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Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education

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The Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education (PASSE) is a multi-disciplinary division that brings together a diverse and vibrant community of noted scholars who have a strong passion for and are committed to the advancement of education through teaching, research, and knowledge exchange. PASSE division members have expertise in educational policy, educational administration, school leadership, social sciences education, specifically in China studies, comparative education, curriculum studies and pedagogies, higher education governance, system development, media education, philosophy of education, problem-based learning, shadow education, social justice, educational equality, sociology of education, teacher professional development, and values education. PASSE division members have distinctively served and contributed in local, national, and international communities through research collaboration, consultancy, and working closely with various local institutes, national and regional organizations, and international organizations.

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The PASSE division is devoted to the education and training of pre- and in-service teachers as well as education-related professionals in various programs, such as Bachelor of Education (BEd), Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (BA&BEd), Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science (BEd&BSc), Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Social Sciences (BEd&BSocSc), Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), and Master of Education (MEd). Through the members’ academic expertise and professional experiences, students are empowered to be reflective practitioners in their professional fields in a multi-level and multi-cultural world. Students are encouraged to develop their analytical thinking skills, engage in current local and international debates, share their experiences, and draw lessons from the integration of educational theory and practice in the areas of policy, administration, and social sciences.

As an integral part of the teaching process, the PASSE division offers undergraduate courses on, among others, the sociological and philosophical strands of education in double degree programs. In the MEd programme, the PASSE division facilitates the teaching of highly acclaimed specialisms such as Comparative and Global Studies in Education and Development, Curriculum Studies, Educational Administration and Management, and Higher Education.

To meet students’ diverse learning needs and to allow greater flexibility for student choice, the PASSE division offers a number of modules with different areas of concentration, such as the following:

  • Higher education: academic profession, comparative higher education, gender and higher education, globalization and higher education, and world-class universities
  • School leadership and development: educational decision making, legal aspect of school leadership, school-based teacher development, and teacher professional development
  • Sociology of education: globalization, multiculturalism, and education
  • Student learning: improving student learning through variation and maximizing the power of peer learning
  • Values education: life education policy and curriculum, media education, moral, civic, and national education, school policy and curriculum for sex education, and youth sexuality

PASSE Research


PASSE division members are vibrant researchers committed to advancing the frontiers of knowledge in a wide range of research on policy, social, and leadership studies in education. They serve as an important “nexus for the exchange and development of educational research that draws on the best of Asian (especially Chinese) and Western scholarship”. They also have strong research relationships with Mainland China, focusing socio-culturally on all education levels, and engaging in various research projects in collaboration with local, national, regional, and international institutes and organizations.

In addition to individual research, PASSE division members host three internationally recognized research centres: Centre for Educational Leadership (CEL) that performs research on educational administration and school leadership, the Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC) that provides a global meeting point for comparative analyses of education systems and processes, and the Wah Ching Centre of Research on Education in China (CREC) that serves as a free inquiry platform about the reform and development of education in China. The PASSE division also hosts the Community for Higher Education Research (CHER) for the advancement of studies on higher education and the Education Policy Unit (EPU) for the conduct of independent regional studies of policy analysis and program evaluation.

The rich cultural and disciplinary diversity of the PASSE division contributes to its internationally recognized research achievements. PASSE division members have a robust record of published papers in international journals and collaboration with prestigious publishers. The PASSE division has a strong funding profile. Present research endeavors, which are funded by the Research Grants Council (RGC) and other funding bodies, include the following:

  • Chinese knowledge diaspora and international knowledge network
  • Ethnic and religious minorities in school textbooks
  • Family involvement and education of children
  • Higher education: academic integration, global competition, and collaboration
  • Professorial leadership
  • Shadow education


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Community Engagement

PASSE division members are actively engaging in activities conducted in local, national, and international communities. In Hong Kong, the PASSE division offers advice to local education policymakers and serve on various committees of the Education Bureau (EDB) and other government bodies, conduct staff development workshops for teachers in their schools, administer training programs for aspiring and incumbent principals, and offer seminars and talks for parents and the general public on the current issues and debates on education. At the national and sub-national levels, PASSE division members have strong experiences in advising China’s policymakers and officials on education and have advised university administrators on higher education policy and development. Internationally, PASSE division members serve as editors and board members of leading international journals and of international education and professional societies.

A distinctive feature of the community engagement of the PASSE division is its multi-leveled nature. Despite being located in Hong Kong, the division bridges China with the rest of the world by helping China to learn about educational developments in other countries and the rest of the world to understand the recent education reforms and developments in China.

Specifically, the PASSE division hosts three research centers that rigorously participate in multi-leveled community engagement. CEL establishes partnerships with universities in China to train school leaders and education officials in the country. The division also performs parallel lessons via video conferencing in schools inside and outside Mainland China for teacher professional development.  Both CERC and CREC offer consultancy to important international organizations such as OECD, UNESCO, and the World Bank. CERC supports important international professional bodies, such as the Comparative Education Society of Asia and the World Council of Comparative Education Societies, while CREC actively collaborates with international organizations, such as the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


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