NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY, TAINAN, TAIWAN
BANYAN
Volume 7 Issue 8 - February 27, 2009
Commentary
College of Social Sciences, National Cheng Kung University and Faculty of Education Studies, The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) Signed Academic Collaboration Memorandum
President Anthony Cheung (HKIEd) Gave a Lecture on “The Education Innovation of Hong Kong”
Article Digest
Huey-Ru Chuang
A 60-GHz Millimeter-Wave Bandpass Filter Using 0.18-μm CMOS Technology
Shu-Chun Chu
Numerical study for selective excitation of Ince-Gaussian modes in end-pumped solid-state lasers
Junn-Yeu Chen
Different Computer Word-Entry Methods Result in Different Cognitive Processing of Chinese Characters in their Users
Jengfang Chen
The Effect of Audit Committees on Earings-Return Association:Evidence from Foreign Registrants in the United States
Article Digest
Yi-Ching Wang
Multiple genetic and epigenetic biomarkers for lung cancer detection in cytologically negative sputum and a nested case-control study for risk assessment
News Release
News
Building “Monuments of Love”: A One-Day Physical Check-Up Tour to NCKUH and Excursion around Tainan
News
NCKU Team Up with Russian Academic Institute on Submarine Groundwater Investigation
News
Announcing 25th Anniversary of College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University
Opportunities
Activities
Editorial Group
College of Social Sciences, National Cheng Kung University and Faculty of Education Studies, The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) Signed Academic Collaboration Memorandum
President Anthony Cheung (HKIEd) Gave a Lecture on “The Education Innovation of Hong Kong”


Signing Memorandum
The College of Social Sciences, NCKU and Faculty of Education Studies (FES), the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) signed an “Academic Collaboration Memorandum” on January 8th, 2009. The memorandum was signed by Dr. Hwung-Hweng Hwung, Senior Executive Vice President and interim Dean of College of Social Sciences, NCKU, and Dr. Wen-Chung Wang, Chair Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Learning Needs, FES, HKIEd. President Anthony Cheung, HKIEd, observed the signing ceremony. 

NCKU invests a substantial amount of budget into the College of Social Sciences annually to boost its development. The Building of College of Social Sciences is under construction and will be in use in early 2010. SEVP Hwung hoped that the Institute of Education could send two professors to visit HKIEd to further mutual understanding and collaboration. President Anthony Cheung said that signing the memorandum was a beginning. He hoped to collaborate further in the field of humanities and life sciences with NCKU in the future.

The Academic Collaboration Memorandum states that the two parties agree to promote joint research endeavors, in the future the two parties will take turns to sponsor international conferences, implement joint research projects or co-publish, exchange master’s and doctoral students, and make mutual visits among faculty . The two parties will implement five joint research projects.   

The Education Reform Experience of Hong Kong
Since 2000, Hong Kong’s educational system has undergone comprehensive major reform. The Education Commission was established as a nuclear institution for reform to tackle the challenges brought about by globalization and knowledge economy.

In the initial stage, the reform gained substantial support, but since 2005 and 2006, there has been increasing opposition. Currently, there are still much controversy on the development and accomplishments of the reform either in the government or other aspects of the society. Because the reform was implemented from the government in a “top-down approach”, pushing for fast results, teachers have been under heavy pressure, beating the collaborative relations between the education sphere and the government. On the other hand, while releasing some control from the old system, new measurements bring new administrative rules, procedures, and new control. Teachers are required with more paperwork in the new system, making them feel overburdened. The ones who supported the new system hence change their mind to oppose it. The situation was compounded with reprising conflicts and controversies, and the confidence of parents and the general public in education reform is shaken.

President Cheung thinks that good ideas still require continuous review of the priority of objectives during implementation, and it is better to implement the measurements step by step. The government should recognize the necessity and general direction of the education reform while considering the hurt resulting from fast pace of reform. He thinks that because schools differ in their history and background, the government should try to avoid conflicts with the education sphere. If the reform is implemented in a “keeping the principles and neglecting the trivia” manner, unnecessary opposition can be avoided. It is uplifting that the new 2007 Hong Kong SAR Government has rebuilt a mutually trust relations with the education sphere by ameliorating the impacts from some controversial measurements.

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