Service-learning as a vehicle for youth leadership: The case of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Stephen C.F. Chan, Grace Ngai, Jenny Yuk Ping Yau, Walter W. Yuen, Tan Lei Shek, Helena Au

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingChapter in an edited book (as author)Academic researchpeer-review


At PolyU, we instituted service-learning as an effective experiential pedagogy to nurture social responsibility which is also strongly related to youth leadership, leading ultimately to improvements in the quality of life of the students themselves, as well as the communities that they serve. While designing an effective program to integrate service-learning into our undergraduate academic programs, we aim to address the well-known motivational needs of human behavior: autonomy, competence, and relatedness, as well as the desirable qualities of leadership and global outlook. We have also taken into consideration the specific cultural characteristics of higher education in Hong Kong. The result is an academic service-learning program which is compulsory yet includes a wide selection of subjects, structured instructions balanced with student-based learning, challenging as well as meaningful service projects, and a growing set of boundary-crossing, international projects in far away radically different cultures. This chapter discusses the design of the program in some details.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationService-learning for youth leadership
Subtitle of host publicationThe case of Hong Kong
EditorsT.L. Shek, G. Ngai, S.C.F. Chan
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-13-4418-3
ISBN (Print)978-981-13-0447-7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2019


Dive into the research topics of 'Service-learning as a vehicle for youth leadership: The case of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this