Service-Learning: A Lifelong Journey of Social Responsibility

19 - 21 June 2019
Singapore University of Social Sciences

7th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning

About the Conference

In the face of increasing societal and environmental challenges, the need to influence and empower our youths to actively develop and act on their sense of social responsibility is ever pressing. In both academic and co-curricular applications, Service-Learning plays a critical role in tertiary institutions in educating and engaging our youths to develop the knowledge and skills (Head), attitudes and dispositions (Heart) to make life choices that are socially responsible (Habit), in their journey of growth to become leaders in society.

The 7th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning presents three complementary broad Conference Tracks for the sharing of best practices in promoting Service-Learning for a lifelong journey of social responsibility.

Call for Abstracts

 1st Round of Submission2nd Round of SubmissionFinal Round of Submission
Deadline for Abstract Submission15 February 201915 March 201910 April 2019
Notifying of Abstract Acceptance18 March 201918 April 20198 May 2019
Full Paper Submission
  • Please send your full paper by 7 June 2019 for the Conference Committee to prepare for Conference proceedings.
  • To submit your full paper, please log on to your account to upload the paper in soft copy.
  • Optional for approved submissions (for publication in Metropolitan Universities Journal). More details here. - Extended submission deadline: 14 May 2019
Conference Registration

Early Bird: Closed
Standard: 10 May to 31 May 2019 Extended to 10 June 2019
Closing Date: 11 June 2019

Abstract submission is now closed. We would like to thank all authors who contributed their abstracts. Information on abstract acceptance status will be announced by email to abstract submitters according to the schedule posted above.

We are pleased to announce that SUSS will provide funding for the conference registration fees of 30 presenters with accepted abstracts from the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor Leste, Thailand and Vietnam. Presenters with accepted abstracts requiring funding support are requested to send an email with the subject header “Request for funding support” citing your abstract title to  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Information will be posted on our website when funding support has been fully awarded to the maximum number of 30 presenters.


All funding awarded.


The three Conference Tracks for abstract submission are:

Applied Scholarship & Research for Service-Learning

Service-Learning Pedagogy & Best Practices

Service-Learning: An Ecosystem for Collaborative Good

This conference track accepts submissions for applied scholarship and research for the development of Service-Learning.


Research focus areas may include, but are not limited to:


  • Theories and conceptual models of Service-Learning
  • Faculty engagement for Service-Learning
  • Bridging teaching, scholarship, and research for Service-Learning

This conference track accepts submissions for innovative Service-Learning pedagogy, curriculum, and other applications relevant to the development of social responsibility.


Presentation focus areas may include, but are not limited to, best practices in:


  • Enabling meaningful reflections and actions
  • Addressing local and/or global issues
  • Developing social innovation and solutions for a sustainable future

This conference track accepts submissions for Service-Learning collaborations, partnerships, and community engagement for social responsibility.


Presentation focus areas may include, but are not limited to, shared vision, goals, and measures of stakeholders in the Service-Learning ecosystem in developing:


  • Individual Social Responsibility
  • University Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Global Social Responsibility

Presentation Formats

Submissions should indicate preference of presentation formats as follows:


Paper Presentation (20 minutes)

Presenters will conduct formal oral presentations, and share the session with two-to-three other presenters on similar topics. Each presenter has 20 minutes for their presentation. A short time will be reserved at the end of the session for questions and summarization.

Panel Presentation (90 minutes)
A group of papers on similar themes or research issues are proposed as a complete session. Those presenting within this option should submit a group proposal involving up to three presentations. A recommended discussant should also be named in the proposal. A panel presentation should take 45 minutes, with the remaining 45 minutes allocated for discussion.

Poster Presentation (90 minutes)
These sessions will provide an opportunity for the author to display information on their initiatives and achievements in the field. In this format, presenters talk informally with participants who come to their boards.

Resource Sharing Workshop (90 minutes)
An interactive session that allows active involvement of participants throughout the presentation. The workshop should engage the audience in sharing collaborative expertise in one or more of the Conference Themes. The session may be problem-based or have an interdisciplinary or cross-cultural focus.

Flipped Classroom Discussion Session (90 minutes)
Before coming to the session, participants should have watched/read the presentations. In the session, the presenter(s) shall act as facilitator to engage participants actively in the discussions to see how the content can be applied to individual contexts. The session may be problem-based or have an inter-disciplinary or cross-cultural focus.



Fee* Early Bird
(Closing Date: 11 June 2019)


The Early Bird registration for APRCSL 2019 has ended.

Thank you to all who have participated in the Early Bird registration. You can still register for the conference (standard rates will apply) until 11 June 2019.

The registration fee includes:

  • Meals (as indicated in the conference programme)
  • Learning Journey (community site visit) and transportation
  • Venues and programmes
  • Conference Resources
  • EZ-Link Card (a contactless stored value card for public transportation in Singapore)

Members of NCSS and MSF funded agencies are eligible for the VCF Local Training Grant. As the Conference is not a pre-approved course, all applications are subject to the VCF Panel's approval. Please submit your applications via NCSS e-Services with CorpPass login.

For ease of application, you may download the Course Brochure prepared for the Conference here.

*Prices are subject to prevailing 7% Goods and Services Tax.


For Group Registration (5 participants and above)

  1. Please download the registration form here.
  2. Completed form to be sent to
  3. Payment details will be advised upon receipt of the registration form.
  4. Confirmation emails will be sent to individuals upon payment of receipt.


For overseas institutional payments, please note that the registration deadline is 7 June 2019 so as to process payment in time.


Registration closed







Pre-SLAN Meeting Workshop

A Collaborative Framework for Institutional Assessment of Community Engagement & Service Learning: Contextualising the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification



Mathew Johnson

Executive Director, Swearer Center for Public Service

Director of the College and University Engagement Initiative

Associate Dean of the College, Engaged Scholarship

Professor of Practice, Sociology


Georgina Manok

Assistant Director, Research and Assessment


Lunch/ SLAN Meeting Registration


SLAN Meeting


Tea break & Networking


SLAN Meeting

Time       Programme
Breakfast & Registration
Short Film
9.15am Welcome Address by SUSS President, Professor Cheong Hee Kiat

Opening Address by GOH,Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee


Keynote Speech by SUSS Board of Trustee Member, Senior Director- Professional Corporate Development Group and Director of Social Welfare, Ms Ang Bee Lian

10.30am                Plenary Session 1
12.30pmOpening Lunch
2.00pmMarket Place: Poster Session & Exhibition
8.00amBreakfast & Registration
Morning Track 1Morning Track 2
9.00amConcurrent Breakout Session 18.30am Learning Journey 1
11.00amConcurrent Breakout Session 2  
Afternoon Track 1Afternoon Track 2
2.00pm Concurrent Breakout Session 32.00pmLearning Journey 2
4.00pmConcurrent Breakout Session 4  
7.00pmLearning Journey 3
8.00amBreakfast & Registration
9.00amPlenary Session 2
11.30amConcurrent Breakout Session 5  
1.00pm Lunch
Afternoon Track 1Afternoon Track 2
2.30pmConcurrent Breakout Session 62.00pmLearning Journey 4
7.00pmClosing Dinner/ Closing Speech/ Handover Ceremony
9.00pm End

For more information on the Learning Journey, please click here.


APRCSL participants enjoy special booking rates at the following hotels (subject to room availability). Daily one-way complimentary shuttle buses are available for all conference attendees from both Village Hotel Albert Court and Village Hotel Bugis. Pre-booking of seats is required. Please fill in this form by 7 June 2019 if you wish to book your seat.

However, please note that participants are free to book their preferred accommodations apart from the recommended hotels.

HotelHotel Information

Village Hotel Albert Court & Village Hotel Bugis

Both Village Hotel Albert Court and Village Hotel Bugis are conveniently located along the MRT Blue Line, which provides easy access between the hotels, conference venue and downtown Singapore.

Rooms at both hotels are on first-come, first-served basis. After 17 May 2019, rooms and rates will be subject to availability.

Park Avenue Rochester Hotel

Park Avenue Rochester is a five-minute walk away from Buona Vista MRT Station and accessible to public transport to Conference venue at SUSS. (Buses: 52, 61, 74, 74e, 75, 151, 151e, 154, 184. Exit D: bus stop number 11369, North Buona Vista Road. Frequency: every 15 minutes from 11am to 5pm).

No shuttle bus service will be provided by the Conference organiser.



Visa and Customs

Most visitors to Singapore do not require a visa for entry. For more information on visa requirements and the Visa Free Transit Facility, you can check with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority or the Singapore Overseas Mission closest to you.

The period of stay granted will be shown on the visit pass endorsement in your passport.

In the event that you do require a letter of invitation for visa application, please contact the conference secretariat at

This conference will be held at:

Singapore University of Social Sciences
463 Clementi Road,
Singapore 599494






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