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Learn to Serve, Serve to Learn: Introduction to Service-Learning

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

This course aims to introduce you to the concept of Service-Learning, and to equip you with the basic knowledge, attitudes and skills required for planning and implementing a Service-Learning project effectively.

It consists of an Introduction, 4 instructional units, and an End-of-Course Test. You will be awarded a Certificate of Completion upon successfully completing all the requirements of the course.


There are no specific pre-requisites to take this course.

Course Staff

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Dr NGAI, Grace

Grace graduated from Brown University and Johns Hopkins University in the United States. Since starting her career at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, she has successfully pioneered a number of teaching initiatives, one of the most prominent being Service-Learning. She brings students on service projects in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Cambodia, and Rwanda.

Together with her team, she proposed one of the first Service-Learning subjects at PolyU, and she has been instrumental in the effort to support and promote PolyU’s Service-Learning initiative. She was the founding coordinator of the Sub-committee for Service-Learning Subjects, which oversees the approval and offering of all Service-Learning subjects, and the co-facilitator of the Community of Practice on Service-learning. Through numerous T&L projects, they have initiated workshops, seminars, and salons on topics in offering, assessing, and conducting scholarly work in Service-Learning.

From 6 subjects and 200 students in 2012, as of 2016, PolyU has over 50 regularly-offered subjects which cater to over 4,000 students every year. Her team was awarded the Hong Kong University Grants Committee Teaching Award in 2016.

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This course was developed as part of the multi-institutional project "Cross-institutional Capacity Building for Service-Learning in Hong Kong Higher Education Institutions" (PolyU4/T&L/16-19), funded by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong.

The project was a collaboration between (in alphabetical order):

  Hong Kong Baptist University

  Lingnan University

  The Education University of Hong Kong

  The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

We would also like to thank the students, staff, and community partners who took part in the interviews and shared their experience and practical wisdom with us throughout the development of this course.