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4-5 November 2016

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Co-hosted by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Peking University, the University Social Responsibility (USR) Summit 2016 took place in Beijing on 4-5 November.

As a key initiative of the University Social Responsibility Network (USR Network), the two-day USR Summit was held as a sub-forum of the Beijing Forum in Diaoyutai State Guesthouse and the Peking University campus. The Summit gathered together over 200 presidents, academia, senior administrators and students from over 50 institutions and a dozen of countries around the world for a fruitful exchange on the theme of "Nurturing a Culture for University Social Responsibility".
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Officiated by Professor Lin Jianhua, President of Peking University, and Professor Timothy W. Tong, President of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Summit was kicked off on 4 November in Diaoyutai State Guesthouse. During the three Presidents' Roundtable Sessions scheduled for the day, higher education leaders and scholars from over 10 countries and regions exchanged views on the themes of:

  • Social Responsibility: A Core Mission of Universities in 21st Century?
  • University Social Responsibility: Translating Vision into Action and Impact
  • University Social Responsibility in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities


And for the first time of the Summit, a separate Student Forum was held on the campus of Peking University. The Forum attracted more than 100 students, many of them were representatives from the USR Network member universities.
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More sharing of practices and insights took place in the Plenary Sessions in Peking University on 5 November. The themes included:

  • Community Engagement in Higher Education: Policy and Practice
  • Building Disaster Response Capacity – University Students as Community First Responders
  • Nurturing Future Leaders through Service-Learning: Strategies and Learning Outcomes
  • University Social Responsibility: Views and Practical Experience of the Students in China

Student representatives from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Peking University, Sichuan University and Beijing Normal University presented their practical experience and reflections in the last plenary session, enriching the Summit with ideas from the students' perspective.