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CGIU21/22 open for application

Extended Application Deadline: 11:59 pm on January 26, 2022 (Wed)
All accepted teams will receive a subsidy up to HKD3,000 per team to kickstart the projects
and join the virtual CGI U annual meeting from April 11 to 13


What is Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U)?

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) is looking for undergraduates or graduates, who are addressing pressing challenges in five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

Students selected for CGI U’s programmes will receive access to personalized mentorship, social impact programming, funding opportunities through CGI U partners, and student engagement events, including the CGI U 2022 virtual annual meeting hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton. Applications will remain open through January 21, 2022.

For more details, please visit:


Key Features of CGI U

Clinton Presentation

CGI U offers one-of-a-kind training, resources, and personalized mentorship on how to ideate, design, implement, and evaluate a social impact project.


Through a year-round curriculum that includes student networking and engagement events, beginning with the global annual meeting, CGI U provides unique opportunities to connect aspiring leaders with leading experts in business, technology, social impact and each other.

Leadership Public Service Programme

CGI U participants are selected on the strength of their Commitment to Action. CGI U helps them formulate their ideas and provides the necessary resources, feedback, tools, and potential funding streams to turn their ideas into action.

The Five Focus Areas

CGI U's five focus areas guide conversations within the CGI U community and allow CGI U students to form strategic networks around common issues. While concerns in Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health are cross-cutting and often inextricably linked, CGI U asks commitment-makers to select the focus area most relevant to their work.

For details about the Five Focus Areas, please visit


Benefits of Joining the CGI U

Joining the CGI U Programme 2021/22 allowing you to gain access to:

  • Commitment to Action (CTA) curriculum, that expands on the CTA model on how to ideate, design, implement and evaluate a social impact project;
  • High-touch mentorship;
  • Access to funding streams;
  • Student engagement events, including CGI U’s annual meeting; and
  • Access to Clinton Foundation expertise, where CGI U students can explore partnership opportunities for projects aligned with the Foundation’s work.


CGI U Curriculum

All accepted CGI U students are expected to be available for the entirety of the scheduled dates of the events/ modules outlined below. Students are also strongly encouraged to attend small-group discussions, schedule one-on-one coaching sessions with Commitment Mentors, and view the self-guided webinars on YouTube.

March, 2022: Welcome Week and Onboarding

April 11-13, 2022: Annual Meeting

April - June, 2022: Module 1 | Laying the Groundwork for your Commitment

June - August, 2022: Module 2 | Taking your Project to the Next Level

August - October, 2022: Module 3 | Maintaining Momentum

CGI U Graduation Requirements
Through the online platform, Commitment Mentors will review and monitor student engagement in the CGI U curriculum and ensure that students are fulfilling requirements for graduation. To complete the CGI U program and become eligible for CGI U’s Commitment-Maker seal, letters of recommendation and other opportunities, students must complete the following over the course of the 2022 programme:

  • Participation in one, hour-long small group discussion per module (4 in total) (to be scheduled by Commitment Mentors)
  • Review of CGI U’s 30-minute webinar recordings and readings, which will be housed on the online platform, and completion of all accompanying exercises   
  • Completion of one 30-minute individual coaching session with their Commitment Mentor per module (4 in total)
  • Completion of Commitment to Action progress report

CGI U 2020/21 Highlight
Social Innovation Challenge

cgiu social challenge

Attention Technology Innovators:
Do you have an idea that will drive transformative change in
health, education, or climate justice?

Apply to join the new Verizon and CGI U Social Innovation Challenge! Undergraduate and graduate students and CGI U alumni are invited to develop leading-edge technology-based solutions—including those leveraging the power of 5G—to address significant societal challenges related to education technology, health equity, and climate justice.

Top teams have the chance to win:

  • Project seed funding and living stipend from a pool of $350K
  • An exclusive spot in a startup accelerator with VentureWell for tailored, hands-on entrepreneurial training from May 2021-August 2021
  • Expert mentorship and access to networking opportunities through CGI U, Verizon, and VentureWell
  • Opportunity to pitch ideas in September 2021 to a panel of experts

The challenge was for the early-stage social entrepreneurs and innovators, including CGI U alumni and any student currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate coursework. All applicants, enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and community colleges were encouraged to apply. No prior CGI U participation is required.


Project Highlight
Project Refresh

Keywords: Poverty Sustainability Environment Education

  • Promoting a sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle
  • Recruiting underprivileged groups to create more jobs for those needed

Funded by the Office of Student Affairs, two Vietnamese students, NGO Ngoc Phuong Anh and PHAM Thuy Duong (Year 4 students), are starting a social enterprise providing a green solution by upcycling food surplus which are fruits and vegetables into delicious and healthy soup, smoothies and snacks in Hong Kong.

In order to create job opportunities for those in need, they would like to recruit high school students, single mothers, and underprivileged groups to improve their living conditions

CGI U 2019/2020 Highlight
LU Student Discusses with Former US President Bill Clinton
About Challenges Faced During Pandemic


Karie Chan Ching-yi, a year 4 student in Sociology (left), was featured in the annual CGI U meeting’s town hall question-and-answer session with Bill Clinton (centre) and Chelsea Clinton.

Karie Chan Ching-yi, a year 4 student in Sociology (left), was featured
in the annual CGI U meeting’s town hall question-and-answer session
with Bill Clinton (centre) and Chelsea Clinton.

Five projects created by nine Lingnan University (LU) students have been selected for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) this year, largest in number among other local universities. The projects were related to Peace and Human Rights, and Public Health.


Among them, Karie Chan Ching-yi, a year 4 student in Sociology, is partnering with another student to create “Lingnan We-bond”, a project that aims to facilitate a multi-cultural and harmonious environment for LU students to achieve social integration. The team will invite international students, ethnic-minority students, and local-Chinese students studying at LU for video shooting to share their experiences and difficulties, thus allowing students to learn about different cultures and enhance their cultural sensitivity.


The 12th annual CGI U meeting’s town hall question-and-answer session featured a unique opportunity for Karie to converse with former US President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton on 19 April (Hong Kong time). Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, CGI U hosted the first virtual convening for its annual meeting to discuss the COVID-19 crisis. Karie focused on how young people can work together to combat the complex health, economic, and societal challenges that COVID-19 presents. She hopes that such an international event can guide her in understanding these global issues and broaden her horizons, which would support her goal to work at non-profit organisations or social enterprises after graduation, helping disadvantaged groups improve both the quality of their education and their quality of life.


Bill Clinton established CGI U in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. It challenges students to make “Commitments to Action” in five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health, to address global challenges that we are currently facing.

(Text: The Office of Communications and Public Affairs (OCPA))


Ms. Elaine Yam
Tel: 2616-7304