Education University of Hong Kong

The Education University of Hong Kong[4] (EdUHK) is a public university in Ting Kok, New Territories, Hong Kong.

The Education University
of Hong Kong
香港教育大學 (Chinese)
Seal of the university
Established1994; 30 years ago (1994)
ChairmanDavid Wong Yau-kar
ChancellorJohn Lee Ka-chiu (as Chief Executive of Hong Kong)
PresidentLee Chi-kin John
Vice-presidentVacant (Academic)
Chan Che-hin Chetwyn (Research and Development)
Wong Man-yee Sarah (Administration)
Academic staff
445 (2013/14) [1]
Administrative staff
707 (2014) [2]
Students7,965 (2020) [3]
Undergraduates5,772 (2013/14) [1]
Postgraduates1,503 (2013/14) [1]
10 Lo Ping Road
, ,
Hong Kong
Colours   Orange & green
AffiliationsBeijing-Hong Kong Universities Alliance (BHUA)
Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao University Alliance (GHMUA)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese香港教育大學
Simplified Chinese香港教育大学
Cantonese YaleHēunggóng Gaauyuhk Daaihhohk
The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Traditional Chinese香港教育學院
Simplified Chinese香港教育学院
Cantonese YaleHēung góng gāau yuhk hohk yuhn
Logo of HKIEd (1994–2016)
EdUHK Campus View

The university was founded in 1994 as The Hong Kong Institute of Education. It is one of eight subsidised universities under the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong and the only one dedicated to teacher education.

History and recent developments edit

The history of The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) can be traced back to 1853. The St. Paul's College introduced the first formalised programme of in-service teacher training. This was described in its Annual Report for 1994–1995.[5] On 25 April 1994, under the recommendation made by the Education Commission Report No 5, The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) was formally established by the merger of:

Established in 1994, HKIEd provides doctorate, master and undergraduate degrees, postgraduate diploma, certificates and a range of in-service programmes to around 7,000 pre-service students and serving teachers.

In October 1997, the Institute moved to its new campus in Tai Po near the Tai Po Industrial Estate. It has a Sports Centre at Pak Shek Kok, Tai Po, as well as a Town Centre campus in Tseung Kwan O.

In 2001, the HKIEd HSBC Early Childhood Learning Centre was established on the campus. The HKIEd Jockey Club Primary School was founded on the campus in the following year.[9]

From 1 May 2004, the institute was granted self-accrediting status in respect of its own teacher education programmes at degree-level and above.

In June 2009, the institute won extra annual funding of HK$22 million from the Hong Kong Government to provide 120 undergraduate degree places for three new undergraduate programs and 30 research postgraduate places for the 2009–2012 triennium.

In January 2010, the University Grants Committee endorsed the HKIEd's plans for Research Postgraduate programmes and undergraduate programs in three disciplines: "Humanities" (mainly Language), "Social Sciences", and "Creative Arts & Culture".

The approval is seen as a step closer for the institute to gaining its university title by becoming a fully-fledged university of education with a range of disciplines and strong research capacity.

HKIEd will launch its first batch of non-education programmes, namely the Bachelor of Arts in Language Studies and Bachelor of Social Sciences in Global and Environmental Studies in September 2010. Both programmes have already secured the support of the External Validation Panel of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.[needs update]

Preparations for the launching of the third Education-Plus programme, Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts and Culture, in 2011–2012 are underway.[needs update]

The institute operates four institute-level research centres[10] had been set up to facilitate the growth of expertise in multi-disciplinary research.

On 11 September 2015 the University Grants Committee accepted the application by the Institute of Education to change its name to university, and on 26 January 2016 the adoption of the title "The Education University of Hong Kong" was approved. Accordingly, The Hong Kong Institute of Education (Amendment) Bill will be gazetted on 19 February 2016 and introduced into the Legislative Council on 2 March 2016.[11][4]

In January 2016, the institute was awarded self-accrediting status in three further programme areas, covered by its existing Programme Area Accreditation status: Chinese Studies, English Studies and Environmental Studies.[4]

On 27 May 2016, the institute was formally renamed The Education University of Hong Kong in recognition of its "efforts and contributions over the years".[4]

In September 2020, The Education University of Hong Kong, with the help of the Li Ka Shing Foundation, partnered with Kneron to build Hong Kong's first AI educational system.[12]

In November 2023, the university announced that students would have to undergo mandatory national security education.[13]

Academic organisation edit

There are three faculties and a number of non-faculty academic units at the university, which provide study programmes and courses for students.

The Graduate School was established in April 2010 to support EdUHK (the then HKIEd) in the management and quality assurance of its higher degree programmes.

Faculties edit

  • Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Education and Human Development
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Graduate School

Research centres edit

  • Academy of Hong Kong Studies (AHKS)
  • Assessment Research Centre (ARC)
  • Centre for Governance and Citizenship (CGC)
  • The Joseph Lau Luen Hung Charitable Trust Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change (APCLC)

Major facilities edit

Sports centre edit

The 5.3-hectare (13-acre) Sports Centre is located at 55 Yau King Lane, Tai Po Kau, facing Tolo Harbour. It houses a range of outdoor and indoor sports and recreational facilities including:

  • grandstand with undercover seating for 1,200 spectators
  • 400-metre all-weather track with facilities for field events
  • natural grass soccer pitch
  • artificial turf soccer / hockey pitch
  • five tennis courts
  • jogging path with six fitness stations
  • fitness room
  • parking spaces[14]

Reputation and rankings edit

According to the 2018 QS World University Rankings: "In the field of Education, it is ranked ninth in the world and second in Asia; in the field of linguistics, it is ranked 151-200th in the world; in the field of Psychology, it is ranked 251-300th in the world; in the field of Social Science and Management, it is ranked 323rd in the world".[15]

Controversy over the proposed HKIEd-CUHK merger edit

In January 2007, a public row broke out between the management and the government over the future of the institute. Battle lines were drawn between the Vice-Chancellor Paul Morris and then Secretary for Education and Manpower, Prof. Arthur Li. The dispute had apparently been brewing for some time, as far back as June 2002, when the Arthur Li was appointed secretary. Apparently, Li favoured a merger of the institute with The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), where he was vice-chancellor.[16] Morris opposed the merger, and had for some time been campaigning to establish the institute as a university in its own right.[17] Morris maintained he had been warned by the Chairman of the council, Dr. Thomas Leung Kwok-fai, as far back as June 2006, that his tenure would end unless he agreed to the amalgamation of the institute with the CUHK.[17]

Timeline edit

  • 24 June 2002 – Shortly after Li's appointment as Education Secretary, Li had apparently invited Morris to dinner and proposed a merger of the institute with the Chinese University. Li also apparently offered Morris to head the "super education centre".[16]
  • 19 July 2002 – Morris was allegedly told by Simon Ip Sik-on, a former chairman of the institute's council, during a lunch he shared with Li and two other senior institute officials that Li threatened to render the institute unviable if a merger could not be achieved.[16]
  • 14 October 2002 – Fanny Law had met with Arthur Li, Dr. Leung and its former vice chairman Alfred Chan Wing-kin. She issued an "internal email" to staff, stating the institute's wish for an early indication of a possible merger with the education faculty of the CUHK.[18]
  • 25 January 2007 – The governing council of the institute decided in a vote of 10 to 3, with three abstentions, not to renew Vice Chancellor Morris' contract. Leung denied Morris' assertion about the threats to the security of his tenure, instead accusing Morris of misinterpreting him. Leung insisted that there was no connection between the two.[19][20] This led to speculation that the Education and Manpower Bureau (EMB) was trying to force an amalgamation of the institute with the CUHK.[21]
  • 26 January 2007 – Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Bernard Luk Hung-kay (陸鴻基) alleged on RTHK Radio 1's Openline Openview phone-in program that during the summer of 2003, after results of the Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers were released, the media reported (falsely) that most of 330 teachers who had failed in the test were from The Hong Kong Institute of Education. Professor Luk accused Law for not having set the record straight[18] and alleged that this publicity resulted in a sharp fall in the number of applications for the next year, though the numbers had since recovered through hard work of the staff.
    Prof Luk also corroborated Vice Chancellor Morris' version of events by revealing a secret breakfast meeting that took place between Dr. Leung and the Vice Chancellor in June 2006.[22]
  • 5 February 2007 – Luk alleged both in his open letter[23] and on RTHK Radio 1's Openline Openview program that Li had made veiled threats both against him and Morris in the past. For their refusal to make a news release denouncing those teachers who exceeded the placement quota for their profession and who were about to lose their current jobs, Arthur Li was quoted by Luk to have said on 26/27 June 2004, "I'll remember this. You will pay." (The quote was said in English).[24] Luk suggests in his letter that the time is up for his "pound of flesh."
    Luk also alleged that during January 2004, Li had phoned Morris to once again urge Morris to take the lead in amalgamating with CUHK. He threatened to reduce future student intake quotas of HKIEd otherwise.[25]
    Luk pointed out that there had been numerous newspaper articles written by IEd staff members in the past few years criticizing the EMB education reform and policies. Luk maintained this resulted in a number of phone calls from a certain high-ranking official in the EMB, demanding the immediate dismissals of those four staff members, which they refused to entertain.[26][27]
  • 6 February 2007 – Staff members Leung Yan-wing (梁恩榮) and Ip Kin-yuen (葉建源) asked Legco to investigate further or set up an open hearing into the allegations. Legco member Cheung Man Kwong told RTHK Radio 1's Openline Openview phone-in program that he along with eight other Democratic camp members had already written to Legco's Education Committee chairman Tsang Yok-sing, urging him to convene an emergency meeting to investigate these allegations of government interference in the running of IEd.[28][29] Students overwhelmingly passed vote of no-confidence in Governing Board Chairman Thomas Leung Kwok-fai: of 680 the voters, only 36 students backed Leung. There were 65 abstentions and eight voided ballot papers.[28]
  • 7 February 2007 – It was announced that Legco's Education Committee would convene on 12 February 2007 to discuss any further action and that it would invite both IEd representatives and Arthur Li himself if necessary.[30]
  • 9 March 2007 – Pro-government legislators blocked an attempt to set up a Legco inquiry to investigate allegations over meddling with the academic freedom and autonomy of educational institutions. The vote failed by 30:21 with one abstention.[31]
  • Chief Executive Donald Tsang set up a commission headed by Justice Woo Kwok-hing.
  • 16 March 2007 – Justice Woo Kwok-hing resigned to avoid potential accusations of lack of impartiality.[32]
  • 22 March 2007 – Commission hearings commenced.
  • 20 June 2007 – The commission dismissed allegations that Li had interfered with the institutional autonomy, but pinned the blame on Fanny Law. Law resigned immediately from her post of Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.[33]
  • 13 March 2009 – the Secretary for Education took out a judicial review application to challenge the commission's findings in 2007. In recognising that academic freedom is a self-contained right under Articles 34 and 137 of the Basic Law, the Court of First Instance held that the Permanent Secretary's (Mrs Fanny Law) approach did not violate the institute's right to academic freedom as she had not made any direct or indirect threats of sanction. The judicial review was allowed in March 2009.[34]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Facts and Figures 資料概覽
  2. ^ "The Hong Kong Institute of Education". Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Student Enrollment". Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d University title approved, HK Government news, 26 January 2016
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  6. ^ Commissioner for Heritage's Office, Development Bureau. "Closer Look on Declared Monument Bonham Road Government Primary School", November 2021
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  10. ^ "The Education University of Hong Kong". Retrieved 2 June 2016.
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  12. ^ Li Ka-shing grants HK$170m to four universities for bio-medical and AI tech projects. 16 Sep 2020. The Standard. Accessed 24 November 2020.
  13. ^ "Hong Kong's Education University to make students take national security classes". South China Morning Post. 6 November 2023. Retrieved 7 November 2023.
  14. ^ "HKIEd - Sports Centre". Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.
  15. ^ "The Education University of Hong Kong, QS World University Rankings". QS Universities Ranking. Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  16. ^ a b c Chong, Winnie (30 March 2007). "Li threatened to 'rape' institute, inquiry told". The Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  17. ^ a b Chong, Winnie (26 January 2007). "Institute merger fears as council votes out head". The Standard. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  18. ^ a b Chong, Winnie (3 April 2007). "Institute 'sought advice on merger'". The Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  19. ^ RTHK news article Archived 11 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine (in Chinese)
  20. ^ "RTHK audio news summary". Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2007.
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  22. ^ "Radio 1's Openline Openview phone-in audio".[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ Bernard Luk's article in MingPao(in Chinese)
  24. ^ Chong, Winnie (9 February 2007). "College chief hopes for inquiry on row". The Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
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  26. ^ "HK2000 morning phone-in audio, RTHK Radio 1". Archived from the original on 16 February 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2007.
  27. ^ Prof. Luk's open letter Archived 7 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine (in Chinese)
  28. ^ a b Chong, Winnie (7 February 2007). "Panel seeks probe into claim Li interfered with freedom of institute". The Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  29. ^ "RTHK Radio 1's Openline Openview phone-in audio". Archived from the original on 16 February 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2007.
  30. ^ RTHK Archived 28 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine (in Chinese)
  31. ^ Chong, Winnie (10 March 2007). "HKIEd probe fails in Legco vote". The Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  32. ^ Chong, Winnie (17 March 2007). "HKIEd inquiry chief resigns over impartiality questions". The Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  33. ^ Scarlet Chiang (21 June 2007). "Li cleared of wrongdoing by HKIEd commission". The Standard. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2008.
  34. ^ SJ v Commission of Inquiry, Re Hong Kong Institute of Education, HCAL 108/2007 (13 March 2009)

External links edit

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