Hong Kong Baptist University endeavours to develop service-learning and provide at least one opportunity for every willing student to participate by 2023. To realise this plan, the University has established the Centre for Innovative Service-Learning (CISL) in December 2017 to connect academic departments to community partners, facilitate the formation of interdisciplinary teams and provide appropriate training and support for students and staff. CISL is committed to supporting the development of academic service-learning opportunities that meet community needs and foster social changes. Through service-learning, we strive to deliver the best student experience to enhance whole-person development, promote civic engagement and instil in students a sense of purpose.
Service-learning has been identified as a high-impact educational practice that can effectively prepare students for citizenship, work and life. It differs from other forms of experiential learning in that it integrates community service with academic learning, and places equal emphasis on providing benefits to students and their community. It engages students in activities that address human and community needs, together with structured opportunities for students to reflect on their intended learning outcomes. Our service-learning courses cover direct/indirect service, research-based projects and advocacy programmes, and our service users range from the elderly and schoolchildren to the working poor and the socially marginalised.
Chemistry students work with Foodlink Foundation to collect unsold bread and conduct experiments to make sure they are still edible.
Students from the Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health design games to play and engage with the elderly.
A Chinese lyrics writing course encourages students to interview socially marginalized figures and turn their stories into lyrical pieces.
Model European Union, a course that creates bonding between HKBU students and ethnic minority secondary school students.