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  • 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.  

  • Sep 11 2017 >

    Faculty Knowledge Exchange Award 2017 MoreClose

    Dr Patcy Yeung (Division of Learning, Development and Diversity) and team members – Miss Po Yin Tsang and Miss Yan Lee Chan (Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education); and Miss Peggie Chan (Division of Learning, Development and Diversity) won the Faculty Knowledge Exchange (KE) Award 2017.

    The winning project entitled “Supporting Struggling Writers: From Theory to Practice” aims to develop evidence-based support for students (with and without diverse learning needs) in learning to write in Chinese. Based on a series of basic research examining the cognitive-linguistic skills and affective-motivational factors contributing to Chinese writing development among typically developing children and children with developmental dyslexia, the project has been developing a Chinese writing curriculum for supporting students with writing difficulties in upper primary schools within a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework.

    Our hearty congratulations to the colleagues concerned on their achievements in KE.

  • Aug 28 2017 >

    A Research Opportunity Captured - Our PhD Student wins a Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Research Scholarship MoreClose

    We are pleased to announce that Mr William Choi Tsun Man, a PhD student in the Division of Speech & Hearing Sciences (SHS), was one of six HKU students to be awarded a Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Scholarship in the last round. William will be working on psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic aspects of lexical tone perception at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA for 10 months starting from September 2017. 

    He recently also received awards for the Faculty's Best Research Postgraduate Student Publication (co-authored with Dr Shelley Tong in the Division of SHS) and a Research Postgraduate Student Teaching Award. William’s PhD project is being supervised by Dr Shelley Tong and Professor Lena Wong. 

    Further information about William’s Fulbright award can be found at: http://web.edu.hku.hk/news/2017-01 or http://www.slhclinic.hku.hk/news/shs-phd-student-awarded-fulbright-rgc-hong-kong-research-scholarship/

  • Jul 21 2017 >

    Faculty Research Awards MoreClose

    We are delighted to announce the results of the latest round of Faculty Research Awards.

    Among the high quality nominations, Professor Li-fang Zhang has been selected for the Faculty Outstanding Researcher Award, and the Faculty Outstanding Young Researcher Awards go to Dr Dennis Fung and Dr Yuen Yi Lo.

    Congratulations to the three awardees. Each of them will receive HK$20,000 from the Faculty to support their research, together with a certificate, at the Faculty Graduation Ceremony.

  • Jul 7 2017 >

    Achievements in General Research Fund, Early Career Scheme and Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme (2017/2018) MoreClose

    The Research Grants Council (RGC) has announced the results for the General Research Fund (GRF), Early Career Scheme (ECS) and Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme (HSSPFS) exercises for 2017/2018. Congratulations to all of our staff who have been successful in this year's exercises!

    The list of successful GRF, ECS and HSSPFS projects are listed below:


    Dr Kennedy Chan            
    “Use of a video-based approach to enhance dynamic pedagogical content knowledge development in pre-service science teachers”

    Dr Margaret Lo 
    “Interrogating student-teachers’ development of social justice pedagogies through youth mentoring as service-learning”



    Professor David Carless
    “Theorizing feedback processes in higher education”

    Dr Yongyan Li    
    “Linking the academic and professional worlds: Written assignments and feedback in a Master’s-level postgraduate professional development programme“

    Professor Nirmala Rao  
    “Early childhood development, preschool quality, school readiness and early achievement:  A longitudinal study in China”

    Dr Carol To         
    “Using differential response-to-treatment to inform diagnosis of childhood apraxia of speech – evidence from Chinese“

    Professor Rui Yang         
    “(Re)Conceptualizing Chinese education: China’s educational traditions and their modern transformation”

    Dr Xiao Zhang   
    “Why is subtracting different from adding? Examining the role of mental rotation in performance and strategy use”



    Professor Nirmala Rao
    “Assessing early childhood development and learning: The first step to building human capital in one belt one road countries” 

  • Jul 3 2017 >

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region awards the Bronze Bauhinia Star to Professor Frederick Leung MoreClose

    Professor Frederick Leung has been awarded the Bronze Bauhenia Star in the  2017 Honours List gazetted by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government on June 30th, 2017.  The award recognises his scholarship and long-time contributions to and achievements in Mathematics Education which have already been well recognised locally and internationally.

    The 2017 Honours List is the 20th full Honours List since Hong Kong's return to China. Honours are awarded in recognition of significant contributions to Hong Kong or for dedicated public and community service. Recipients are from all walks of life. Awards are usually presented by the Chief Executive, sometimes by a respected representative of the National Government. The presentation ceremony for these awards will be held later this year. 

    Our heartiest congratulations to Professor Leung for this prestigious recognition!


  • Jul 3 2017 >

    Promotion and Tenure MoreClose

    We are delighted to bring you a piece of news regarding the latest promotion and tenure exercise.

    Dr Liz Jackson, Dr Shelley Tong, and Dr Dennis Fung have been promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure.

    These promotions are richly deserved. Please express your warmest congratulations to our colleagues!


  • Jun 14 2017 >

    Farewell to Professor Stephen Andrews MoreClose

    Professor Stephen Andrews, the Dean of the Faculty of Education, will retire effective from August 1, 2017 after 26 years of dedicated service to the University.

    Joining the Faculty in September 1990, Professor Andrews was a Lecturer in English Language Education. He was promoted to professor in 2007 and took up the Deanship in 2010. The Faculty is immensely grateful to Professor Andrews for his long and dedicated service as well as distinguished contributions to the Faculty and the University.  Under his inspiring leadership, the Faculty has achieved renown and is regarded as one of the best places to study education in the world. Professor Andrews was awarded the Medal of Honour for services to education by the Hong Kong Government in 2014.

    A farewell reception was held for Professor Andrews on June 9, 2017 to express our gratitude for his confident leadership of the Faculty. More than hundred guests and colleagues in the Faculty, the University and the community joined the reception. Professor Andrews shared his feeling with pieces of music chosen from a song, Old Friends, by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel from their album, Bookends. Professor Peter Mathieson, the President and Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Frederick Leung, Kintoy Professor of Mathematics Education both spoke to thank Professor Andrews, expressing their appreciation of his work.

    We wish Professor Andrews a happy and relaxing retirement.

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