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  • Oct 28 2019 >
    Professor Frederick Leung elected Honorary Member of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)

    Professor Frederick Leung elected Honorary Member of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) MoreClose

    Professor Frederick Leung, Dean of the Graduate School and Chair Professor and Kintoy Professor in Mathematics Education, Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), has been elected as an Honorary Member of the International Association for the Evaluation of Education Achievement (IEA) at the Association’s General Assembly Meeting held in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  Professor Leung is the first Asian recipient of this honour.   

    IEA is the largest international cooperative of national research institutions, governmental research agencies, scholars, and analysts working to research, understand, and improve education worldwide.  The IEA General Assembly is the central decision-making body of the IEA.  It consists of representatives appointed by the IEA member institutions, who are voting delegates at the annual General Assembly meeting and represent the interests of the educational research, policy, and practitioner of their country or region.  The Hong Kong Centre for IEA Studies is located in the Faculty of Education, HKU.  

    Since IEA’s establishment more than 60 years ago, the Association has appointed a small number of individual honorary members, whose election is based on their excellent contributions to the work and mission of the IEA over the years.  There have been only 28 Honorary Members (including legendary figures such as Benjamin Bloom and Torsten Husén) awarded, 17 of whom are still living. Professor Leung is the 29th Honorary Member of the Association.

    The honorary membership serves as a recognition of Professor Leung’s outstanding contributions to the Association.  He has been a valued member of the IEA network for 28 years and was the Hong Kong National Research Coordinator of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) from 1995 to 2019.  He has been the General Assembly member for Hong Kong since 1998 and sat on its Standing Committee from 2007 to 2010.  

    The IEA website cites Professor Leung’s distinguished career in mathematics education and research, highlighting his particular interest and contributions in the study of cultural differences in mathematics education.  Internationally, Professor Leung has worked as an expert consultant to the World Bank, UNESCO and the United Nations Development Programme.  He has published extensively and received numerous national and international awards for his research, including the prestigious Hans Freudenthal Medal, which is the highest international accolade in mathematics education, from the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction in 2013.

    The award of the honorary membership took place at the IEA General Assembly Meeting held in Ljubljana, Slovenia earlier in October. Commenting on the appointment, IEA Chair Dr Thierry Rocher said: “We are very grateful for his (Professor Leung’s) years of dedicated service to the IEA and the wider international educational community.  We would like to take this opportunity to recognise and celebrate his outstanding achievements.”

    Professor Leung said: “I am humbled to be given this honorary membership, that I am listed among legendary educators and researchers in the history of international comparative educational studies. I am happy about the appointment, which puts Hong Kong on the world map of comparative studies of educational achievement. This is something that I take pride of as a Hongkonger.”

    For details of the IEA’s announcement, please visit: 


  • Oct 16 2019 >
    Common Core Teaching Team wins University Grants Committee (UGC) Teaching Award 2019

    Common Core Teaching Team wins University Grants Committee (UGC) Teaching Award 2019 MoreClose

    The Common Core@HKU: Transdisciplinarity-in-Action Team (Common Core Teaching Team) from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) has won this year’s UGC Teaching Award.  The team is led by Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Director of Common Core, and comprises teaching staff from different Faculties, including Dr Xiao Hu from the Faculty of Education, Professor Gina Marchetti from the Faculty of Arts, Mr Mathew Pryor from the Faculty of Architecture and Dr Julian Tanner from the Faculty of Medicine.  

    The Common Core programme, introduced in 2012, is a key element of the new four-year university curriculum for all undergraduate students.  The Common Core emphasises transdisciplinarity across academic disciplines as well as between the university and many local and global partners.  It has created multiple learning formats including flipped classrooms, summer school courses, experiential learning classes, and Common Core Global Experiences.  Over the past six years, the Common Core Teaching Team has undertaken the Transdisciplinarity-in-Action (TIA) initiative which is integral to the Common Core.  

    The Common Core Teaching Team attended the presentation ceremony for the 2019 UGC Teaching Award held by UGC on October 10, 2019.  At the ceremony, Dr Kennedy Chan, Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Education, was also announced as one of the finalists for 2019. 

    Congratulations to all the members of the winning team, including our own Dr Hu, and also to Dr Chan!  

    Further information about the Award, please visit:  

  • Oct 9 2019 >
    Professional recognition for the BEd(ECE&SE) programme

    Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education and Special Education programme obtains professional qualifications from the Government MoreClose

    We are very pleased to announce that the Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education and Special Education BEd(ECE&SE) programme has obtained the following professional qualifications from the Government. 

    Graduates from the BEd(ECE&SE) programme will be:

    • eligible for registration as Qualified Kindergarten Teachers with the Education Bureau;
    • eligible for registration as child care workers and child care supervisors under the Child Care Services Ordinance; and
    • considered as having acquired training on the One-year In-service Course in Special Child Care Work offered by the Social Welfare Department for special child care workers. 

    They will also meet the academic qualifications required to become kindergarten principals.

    The BEd(ECE&SE) programme prepares students for dual certification as both early childhood teachers and teachers of children with disabilities in early childhood.  It includes engaging academic courses, supervised practicum placements in multiple early childhood settings, and independent research experiences to help students facilitate the development and learning of children from birth to six years.

    For more information about the BEd(ECE&SE) programme, please visit:  https://web.edu.hku.hk/programme/becese


  • Sep 2 2019 >

    Restructuring of the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong MoreClose

    With effect from September 1, 2019, the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong has transformed its seven Divisions into three new Academic Units:


    The aim of the restructuring is to further strengthen our Faculty’s position as a world class education faculty for research, learning and teaching, and knowledge exchange. The three new Academic Units serve as communities of scholars and educators, under which our research and teaching areas are framed more broadly and conceptually. The new structure is expected to generate new conversations and collaborations among Faculty members, thereby stimulating more innovative and inter-disciplinary synergies that enhance our impact locally and globally. At the same time, we maintain our unity as a unitary Faculty in which our undergraduate and postgraduate curricula are implemented at the Faculty level, spanning across the Academic Units. 

    We are very proud of being placed among the world's best education faculties, thanks to the unremitting efforts of our staff members, and the consistent support of our students, alumni and valuable partners within and outside the University.  We will continue to strive for excellence and look forward to deepening our engagements with you through our exciting new initiatives in the near future.

    Our new Academic Units: https://web.edu.hku.hk/our-academic-units/

    Giving to the Faculty: https://web.edu.hku.hk/about/giving-to-the-faculty

  • Aug 28 2019 >
    The Tin Ka Ping Foundation

    The Tin Ka Ping Foundation has pledged a generous gift to support the Faculty of Education, HKU MoreClose

    The Tin Ka Ping Foundation has recently pledged a generous gift of $5M to further support the Tin Ka Ping Education Fund, which was established in 2008 in the University's Faculty of Education.

    Professor Xiang Zhang, President and Vice-Chancellor, HKU and Mr Sam Tin Hing Sin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tin Ka Ping Foundation, signed an agreement at the University Lodge on August 22, 2019 (Thursday). Professor A. Lin Goodwin, Dean of the Faculty of Education, HKU, also attended the signing ceremony.

    We gratefully appreciate the unfailing support of the Foundation over the years.



  • Aug 23 2019 >
    Launch of Educational Videos on Developmental Language Disorder

    Launch of Educational Videos on Developmental Language Disorder MoreClose

    We are happy to announce that a series of educational videos on Developmental Language Disorder, produced by Dr Anita Wong and her speech-language therapist colleagues, has been launched by the Child Language and Speech Laboratory, Faculty of Education, HKU.

    The purpose of this video series is to raise public awareness of Developmental Language Disorder in Hong Kong and the videos can be used for parent education, teacher education and speech therapist education.

    Please enjoy the videos by clicking the URL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrYYKhKw5LBCKRrnLc4lYIQ


  • Aug 9 2019 >
    Online People's Choice Award in the HKU Visualise Thesis Competition 2019

    Our PhD Student has won the Online People's Choice Award in the HKU Visualise Thesis Competition 2019 MoreClose

    Congratulations to Ms Michelle Cheng, a PhD student at the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and the Faculty of Education (Supervisor: Dr Cecilia Chan) who won the Online People's Choice Award in the HKU Visualise Thesis Competition 2019 organised by the HKU KE Office!


  • Jul 17 2019 >
    Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Research Scholar Award

    Our PhD Student has been awarded a Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Research Scholar Award 2019-20 MoreClose

    We are very pleased to announce that Miss Chan Hiu Fung, a PhD student in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences of the Faculty of Education, has been selected as one of the recipients of the scholar award under the Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Research Scholar Award Programme 2019-20.


    The award is offered by the Research Grants Council, in collaboration with the US Consulate-General in Hong Kong. Miss Chan will conduct dissertation research on the topic “Evaluation of Speech-Specific Quality of Life and Analysis of Risk Factors in Patients after Total Laryngectomy Based on Subjective and Objective Outcomes” at the University of California, San Francisco, USA.


    Further information about the Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Research Scholar Award Programme can be found at: http://www.hk-ac.org.hk/hkac/fulbright-rgc-research-scholar-program-2019-2020/


    Many congratulations on her outstanding achievement!


  • Jul 4 2019 >

    Achievements in General Research Fund, Early Career Scheme, and Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme (2019/20 Exercise) 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 2019/20. In the latest GRF and ECS competition, the Faculty performed very well with an overall success rate of 42% (similar to the level achieved in 2018/19), with 12 out of 30 applications accepted for GRF and two out of three for ECS. In the Education sub-panel specifically, HKU achieved the highest success rate for GRF (39%) and ECS (67%), even in the face of increasingly keen competition.


    The list of successful GRF, ECS, and HSSPFS projects are as follows:



    Dr Jim Chan

    Language attitudes in learning English and Chinese as a lingua franca: (Re)examining the choice of standards, norms and models in language education


    Dr Mairin Hennebry

    The Motivational Dynamics of Young English Language Learners as they Transition from Primary to Secondary


    Dr Timothy Hew

    Identifying factors to improve flipped classroom implementation in higher education STEM subject disciplines through meta-analysis and qualitative evidence synthesis


    Dr Hugo Horta

    Factors influencing current and expected career trajectories of PhD students and PhD holders in China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan


    Dr Carrie Lau

    Role of the home and school in children’s early English language and literacy development in Hong Kong


    Dr Yongyan Li

    Chinese conceptualizations of “plagiarism” and intertextual education in schools 


    Dr Margaret Lo

    Teaching English for social justice and inclusion in high-poverty schools: Participatory research at the nexus of teacher education, schools and communities


    Dr Elizabeth Loh

    Examining the effects of executive function on Chinese word reading among Chinese as a second language (CSL) learners and Chinese students, from a developmental perspective


    Dr Anatoly Oleksiyenko

    Re-imagining Intellectual Leadership in Post-Soviet Higher Education


    Professor Nirmala Rao

    Are young children developmentally on track? Comparison between adult ratings and direct assessment in China and India 


    Dr Gary Wong

    Infusing engineering design process into science education in primary schools: Design-based research on students’ constructionist learning approach


    Dr Patcy Yeung

    Writing motivation and Chinese written composition development among children in elementary grades in Hong Kong



    Dr Yvonne Huang

    Conceptualizing the effects of informal teacher learning on adaptive instruction


    Dr Priya La Londe

    Policy Enactments in Hong Kong and Shanghai: The Character and Consequences of School Autonomy With Accountability on Learning and Teaching (SAWAhks)



    Professor Brendan Weekes

    Intervention and Prevention of Neurodegenerative Disease in the Greater Bay Area (GBA)


    Congratulations to all of our staff who have been successful in this year's exercises!


  • Jun 21 2019 >
    Ocean Park International Conservation STEAM Competition

    Faculty Students Supervised a Champion-winning Team at The First Ocean Park International Conservation STEAM Competition MoreClose

    Ocean Park organised The First Ocean Park International STEAM Education Conference 2019 (the Conference) on 21 and 22 June 2019, with the Faculty of Education as one of the co-organisers. Awards were presented to the winners of The First Ocean Park International Conservation STEAM Competition (the Competition) and the Ocean Park x HKU Hackathon, with the outstanding work from the two student competitions being showcased at the conference venue. The competition aimed to stimulate students to apply their knowledge and skills in STEAM-related disciplines to solve real-life problems.


    The Caritas Fanling Chan Chun Ha Secondary School won the Champion on the topic of “STEAM Public Awareness” in the Competition. Two of the three supervising teachers were our Year 4 students (Law Kwan In Jessica and Ng Chi Yeung Ken) who are studying Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science (BEd&BSc) programme. Dr Valerie Yip, Senior Lecture of the Faculty, was instrumental in the success and  a key member of the Steering Committee of the Conference.


    In addition, five BEd&BSc Year 3 students also contributed ideas in a related project earlier on reducing marine debris, and they were Chan Ki Yan Ian, Liu Cherry, Shum Chung Kit Elsin, Wong Yu Yeung Gary and Yip Cheuk Lun Stephen.


    Further information about the Conference and the Competition can be found at https://oceanparkhongkong.ievent.hk/event/p/39700?lang=en and https://www.hku.hk/press/news_detail_19631.html


    For media coverage of the Conference, please click the following newspapers for details:


    Hong Kong Economic Times

    Sing Tao Daily

    Sky Post


    Congratulations to our talented students!


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