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  • Jun 13 2017 >

    Congratulations to the former Head of the former Department of Education in the Faculty, Professor John Biggs MoreClose

    The Head of the former Department of Education from 1987 to 1991, before the Faculty became a single unit, Professor John Biggs, has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list for Australia, announced recently by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. Professor Biggs is now a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, which is the principal and most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at the national level in Australia and carries the honorific (AM).  Professor Biggs was conferred the title of Honorary Professor by HKU when he retired in 1991.

    Professor Biggs earned the award for his significant service to tertiary education, particularly in the fields of curriculum development and assessment. He saw service at the University of New England (Australia), Monash University (Australia), the University of ­Alberta (Canada), and the University of Newcastle (Australia) as well as at HKU. He was also a researcher associated with the National Foundation for Educational Research in the United Kingdom.

    Among his career highlights was the development of the structure of the observed learning outcome (SOLO) taxonomy for assessing the quality of learning outcomes.

    Professor Biggs has also written many academic books including Changing Universities: A Memoir about Academe in Different Places and Times and Teaching for Quality Learning at University. He delved into fiction writing too, with Black Dog: A Marriage in Ashes and The Girl in the Golden House.

    Many congratulations to Professor Biggs for his remarkable achievements!

  • Jun 9 2017 >

    Long Service Awards 2017 MoreClose

    The Long Service Awards Presentation Ceremony 2017 was held on Tuesday, June 6th this year in Loke Yew Hall, the President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Mathieson presented the awards . Twelve Faculty colleagues were honoured. Warmest congratulations to all.

    Colleagues who have served the University for 35 years:
    Professor Gerard Postiglione (Chair Professor)

    Colleagues who have served the University for 25 years:
    Dr Cheung Chi Kim (Senior Lecturer)
    Dr Tammy Kwan (Associate Professor & Assistant Dean (School-University Partnerships))
    Ms Margaret Li (Clerk)
    Mr Raymond Wu (Senior Technician)

    Colleagues who have served the University for 15 years:
    Miss Crystal Chan (Administrative Assistant II)
    Dr Lee Yeung (Assistant Director of Centre for Information Technology in Education)
    Dr Arthur Lee (Lecturer)
    Dr Margaret Lo (Assistant Professor)
    Ms Suzanne Nicholson (Lecturer)
    Miss Nicole Tavares (Senior Lecturer)
    Mr Wong Ka Lok (Senior Lecturer)

  • May 18 2017 >

    Opening Ceremony for the new extension of the Clinic for Speech, Language, Communication, Swallowing and Hearing Disorders MoreClose

    The Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SHS Division) held the opening ceremony for the newly extended Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic in Kennedy Town on May 17, 2017. The University's Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), Professor Ian Holliday; the Associate Director of Knowledge Exchange Office, Professor John Bacon-Shone; the Dean of Education, Professor Stephen Andrews; the Dean of Education designate, Professor Lin Goodwin; the Head of SHS Division, Professor Thomas Klee; and the Clinical Education Director, Dr Anita Wong, performed the opening.

    The Clinic was established along with the SHS Division in the Faculty in 1988. It provides a state-of-the-art facility for speech therapy and audiology students' clinical education in the SHS Division’s degree programmes. Over 900 students have gained valuable experience in the Clinic becoming qualified speech therapists and audiologists. Clinical services have also been provided to over 5,000 individuals in Hong Kong.

    In 2016, financial support was provided from the Faculty to expand the facilities at the Kennedy Town Centre from one floor to two. This extension includes state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment that allows unobtrusive but high-quality recordings to enhance students’ clinical education as well as client service.  At the opening ceremony, the use of the new audio-visual equipment was demonstrated through the live broadcast of a treatment session conducted by the clinical educator, Ms Ada Chu, and her client, Mr Wong. 

    The Clinic provides diagnostic evaluation, individual and group therapy to individuals with speech, language, communication, swallowing and hearing disorders of all ages and accepts self- and professional referrals. For more information about the Clinic, please visit: http://www.speech.hku.hk/clinics_speechandlanguage.html

  • Apr 24 2017 >

    Dr Susan Bridges has been selected as a member of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning Editorial Board MoreClose

    We are glad to share with you the news that Dr Susan Bridges has been selected as one of the Editorial Board members of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning (IJPBL).

    Launched in 2006, IJPBL publishes relevant, interesting, and challenging articles concerning research, analysis, or promising practice related to all aspects of implementing problem-based learning (PBL) in K–12 and post-secondary classrooms. It offers a forum for all PBL research across disciplines and is the first and only journal of its kind. For more information about IJPBL, please go to: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/ijpbl/.

    Dr Bridges will serve on the Board for a 3-year term, from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2020.

    Congratulations to Dr Bridges! 

  • Apr 13 2017 >

    Naming Ceremony of the Tin Ka Ping Education Library MoreClose

    To honour the Tin Ka Ping Foundation for the generous support it has given to the Faculty since 1991, the Education Library has been named the Tin Ka Ping Education Library at a ceremony held on April 12, 2017.

    The Foundation has been supporting the Faculty since 1991 with the establishment of the Tin Ka Ping Visiting Fellowship Scheme that has enabled hundreds of Mainland academics and educators from different disciplines to come to HKU as Visiting Fellows. In 2013-14, the Foundation established a Training Programme for Principals from Gansu Province which allowed the Faculty to develop a pioneering cross-border training programme for principals of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and education directors at the province’s Ministry of Education. The Foundation’s recent donation will also be invaluable in supporting the Faculty’s long-term development by providing scholarships for our research postgraduate students, and grants for postgraduate and undergraduate students participating in experiential learning programmes.

    The ceremony was led by Mr Tin Hing-Sin, Chairman of the Foundation; Mr Tin Wing Sin, the Foundation's Director; Professor Peter Mathieson, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University; Professor Stephen Andrews, Dean of Education and Dr Y C Wan, Deputy University Librarian. Members of the Tin family, board members of the Tin Ka Ping Foundation, and the HKU Foundation, as well as members of the Faculty also attended the ceremony. Students and staff will continually be able to recall the Tin Family's generosity towards HKU's Education Faculty by means of this recognition.

  • Mar 13 2017 >

    CIES Presidential Address MoreClose

    In March 2016, Professor Mark Bray, UNESCO Chair Professor in Comparative Education, was elected to the Presidency of the US-based Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). This is the oldest and largest society in the field, established in 1956 and having over 3,000 members.

    At the 61st annual conference, March 6-9, 2017 in Atlanta, USA, Professor Bray concluded his work with a Presidential Address. It was entitled ”Schooling and its Supplements: Changing Global Patterns and Implications for Comparative Education”. It drew on his extensive work on the so-called shadow education system of supplementary private tutoring. The lecture can be viewed here, and will in due course be published in the Society’s flagship journal Comparative Education Review.

    Professor Bray retains a CIES leadership role within the CIES as immediate Past-President on the Board of Directors. Among others, this benefits colleagues and students in HKU’s Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC).

  • Mar 8 2017 >

    No. 7 in the world - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 MoreClose

    We are glad to share with you that we have retained our ranking among the top Education faculties worldwide.

    In the most recent QS subject rankings, the Faculty of Education at HKU has been ranked number 7 among Schools of Education around the world. The six universities above HKU for Education in this year’s exercise are: 1) University College London, 2) Harvard University, 3) Stanford University, 4) The University of Cambridge, 5) The University of Melbourne, and 6) the University of Oxford.

    QS uses four criteria for its ranking system – Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per paper, and H-index, which is a way of measuring both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scholar. 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. We are pleased to see that our performance in two objective indicators, Citations and H-index, has improved compared with 2016: from 92.3 to 93.6 (Citations) and from 89.4 to 92.6 (H-index). Both indicators reflect aspects of research performance over the past 5 years and the improvements endorse colleagues’ sterling and continuous efforts over the past year.

    For the full set of rankings for Education, please refer to http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2017/education-training.

  • Feb 14 2017 >

    Dr Carol To received an Outstanding Mentor Award regarding the Employment of Individuals with Autism MoreClose

    We are pleased to announce that Dr Carol To of the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences has been awarded an Outstanding Mentor Award regarding the employment of individuals with autism by the Labour and Welfare Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

    The Award was set up to give due recognition to the mentors of Inclusive Organisations who assist employees with disabilities in coping with difficulties at work and in integrating into their work team.

    The 2016-17 Award Presentation Ceremony and Experience Sharing Session of Inclusive Organisations will be held on March 13, 2017 at the Central Government Offices, Tamar. For more details of the Award and the Ceremony, please refer to http://www.lwb.gov.hk/charter_scheme/index_e.html#s16.

    May we offer our hearty congratulations to Dr Carol To.

  • Jan 27 2017 >

    Our PhD Student has been awarded 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 and Hearing Sciences, has been awarded a Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Research Scholarship. 

    The Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Research Scholar Award Programme was launched in the 2006-07 academic year by the Research Grants Council (RGC) and the Consulate General of the United States in Hong Kong, to support Hong Kong PhD students who wish to undertake research work in the USA.

    The competition is always very keen.  William was selected on the strength of his application and an interview. He will start his half-year stay in the USA from September 2017.

    We are glad that William has decided to further his career in research, having graduated from our Faculty, which has the only Bachelor's degree course in Speech and Hearing Sciences in Hong Kong.  Many congratulations on his achievement.

  • Jan 27 2017 >

    Our PhD graduate wins Gail Kelly Award for the PhD thesis MoreClose

    We are delighted to announce that the PhD thesis of Dr Nutsa Kobakhidze, our PhD graduate, has won the Gail Kelly Award from the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).

    The award is indeed a significant honour within the comparative education community for an outstanding work that addresses social justice and equity issues in an international context.  The selection criteria demand academic excellence; originality; methodological, theoretical, and empirical rigor; and the international selection committee reads and debates each submission with care. 

    The thesis is entitled Teachers as Tutors: Shadow Education Market Dynamics in Georgia. The electronic copy is accessible through the HKU library here.

    Dr Kobakhidze will receive the award on the evening of March 7, 2017 (Tuesday) during the CIES annual conference in Atlanta, USA.  Please join us in congratulating her!

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