Keynote Addresses


*Speakers and details will be updated frequently.

The leaders of the General Education Team of CUHK


(From Left)

Prof Mei Yee LEUNG,

Dr. Wing Hung WONG and

Dr. Julie CHIU


Topic: Setting High Standards and Building Pathways for

           Student Achievement

Time: 09:30am – 10:10am

Professor Mei Yee LEUNG

Awardee of University Grants Committee Teaching Award

Awardee of University Education Award 2016

Director, University General Education

Director, General Education Foundation Programme

Fellow, Chung Chi College

The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Dr. Wing Hung WONG

Awardee of University Grants Committee Teaching Award

Awardee of University Education Award 2016

Associate Director, Office of University General Education

Associate Programme Director, General Education Foundation Programme

Fellow, Chung Chi College

The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Dr. Julie CHIU

Awardee of University Grants Committee Teaching Award

Awardee of University Education Award 2016

Deputy Programme Director, General Education Foundation Programme

Fellow, Morningside College

The Chinese University of Hong Kong





Fully launched since 2012, the General Education Foundation (GEF) Programme has been designed to set high a standard in order to foster students’ abilities for university learning. Students are required to read classics across different cultures and disciplines, explore unifying themes in seminar discussions, and deepen their reflection in their writing. Reading difficult texts, thinking about them, and engaging in discussions about serious and complex subjects—all these challenge the students’ abilities and their habitual modes of learning. As the Programme is compulsory, it also poses a big challenge to the teaching team, as we have to address the needs of students from all walks of life and academic backgrounds. In this talk, we will describe how the GEF team has developed different resources and forms of learning support to cater for the needs of a diverse range of students, and facilitate the development of their capabilities and talents.





Professor Mei Yee LEUNG graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) with a Bachelor of Arts (major in History and minor in Philosophy). After working for a year as a secondary school teacher, she continued her post-graduate education in Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in France, gained her Docteur-en-Histoire with a thesis on social and economic history of the French Revolution. She has started serving the Office of University General Education in CUHK since 1999, Associate Director from 1999 to 2012, and Director since 2012. She has also taken charge of developing GEF Programme since 2008 as Programme Director. Her academic interests include history of general education, theories and practices of liberal education, and assessment in general education.


Dr. Wing Hung WONG received his B.Sc., M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1991, 1993 and 1996, respectively. In 2004, he was awarded a Master’s degree in Christian Studies by the Lutheran Theological Seminary. His academic interests include theoretical physics, history of science and dialogue between science and religion. He is the Associate Director of the Office of University General Education and Associate Programme Director of the GEF Programme. He initially taught at the Department of Physics in 1996. In 2009 when a core team was being assembled to design, pilot and implement the GEF Programme for the new curriculum to all new students starting from 2012, he joined the Office of University General Education. Dr. Wong was awarded Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education, Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award and University Education Award in 2006, 2007 and 2011, respectively.


Dr. Julie CHIU is a graduate of CUHK, with a BA in English and a Diploma in Education. She had worked as an English teacher, an information officer, and a teacher trainer before taking up MA studies in Translation and Interpretation at the City University of Hong Kong, where she also obtained a doctoral degree in Literary Studies. While serving as Assistant Professor at Lingnan University ’s Translation Department, she was granted a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies at HKU. She has twice worked for CUHK’s Office of University General Education, where she is now Deputy Director of the GEF Programme.  She is interested in literary translation, modern poetry, and core text education.




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Professor Yi Chun LU


Awardee of CUHK University Education Award 2016

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering,

Faculty of Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Topic: Learner-Centered Teaching & Learning Activities


Time: 10:55 am – 11:35 am



In a conventional teacher-centred education, the focus of the class is on the teacher, the students exclusively listen, and there is no (or limited) interaction among the students. In learner-centred education, however, the students become the focus, such that the interactions between the teacher and the students, and among the students dominate the class. In this type of education, the teaching and learning activities are specifically designed around the learning outcomes that the students NEED to achieve, rather than what the teachers want to teach. When designing this type of course, it is important for teachers to consider the difficulties that the students might encounter when learning certain concepts, and thus find examples or captivating stories that can be used to arouse the students’ interest. In this presentation, I will share my teaching philosophy and my practices for implementing learner-centred education and class engagement.





Dr. Yi Chun LU is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at CUHK. She received her B.S. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, in 2007. She received her Ph.D. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA in 2012. After her graduate study, she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the Technische Universität München, Germany. She was the recipient of University Education Award (Early Career), CUHK 2016, the Hong Kong SAR Research Grants Council Early Career Award (2014), Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award, CUHK (2014), European Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award (2011) and Electrochemical Society Battery Division Student Research Award (2010).




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Professor Ka Ming CHOW


Awardee of University Education Award 2016

The core team member of the University Education Award 2016awarded team

(Members: Professor Carmen Chan Yip Wing Han (team leader),

Professor Chair Sek Ying and Dr. Jo Jo Wong)

Assistant Professor, The Nethersole School of Nursing,

Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Topic: The Challenges of Large-class Teaching: Adoption of Innovative

            Teaching Strategies


Time: 11:35 am – 12:15 pm



How many students are there in your programme? In our Bachelor of Nursing Programme, we have more than 200 undergraduates in each of the five study years. It is therefore a big challenge for us to create an optimal learning environment to support their holistic development. It is our responsibility to help our students enhance their capabilities in critical thinking, communication skills and teamwork. Our goal is to develop and adopt tailor-made teaching strategies to optimize the curriculum, the content and the learning/assessment activities of the students, and we are committed to meet the needs not only of the students, but also of the profession, and society as a whole.


Since 2007, we have developed and adopted a variety of innovative strategies and technologies to enhance teaching quality and performance. These innovative approaches and practices are expected to set a good example for other programmes to follow. Here, we will share how these strategies and technologies are adopted in the Nethersole School of Nursing, to motivate and support our undergraduate students to actively engage in large-class learning.





Dr Ka Ming Chow is currently an Assistant Professor of the Nethersole School of Nursing and the Bachelor of Nursing Programme Director in the School. She received her undergraduate and postgraduate education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before returning to her Alma Mater to develop her research and teaching profession, she had worked as a registered nurse and midwife at the Prince of Wales Hospital for nearly 10 years.


Since assuming the role of Bachelor of Nursing Programme Director last year, Dr Chow has actively adopted innovative strategies (such as flipped classroom and micro-modules) and incorporated new contents (such as biological and Traditional Chinese Medicine nursing) in the programme. She is dedicated to nursing education and research. She has been invited to be an external academic assessor for other tertiary institutes to provide professional comments on nursing courses. Moreover, she has been appointed by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong (NCHK) to be a co-opt member to review the syllabus and core-competencies for training of Registered Nurse (General) in Hong Kong. She is keen in collaborating with overseas universities to investigate education experiences of nursing students in different countries, so as to construct an educational environment conducive to effective learning and to develop educational strategies to better prepare students for their professional roles in the future.


As for research, Dr Chow has successfully obtained a total amount exceeding HKD1.5 million from various research funding agencies including General Research Fund and Health and Medical Research Fund. She has extensively translated research findings into high-quality clinical practice. She received a Young Investigator Award in 2013, and has been invited to present at various local and regional conferences.




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Student Voice


Time: 10:10 am – 10:40 am


Five students will explain how they perceive two recent trends in higher education: micro-module courseware development and implementation of flipped classroom approach in courses.




Presentation on flipped classroom approach [Faculty of Law]


Ms. Naomi NIP



Presentation on a micro-module course development [Faculty of Medicine]


Mr. Tsun Hei LO

Mr. Zakariyya Zakiyy Bin WAHAB

Mr. Sam Sai Pui KWOK

Mr. Michael Chun Wai LAU
























































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