Several civil and environmental engineering students have gained practical experience as well as insight into people's lives in remoter areas of Mainland China through taking part in Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation projects.
The Foundation, a Hong Kong registered charity, mobilizes university students, professionals and volunteers to realize sustainable projects in areas with urgent need for bridge-building. A project team is set up for each bridge – usually a joint undertaking between a Hong Kong and a mainland university – to oversee the work from initial survey to design and construction.
Brandon Cheng, Year 2, returned recently from Mixia, Yunnan, where he helped with the construction stage. This involved working with ARUP engineers and mentors from the University of Kunming as well as the physically demanding work of carrying heavy stones and steel. "While tiring, I felt it was worth it as our hard work would provide a safe bridge crossing for the villagers," he said.
The SENG participants have also enjoyed cooperating with fellow students from the mainland as well as learning more about village culture.