The Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), through its Ateneo Internationalization for Mindanao (AIM) Office and the Department of Psychology, recently organized the International Study Visit Psyched in Hong Kong from 04-08 February 2024.

Responding to the call from the Philippine Association of Psychology (PAP) to encourage the internationalization of practice among its members, this study visit aimed to deepen students’ understanding of psychology within the region. It also provided an opportunity for students to connect with Filipino psychologists abroad and gain insights into the cultures of the countries visited.

The itinerary included visits to network institutions in Hong Kong. On 05 February 2024, the Education University of Hong Kong (EduHK) warmly welcomed the ADDU delegates. They were treated to a campus tour and participated in a lecture led by Dr. Emma Butchel, a renowned TEDx speaker and social psychologist. Additionally, Dr. Tong Xiuhong and Dr. Wong Ting Yat delivered a tailored lecture on “Human Development Across The Lifespan,” followed by engaging breakout sessions.

Continuing the study tour, on 07 February 2024, the delegates visited the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), where they were given a tour of the picturesque campus. They also had the privilege of attending a lecture by Dr. Hung Kit Fok on the “Psychology of Gender.” Dr. Hung Kit Fok, a researcher in Developmental Psychology, particularly in the areas of positive youth development and adolescent mental health, shared valuable insights with the participants.

In between academic engagements, the ADDU delegates enjoyed guided tours, immersing themselves in the vibrant culture and attractions of Hong Kong. Highlights of the tour included visits to the M+ Museum, Heritage 1881/Clock Tower/Harbour, Central Kowloon, Man Mo Temple, Tai Kwan Museum, and Central Market.

The AIM Office and ADDU Department of Psychology extend their sincere appreciation to everyone who contributed to the success of this program, particularly the network institutions, EduHK and CUHK, for facilitating an enriching and informative learning experience. Special thanks go to the dedicated faculty companions, Dr. Gina Lamzon and Dr. Henzel Embalzado, for their invaluable support and guidance throughout the study visit. Lastly, they commend the enthusiastic student participants for embracing this opportunity to broaden their perspectives and contribute to the international discourse in psychology.