[Source: CityU NewsCentre]
A team of dedicated faculty and staff (including Dr Ron Kwok from IS
Department) at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has received the
2017 Team Award for Teaching Excellence from the University Grants
Committee (UGC) for the groundbreaking Discovery-enriched Curriculum (DEC).
The presentation ceremony on 7 September marked the fourth time
that CityU faculty members had received the UGC teaching award since
its inception in 2011.
“The team has displayed a bold commitment to this new approach,
and worked tirelessly to empower both colleagues and students alike,”
said Professor Adrian Dixon, Chairperson of the Selection Panel.
Professor Way Kuo, President of CityU, congratulated the team. “It
is a testimony to our commitment to excellence in professional
education and another indication of the importance and success of the
integration of teaching and research," Professor Kuo said.
Professor Feng thanks CityU colleagues for turning the DEC into reality.
The CityU team, led by Professor Gary Feng Gang, Associate Provost
(Academic Planning and Undergraduate Education), has been in place
since 2011. “We are proud but humble to say that we represent
countless colleagues who embody DEC ideals and who have played a very
important role in its implementation and success,” said Professor Feng
at the ceremony.
Other team members include Professor Cheng Shuk Han, Associate
Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences; Dr Ron
Kwok Chi-wai, Dean of Students; Dr Linda Lai Chiu-han, Associate
Professor in the School of Creative Media; and Dr Eva Lui So Yuk-yuen,
Special Assistant and Manager (Boards and Committees).
The DEC provides CityU students with the chance to make an
original discovery. When presented with the challenge and opportunity
during the transition to the 4-year undergraduate curriculum in 2011,
CityU resolved to reinvent the undergraduate experience and redefine
the teaching–research nexus, a direction that has been mandated and
advocated world-wide by Professor Kuo since he took office in 2008.
“The work of our students inspires us and drives us to further
discoveries. To us, this teaching excellence award marks also our
learning excellence,” added Professor Feng.
The DEC constitutes a new paradigm for bringing together research,
education, interdisciplinarity, entrepreneurship and action for the