Chi Wah Learning Commons

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The 6,000 m2 Chi Wah Learning Commons (智華館) is located at the podium levels of the University’s Centennial Campus.  The facility, which spreads over three levels, is a technology-rich, shared or common space in which students, teachers and others can come together to interact, and participate in various kinds of learning activities held there.  There are a number of entrances to the Learning Commons, one of which is on the Ground (G) floor, the courtyard level, with a spiral staircase connecting levels 1 and 2 (CPD-1 and CPD-2) of the Learning Commons vertically.

Learning Spaces

A variety of spaces are provided for individual and self-paced learning in the Learning Commons. These include quiet study areas, reading and lounging areas and individual workstations. Collaborative learning spaces are provided in the form of group study rooms, more traditionally styled work tables as well as diner booth style places that are well suited to group interactivity. 

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Learning Spaces (Level 1)
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Learning Spaces (Level 2)


On technology side, the Learning Commons is well provided with wired and wireless (WiFi) network connectivity, audio-visual facilities in group study rooms (book Here), all-in-one desktop PCs dispersed across the area, as well as A4/A3 printers for color and black/white printing and copying (locations: Level 1 (CPD-1); Level 2 (CPD-2)).

Opening Hours

For the opening hours of the Learning Commons, please click Here for details.

Student Advisory Services

On the second floor of Learning Commons (map), there is a Student Advisory Services Zone where students may seek advice from Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES).

The Student Advisory Services Zone consists of an open space where the advisors are on duty; a Language Practice Laboratory (to be opened later); and nine interview rooms for one-on-one discussions. There is a display screen at each end of the Zone showing the servicing hours of the advising departments.

The following outlines the types of advice that students will be able to obtain in the Learning Commons.

The Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES) will provide English writing support in one-on-one sessions where undergraduates and postgraduate students can come to:

  • get advice from teaching assistants;
  • learn how to analyze and plan an assignment;
  • learn how to grow as a writer;
  • develop writing techniques in both academic and literary writing.

Support Services

The Learning Environment Services (LES) team of Information Technology Services is responsible for the day-to-day operation and support services of the Learning Commons.  There are staff members on duty in the staff office at Level 1.

User Rules and Guidelines

The Learning Commons is a campus hub for student-centered learning activities.

It is not open to the public. 

Visitors to the Learning Commons must be accompanied by a staff member of the University.

Visiting must arranged at least one working day in advance.

The Security Guards may require individuals entering the Learning Commons to show their university cards for identification purpose.

Please submit visiting request here.

Visitors access is temporary suspended.

Inside the Learning Commons, users must exhibit respectable behavior, and must not jeopardize the rights of other users of the facility.  While interactions and group discussions are encouraged, such activities should be carried out in a manner as not to cause undue disturbance to other users.

Please read the Rules and Guidelines for using the Learning Commons.


Users of the Learning Commons are invited to provide feedback on the facilities and services provided in the facility.  

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