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Tree dedication ceremony in memory of Professor Luk Hung-kay Bernard

On 8 April 2019, a Tree Dedication Ceremony in memory of Professor Luk Hung Kay Bernard took place in the lawn in front of the Early Childhood Learning Centre in Taipo Campus. It was a solemn, warm and happy occasion attended by over 50 colleagues and friends. The ceremony was organized by the Academic Staff Association of The Education University of Hong Kong. 

        

Dr Chan Kit Wa Antia was the master of ceremony for this event.  Dr Lai Kwok Chan, Hon Ip Kin Yuen, Dr Choi Po King Dora, and Mr Au Kin Ho Victor* delivered short but heartfelt speeches.  Dr Wong Wai Ying  prepared music performance “In Praise of Teacher” with an introduction. Dr Leung Chin Hin arranged this live music, together with Miss Chan Hin Man on the clarinet and Mr Lau Wing Shun on the piano.

One participant said, “The sun, the trees, the grass…our speakers, the music and students……it cannot be more Bernard than this…..”

This event also received support from Fatima Lee, the wife of Prof Luk Hung Kay Bernard,  Fatima wrote in an email, “Bernard loved trees, the Phoenix tree especially symbolizes rising from ashes, which is all the more meaningful.”

Participants held a moment of silence in Professor Bernard Luk’s memory, with which the ceremony ended at around 5:45pm.

*former chairperson of student union at the Hong Kong Institute of education

 

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Status and mission of ASAEdUHK

The Academic Staff Association of The Education University of Hong Kong (ASAEdUHK) was first established in 1965  as the “Association of Lecturers at Colleges of Education.” Today,  ASAEdUHK and its constitution are registered as a trade union under Section 5 of the Trade Unions Ordinance of the Hong Kong SAR.

Among others, ASAEdUHK is concerned with:

  1. Academic freedom and university autonomy, hence, also with promotion and tenure process of academic staff members

  2. Effective implementation of international labour conventions

  3. Legislation in the interests of its members such as just and proper salary, hours of work and well-being

  4. Spirit of mutual respect and understanding between the Senior Management of The Education University of Hong Kong and the Association by securing a recognized and permanent channel of negotiation

  5. Monitoring disputes among members as well as between members and other parties

  6. Affiliation to a larger trade union or federation with comparable goals and mission

We ASAEdUHK is a component of and affiliated to The Confederation of Tertiary Institutes Staff Unions (CTISU) together with seven other trade unions of Hong Kong higher education institutions. ASAEdUHK became a part of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) in 2013.