Mainland and international S-L as an excellent model for developing global citizen

Carol Hok Ka MA, Chloe Pui Yee SIU

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In the age of internationalization, global citizenship education has become an important concept, particularly in regards to worldwide curriculum reform. Different institutions around the world have been promoting the concept of global citizenship education by diversifying programs and curricula so as to prepare students with potent skills and knowledge for future challenges. International Service-Learning (ISL) is unique in itself in that it integrates community services and academic learning on a global platform.

In recent years, many scholars have brought attention to ISL in higher education and provided insight on conducting research on this kind of learning experience. These scholars agree that ISL is a strong and effective model for responding to and promoting internationalization. Compared to other forms of experiential learning models, such as study or volunteer abroad experiences, ISL serves as an ideal pedagogy: one best suited to prepare students and college graduates to be active global citizens in the 21st century.

With this in mind, Lingnan University (LU) has structured a development strategy in order to enhance the internationalization and global civic engagement of students. The Mainland and International Service -Learning Program (MISLP) is one of the main braches of programs offered by the Office of Service-Learning (OSL) in LU. Each summer, over 70 students from both Lingnan and partner universities serve and learn through projects all around the world. With the integration of Global Citizenship Education, the MISLP gives students' exposure to global issues. After the program, all participants become global citizens, gaining a greater sense of civic engagement and social responsibility.

The presentation will include different scholars’ ideas on ISL, the uniqueness and practice of the MISLP in LU, and the successful design of the MISLP, which leads to a transformative learning process for students. The MISLP provides a platform for students to develop their global citizenship and enhance their academic development in a Service-Learning setting.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2015
Event5th Asia-Pacific regional conference on service-learning: Love journey : community engagement through service-learning - Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 27 May 201529 May 2015


Conference5th Asia-Pacific regional conference on service-learning
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China
OtherFu Jen University
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