Office of Service-Learning

Goals and Objectives

PolyU is committed to providing a holistic education to our students. Our focus is not only in the core areas such as critical thinking, problem solving, professional knowledge, and career development, but also in intangible areas such as civic responsibility and social justice.

In the past several years our university has successfully encouraged many students to engage with society through community service, mostly in the form of non-credit bearing, co-curricular activities, both local and offshore. The 4-year curriculum takes the next logical step to strengthen the learning aspects of social engagement through academic credit-bearing subjects on service learning.

To ensure academic quality, these subjects must have proper teaching, practice, and assessment components. To ensure that all our students benefit from this form of learning, it will be made compulsory for all students. Students should also be provided with ample choices in terms of themes, scales, contexts, clients, and nature of involvement.


To help establish PolyU as a leader in service-learning and University Social Responsibility, and foster a campus culture of community service that benefits the students, the community and the University.
In partnership with staff, students and community, we are committed to advancing service-learning and community engagement at PolyU and preparing students to become civic-minded professionals with a heart to serve.
Goals and Objectives
To achieve the mission, we strive to work collaboratively with community partners and PolyU departments and units to:
1. Support and assist in the development and implementation of high-impact credit-bearing service-learning subjects at PolyU;
2. Promote effective service-learning pedagogies that enhance students’ learning and development as a civic-minded professional;
3. Solicit and sustain community support for service-learning at PolyU;
4. Provide further opportunities and support for students’ continual engagement in meaningful community services beyond credit-bearing service-learning subjects;
5. Advance the scholarship and research in service-learning through rigorous evaluation studies of impacts and community-based research; and
6. Foster inter-institutional collaboration in service-learning, both locally and internationally.