Promoting leadership and intrapersonal competence in university students: What can we learn from Hong Kong?

Tan Lei Shek, Rachel C.F. Sun

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To promote leadership and intrapersonal competence in university students, a general education course based on the positive youth development approach was developed at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. The course was piloted in four classes of students in the 2010/11 academic year. After completion of the course, subjective outcome evaluation data based on a validated instrument were collected from 189 students. Results showed that the students generally had positive perceptions of the program and implementers, with over 90 % of the participants indicating that they were satisfi ed with the program and that the program was perceived as helpful to them in the domains of holistic development and leadership. Multiple regression analysis revealed that perceived qualities of the program was a major factor predicting perceived effectiveness of the program.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-228
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012


  • Intrapersonal competence
  • Leadership
  • Positive youth development
  • Subjective outcome evaluation
  • University students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing

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