Nurturing service leaders through service learning for university students

Hildie Leung, Man Sze Ma, Tan Lei Shek, M.Y.M. Law

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingConference article published in proceeding or bookAcademic research


To meet the demand for service leaders in today’s service-oriented economies, The Hong Kong Institute of Service Leadership and Management (HKI-SLAM) proposed the service leadership model advocating that effective service leadership is a function of moral character, leadership competencies, and a caring disposition (E=MC2). A 3-credit service learning subject entitled “Service Leadership through Serving Children and Families with Special Needs” was developed at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University to enable students to learn, apply, and reflect on the essential qualities of effective service leaders through developing and implementing service programs to adolescents, children and families at the Society of Boys’ Centre and Heep Hong Society. 145 students participated in this subject across two semesters in the 2013-14 academic year. This paper introduces the subject and reports the results based on subjective outcome evaluation and feedback of students from agency staffs. Student reflections and implications on the nurturing of service leaders through service learning will also be discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st International Conference on Service-Learning, Nov 20-21, 2014, Hong Kong
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event1st International Conference on Service-Learning [ICSL] - , Hong Kong
Duration: 20 Nov 201421 Nov 2014


Conference1st International Conference on Service-Learning [ICSL]
Country/TerritoryHong Kong


  • Service leadership
  • Service learning
  • University students
  • Service leadership model


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