SOAR Youth Leadership Programme

The SOAR Youth Leadership Programme (SOAR) is a 1-year credit-bearing programme jointly organised by PolyU and Peking University. Students at the two universities are required to complete designated leadership courses and training and to learn more about environmental sustainability, economic development, cultural diversity, innovation, social responsibility and global perspectives by visiting and engaging in service learning in countries along the Silk Road.

SOAR was developed from two programmes: the Global Youth Leadership Programme, organised jointly with Peking University in 2013-15, and the Silk Road Leadership Programme, implemented in collaboration with Peking University and Xian Jiaotong University in 2015-16. 


Programme Objectives

To nurture students’ abilities in the following areas.

  S erving Heart
  O pen-mindedness
  A spiration
  R esponsibility

Programme Structure

Talks and workshops in Hong Kong that prepare students for service learning and provision; discussion of and preparation for youth forum on global issues

One trip in the Chinese Mainland and two international trips: learning and serving with students from the Chinese Mainland


Programme Schedule

Cohort Programme Period Application Period
2016-17 July 2016 – July 2017 Closed
2017-18 August 2017 – July 2018 Closed
2018-19 July 2018 – July 2019 From now until Dec 2017

SOAR 2018-19 Application and Requirements

Applicants of SOAR Youth Leadership Programme 2018/19

  • Applicants must be UGC-funded year one Bachelor's degree students, including local and non-local students.

Information Session of SOAR 2018/19

SOAR 2016-17

For SOAR 2016-17, 47 students travelled to Inner Mongolia, Israel and Kyrgyzstan to learn more about environmental sustainability, economic development, cultural diversity, innovation, etc.


Programme Plan for Cohort 2016-17

Date Month Period Content
2-19 Jul weeks 1st Trip: 4-days Service-Leadership Class; Peking & Inner Mongolia Study Trip
Early Sep Afternoon Workshop
Early Oct Afternoon Talk: Preparation of the Youth Forum
Early Dec Afternoon Rehearsal for the Youth Forum
Mid Jan 10 days 2nd Trip: Youth Forum and Visits in Israel
Mid Feb Afternoon Trip Review
Mid Mar Afternoon Talk: Preparation of the Service-learning trip
Mid Apr/May/Jun Afternoon Meeting for the Service-Learning trip
Mid July 2 weeks 3rd trip: Service-Learning (credit-bearing)

SOAR 2016-17 (Photo Album)