The Faculty KE Strategy
The University has released its Strategic Directions overview for the period 2009 - 2012, with focus on three strategic themes:
- Enhancing the student learning experience
- Advancing research and innovation
- Promoting knowledge exchange and demonstrating leadership in communities across the region.
Knowledge Exchange (KE) has, thus, become one of the three pillars of HKU's core business. The University's Strategic Development document states that:
The University fully recognizes that higher education institutions have an important role to play in a modern knowledge society, contributing to social, cultural, economic and technological development and to international competitiveness. The knowledge exchange process is mutually beneficial to both the institution and the community in a broad range of fields. The University aims to pursue knowledge exchange as a two-way partnership with the communities in the region, emphasizing engagement.
(HKU Strategic Development, 2009-2014, p.22)
In support of the University's drive to strengthen knowledge exchange, our Faculty was allocated special funding for knowledge exchange initiatives in the current academic year, including:
- Information Capture and Dissemination - to identify and disseminate KE activities already undertaken and new KE initiatives being developed;
- KE community engagement feedback - focus groups for Initial Teacher Education, Information Management, and Speech & Hearing Sciences are being organized with the assistance of the Social Sciences Research Centre to collect views from members of the community to assist us in formulating our strategies in KE to meet community needs and expectations
- Support for KE Initiatives and Commercialisation of IP - funding has been set aside to support KE initiatives and the commercialisation of IP
- Two KE awards - one for staff and another for students that have outstanding achievements in KE
- KE Lecture and Seminar Series - one Distinguished Lecture by a prominent scholar and a series of Seminars by Faculty