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EdUHK Joins Nation-wide Network to Promote Physical and Health Education

The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) announced today (5 August) its membership in the Chinese Association of Physical Education – a network dedicated to fostering collaboration among member institutions on the development and reform of physical education (PE).


As the first local university to join the Association, EdUHK also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement with the East China Normal University (ECNU) in a signing ceremony presided over by EdUHK Deputy Council Chairman and Chairman of Shanghai Hong Kong Association Dr Terence Chan Ho-wah.


The MOU was signed by Professor Li Wai-keung, Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences of EdUHK and Professor Ji Liu, Dean of the College of Physical Education and Health of ECNU. This marked a three-year partnership between the two universities in the PE discipline.


With the approval of the Department of Physical, Health and Arts Education of the Ministry of Education, the Chinese Association of Physical Education was established in 2013 by 10 higher education institutions in mainland China, including the Peking University, Beijing Normal University, Tianjin University of Sport, and ECNU to promote reforms and enhance learning and teaching in the field of PE at the national level. As a member of the Association, EdUHK will join hands with ECNU and other member institutions to foster innovation and nurture sports talent for the benefit of the country.


Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Terence Chan said, “The new partnership with ECNU represents our commitment to fostering PE curriculum reforms in primary, secondary and tertiary education for the country. Leveraging our well-established networks, outstanding talent and quality research output, I have every confidence that our collaboration will benefit students and the development of physical and health education.”


EdUHK Vice President (Academic) and Provost Professor John Lee Chi-kin added, “As a university adopting an Education-plus approach, EdUHK not only offers professional training for PE teachers, but also champions the spirit of “Sports for All”. The new agreement will strengthen our collaboration in academic, research and related areas, and facilitate student exchange activities. This will enable us to make an even greater contribution through our respective expertise.”


ECNU Vice President Professor Dai Liyi said, “The College of Physical Education and Health of ECNU has been an acclaimed institution in the sector. With our traditional strengths and competitive edges, we will work together to bring national sport education to a higher level, forge exchanges between faculty members, and nurture talent for the long-term development of the sector.”
Professor Ji Liu echoed, “As an initiator of the Association, ECNU attaches great importance to the MOU which, we believe, will help support the comprehensive development of PE and broaden the scope of academic exchange.” 
The ceremony was followed by a webinar, which examined the impact of the pandemic on PE and the way forward during the post-pandemic era. Addressing the webinar were Professor Wang Xiaozan of ECNU and Dr Lobo Louie Hung-tak of EdUHK. Mr Kevin Kam Wai-keung, Director of School Partnership and Field Experience, and Dr Andy Tse Choi-yeung, Acting Head of the Department of Health and Physical Education at EdUHK, also shared their perspectives on the same occasion. 


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