Lingnan students shared their service-learning outcomes at the “Student Empowerment and Service-Learning” symposium held on 21 January with about 130 staff and students. The Symposium, co-organized by the Office of Service-Learning (OSL) and Student Services Centre with the theme “Service-Learning Impacts Students, Students Impact the World”, was the third under theService-Learning Festival Series to mark the 10th Anniversary of the inauguration of Service-Learning at Lingnan this year.
In the souvenir presentation ceremony, Vice-President Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho expressed that he was delighted to see how Service-Learning has impacted students and how students have impacted the world. Four on-stage presentations were held at the Symposium and twelve booths were set up to showcase students’ Service-Learning outcomes. Five thematic discussions, led by Service-Learning students, were conducted. Issues including Hong Kong’s green campaign, housing policy, ageing, farming and ecology.
To echo the University’s motto of “Education for Service”, OSL has developed and created Service-Learning programs that are influential to students, faculty and the community, including community outreach programs, family care projects, farming projects, etc. The number of Service-Learning projects has risen from 38 to 114 in the past ten years, with the number of people served increasing every year. Starting from the 2016/17 intake, Service-Learning will become a graduation requirement for Lingnan students.