Skip to Main Content
Liberal Arts Education Transformation For Life
Start main Content



 CGIU20/21 open for application

Application has been closed

Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Programme 2020/21
Link to CGIU Video

What is Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U)?

Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) brought together more than 1,000 innovative student leaders to make Commitments to Action in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Through the CGI University Network, Resolution Project, Commitments Challenge, and other opportunities, over US$750,000 in funding will be available to select CGI U students to help them 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


The Clinton Global Initiative University is looking for student leaders who are:

  • Committed to take action in their community to address a pressing challenge;
  • Motivated to make a positive change in the areas of education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health. 


Students accepted into CGI U will participate in a year-round programme that includes 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.

Application has been closed

CGI U 2021 Programme Schedule

All accepted CGI U students are expected to be available for the entirety of the scheduled dates of the four online modules outlined below. Accepted students are required to attend and fully participate in all online module activities. The average time commitment is 3 hours per module.

Online Module One
February 2021

Online Module Two
March 2021

Online Module Three
April 2021

Online Module Four
May 1, 2021 - November, 2021

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 2021 program:

  • 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

Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Meeting 2020/21 Highlight:

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 is open to early-stage social entrepreneurs and innovators, including CGI U alumni and any student currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate coursework. We welcome all applicants, and strongly encourage students enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and community colleges to apply. No prior CGI U participation is required.


Apply for the opportunity to compete in the Verizon and CGI U 2021 Social Innovation Challenge

by April 1, 2021.


For more information and to submit your idea, visit:


Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Meeting 2019/20 Highlight:

LU student discusses with former US President Bill Clinton about challenges faced during pandemicKarie 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 


Return to other signature programmes