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IARSLCE Asia-Pacific Community of Practice

IARSLCE Asia-Pacific Community of Practice (APCoP) 

Introduction

The IARSLCE Asia-Pacific Community of Practice is a community established to promote the development and dissemination of research on service-learning and community engagement and build strong partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region. This community of practice (CoP) is a part of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE ) an international non-profit organization for scholars, practitioners, and community partners to engage in high quality trans-disciplinary research across a wide range of approaches and forms of service-learning and community engagement.

At the IARSLCE Virtual Conference held in November 2021, a gathering was organised for the Asia-Pacific Region. Participants expressed interest in continued dialogue and cooperation. Subsequently, a series of email exchanges among individual parties led to the formation of the APCoP under IARSLCE. Membership in the APCoP is open. Interested parties please contact the provisional secretariat.

In recent years, the Asia-Pacific region has become more and more active in adopting service-learning as an impactful teaching pedagogy. The region is tremendously rich in diversity in many dimensions: ethnicity, culture, history, language, political system, economic progress, etc. Such diversity offers great challenges as well as opportunities for innovative applications in service-learning; hence a greater need for scholarly research in a wide range of relevant aspects.

The community realizes that we have a lot to learn from and collaborate with each other. We recognize that many related communities exist already, such as conferences, national organizations, etc., each with its own history, objectives, and membership. The APCoP encourages collaboration in scholarly research and applications. Our membership is open and inclusive. Most founding and current members are also members of multiple existing organisations.


Universities/organizations/countries currently involved
(Affiliations in alphabetical order; the list will be updated periodically as appropriate)
Name Affiliations
Mark Anthony D. ABENIR Ateneo de Manila University, The Philippines
Shirley WORLAND Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Jiawen CAI Duke Kunshan University, China
Harry VANANH ECO Vietnam Group, Vietnam
Mikiko NISHIMURA International Christian University, Japan
Un LEANG Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Hironori YAMAGUCHI Ritsumeikan University, Japan
George THADATHIL Salesian College , India
Grace NGAI The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKSAR, China
Kam Por KWAN The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKSAR, China
Kenneth WK LO The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKSAR, China
Rina F. CAMUS The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKSAR, China
Shuheng LIN The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKSAR, China
Lentson Amos The United Board of Christian Higher Education
Maher SPURGEON The United Board of Christian Higher Education
Mercy PUSHPALATHA The United Board of Christian Higher Education
Atsuko KURONUMA The University of Tokyo, Japan
Wiyatiningsih Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, Indonesia
Margaret MALONE University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Louella McCARTHY University of Wollongong, Australia
Dung NGUYEN Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Provisional secretariat (SLLO) and contact

Service-Learning and Leadership Office, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Email: iarslce.apcop@polyu.edu.hk

 

List of activities
Date Event Recording / Website
16-20 Nov 2022 The 4th International Conference on Service-Leaning (ICSL2022) Website:
https://www.polyu.edu.hk/sllo/icsl2022/
4 Apr 2022

Webinar Series: “Service-Learning as a Vehicle for Global Learning and Internationalisation”
By Dr Grace Ngai, Head of Service-Learning and Leadership Office
(SLLO) and Dr Stephen Chan, Consultant and former Head of SLLO, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Recording:
https://youtu.be/6Z57n8tZvog
21 Mar 2022

Webinar Series: “Civic Learning through a Service-Learning Requirement: Does It Work?”
By Dr Grace Ngai, Head of Service-Learning and Leadership Office
(SLLO) and Dr Stephen Chan, Consultant and former Head of SLLO, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Recording:
https://youtu.be/DtCajx504Q8
15 Nov 2021

Asia/Oceania Regional Gathering at IARSLCE Virtual Gathering

 

 

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