Message from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor

The Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research (HKIER) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong was established in 1993 with the aim of facilitating research and development efforts in education. Its founding was made possible by the generous donation and staunch support from the Tin Ka Ping Foundation.

During more than 20 years of growth and development, the HKIER has played an increasingly significant role in creating an environment conducive to educational studies and free scholarly inquiry for the development of education in Hong Kong, China, and the Asia-Pacific region. It supports research programmes that represent the collective wisdom of colleagues in the Faculty of Education, publishes journals, academic books and occasional papers in education, offers key professional development programmes for practitioners in the education profession, and organizes academic gatherings that have run the gamut from national workshops to international conferences.

Four centres of strategic importance and one flagship school development project have been established under the HKIER, namely the Hong Kong Centre for the Development of Educational Leadership (HKCDEL), Centres for Research and Development of Putonghua Education (CRDPE), Hong Kong Centre for International Student Assessment (HKCISA), Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CLST), and the Quality School Improvement Project (QSIP). Although in different stages of development, these units have already made their presence felt in their respective fields. Over the years, their collaboration and partnership with local, regional, international education communities have contributed significantly to a host of academic and professional pursuits in education.

As the HKIER is ready to move to higher planes of development, we call on your continued support for our work. I am confident that with the HKIER Director, Professor Wong Heung Sang Stephen, at the helm, the Institute would continue to grow from strength to strength. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the HKIER on its past success and commend its members for their tireless work towards reaching new heights.

Sham Mai-har
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)