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3 November 2016

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Twenty delegates from 12 member universities of the USR Network met in Beijing on 3 November 2016. This was the Second Executive Committee Meeting of the USR Network, following their inaugural meeting in October 2015 in Hong Kong.

Vice President of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Angelina Yuen, also Chairman of the Executive Committee, welcomed the University of Pretoria and the University of Sao Paulo to the USR Network, which currently has a total of 14 member institutions. This was followed by the updates of projects from different working groups:

The USR Summit

  • A brief on the organization of the USR Summit 2016 was shared

Staff Development Programme

  • Staff Visit to The University of Manchester was successfully held in July 2016
  • The next visit to the University of Pretoria is tentatively scheduled for March 2017

Student Exchange Programmes

  • Representatives from universities involved reported on the student programmes organized in summer 2016:
    • PolyU Global Service Learning Scheme by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    • Leadership Summer School by Peking University and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    • University Immersion Programme by Sichuan University

Edited Book

  • Co-edited by Professor Robert Hollister of Tufts University and Professor Daniel Shek of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the first book on USR is expected to be published in the first quarter of 2017.


  • The new USR e-Bulletin was launched in September 2016. The next issue of the quarterly publication will be available in December 2016.