Lingnan University’s Office of Service-Learning (OSL) held the opening ceremony of the 4th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning on 5 June. The theme of this year is “Service-Learning as a Bridge from Local to Global: Connected World, Connected Future”, which aimed at gathering about 450 guests including educators, students and service providers from 19 countries and regions around the world to exchange ideas and work together for a connected future.
As a pioneer international service-learning conference held in mainland China, the four-day conference was closed with a two-day exchange session at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou on 7-8 June. Representatives from six Chinese higher institutions, including Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai City Polytechnic, South China University of Technology, Guangxi Medical University, South China Normal University and Shantou University, also came to Hong Kong to share their service-learning experiences.
At the opening ceremony, Secretary for Education the Hon Eddie Ng Hak–kim was invited to deliver opening remarks while the University’s Council Chairman the Hon Bernard Charnwut Chan gave a keynote speech on “Engaging Hong Kong: Community-University Engagement”.
Other keynote speakers were invited to share their insights on service-learning at the conference, including Mr Chung Po-yang, SBS, OBE, JP, Co-founder of DHL International and Chairman of The Hong Kong Institute of Service Leadership & Management Limited; Prof Andrew Furco, Associate Vice President for Public Engagement, the University of Minnesota, the US; Dr Mabel Erasmus, Associate Professor and Head of Service Learning, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa; Prof Cheng Huanwen, Professor of School of Information Management and Chief Librarian, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China; and Ms Gorri Lau, Office Managing Partner of Deloitte, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Certified Public Accountants LLP Guangzhou Branch, China.
The four-day conference also included pre-conference visits to BiciLine Cycling Eco-Tourism Social Enterprise, the headquarters of Senior Citizen Home Safety Association (SCHSA) at Oi Man, Homantin and New Life Farm. Conference attendants were also invited to participate in life experiences simulation at Crossroads Foundation, pre-conference workshops on journal article writing, the Service-Learning Asia Network (SLAN) meeting, as well as the welcoming party “WOW Night”.
For more information about the conference, please visit: http://www.ln.edu.hk/osl/conference2013/.