LIU Global Students Engage with Social Entrepreneurs in China
Sarah DeCamp,Associate Director of Public Relations
Students at LIU Global’s China Center spent time this semester working with social entrepreneurs and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Shanghai and Hangzhou, as part of their service learning project. The hands-on experience allowed students to apply knowledge and skills acquired in class into finding solutions for social issues in the real world.
Students were divided into groups to work with three different organizations: Green Zhejiang, the biggest environmental NGO in Hangzhou; Ecoland, a social enterprise based near Shanghai; and Social Entrepreneurship Institute, a leading institution in China working to develop social entrepreneurship. Students engaged in various activities and projects, including designing proposals, attending conferences, and campaigning. In addition, they interviewed the founders and employees of these organizations in order to write a case study for each organization.
The service learning projects provided students with a great opportunity to have a better understanding of NGOs, philanthropic efforts, and the types of social enterprises that are emerging in China. They were able to see the challenges people in other countries are facing and how they are trying to create change.
At the end of the semesters, the students presented their case studies on the organizations they worked with to their fellow students as well as representatives from the organizations.
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