Service-Learning in the Context of Business-Community-University Partnership: The Project WeCan in Hong Kong

Daniel T. L. SHEK, Xiang LI, Yammy L. Y. CHAK, Li LIN

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In this chapter, we outline two Service-Learning (SL) subjects implemented in Project WeCan, which represents partnership among the business sector, high schools in the community, and a university in Hong Kong. For the first subject (entitled “Promotion of Children and Adolescent Development”), it focuses on theories and approaches of promoting the development of children and adolescents. For the second subject (entitled “Service Leadership through Serving Children and Families with Special Needs”), it covers the Service Leadership Theory and attributes of effective service leaders. We highlight the attributes of these two subjects and reflect on their implementation before and during COVID-19. Finally, we present several evaluation studies of the impacts of SL projects on the service providers and service recipients under face-to-face service delivery mode and online mode during the pandemic of COVID-19. The evaluation findings suggest that SL under Project WeCan can promote the quality of life of the service providers (i.e., university students) and service recipients (i.e., high school students).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationService-Learning Capacity Enhancement in Hong Kong Higher Education
EditorsGrace NGAI, Daniel T.L. SHEK
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9789811924378
ISBN (Print)9789811924361
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sept 2022

Publication series

NameQuality of Life in Asia
ISSN (Print)2211-0550
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0569

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
With the support from the Wharf Limited, “Project WeCan” has been launched in 2011. This corporate–community partnership program aims to help and provide more learning opportunities for underprivileged secondary school students. This multi-dimensional project aims to promote the well-being of socially disadvantaged students through collaboration among the commercial, community, university, and NGO sectors, which is another positive example of a “Business-in-Community initiative.” To date, Project WeCan is supported by more than 60 partner organizations (including 6 local universities and more than 40 corporations) for helping 76 participating schools, with over 70,000 students having participated in this project. In particular, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has been collaborating with this Project since 2014 as one of the SL providers. Shek, Cheng, et al. (2019) proposed the Service-Learning approach outlining the Service-Learning projects in PolyU, under the collaboration with Project WeCan.

Funding Information:
Acknowledgment The preparation for this chapter is financially supported by Wharf, Li and Fung Endowed Professorship and UGC Research Matching Grant.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.


  • Business-Community-University Collaboration
  • Hong Kong
  • Project WeCan
  • Service-Learning


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