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Education Mentorship Programme


The Education Mentorship Programme (the Programme) is a joint programme of the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) with the Hong Kong University Education Alumni Association (HKUEdAA). It is designed to enhance the exposure and professional development of senior-year students in the Faculty of Education through direct experience sharing and active interaction with experienced professionals and executives in education-related fields as mentors.  Through the Programme, our students shall:

  • Learn from the achievements and experience of mentors;

  • Build their networks for future development;

  • Obtain advice for career planning; and

  • Understand the expectations of potential employers and develop the essential skills that employers look for.

Our mentors shall:

  • Get acquainted with the next generation of young professionals studying in the Faculty of Education; and

  • Contribute towards the professional development of mentees and their sectors/fields in general.



Faculty mentors are:

  • Alumni or friends of the Faculty of Education from a range of disciplines including the teaching profession, education administration, speech therapy, information technology in education, library management, government and non-government organizations, etc.; and

  • Usually with at least five years of working experience.

Faculty mentees are full-time third-year^ to final-year undergraduate students* of the Faculty of Education, HKU.


^Students studying in their first/second year in BSc(ACD) and BSc(IM) programmes are third-year/final-year students.

*Students are not eligible if they will not be in Hong Kong for four months or more during the mentorship period.


Important Dates

Application deadline: February 20, 2018 (Tuesday)

Screening period: February 2018

Announcement of result: March 2018

Inauguration Ceremony: March 3, 2018 (Saturday)

Mentorship period: March 2018 to February 2019



For Faculty mentors, please provide information on the online Application Form for Mentors.

For Faculty mentees, students are welcome to apply via the online Application Form for Mentees.  Priority will be given to fourth-year and final-year students.



For Faculty mentors, you should:

  • Engage with your mentee(s) regularly via different kinds of activities such as visits, forums, workshops, family gatherings, group activities with other mentors and mentees, etc.;

  • Interact with your mentee(s), providing opinions/perspectives to challenge your mentee(s) intellectually;

  • Give your mentee(s) opportunities to learn by experience;

  • Maintain a professional relationship with mentee(s); and

  • Inform us of issues that arise with the Programme or mentee(s).

Faculty mentors should not:

  • Do what your mentee(s) should be doing themselves;

  • Encourage short-cuts or the development of bad habits;

  • Give your mentee(s) expensive gifts and always pick up the bill; and

  • Help your mentee(s), in actual terms, to secure a job.


For Faculty mentees, you should:

  • Recognize the need for mentoring;

  • Take the initiative to contact your mentor and arrange different activities and regular contacts through telephone, email, fact-to-face, etc.;

  • Observe general etiquette standards, i.e. be punctual,  courteous and thankful;

  • Keep all scheduled appointments; and

  • Prepare some topics for discussion before you meet.

Faculty mentees should not:

  • Expect your mentor to solve all your problems for you but at the same time you should not hesitate to share your problems and anxieties;

  • Commit yourself to obligations you cannot keep;

  • Expect your mentor to find a job for you;

  • Cancel a meeting and/or a visit at the last minute;

  • Be too busy to meet your mentor; and

  • Contact your mentor at unreasonable hours.



At the programme level, the Faculty will take the lead to arrange group/networking activities to facilitate communication and strengthen the relationship between mentors and mentees.

At the individual level,

  • Mentor and mentee(s) may arrange office/home visits, lunches, sports or other activities, depending on their interests;

  • The Faculty does not have rules governing the minimum number of contact hours between mentor and mentee(s), which will  vary depending on the schedules of both mentor and mentee(s);

  • The Faculty encourages mentees to take the initiative to arrange regular meetings/keep regular contact with their mentor; and

  • Typically, mentor and mentee(s) are advised to meet three times a year, supplemented by communication via emails, social media, letters and phone.



Faculty mentors will be invited to give us comments on the Programme at the end of the mentorship period by completing an online survey.

Faculty mentees will be required to submit interim and final reports on your mentorship experience and opinions.

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