Service leadership education and research at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University of Hong Kong (PolyU) : an overview

Tan Lei Shek, R.C.F. Sun, Lu Yu, Man Sze Ma, Man Hong Andrew Siu, Hildie Leung, M.Y.M. Law

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Several credit-bearing subjects have been developed at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), including a 2-credit “service leadership” subject, a 3-credit “service leadership” subject in the Cluster Area Requirement, a free elective 3-credit “service leadership” subject, and a 3-credit “service leadership through serving children and families with special needs” subject. Noncredit-bearing service leadership programs including the Global Youth Leadership Program and Wofoo Leaders’ Network have also been designed. Different evaluation mechanisms including objective outcome evaluation, subjective outcome evaluation, process evaluation, and qualitative evaluation were carried out to evaluate the credit-bearing subjects. Results generally revealed that students showed positive change in service leadership qualities and well-being after they took the subjects and they gave very positive feedback about the subjects. Research and publication programs have also been carried out at PolyU.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPromoting service leadership qualities in university students : the case of Hong Kong
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9789812875143, 9789812875150, 981287514X, 9812875158
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Service leadership education
  • University students
  • Credit-bearing courses
  • Noncredit-bearing programs
  • Evaluation
  • Student well-being
  • Leadership qualities


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