Frequently Asked Questions

What is EmpowerU?

EmpowerU is a nonprofit educational and empowerment platform that combines impact-based learning, community-based learning with expertly crafted & delivered curriculum for those on the margins of society so they can envision a better future and be empowered to create it.

How is EmpowerU different from other educational programs?

By combining technology, community, and award-winning educators, we have created a unique impact-based learning pedagogy that sets this program apart from others. Additionally, our affiliation with The Hong Kong University gives us access to world-class educational resources & networks that further make our program unique.

What programs are offered?

Our flagship program is 6 months long and designed for migrant domestic workers. In the coming months, we will be launching a program for ethnic minority Hongkongers as well.

What is the program duration?

To complete the entire EmpowerU program and receive a certificate of completion, students attend classes for four terms. Each term is roughly six months long and every year terms go from January-June and July-November. We will also offer one-off courses that will provide targeted training in select areas and students who successfully complete these one-off courses will be granted a certificate of completion for each course.

Do I attend classes online or in-person?

Currently, all classes are online-only due to Hong Kong government restrictions around COVID-19. We will be able to offer both online and in-person formats for our programs once the restrictions are eased.

Do I need to attend all the classes?

You don't have to complete all the classes unless you want a graduation certificate.

Who are the course instructors?

Our classes are conducted by experienced educators - university professors, industry professionals and certified subject matter experts to ensure the highest standard of learning.

What is the class schedule like?

Historically, classes were held on Saturdays and Sundays in two sessions each day. Due to the COVID-19 situation, we are currently conducting all classes online and we offer live-streamed courses and recorded courses that can be accessed via a smartphone or computer.

How many students are there enrolled per semester?

Currently, there is no limit on the number of students who are enrolled each semester.

Am I eligible for the program?

Our program is open to all and we welcome students from all walks of life to join in.

How much does it cost to enroll as a student?

Our 6 month flagship program for empowering domestic and migrant workers is affordably priced at HKD 500.

Will I get any certifications from this program?

This course consists of a mix of skills training, general knowledge, and certificate-granting courses. Students who complete two years of course work will get a certificate of completion by EmpowerU.

How can I sign up as an instructor?

We are always looking for passionate, committed instructors to join our team. If you've got experience in teaching or facilitation, contact us at info@empoweru.io and we'll get in touch!

How can I apply as a student?

If you or someone you know would be interested in applying to our program, send us an email at info@empoweru.io and we'll get back to you with session start dates and information regarding the application process.

How are the programs structured?

The classes are scheduled once a week for 3 hours and provide a mix of seminar / lecture-based and hands-on interactive learning. Some are outdoors and some conducted virtually. Due to the COVID-19 situation, all classes are currently being held online.