Education University of Hong Kong

The Education University of Hong Kong

Seal of the The Education University of Hong Kong
Type Public
Established 1994 (1994)
Chancellor Leung Chun-ying
President Prof. Cheung Yan-leung Stephen

Prof. Lee Chi-kin John (Academic)
Prof. Lui Tai-lok (Research and Development)

Ms Wong Man-yee Sarah (Administration)
Academic staff
445 (2013/14) [1]
Administrative staff
707 (2014) [2]
Students 8,684 (2013/14) [1]
Undergraduates 5,772 (2013/14) [1]
Postgraduates 1,503 (2013/14) [1]
Location 10-12 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories East,  Hong Kong
Campus Suburban
Colours          Orange & Green
Education University of Hong Kong
Traditional Chinese 香港教育大學
Simplified Chinese 香港教育大学
Logo of HKIEd (1994 - 2016)
HKIEd Campus View

The Education University of Hong Kong[3] (Abbreviated: EdUHK or EUHK, Chinese: 香港教育大學), founded in 1994 as the The Hong Kong Institute of Education (Abbreviated: HKIEd, Chinese: 香港教育學院) is one of eight subsidised Universities under the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong and the only one dedicated to teacher education. According to the 2015 QS World University Rankings in the field of Education, it is ranked 15th in the world and 3rd in Asia; in the field of linguistics, it is ranked 101-150th in the world.[4][5] Besides, in the field of Social Science and Management, it is ranked 378th in the world (2014 QS World University Rankings).[6]

History and recent developments

The history of The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) can be traced back to 1853. St. Paul’s College introduced the first formalised program of in-service teacher training. This was described in its Annual Report for 1994/95.[7] On 25 April 1994, under the recommendation made by the Education Commission Report No 5, the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) was formally established by the merger of:

Established in 1994 upon the foundation of 70 years of teacher training by the former Colleges of Education, the HKIEd is the only University Grants Committee funded institution dedicated professional teacher education in Hong Kong. HKIEd provides doctorate, master and undergraduate degrees, postgraduate diploma, certificates and a range of in-service programmes to around 7,000 pre-service students and serving teachers.

In October 1997, the Institute moved to its new campus in Tai Po near the Tai Po Industrial Estate. It has a Sports Centre at Pak Shek Kok, Tai Po, as well as a Town Centre campus in Tseung Kwan O.

In 2001, the HKIEd HSBC Early Childhood Learning Centre was established on the campus. The HKIEd Jockey Club Primary School was founded on the campus in the following year.[9]

From 1 May 2004, the institute was granted self-accrediting status in respect of its own teacher education programs at degree-level and above.

In June 2009, the Institute won an extra annual funding of HK$22 million from the Hong Kong Government to provide 120 undergraduate degree places for three new undergraduate programs and 30 research postgraduate places for the 2009-2012 triennium.

In January 2010, the University Grants Committee endorsed the HKIEd's plans for Research Postgraduate programmes and undergraduate programs in three disciplines: "Humanities" (mainly Language), "Social Sciences", and "Creative Arts & Culture".

The approval is seen as a step closer for the institute to gaining its university title by becoming a fully-fledged university of education with a range of disciplines and strong research capacity.

HKIEd will launch its first batch of non-education programmes, namely the Bachelor of Arts in Language Studies and Bachelor of Social Sciences in Global and Environmental Studies in September 2010. Both programs have already secured the support of the External Validation Panel of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.

Preparations for the launching of the third Education-Plus programme, Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts and Culture, in 2011/2012 are underway.

The Institute operates four institute-level research centres[10] had been set up to facilitate the growth of expertise in multi-disciplinary research.

On 11 September 2015 the University Grants committee accepted the application by the Institute of Education to become a university, and on 26 January 2016 the adoption of the title "Education University of Hong Kong" was approved. Accordingly, the Hong Kong Institute of Education (Amendment) will be gazetted on 19 February 2016 and introduced into the Legislative Council on 2 March 2016.[11][12]

In January 2016, the Institute was awarded self-accrediting status in three further programme areas, covered by its existing Programme Area Accreditation status: Chinese Studies, English Studies and Environmental Studies.[12]

On 27 May 2016, the Institute was formally renamed The Education University of Hong Kong in recognition of its "efforts and contributions over the years".[12]

Academic organisation

There are three faculties and a number of non-faculty academic units at the University, which provide study programmes and courses for students.

The Graduate School was established in April 2010 to support EdUHK (the then HKIEd) in the management and quality assurance of its higher degree programmes.


Research centres

Major facilities

Sports centre

The 5.3 hectare Sports Centre is located at 55 Yau King Lane, Tai Po Kau, facing Tolo Harbour. It houses a range of outdoor and indoor sports and recreational facilities including:

Controversy over the proposed HKIEd-CUHK merger

In January 2007, a public row broke out between the management and the government over the future of the institute. Battle lines were drawn between the Vice-Chancellor Paul Morris and former Secretary for Education and Manpower, Prof. Arthur Li. The dispute had apparently been brewing for some time, as far back as June 2002, when the new Education Secretary Arthur Li was appointed. Apparently, Li favoured a merger of the institute with the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).[14] Morris opposed the merger, and had for some time been campaigning to establish the institute as a university in its own right.[15] Morris maintained he had been warned by the Chairman of the Council, Dr. Thomas Leung Kwok-fai, as far back as June 2006, that his tenure would end unless he agreed to the amalgamation of the institute with the CUHK.[15]


See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 Facts and Figures 資料概覽
  2. "The Hong Kong Institute of Education". Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  3. University title approved, HK Government news, 26 January 2016
  4. "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015 - Education". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  5. "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015 - Linguistics". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  6. "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 - Social Science and Management". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Hong Kong Higher Education Integration Matters:A Report of the Institutional Integration Working Party of the University Grants Committee
  9. "The Education University of Hong Kong". Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  10. "The Education University of Hong Kong". Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  11. Cheng, Kris (13 September 2015). "Hong Kong Institute of Education set to be awarded 'university' title". Hong Kong Free Press.
  12. 1 2 3
  14. 1 2 3 Chong, Winnie (30 March 2007). "Li threatened to `rape' institute, inquiry told". The Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  15. 1 2 Chong, Winnie (26 January 2007). "Institute merger fears as council votes out head". The Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  16. 1 2 Chong, Winnie (3 April 2007). "Institute `sought advice on merger'". The Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  17. RTHK news article (Chinese)
  18. RTHK audio news summary
  19. Mingpao article (Chinese),
  20. Radio 1's Openline Openview phone-in audio
  21. Bernard Luk's article in MingPao(Chinese)
  22. Chong, Winnie (9 February 2007). "College chief hopes for inquiry on row". The Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  23. RTHK Radio 1's Openline Openview phone-in audio
  24. HK2000 morning phone-in audio, RTHK Radio 1
  25. Prof. Luk's open letter (Chinese)
  26. 1 2 Chong, Winnie (7 February 2007). "Panel seeks probe into claim Li interfered with freedom of institute". The Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  27. RTHK Radio 1's Openline Openview phone-in audio
  28. RTHK (Chinese)
  29. Chong, Winnie (10 March 2007). "HKIEd probe fails in Legco vote". The Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  30. Chong, Winnie (17 March 2007). "HKIEd inquiry chief resigns over impartiality questions". The Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  31. Scarlet Chiang (21 June 2007). "Li cleared of wrongdoing by HKIEd commission". The Standard. Retrieved 31 July 2008.
  32. SJ v Commission of Inquiry, Re Hong Kong Institute of Education, HCAL 108/2007 (13 March 2009)
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