School of Continuing Education
The School of Continuing Education has been awarded over HK$90 million in research and public funding in the last five years from a variety of sources, including the Research Grants Council, Education Bureau, Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the Highways Department, and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.
Its success with funding is a testament to the School’s mission of contributing to society and the environment beyond education programmes. The School’s research work has a focus on cutting across academic boundaries, linking knowledge to wider societal issues, and making a practical if not immediate impact on society.
Intended beneficiaries come from all walks of life, ranging from preschoolers to the elderly, students to educators, the underprivileged and otherwise, and professionals to members of the general public. The funded projects are diverse in nature and scope; some recent research has addressed education, teaching and learning, the environment and health, and nature conservation. Some examples of funded projects are listed below:
- The CLAP-TECH Pathway Project (HK$73.84m, Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust) – this project aims to develop an alternative study pathway for students in Hong Kong.
- The Environmental Performance Evaluation and Pathological Assessment of Acacia Slopes (HK$1.26m, Highways Department) – this project hopes to enhance biodiversity and the environmental performance of highway landscapes in Hong Kong.
- The Multi-disciplinary Research Centre (HK$6m, Research Grants Council) – the Centre sets out to build up the research capability and infrastructure of the School and conduct research in areas such as health promotion and education for the elderly and Persons with Intellectual Disability (PID), waste remediation and reduction, and nature conservation.
- Provision of Services for Resource Centre for Kindergartens: Design of the Centre and Development of Learning Teaching Resources (Education Bureau) – this project aims to develop resource packages for teachers, pre-schoolers and parents based on the wetland and countryside environment in Hong Kong in order to cultivate children’s positive attitudes towards caring for nature, as well as an appreciation of life.
- The Careers and Employability Centre (HK$6.4m, Education Bureau) – the Centre sets out to assess the gaps in Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSA) in relation to students’ career readiness, and it also aims to enhance their awareness, employability skills and career readiness.