to the needs of new social policy, rapid development of China social work and social work education, and relevant researches.
The forth Summer Institute “Rural-Urban Dynamics of Social Development in China and India” was held from July 26th to August 6, 2010 in Peking. 6 faculty members and 30 students had interesting lectures and field visits to discuss the differences on the rural-urban dynamics of social development in developing countries such as China and India.
The third Summer Institute “Mental Health in China & US” was conducted from July 7th to 18th, 2008 in Hong Kong and Xi’an, Shanxi Province. 7 faculty members and 28 graduate students underwent lectures, field visits and cultural tours during the 2-week intensive course to discuss mental health services in Hong Kong, mainland China and the United States.
The second Summer Institute “Social Development”: Poverty and Social Inclusion was held from July 14th to 28th, 2007 in Hong Kong and Kunming, Yunnan Province. 8 faculty members and 34 graduate students participated and interacted as a learning community. Besides the institute programs, participants also joined the 15th International Consortium for Social Development Symposium, to share views about advancing social development in a global context.
The first Summer Institute “Aging in China” was successfully launched in Beijing in 2006 from July 2nd to 14th. 10 faculty members and 32 graduate students from three institutions participated to examine the aging issues in China. Participants engaged in 18 lectures and 4 field visits to local nursing homes and communities in Beijing. Comparative studies among three societies: mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and the US were conducted by groups of diverse Cultural background. Positive feedback were given towards the cross-cultural learning experiences.