Centre for Language in Education
The Centre for Language in Education (CLE) supports the University's mission to nurture bi-literate and trilingual students to become global citizens. To cater for the new needs and challenges in the changing educational landscape, CLE has been constantly refining and perfecting its Chinese, English and Putonghua language support services offered to local, mainland and international students.
As one of the university language centres in Hong Kong, CLE adopts best practice benchmarking to enhance language learning. CLE's active collaboration with local universities in funded projects and engagement of internationally-renowned scholars in consultancy work and professional development for colleagues are ongoing efforts of CLE's benchmarking at local and international levels.
In the delivery of language enhancement courses, CLE endeavours to
- demonstrate excellence in curriculum design in all programmes for different student groups,
- provide models for language teaching, and
- consolidate assessment for learning in the assessment of students' learning outcomes.
To provide students with more non-formal language learning opportunities, CLE complements classroom learning by
- designing and organizing co-curricular and extra-curricular language activities, and
- providing a range of self-access and independent learning resources, multi-media facilities and intercultural activities at the Arthur Samy Language Learning Centre.
As language educators, the teachers of CLE enjoy working with students as they seek out-of-class language support that is offered on a one-to-one basis, in small groups or through workshops and contests.
Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology
The Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology (LTTC) is an academic and professional support unit at the University. LTTC is committed to enhance student learning outcomes by applying information technology to support the development of learning and teaching, and the improvement and innovation of assessment at the University.
LTTC offers various workshops on e-Learning and ePortfolio building to students. To support students' self-learning of diverse and latest e-Learning platforms, various web-based user guides have been developed for students' reference.
Besides, LTTC administrates a self-assessment questionnaire for measuring students' self-perceived achievement on Generic Intended Learning Outcomes (GILOs). Students who have completed the questionnaire will receive an individual report and will be encouraged to write a reflection based on the report as well as a learning plan for improving their GILOs through ePortfolios. LTTC also offers blended learning courses to students to demonstrate how to connect GILOs to their learning at the University.
LTTC implements Information Technology Competency in Education (ITCE) through either ITC Test or IT ePortfolio Checking in collaboration with Department of Mathematics and Information Technology (MIT). Workshops on ITC Test and IT ePortfolio Checking are offered by the LTTC and MIT respectively. The Coding Education Unit, under LTTC, organises courses, seminars, workshops and related activities on mobile apps development, 3D printing and STEM education. To provide quality environment for students to learn and create, the laboratories are well-equipped with various digital devices (e.g. Mac computers, tablets, 3D printers, robots and electronic programmable bits, etc.).
Computing and Multimedia Facilities
The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) supports the University’s teaching and research by maintaining a robust computing environment. The University has implemented a fibre-optic 10-Gbps network that covers all academic and administrative buildings and extends to the staff quarters and student halls. In addition, wireless network covers most of the Tai Po campus and the Tseung Kwan O Study Centre. On these two campuses there are around 1,050 well-equipped computers (including 900 desktop computers and 150 notebooks) for student use. Through our Office, students can access a great variety of multimedia equipment and software packages for teaching and learning purposes.
The EdUHK Library comprises the Mong Man Wai Library on Tai Po Campus and the Tseung Kwan O Study Centre Learning Commons in Tseung Kwan O, and offers a full range of print and online information resources and services.
The Mong Man Wai Library and the Tseung Kwan O Study Centre Learning Commons occupy a total floor area of 8,300 square meters and provide study places for over 1,400 readers. The Library is committed to supporting e-learning on both desktop and mobile platforms. In addition to regular IT hardware, state-of-the-art learning facilities such as 24-hour study and discussion areas with presentation equipment, 3D and large-format printers, HD and 4K video viewing and production equipment are provided at the Library. The Library also houses one of the most comprehensive collections on education and complementary disciplines in the Asia-Pacific region. It also has a strong coverage on humanities and social sciences. Other than print materials, we have acquired and developed a substantial collection of electronic resources, and most of them are available online. In addition to borrowing books and media items from the Library, undergraduate and Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) students are entitled to request books or journal articles that are available elsewhere through the Library’s Inter-library Loan and Document Delivery services. Books can be requested and borrowed from the other seven UGC-funded university libraries via Hong Kong Academic Library Link (HKALL), and copies of journal articles can be requested via the JULAC RAPID document delivery service. PGDE and final-year undergraduate students can also request books or journal articles not found at the Library from other local non-UGC academic libraries or even from our overseas partner libraries. Undergraduate and PGDE students of all years enrolled in UGC-funded programmes can also apply online for a JULAC Library Card to gain access to other UGC-funded university libraries.
Sports and Recreational Facilities
We have a good provision of indoor and outdoor sports and recreational facilities which are managed by the Estates Office. In the Tai Po Campus, there is a sports hall that can be used alternatively as badminton courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, or a handball court. Other indoor and outdoor sports facilities include an Olympic standard swimming pool, an indoor 25-meter heated swimming pool, a gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms, a table tennis room, a dance studio, a well-equipped physical fitness room, a sport-climbing wall, squash courts, an artificial soccer pitch, a basketball court, a multi-purpose roof court and tennis courts.
Along the Tolo Harbour Highway, about midway between MTR University Station and MTR Tai Po Market Station, the Pak Shek Kok Sports Centre houses an extensive range of outdoor and indoor sports and recreational facilities, including a grandstand with undercover seating for 1,200 spectators, a 400-meter all-weather track with facilities for field events, a natural grass soccer pitch, an artificial turf soccer/hockey pitch, five tennis courts, a jogging path with six fitness stations, a fitness room, a multi-purpose room and a challenge rope course consisting of low and high elements.
Hall Life Education
There are four Government-funded student halls/quarters on Tai Po Campus, namely Northcote Hall, Grantham Hall, Robert Black Hall and the Jockey Club Student Quarters, providing about 2,000 residential places. The Northcote Hall, Grantham Hall and Robert Black Hall provide shared twin and triple study-bedrooms and communal facilities including activity rooms, laundry rooms, bathrooms/toilets, and pantries. Each study-bedroom is also equipped with computer ports and is covered by Wifi network. A telephone is provided in the pantries on each floor of the three hostels.
The Jockey Club Student Quarters comprises 9-person or 12-person flats, each with single/double/triple bedrooms, its own sitting/dining areas, terrace, kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms. Each bedroom is provided with individual computer ports and is covered by Wifi network. A telephone is provided in the sitting/dining areas for use by students. Only students of the same gender may live in the same study-bedroom/flat.
Hall life gives students an opportunity to develop life skills through self-management, learning the art of negotiation and the value of independence. From 2011/12, all year one full-time Government-funded undergraduates are offered with guaranteed hall residency for 2 semesters, one of which to be taken up during the first year of study. Other Government-funded students may apply student accommodation via the point-system.
Each student accommodation is under the leadership of a hall warden who is an academic/senior teaching staff or administrative staff of the University. Other residential staff includes a senior tutor and a hall manager.
The tentative lodging charge for the 2017/18 residential year is HK$11,990 for standard room and HK$8,390 for budget room, and all students have to pay a HK$220 hall life education fund. Students in Northcote Hall, Grantham Hall and Robert Black Hall also have to pay the air-conditioning charge for their own bedroom and laundry charges, whereas students in the Jockey Club Student Quarters have to share the electricity charges with their flatmates. The lodging charge for the 2018/19 residential year will be reviewed.
International and Regional Study Opportunities
(http://www.eduhk.hk/io & http://www.eduhk.hk/gca)
The International Office (IO) and Greater China Affairs Office (GCA) advocate, facilitate and coordinate the University’s international and regional education endeavours, and serve as the principal stimulus and resource centre for the promotion and implementation of related activities for students. By promoting international and regional learning activities, the University provides opportunities for students to broaden their global perspectives, to develop cross-cultural understanding and enhance their intercultural communication skills, personal confidence and independence.
An important goal for EdUHK is to allow every full-time undergraduate student to undertake at least one international or regional experience during the course of their studies. These include credit-bearing student exchange programmes, short-term study and cultural tours, study visits, etc. In addition, Language Immersion Programmes are provided to student teachers majoring in Chinese and English to enhance their Putonghua and English language proficiency. These programmes provide opportunities for students to use and study Putonghua and English in a first language-speaking context.