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The city of Hong Kong offers a gateway to one of the most dynamic and significant regions of the globe and is a growing leader in economic development, transportation efficiency, artistic expression, educational reform, and environmental conservation. This rapid growth and modernization present opportunities as well as difficulties, but WPI students are more than up for the task as they bring ingenious approaches to an array of challenges to make an impact in local communities.

Over 20 Partners and Sponsors

Working with project center partners and sponsors, students have tackled a variety of issues from investigating how to make Hong Kong’s fishing industry more sustainable, to evaluating educational software, to helping Chinese students improve English language skills.

  • Caritas Adult and Higher Education Services
  • Caritas Charles Vath College
  • Caritas Francis Hsu College
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Civic Exchange
  • Designing Hong Kong
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Harbour Business Forum
  • Hong Kong Business Environment Council
  • Hong Kong Council of Social Service
  • Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • Hong Kong Museum of History
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Hong Kong Port and Maritime Board
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Jet Technics
  • Lingnan University
  • Maritime Museum
  • Urban Renewal Authority
  • World Wide Fund for Nature
  • World Wildlife Fund
I think that it [project work] was definitely a big learning that I'm still carrying with me.
Gregor Kronenberger, ’04

Project Case Study - Designing Victoria Harbour: Integrating, Improving, and Facilitating Marine Activities

Photo of the cityThe Problem

Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor has little space for commercial and recreational activities due to its expansive industrial growth and its crowded coastal region.

The Process

Sponsored by non-profit Designing Hong Kong Ltd., a team of WPI students evaluated the harbor design and identified opportunities for improvements to create a “living harbor” where industrial, commercial, and recreational interests could co-exist.

The Results

Following a seven week study of the waterfront and the needs of the people living and working in Victoria Harbour, the students produced a comprehensive package of resources and recommendations, including an extensive Google Earth database of the harbor and a list of opportunities for small improvements with major impacts, such as adding and improving public piers and steps and increasing sheltered water spaces.