2nd Summit on University Social Responsibility cum
International Conference on Service-Learning
19-21 November, 2014
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong
The Inaugural International Conference on Service-Learning was held successfully on November 20-21, 2014. The Conference demonstrated PolyU's role and trend-setting model in Service-Learning (SL) among institutions, and provided a platform for nearly 200 international and local researchers, practitioners, faculty members, administrators, and students to share and learn effective practices, to discover opportunities and resources, to be inspired and challenged, and to build up networks and foster partnerships. The conference consisted of two keynote speeches, two panel discussion sessions, eight full paper presentation sessions, one student paper presentation session and three poster sessions.
Professor Andrew Furco, Associate Vice-President for Public Engagement and Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of Minnesota, shared his views on the challenges in academic research and development in SL. Ms. Barbara Caynes, Executive Director of Massachusetts Campus Compact, spoke about the opportunities for collaboration and partnership.
Two panels of esteemed speakers led discussion on the challenges that our community is facing. One panel examined the issues from the perspective of university management, with speakers from the USA, China, Israel and Singapore. The other fostered a dialogue among different stakeholders, with speakers from the USA, Hong Kong and Rwanda, representing universities, non-government organizations and business enterprises.
In total, 51 full papers, 14 poster abstracts, and 6 student papers were submitted from 7 regions: the United States, Vietnam, the Philippines, the Chinese Mainland, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong. Based on the review results, the committee shortlisted 31 full papers for oral presentation, 10 poster abstracts with 11 additional full papers for poster presentation and 5 student papers. These papers were classified into the following categories for presentation: Personal Development, College life, Engineering and Technology, Health and Language Services, Academic Elements, Learning and Assessment, Impact and Partnership, and Internationalization.