The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has committed itself to be a socially responsible university. As part of that commitment, Service-learning has been made a core credit-bearing component of its undergraduate programs since 2012. We, in collaboration with several other universities from over the world similarly committed, are now organizing “The Second University Social Responsibility Summit cum Inaugural International Service-Learning Conference” on 19-21, November, 2014, at the university’s hotel and campus in Hong Kong. At the USR Summit on 19 Nov, senior management from universities around the world will speak on the broad issues of social responsibility. On 20-21 Nov, the inaugural International Conference on Service-Learning focuses on the research, scholarship and practice of service-learning.
Service-Learning is now recognized as a highly effective pedagogical tool. The integration of community service into the academic curriculum in higher education is embraced wholeheartedly in many countries, and is gathering momentum in many other places all over the world. The Conference aims to further promote the scholarly development of the relevant theories, models, and tools of service-learning. Through this opportunity, academic practitioners, faculty members, administrators, and students gather together to share and learn effective practices, to discover opportunities and resources, to be inspired and challenged, and to network and foster partnerships.