China-Japan-Korea SERVE Initiative 2017

The first cross-bordered collaborative China-Japan-Korea SERVE Initiative has completed in Japan. This Initiative has brought together 57 students from the four universities to Kyoto. They visited the earthquake museum and local districts in Kobe to learn about the Japanese’s persistence and modesty in living with the nature. Divided into five service groups, they had a glance on the active ageing situation in both cities and rural areas. Together with the local elderlies and organisations, they proposed and co-created events, workshops, and public engagement in Kyoto. Their fruitful experiences were showcased and presented in the form of an exhibition in Kyoto University. Also, it is indispensable to mention that these students from Japan, Korea, and China have brought home with them a once-in-a-lifetime memory and friendship.

Collaborating Partners The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Peking University
Kyoto University
Ewha Womans University
Location Kyoto, Japan
— Keihanna Science Park
— Ashiu Research Forest
— Kyoto City
— Sabae City
— Miyazu City

“Active elderlies in Japan cherish every single relationship with their peers and treasure the opportunity to build good relationship with youngsters. Elderly is never a burden of the society.”

Koey Ko, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University [Right]

“It was memorable and meaningful to work with students from different countries, we gave ideas on elderly situation based on our daily experiences and combined them to form complete solutions.”

Jack Wong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University [Most Right]

“My priority becomes group achievement rather than my own. The most touching moment was when we who were from three countries proposed ideas for making Japanese local community greater and local citizen seriously discussed with us about the ideas."

Keiichi Ishizu, Kyoto University [Most Right]

“After the CJK Initiative, I feel stronger connection with Japan and Korea... I am eager to learn their languages and culture to better communicate with them. And I have a most touching moment when one Japanese elderly – who was the cameraman that took photos for us all the time – made a wonderful photo collection as a gift for us on the last day. In return we gave him a Chinese knot and he proudly showed us the knot after he tied it on his bag.”

Sijia (Scarlettee) Yao, Peking University [Most Front]

“CJK SERVE Initiative taught me how to make friends beyond cultural and historical borders. Through new friendships, I re-learned about my own potentials and limits. I will always remember the positive synergy our team created together, further solidifying good deeds.”

Jieun (Cecilia) Park, Ewha Womans University

Other Programme Discriptions

With the University Social Responsibilities Network inaugurated in 2015, and now a line-up of 14 members from across the world with strong programmes in USR, the Network is well poised to soar high to meet its ambition in joining hands to promote USR worldwide. In this connection, it is of utmost importance and urgency for the Network to well articulate its vision and mission and have a well thought-out roadmap to guide its future development. The executive committee of the Network has committed in 2016 to build on more learning programmes among students within the network members and other invited Universities. Under this context the China-Japan-Korea SERVE Initiative is piloted in Summer 2017.

The teaching faculties come from the Department of Applied Social Sciences and the School of Design. This programme therefore provides cross-disciplinary knowledge that (1) helps students understand, compare and contrast the different perspectives and issues of aging among Japan, Korea, the Mainland, and Hong Kong; (2) ignites students with passion to get along with and serve elderly. Students will attend classes in mid-May before going to the service trip in August 2017. This learning experience will nurture students’ serving heart, enhance cross-cultural competence and build friendship with students from different nations.