This center provides one-credit required courses for Service-Learning Education. Our courses particularly feature local, diverse, and experiential learning integrated with such educations as science communication, caring for the underprivileged, civil society, community innovation, international volunteering, and campus service. By doing so, we hope to link students’ service learning in the university to the communities around the world and encourage the students as global citizens to practice voluntary service overseas. This engagement may further broaden their horizons and meantime improve their international competitiveness. We will accordingly continue our job to offer more diverse types of volunteer programs, extending the service to Southeast Asian countries, like Japan, Nepal, and Cambodia.
1. Science Communication: By contributing their expertise and professional knowledge to social sciences and education, teachers and students are encouraged to promote education on green energy and environment.
2. Caring for the Underprivileged: We help the children in the remote areas with their schoolwork. For instance, in the course, Service Learning: Volunteer Service, our students are encouraged to offer after-school video lessons for the children living in the remote areas of Taitung, Taoyuan, and Kaohsiung and for the new immigrants’ children; also, to provide long-term care service for the elderly and service targeted at the underprivileged.
3. Civic Society: We educate our students to be responsible for society and acquire collaborative leadership. In this way, when engaged in public affairs, they are able to influentially contribute to this world.
4. Community Innovation: We highly encourage our students to serve society by community innovation and placemaking. Inculcated with “Learning by doing,” they are able to put what they learn in class into practice and apply it to the community service. In so doing, we hope they can not only feel more confident, inspired, and caring, but also truly find the value within life.
5. International Volunteering: Students will present and share their experience in international volunteer work, whereby we anticipate more students to join the voluntary service abroad. With in-class instruction and training, students can be well-prepared beforehand, and we particularly expect them to widen the horizons, cultivate self-awareness, and reflect upon how to be influential in such current society.
6. Campus Service: We provide service for the NSYSU campus. For example, in the course－The Arts Performances Volunteer Services－students are required to assist our Art Center. For another, Volunteer Services, students teach the kids in the NSYSU nursery school different languages and cultures or even literacy skills. What’s more, the course, Urban Agriculture, provides students with the opportunities to know more about various sorts of green buildings. Specifically introduced to the technical maintenance of such architecture, they may chance to experience the life as urban farmers, and their engagement at the same time may attain the effect of greening the campus.