INCLUSION, EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Learning and Serving in Action through Co-creation with Rural Elderly
In this paper, we will use one of our summer service-learning programmes entitled “China-Japan-Korea Service Initiative 2018” as an example to illustrate how we engage students from the three countries to come together and serve the local elderly in a disaster-afflicted community in Ya’an of Sichuan, China. These diverse groups of students are immersed into the village and tasked to co-create the physical environment. In this project, we achieved our objectives through following actions: 1) transforming student’s perspective on ageing and poverty via in-class training on active ageing and assets building; 2) equipping student’s with the necessary skills to perform participatory design and co-creation via practical workshops; 3) internalizing students’ perspective of active ageing and community participation via direct engagement with local elderly (e.g. practice engagement and assessment skills through home visits; explore elderly’s needs, strength and daily routines through assets-mapping and interview; engage local elderly and children to participate in a small-scale placemaking project by using the method of co-design and co-creating); 4) promoting inter-cultural/national harmony and collaboration via studying, living and working together among the Chinese, Japanese and Korean students.
- To develop programmes that foster intercultural harmony
- To use participatory research as a means of immersive experiential learning
Dr Hok Bun Ku
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Dr. Hok Bun KU holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London. He is the Associate Professor, Program Leader of DSW and Sociology Panel Chair in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also the Director of China Research and Development Network.
Prof Naoko Tokuchi
She is a professor at Kyoto University, Japan. She has studied nitrogen dynamics in forest ecosystem from subarctic zone to tropical area; Siberia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar. Her researches focus on the natural and anthropogenic disturbances including bamboo flowering event, insect damage, logging and atmospheric deposition.
Prof Shinki An
Director, Ban Ki-moon Center for Sustainable Development, Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment
Prof. Shinki An coordinated medical education programs for developing countries and has participated in the innovation of medical education of Yonsei. He is doing business cooperation and an index-development-research and education for sustainable development as the director of the Ban Ki-moon Center for sustainable development of the IGEE at Yonsei.