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Supported and funded by the Student Affairs Office, Global Student Ambassadors (GSAs) are encouraged to organise self-initiated individual/ team local projects with global learning elements. As global citizens, GSAs should learn to design and implement projects addressing global issues in the local community context. Such projects should be carried out in Hong Kong, with post-project showcases on campus to share the learning experience and outcomes with the PolyU community.

GSAP Community Learning Projects


  • Provide opportunities for GSAs to strengthen their project learning abilities such as research, investigation, planning, collaboration and implementation in order to enhance their global awareness in the local context.
  • Inspire and support GSAs to further strengthen their ability to reflect on learning experiences, so as to understand more about themselves, others, and what’s happening around them locally and globally.


fundingFunding Support


Project Type

Maximum Amount per Project

Individual Project


Team Project



  • Both individual and team projects are accepted.
  • For individual project, the applicant must be a Global Student Ambassador.
  • For team project, the team should consist of 2 to 4 Global Student Ambassadors.
  • The project must be non-credit-bearing / non-course required.

Project Categories

The projects should fall into one of the following categories:

  • Social Innovation
  • Service-Learning
  • Student Integration

Other categories of projects are subject to approval. 

Selection Criteria

Criteria for selection include the proposed project’s objectives, level of innovation, viability and expected impact of the project.

  • Relevance to the objectives
  • A clear and SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) project plan that is innovative and sustainable
  • A clear and realistic budget that directly relates to the costs of delivering the project plan
  • Project impact in terms of scope, magnitude, significance
  • Members should state clearly the work distribution in the proposal
  • Post-project plan for sharing the outcomes and impacts with the PolyU community


trainingPre-project Training 

To facilitate students’ whole-person development and community project preparation, all GSAs will be invited to attend 2 tailor-made workshops.

Training Workshop 1 (3 hours)


  • Introduction to Cultural Intelligence (CQ)
  • Importance of CQ for whole-person development and cross-cultural collaboration
  • CQ elements and self-assessment
  • Concepts and skills of Global Student Ambassadors
  • Experiential learning in groups

Training Workshop 2 (3 hours)


  • Practical design thinking skill sets in small teams
  • Examples of design thinking in social innovation, service-learning and daily life
  • Design thinking step-by-step

Experiential learning in groups: Empathy, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test


coachingCoaching for Project Development & Implementation

Further coaching and guidance will be provided to facilitate project development, implementation and reporting.


(In view of the development regarding the novel coronavirus, some of the activities may be conducted online.)