Whole Person Education for the Community and by the Community

Hong Qi ZHANG
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
hqzhang@hkbu.edu.hk

Kevin KM YUE
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
kkmyue@hkbu.edu.hk

Feng TU
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
tufeng@hkbu.edu.hk

King CHONG
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
kchong@hkbu.edu.hk

Gang XU
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
gangxu@hkbu.edu.hk

Fei Li HUANG
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
huangfi@hkbu.edu.hk

Lan O
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
karano@hkbu.edu.hk

Chun Hoi CHEUNG
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
cchunhoi@hkbu.edu.hk

Hok Yu KO
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
peterko@hkbu.edu.hk

Abstract

Whole Person Education (WPE) is the educational goal of our Hong Kong Baptist University in line with the modern community demands. But until recently this part of education has been overwhelmed by professional or academic education. As a consequence our graduates are hardly prepared for a globalized world and becoming a global citizen, and our community is suffering from too much negative sentiments and destructive views, and our professional practitioners such as in Chinese Medicine are not fully equipped with service spirit and skills required by the modern society. If this situation cannot be rectified, our graduates will not be able to capture diverse development opportunities in the current trend of internationalization of Traditional Medicine steered by World Health Organization (WHO), because in this process service ethos should be a core momentum.

Recently our University is cooperating with the community to enhance WPE and has taken substantial measures by, for example, implementing Community of Practices (CoPs) in various disciplines. Service Leadership has been introduced as part of general education, in cooperation with the industry. After merely half a year, we start to see some positive impacts and changes, such as positive attitudes, improved communication and unity, as well as enhanced creativity. In this round-table discussion, we will share our preliminary experience and exchange opinions with colleagues from other departments, universities and countries.

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