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APCLC Celebrates 10 years of Research and Development Endeavour
in Educational Leadership and Change

The year 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of The Joseph Lau Luen Hung Charitable Trust Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change. Established in 2009 with the support of The Education University of Hong Kong (the then Hong Kong Institute of Education), we now have grown to become the leading contributor to school leadership research in East and Southeast Asia and positioned EdUHK as a key international player in the area.

Over the past decade, APCLC together with its international R&D counterparts and collaborators have won, developed and implemented more than 80 research and development programmes. Some of the research and development programmes the APCLC has taken on include:

  • 5 RGC-GRF/ECS Research Projects on Instructional Leadership, Curriculum Leadership and Instruction;
  • 5 RGC-GRF/ECS Research Projects on Middle Leadership, Teacher Leadership and Teacher Innovation;
  • 4 RGC-GRF/ECS/ESRC Research Projects on School Leadership and Student Learning /
    School Improvement and Teacher Effectiveness;
  • 4 RGC-GRF/ECS Research Projects on Education Policy, Reform and School Improvement;
  • 3 International Baccalaureate (IB) Research Projects;
  • 2 PICO-PPR Projects on Youth Development;
  • 7 Teaching Development Grants (TDG) Projects;
  • 1 Round Square Donation International Education Research project;
  • 3 Service Leadership Education Ltd. / HK Asian Ark Technologies Co. Ltd. and Tin Ka Ping Foundation Donation Learning Programmes;
  • 18 EDB/QEF/ESF Commissioned Learning programmes; and
  • More than 12 Exchange and Experiential Learning Programmes.

In the coming triennium, the APCLC will continue to focus on creating new knowledge through collaborative research, publishing and disseminating regional knowledge, developing regional research capacity and developing leadership practice capacity. We will continue to play a pivotal role in connecting our strategic partners and research sites in the Asia Pacific and beyond to the world, the local school systems and international schools.

“The mission of the APCLC is to create and transform knowledge in leadership and change in the Asia Pacific, as well as the international community. That was true when we established in 2009, and it is even more true now, as APCLC seeks to maintain and expand its role as an EdUHK Centre of Excellence and be recognized as a hub linking regional and global leadership institutes, centres, and scholars,” said Allan Walker, Director of APCLC.

“For 10 years we have had the privilege of working with different collaborators in Hong Kong and abroad, and the efforts have made measurable positive impacts not only on Hong Kong educational development, but on the wider education community as well,” he added.

APCLC’s partners include 75 fellows from 50 universities and / or professional organizations over 23 countries / societies. Through the concerted effort of APCLC and its partners, we had over 300 international refereed journal publications to date; and delivered more than 19,000 programme days of learning for leaders in the community.

“The last decade has been an exciting and fruitful time for APCLC. We anticipate the future to bring even greater success in the research and development, and we are excited to be part of it,” said Walker.

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