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Volume 10, Pages 563-575
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2010.62
Research Article

Nurturing Holistic Development of University Students in Hong Kong: Where Are We and Where Should We Go?

1Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
2Department of Sociology, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
3Public Policy Research Institute, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
4Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macao

Received 19 January 2010; Revised 17 March 2010; Accepted 17 March 2010

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2010 Daniel T. L.¬†Shek.

Abstract

With reference to the mental health and developmental problems among university students, there is a need to review the university's role in nurturing holistic development of students. This paper explores the question of how holistic development of university students in Hong Kong can be promoted. Based on the positive youth development approach, it is argued that promotion of intrapersonal competencies, interpersonal relationship skills, civic responsibilities, and citizenship among university students is an important strategy to facilitate holistic development of young people in Hong Kong. Two general education or freshman seminar courses that focus on the cultivation of intrapersonal competencies, interpersonal relationship skills, civic responsibilities, and sense of citizenship among university students in Hong Kong are proposed.