HKIEd Establishes Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
About 200 representatives from the Education Bureau, higher education institutions, and secondary and primary schools in Hong Kong and Macau gathered at The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) today (3 July), for the launch ceremony of the newly established Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), accompanied by the Developing Excellence in Learning and Teaching Forum and Featured Case Studies Sharing Session.
Officiating at the ceremony were Professor Stephen Cheung Yan-leung, President of HKIEd, Professor Allan Walker, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Human Development (FEHD), and Dr Ko Po-yuk, Director of CELT. Delivering his welcome speech, Professor Cheung highlighted the role of the Centre, noting that “it is the core vision and mission for the Institute to conduct practical research for the education sector. CELT amalgamated the Centre for Small Class Teaching and Centre for Learning Study under FEHD this June. The new Centre will uphold the missions of the two former centres, optimising their resources and networks to provide quality support services to schools for achieving excellence in learning and teaching”.
Professor Allan Walker said that CELT could become a major centre in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region for nurturing highly competent teachers and developing effective pedagogies.
In her vote of thanks, Dr Ko Po Yuk expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the full support of HKIEd and Professor Walker. She emphasised that the new centre will focus on both research and development, and has in fact started a number of school support projects, and overseas and cross-border research activities.
Professor John Lee Chi-kin, Vice President (Academic) of the HKIEd, and Dr Chiu Chi-shing, incoming Professor at the Department of Education Policy and Leadership, were named Co-Directors of CELT.
After the launch ceremony, Dr Ko hosted an education forum entitled “Developing Excellence in Learning and Teaching”. Dr Chiu Chi-shing, Ms Lee Suet-ying, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Association of the Heads of Secondary Schools, Ms Cheng Lai-kuen, Vice-Principal of the F.D.B.W.A. Chow Chin Yau School who is also a recipient of the Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and a student from Hong Kong Baptist Convention Primary School discussed their expectations of excellence in learning and teaching from different perspectives.
During the Featured Case Studies Sharing Session that followed, representatives from ten local schools, including primary, secondary and special schools, discussed their teaching experiences and good practices in relation to areas such as e-learning, cross-curricular collaboration, students with special needs, self-regulated learning and mathematics.
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