Community engagement is an integral part of university education because it helps students realize the relevance of their knowledge and their responsibility as a young global citizen. In accordance to this belief, HKUST Connect aims to deepen student learning and promote a benevolent world through raising students’ civic awareness and developing sustainable partnerships with the wider community. Students will connect their service with their academic experiences and explore their unique roles in the community.
HKUST Connect facilitates students’ service learning experience by keeping a Community Engagement Record of students’ journey of volunteerism which may be used for their future pursuits, and providing funding for student-initiated Community Engagement Projects. Students can engage with the community via the Service Learning Courses by applying their academic knowledge to service through structured activities, or the Student Civic Fellowship program by working collaboratively with a partner organization and connecting their academic goals with the service they provide. They can meet like-minded peers and initiate service projects to serve the wider community in the Mrs Choi Ma Oi Kuen Public Service Leadership Program Award (PSL) and the Connect Ambassador for Community Engagement (ACE) program. Moreover, students can participate in service learning trips to learn about a place and make real difference to the community through hands-on service abroad. During the annual HKUST Service Learning Day in April, students, faculty and staff fan out into the local community to engage in various meaningful community service opportunities.
By engaging in the community through HKUST Connect, participants will be able to:
- Identify and discuss community issues,
- Apply their academic experience and collaborate with stakeholders to plan and implement effective service projects,
- Act as responsible citizens who demonstrate civic awareness and a sense of social responsibility.