PolyU has committed itself to be a socially responsible university. In November 2014, PolyU hosted a 5-day event comprising The Second Summit on University Social Responsibility, Inaugural International Conference on Service-learning and "PolyU Serves" Showcase. The University has established an effective platform to connect and foster partnership among world renowned universities to share their insights in advancing university social responsibility (USR), generating social impact and driving sustainable development of the world.
In October 2015, PolyU joined hands with renowned universities around the globe to form a University Social Responsibility (USR) Network to spearhead USR with impact to make the world a better place. Serving as a global platform to connect and foster partnership among members, the USR Network shares ideas and resources to develop collaborative USR projects with varied scope and scale, advancing higher education as a catalyst for social change through education, research and community service.
Founding members of the USR Network held their first meeting at PolyU in 2015. They agreed to further plan collaboration in research, service learning, and social responsibility related activities, as well as sharing insights and identifying best practices for the continued development of USR.
Apart from the inauguration of the USR Network, an international seminar was held, with attendance of about 150 delegates from around the world. They exchanged views on topics including "community engagement", "nurturing student leadership", and "education and research strategies for enhancing social responsibility".