Prof. Fung would like to thank colleagues in the School and
staff in other units for helping the School to achieve so
much in a relatively short period of time. 'Let's work together
to reach even greater heights in the future', she said.
As the longest-serving member of the OUHK's School of Education
and Languages, no one is better placed than Prof. Yvonne Fung
to recount its development. Since joining the School in July
1993 as a Senior Lecturer, the former secondary school biology
teacher, College of Education Senior Lecturer and Education
Department Senior Inspector has devoted herself to providing
more study opportunities for teachers and improving the quality
of education in Hong Kong.
Fourteen years on, Prof. Fung -- who became the Dean of the
School in August 2007 -- can speak with a sense of achievement
about the impressive string of programmes the School's small
team has offered to the community, despite often working under
very tight production deadlines.
Prof. Fung herself was involved in bringing out the School's
first programme -- the Bachelor of Education (Hons) in Primary
Education -- in 1994, which was followed by the Bachelor of
Education (Hons) in Secondary Education a year later. The
Master of Education (MEd) was introduced in 1996 and in 1998
the Doctor of Education -- the OUHK's first doctoral degree
programme. Then came the Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates, the Bachelor of Language Studies
(English) and, most recently, full-time degree programmes
for school leavers. With the success of the Diploma in Early
Childhood Education launched in October 2007, the School plans
to offer a top-up Bachelor of Education programme for kindergarten
teachers. In addition, an online Certificate in English Language
is on the drawing board.
Prof. Fung regards the translation and adaptation of three
MEd courses from the UK Open University for local use as being
memorable: 'We didn't want to see teachers being deterred
from learning about the most recent educational discourse
and research results because of the language barrier. It was
an extremely demanding task, but the first enrolment figures
were high, confirming our belief that many teachers and trainers
wish to study in Chinese medium'. The School also offers its
MEd programme in mainland China, with approximately 1,000
graduates to date.
'We have tried to stay in tune with the changing educational
landscape and the needs of society, maintaining close connections
with the Education Bureau and people in the field', Prof.