University to fund jobs in social services

Chinese University is setting up a massive fund to provide students with training and work opportunities in social services in the next academic year.

Vice-chancellor Professor Joseph Sung Jao-yiu told RTHK that the university will use the HK$100 million foundation to work with volunteer organisations and provide students with training and jobs in Hong Kong, the mainland and even overseas.

More than HK$10 million in donations had been received so far, Sung said. The university will keep looking for donations and allocate HK$4 million to the programme every year.

Sung said most teenagers in Hong Kong are not concerned about social issues, but care more about their exam results and what kind of job they will get after graduating. 'Universities should encourage students to examine social problems more deeply, so that they can help people in need.

'The students can do social work in impoverished districts, for example by helping old people and children, so they can get a more thorough understanding of the problems in our society.'