The Advanced Community Development Theory and Practice Summer Training Program, established by PolyU APSS, Hong Kong Baptist University Department of Social Work (HKBU SOWK) and University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work, was conducted from 15 May 2017 to 27 May 2017 at the UCalgary’s main campus and at field sites located throughout the Calgary region. Five students from APSS Master of Arts in Social Policy and Social Development – Miss Qianyu Feng, Miss Yu Han, Miss Ke Hu, Miss Yike Niu and Mr Luchao Xu and students from HKBU attended the Program.
While a similar program was held in Year 2015 with HKBU students only, the Program extended to PolyU students this year. It has provided participating students with an international experience alighted with their studies as well as working knowledge of social work in a Canadian context.
During the Program, in addition to the theories and methods related to community development practice learned in classes, students were given opportunities to visit the Calgary Chinese Community Service Association, Centre for Newcomers, and the Calgary 911 emergency response center.
Students found the Program very fruitful and relevant to their studies; in particular, they could apply their knowledge learned in the subject “Social Impact Assessments” in PolyU in their presentation projects to make sense of community development in Canada while visiting the arranged agencies.
“This initiative has fostered a long-term partnership among three institutions,” said Prof Daniel Lai, Head of APSS. The institutions have been planning more collaborations in the years to come.
Students learnt community development in a Canadian context through discussions and presentations.
Students visited the Calgary Chinese Community Service Association.