The Education University of Hong Kong
EdUHK seal.svg
Seal of The Education University of Hong Kong
Established1994; 28 years ago (1994)
ChairmanFrederick Ma
ChancellorCarrie Lam (as Chief Executive of Hong Kong)
PresidentStephen Cheung
Vice-presidentLee Chi-kin John (Academic)
Professor Lui Tai-lok (Research and Development)
Wong Man-yee Sarah (Administration)
Academic staff
445 (2013/14) [1]
Administrative staff
707 (2014) [2]
Students7,965 (2020) [3]
Undergraduates5,772 (2013/14) [1]
Postgraduates1,503 (2013/14) [1]
10 Lo Ping Road
, ,
Hong Kong
Colours   Orange & green
Logo of The Education University of Hong Kong.svg
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese香港教育大學
Simplified Chinese香港教育大学
Cantonese YaleHēunggóng Gaauyuhk Daaihhohk
The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Traditional Chinese香港教育學院
Simplified Chinese香港教育学院
Cantonese YaleHēung góng gāau yuhk hohk yuhn
Logo of HKIEd (1994–2016)
Logo of HKIEd (1994–2016)
EdUHK Campus View
EdUHK Campus View

The Education University of Hong Kong[4] (EdUHK), founded in 1994 as The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd), is one of eight subsidised universities under the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong and the only one dedicated to teacher education. It is an English-language institution.

Graduates of EdUHK have been the recipients of about 75% of the Chief Executive's Award for Teaching Excellence since its inception in 2003–2004.[5]

History and recent developments

The history of The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) can be traced back to 1853. The St. Paul's College introduced the first formalised programme of in-service teacher training. This was described in its Annual Report for 1994–1995.[6] 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.[8]

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

In June 2009, the institute won 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 programmes have already secured the support of the External Validation Panel of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.[needs update]

Preparations for the launching of the third Education-Plus programme, Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts and Culture, in 2011–2012 are underway.[needs update]

The institute operates four institute-level research centres[9] 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 change its name to university, and on 26 January 2016 the adoption of the title "The Education University of Hong Kong" was approved. Accordingly, The Hong Kong Institute of Education (Amendment) Bill will be gazetted on 19 February 2016 and introduced into the Legislative Council on 2 March 2016.[10][4]

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.[4]

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".[4]

In September 2020, The Education University of Hong Kong, with the help of the Li Ka Shing Foundation, partnered with Kneron to build Hong Kong's first AI educational system.[11]

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 (13-acre) 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:

Reputation and rankings

According to the 2018 QS World University Rankings: "In the field of Education, it is ranked ninth in the world and second in Asia; in the field of linguistics, it is ranked 151-200th in the world; in the field of Psychology, it is ranked 251-300th in the world; in the field of Social Science and Management, it is ranked 323rd in the world".[13]

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 then 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 Arthur Li was appointed secretary. Apparently, Li favoured a merger of the institute with The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), where he was vice-chancellor.[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. ^ a b c Facts and Figures 資料概覽
  2. ^ "The Hong Kong Institute of Education". Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Student Enrollment". Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d University title approved, HK Government news, 26 January 2016
  5. ^ "The Planning Context-Our Heritage and Achievements". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Hong Kong Higher Education Integration Matters:A Report of the Institutional Integration Working Party of the University Grants Committee" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 January 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2006.
  7. ^[bare URL PDF]
  8. ^ "The Education University of Hong Kong". Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  9. ^ "The Education University of Hong Kong". Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  10. ^ Cheng, Kris (13 September 2015). "Hong Kong Institute of Education set to be awarded 'university' title". Hong Kong Free Press.
  11. ^ Li Ka-shing grants HK$170m to four universities for bio-medical and AI tech projects. 16 Sep 2020. The Standard. Accessed 24 November 2020.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "The Education University of Hong Kong, QS World University Rankings". QS Universities Ranking. Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  14. ^ a b c Chong, Winnie (30 March 2007). "Li threatened to 'rape' institute, inquiry told". The Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  15. ^ a b Chong, Winnie (26 January 2007). "Institute merger fears as council votes out head". The Standard. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  16. ^ a b Chong, Winnie (3 April 2007). "Institute 'sought advice on merger'". The Standard. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  17. ^ RTHK news article (in Chinese)
  18. ^ "RTHK audio news summary".
  19. ^ Mingpao article (in Chinese),
  20. ^ "Radio 1's Openline Openview phone-in audio".
  21. ^ Bernard Luk's article in MingPao(in 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 Archived 7 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine (in Chinese)
  26. ^ a b 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 (in 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. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. 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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