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University Social Responsibility and Quality of Life

A Global Survey of Concepts and Experiences

  • Daniel T. L. Shek
  • Robert M. Hollister
  • Includes the first scientific research on University Social Responsibility

  • Documents good practices across the globe and how they have been implemented locally

  • Provides critical reflection on the role of University Social Responsibility and promoting quality of life


Part of the Quality of Life in Asia book series (QLAS, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Daniel T. L. Shek, Angelina W. K. Yuen-Tsang, Eddie C. W. Ng
      Pages 11-21
  3. Concepts and Theoretical Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Daniel T. L. Shek, Angelina W. K. Yuen-Tsang, Eddie C. W. Ng
      Pages 25-36
    3. Carlos Wing-Hung Lo, Rose Xue Pang, Carolyn P. Egri, Pansy Hon-Ying Li
      Pages 37-59
  4. Global Experience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Cheryl de la Rey, Wendy Kilfoil, Gernia van Niekerk
      Pages 155-174
    3. Marcelo de Andrade Roméro, José Nicolau Gregorin Filho, Gerson Yukio Tomanari
      Pages 175-189
    4. Dongtao Lin, Junbo Yin, Yongzheng Hou
      Pages 235-253
    5. Timothy W. Tong, Angelina W. K. Yuen-Tsang, Daniel T. L. Shek
      Pages 255-270

About this book


This book provides a critical review of the theory and practice of University Social Responsibility. In addition to addressing the nature of and concepts surrounding University Social Responsibility, as well as its ties to areas such as service learning or engaged scholarship, the book also presents effective practices from around the world. Dedicated chapters demonstrate how University Social Responsibility can manifest itself in different types (civic, moral, economic or global responsibility), levels (local, national, regional or international), and formats (partnership, venture or joint project), depending on local contexts and needs. The book also focuses on three areas of work – educating students to take on social responsibility, broadening access to education, and applying knowledge to societal problems – to highlight the potential and viable ways University Social Responsibility can be employed to promote quality of life in society. Offering a unique resource, it is intended to stimulate thinking and expand the repertoire of all educators, administrators, and organizations who wish to incorporate societal needs into their core mission and promote quality of life in different communities around the world.


University Social Responsibility Community Engagement Higher Education University Community Partnership Promotion of Quality of Life

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel T. L. Shek
    • 1
  • Robert M. Hollister
    • 2
  1. 1.Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityApplied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloonHong Kong
  2. 2.Tufts UniversityDepartment of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts UniversityMedfordUSA

About the editors

Daniel T.L. Shek (PhD, FHKPS, BBS, SBS, JP) is the Chair Professor of Applied Social Sciences at the Department of Applied Social Sciences and Associate Vice President (Undergraduate Programme) of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has taught social work students at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels for over thirty years. He was Dean of Students (1996-1998) and Dean of General Education (2006-2008) at New Asia College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Youth Studies and Applied Research on Quality of Life and serves on the editorial board of many international refereed journals including Social Indicators Research and Journal of Adolescent Health. To date, he has published over 85 books, 154 book chapters and more than 500 articles in international refereed journals.
Robert M.  Hollister is Founding Executive Director Emeritus  and co-founder of the Talloires Network, a global coalition of over 350 universities in 76 countries committed to strengthening civic engagement and social responsibility in higher education.  He was Founding Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University (2000 – 2011), where he is currently a Professor at the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. A pioneer in the engaged university movement, Professor Hollister led the creation and development of the Tisch College Civic Life, a uniquely comprehensive university-wide program to prepare students in all fields for lifetimes of active citizenship – and to produce citizen engineers and citizen physicians, citizen humanists and citizen businesspeople.  A specialist in citizen participation in public affairs and in the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations, Professor Hollister is a co-author of The Engaged University:  International Perspectives on Civic Engagement and Development Politics.


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“The book thus provides conceptual and empirical evidence of USR from twelve universities which belong to the University Social Responsibility Network. … This is an excellent introduction to the concept of university social responsibility and should be required reading for senior academic administrators at universities.” (Deborah C. Poff, Applied Research in Quality of Life, Vol. 14, 2019)