The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is committed to foster sustainable development through education and research. Service-Learning(SL) combines formal academic study and community service to enhance students’ sustainable learning and social responsibility. Since 2013, a 3-credit Service-Learning subject entitled “Promotion of Children and Adolescent Development” has been offered to 981 PolyU students from different disciplines. Through this subject, students have served more than 3,000 migrant children in mainland China(Video 1 and 2) and 6,400 secondary school students in Hong Kong. Evaluation findings suggest that the subject significantly contributes to sustainable development of university students, their service targets and the communities.
Stu Brew is Europe’s first ever microbrewery to be managed by and for students, with the sales profits being invested back into training and development for students and overall long-term sustainability of the enterprise. The brewery was set up as a Student Community Action Newcastle (SCAN) scheme, which has been supported to establish sustainability projects as a part of the National Union of Students (NUS) Student Green Fund. Reflecting the strong focus on student entrepreneurship at Newcastle, Stu Brew is run as a social enterprise to support student development and help improve their employability skills.
Green School Bali
An ambitious, student-centred renewable energy project, Green School’s Operation Rain or Shine (OROS) represents integrated and purposeful learning at its best. Encouraging responsible global citizenship and learning around sustainability – for Green School and the surrounding community, students develop holistically with skills and competencies critical for the world of today and tomorrow. Applying systems thinking, scientific inquiry, analysis, design, physical challenge, team-work, communication and more, OROS aims to be a showcase to the world of renewable energy and student Green Leadership. An inspiring example of how through entrepreneurial problem solving, children can make a real difference in the world now.