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IARSLCE Asia-Pacific Community of Practice (APCoP)

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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), part of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), is 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 for 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 there is 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 have already existed, 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 

(Surname in alphabetical order; the list will be updated periodically as appropriate)

Name Affiliations

Jiawen CAI                                     

Duke Kunshan University, China
Rina F. CAMUS Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China
Wing Fung CHAN, Chad Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China
Thera CHIU Taipei Medical University, Taiwan, China  
Liu HONG Fudan University, China
Atsuko KURONUMA The University of Tokyo, Japan
Kam Por KWAN The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
Lisa LAM Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China
Shuheng LIN The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
Xiangling LIU Shantou University, China
Kenneth WK LO  The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
Aik Min NG Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China
Grace NGAI The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
Mikiko NISHIMURA International Christian University, Japan
Yuanyuan WANG Shenzhen University, China
Rong XIANG Yunnan University, China
Hironori YAMAGUCHI Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Xiaodong ZENG  Beijing Normal University, China 
Name Affiliations
Mark Anthony D. ABENIR       Ateneo de Manila University, The Philippines
Ming Huei CHIA Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore
Un LEANG Royal University of Phnom Pehn, Cambodia
Tran Lan Chi NGUYEN Da Nang Architecture University, Vietnam
Thi Thanh Huong TRAN Vietnam Campus Engage, Vietnam 
George THADATHIL Salesian College, India
Harry VANANH ECO Vietnam Group, Vietnam
Wiyatiningsih Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, Indonesia
Shirley WORLAND Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Name Affiliations
Margaret MALONE              University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Louella McCARTHY University of Wollongong, Australia
Dung NGUYEN Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 
Name Affiliations
Lentson AMOS                     The United Board of Christian Higher Education
Mercy PUSHPALATHA The United Board of Christian Higher Education
Maher SPURGEON The United Board of Christian Higher Education
Provisional secretariat (SLLO) and contact

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


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