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  • Apr 10 2018 >
    Dr Samuel Chu

    Dr Samuel Chu becomes an incoming editor of the re-launched Emerald Publishing Journal - Information and Learning Sciences MoreClose

    We are glad to share with you the news that Dr Samuel Kai Wah Chu will be the incoming editor of the re-launched Emerald Publishing Journal - Information and Learning Sciences, with effect from Volume 120, 2019. He will co-edit with Dr Rebecca Reynolds of The State University of New Jersey, USA.

    The journal builds upon the growing recognition of the ways in which active and innovative research that explicitly draws upon the intellectual heritage of both Information Science and the Learning Sciences stands to enrich people’s understanding of phenomena involving inquiry, learning, and system design.

    The journal will re-launch with an inauguration issue in January 2019, followed by a special issue on "Learning to Code, Coding to Learn: Youth and Computational Thinking" in March 2019. Open issues and further special issues will follow. For more information on this re-launched journal, please visit http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=ILS

    Congratulations to Dr Chu!

  • Mar 19 2018 >
    Division of Speech and Hearing Science has received a Friendly Employment Award and an Outstanding Inclusive Team Award

    The Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences has received a Friendly Employment Award and an Outstanding Inclusive Team Award MoreClose

    We are pleased to announce that the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences has been awarded a Friendly Employment Award and an Outstanding Inclusive Team Award under the Talent-Wise Employment Charter and Inclusive Organisations Recognition Scheme, by the Labour and Welfare Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

    The Friendly Employment Award was set up to give due recognition to inclusive organisations which employ persons with disabilities and utilise the work ability of employees with disabilities, allowing them to reach their potential and facilitating their self-sustainability. It is also available to organisations who promote their business partners to employ persons with disabilities. The Outstanding Inclusive Team Award was established to give recognition to the mentors and teams from inclusive organisations where an inclusive workplace is built to assist employees with disabilities in coping with difficulties at work and in integrating into the work team. 

    The 2017-18 Award Presentation Ceremony and Experience Sharing Session for Inclusive Organisations was held on March 5, 2018 at the Central Government Offices, Tamar. For more details of the Award and the Scheme, please refer to http://www.lwb.gov.hk/charter_scheme/index_e.html.

    May we offer our hearty congratulations to the Division.

  • Mar 1 2018 >
    QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018

    No. 7 in the world again - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018 MoreClose

    We are glad to share with you that our Faculty is ranked seventh globally in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Rankings by Subject 2018, released on February 28, 2018. 

    The Faculty has consistently performed well in world rankings. In the Times Higher Education (THE) University Subject Ranking for Education 2018, we were ranked as world number four. In the QS University Subject Ranking, the Faculty was ranked sixth globally for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016, and seventh in 2017. We are glad to maintain our position among the top Education faculties in this latest QS ranking, joining the league of 1) University College London, 2) Harvard University, 3) Stanford University, 4) The University of Cambridge, 5) University of Oxford, and 6) The University of Melbourne.

    QS uses four criteria for its ranking system – Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per paper, and H-index, which measures both the productivity and impact of a scholar’s publications. The relative weightings of these criteria vary slightly from discipline to discipline. For Education, the weightings are 50% Academic Reputation, 10% Employer Reputation, 20% Citations, and 20% H-index. The ratings reflect academic peers' and employers' opinions of the Faculty, and also the achievements of academic staff in research (citations and impact). The Faculty has obtained a high indicative score of 87.3, with a very strong performance for all four criteria demonstrating our all-round achievements.

    Professor A. Lin Goodwin, Dean of the Faculty, said: “My colleagues and I are extremely pleased with our QS University Subject Ranking of 7. We see it as an important indicator of the quality of our teaching and research, as well as the quality of our students. We are proud to be recognized for our efforts, even while we are also humbled and further motivated by this accomplishment to keep striving for excellence.”

    For the full set of rankings for Education, please refer to http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2018/education-training.

  • Feb 23 2018 >
    Miss Keisha Siriboe and Dr Gary Harfitt

    Recipients of an AERA Outstanding Publication Award 2018 MoreClose

    We are pleased to announce that Miss Keisha Siriboe, our PhD student, and Dr Gary Harfitt have won an Outstanding Publication Award 2018 from the Narrative Research Special Interest Group (SIG) at the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

    The Outstanding Publication Award was established to recognize national and international scholars whose research publication contributes to narrative research in terms of the research design and research methodology.

    Their article entitled, A Parental perspective of school and familial curriculum making: a narrative inquiry of early childhood education planning in Hong Kong, was selected by the Outstanding Publication Award committee for its excellent contribution to narrative research, and it is clear how it contributes not just to research in general, but to the specialist field. The paper is drawn from Miss Siriboe's doctoral research and it is the first paper that she has had accepted by a refereed authority. A signal achievement for a first publication.

    Miss Siriboe and Dr Harfitt will receive the award in April 2018 at the Narrative Research SIG Business Meeting in New York, USA. Please join us in congratulating them.

  • Feb 20 2018 >
    Dr Kennedy Chan received a University Teaching Feedback Award 2017

    Dr Kennedy Chan received a University Teaching Feedback Award 2017 MoreClose

    We are delighted to announce that Dr Kennedy Chan has received a University Teaching Feedback Award (TFA) 2017.

    The TFA is the first student-led initiative for teaching and learning awards. It seeks to highlight and celebrate excellence in the provision of feedback by teachers to HKU students on their academic progress and performance. Teachers are nominated by their students, either by an individual or by groups of students enrolled in a course, if they consider feedback from their teachers to be excellent in its contribution to the quality of learning.   The nomination process is open to all students registered in HKU undergraduate programmes. Ten TFAs, one per Faculty, were selected by the Selection Panel, comprising of the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), the Director of the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Vice-President (Internal) of the Hong Kong University Students' Union and three student representatives.   More details about the TFA can be viewed at https://tl.hku.hk/tag/teaching-feedback-award/

    Please join us in extending our warmest congratulations to Kennedy!

  • Dec 22 2017 >

    Dr Gary Wong and his PhD student received IEEE TALE 2017 Best Paper Award MoreClose

    We are pleased to tell you that Dr Gary Wong and his PhD student, Ms Joyce Jiang, received a Best Paper Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE) 2017.

    The paper is entitled Assessing primary school students' intrinsic motivation of computational thinking. It examined the psychometric properties of a revised Intrinsic Motivation Inventory, a self-report instrument used to assess participants’ experience regarding a particular activity, in the context of computational thinking learning. Four hundred students from 4th grade participated in the pilot study. The study found that primary school students showed moderate to high motivation to learn computational thinking through programming and CS Unplugged, a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles. Factor analysis revealed that both a single factor model and a multifactor model had good fit indices. However, discriminant validity of multifactor model was poor, suggesting the existence of one general factor.

    The paper was selected from 185 submissions and was one of the three papers receiving a Best Paper Award.

    The conference was held during December 12 to 14, 2017 with the Education University of Hong Kong as host, and the event was co-organized with the IEEE Education Society and IEEE Hong Kong Section (Education Chapter).

  • Dec 22 2017 >

    Recipients of University Early Career Teaching Awards 2017 MoreClose

    Congratulations to Dr Kennedy Chan and Mrs Chan Pun Kit Ling on being selected from nominees across the university to receive Early Career Teaching Awards for 2017.

    The Selection Panel was deeply impressed with the awardees’ dedication to teaching, their tireless and creative efforts to make learning enjoyable and challenging, and the impact that they have had on their students’ learning.

    This is the first time colleagues from our Faculty have been recognised for excellent teaching by receipt of this award; it is richly deserved.

    The presentation ceremony will be held on March 26, 2018 (Monday). Please support our colleagues and the other awardees at the ceremony.

  • Dec 16 2017 >

    Supplementary Education: Identifying and Crossing Boundaries MoreClose

    On December 9 and 10, 2017, the Faculty’s Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC) hosted a significant Policy Forum entitled “Public-Private Partnerships in Supplementary Education: Sharing Experiences in East Asian Contexts”. The event was co-hosted by UNESCO, and attended by 53 participants from governments, industry, schools, associations of supplementary education providers and research institutions from Hong Kong, Japan, Mainland China, and the Republic of Korea.

    The starting point was recognition that boundaries in education are less firm than before. Traditionally, formal schooling has been the responsibility and domain of the public sector, but recent decades have brought a flourishing private sector to supplementary education. Most obvious is the academic form, provided by companies of all sizes.

    “This was a unique gathering”, remarked Mark Bray, the Faculty’s UNESCO Chair Professor in Comparative Education. “It is breaking new conceptual ground”, he added, “not only in the four jurisdictions but also globally.” The University, he pointed out, provides a neutral arena in which stakeholders can discuss sensitive topics to identify ways forward in the service of the common good.

    Sets of experiences were placed into the arena for discussion and mutual learning by the participants. They noted that governments were considering whether regulation could be minimised if supplementary education providers engage in self-regulation. Participants heard various examples highlighting ways in which all stakeholders could follow their own mandates while still offering optimal service to clients.

    Following the forum, UNESCO will use its global platform to disseminate the East Asian findings to the wider community.

    Participants from Four Jurisdictions


    Industry and government representatives discussing with Professor Mark Bray

    From left to right: Mr Bai Yunfeng (President, Tomorrow Advancing Life, Beijing); Mr Lu Yunquan (Head, Haidian Education Commission, Beijing); Professor Mark Bray (HKU)

  • Oct 4 2017 >

    No. 4 in the world - THE World University Rankings by Subject 2018 MoreClose

    We are very pleased to share with you that we have been ranked number 4 among the top Education faculties worldwide by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for Education 2018.

    Having previously grouped under the subject “Social Sciences”, it is the first time that “Education” forms a separate subject ranking. Apart from the Faculty of Education at HKU, the top five universities for Education in this year’s exercise are: 1) Stanford University, 2) Harvard University, 3) the University of Oxford, and 5) the University of California, Berkeley.

    The subject areas used to create this ranking are Education, Teacher Training, and Academic Studies in Education. THE uses 13 performance indicators which are grouped into five areas for its ranking system – Teaching (the learning environment), Research (volume, income and reputation), Citations (research influence), International outlook (staff, students and research), and Industry income (Innovation). The relative weightings of these criteria vary slightly from discipline to discipline. For Education, the weightings are 32.7% Teaching, 29.8% Research, 27.5% Citations, 7.5% International outlook, and 2.5% Industry income. We are delighted to see that we have obtained the high indicative score of 86.5.

    For the full set of rankings for Education, please refer to: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2018/subject-ranking/education.

    We are very encouraged by this positive outcome which is a testament to the hard work of our colleagues, our former Dean Professor Stephen Andrews, our students and our alumni. In an increasingly competitive higher education landscape, we strive continually to enhance the impact of our scholarship, the quality of the student experience, and our local and international engagement.

  • Sep 15 2017 >

    Faculty Outstanding Teaching Awards 2016-17 MoreClose

    We are delighted to announce the recipients of the Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award for 2016-17.  The Selection Panel was deeply impressed with the awardees’ dedication to their teaching, their innovative and tireless efforts to engage with students, and the impact that they have made on students’ learning.  Because of the exceptional achievements of two candidates for the Faculty Early Career Teaching Award, the Panel decided unanimously to honour both of them. 


    Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award (Individual)

    Ms Tanya Kempston (Division of English Language Education)

    The Selection Panel felt that Tanya was someone who has excelled in her teaching across many programmes over a number of years.  Her work this year in initiating and teaching a new Common Core course in drama is outstanding as reflected in the student feedback.  The Panel appreciated the way Tanya has buddied with different colleagues to obtain and give feedback and has pioneered several innovations in her teaching including voice-recorded feedback. Her work in the community, particularly at the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) was also noted.


    Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award (Team)

    Professor David Carless (Team Leader), Dr Elizabeth Barrett, Dr Kennedy Chan, Dr Margaret Lo and Dr Jessica To on a project “Exploring the Use of Exemplars”

    The team led by Professor David Carless and including Dr Elizabeth Barrett, Dr Kennedy Chan, Dr Margaret Lo and Dr Jessica To was congratulated for the positive impact it has made on disseminating good teaching practice and through impressive scholarship.  This was a very strong example of cross-divisional collaboration and team work in the area of teaching innovation.


    Faculty Early Career Teaching Award

    Dr Kennedy Chan (Division of Mathematics and Science Education)

    The Selection Panel felt that Kennedy demonstrated a deep knowledge of teaching and of his own development as an educator across multiple programmes.  He was praised for the way he has built strong links between his teaching interests and his research which is being recognised globally.  He is well regarded by his peers and by his many students.  


    Mrs Kit Chan (Division of Learning, Development and Diversity)

    Kit's outstanding work in her classroom at HKU is matched by the outreach she has demonstrated in the local community and in China.  Kit showed her ability to provide ongoing mentorship as her students transition into the workplace and the Panel recognised this as a sign of her professional commitment and dedication.  It is evident from students' feedback that Kit has given them the confidence, courage and knowledge to innovate in the crucial area of special educational needs (SEN).  Kit has also inspired so many colleagues and she is always open to new ideas, no matter how much additional work they might bring her.


    Many congratulations to all the awardees for their outstanding achievements.  

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