University Social Responsibility (USR): Insight from the Historical Roots to the Contemporary Challenges

  • Daniel T. L. ShekEmail author
  • Angelina W. K. Yuen-Tsang
  • Eddie C. W. Ng
Part of the Quality of Life in Asia book series (QLAS, volume 8)


The relationship between higher education (HE) and the wider society is dynamic but poorly understood. This chapter aims to provide a brief historical account of the development of higher education. In particular, multiple roles and functions are identified to highlight the dynamic interplay between higher education and the societal need and development. Then we examine the changing nature of higher education and the globalization challenges facing contemporary higher education. Drawing on the historical roots of higher education, we summarize key insights based on the current review and propose how the university can maintain its intellectual endeavors while fulfilling its social mission.


University social responsibility Historical account Higher education Globalization Civic engagement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel T. L. Shek
    • 1
    Email author
  • Angelina W. K. Yuen-Tsang
    • 1
  • Eddie C. W. Ng
    • 1
  1. 1.The Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloonHong Kong

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