Message from the Dean

I am thrilled to be joining The University of Hong Kong (HKU) as Dean of the Faculty of Education. This academic year is a very significant moment in the history of HKU and also our Faculty, as we honour 100 years of teacher education at HKU. I am pleased to inform you that we are organizing a series of celebratory events in this special year. It is a remarkable year for us indeed, an opportunity to both commemorate the Faculty’s many achievements and look forward to the future.

Our vision is to lead the study and practice of teaching and teacher education, to influence public policy and improve community life through education, and to nurture graduates who are passionately committed to their professions. This vision has persevered through the century and its spirit lives on in our Faculty. A hundred years ago, teacher education was first introduced to society in Hong Kong by the Department for the Training of Teachers within HKU’s Arts Faculty. With the mission of providing quality training for the vast majority of teachers in the city, in 1976, it became an independent unit named the School of Education. In 1984, the Faculty of Education was established, dedicated to the fundamental values with the same determination.

Over the century, we have weathered challenges with resilience and approached them with ingenuity and heart. The valuable contributions of our treasured old friends and partners provide us a perfect platform to discuss and explore our various perspectives so as to strengthen and better our community through education, research and knowledge exchange. Our diverse experiences will continue to inspire graduates to make a difference and have a positive impact locally, regionally and internationally.

We have upheld the Faculty’s motto – Leading with passion, serving with commitment. We witness its enactment in the continual significant progress toward fostering education, research and knowledge exchange for the benefit of the immediate community and beyond.

Each year, thousands of students from all over the world join us in undergraduate, taught postgraduate and research postgraduate programmes, as well as many other in-service courses. We are privileged to attract the best academic talent, individuals who excel and advance our knowledge for the benefit of society and future generations. However, this would not be possible without your continuous sponsorship. Through your giving, we can:

a) provide sustainable support through awards to undergraduate and postgraduate students in need, and distinguished students with academic merit and community achievements, thus equalizing opportunity and recognizing excellence;

b) fund students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels participating in Experiential Learning programmes/activities in overseas countries (developing countries in particular), ensuring that limited finances are not a barrier to meaningful and diverse learning; and

c) foster the development of academic and professional research so as to ensure that the groundbreaking work of HKU Faculty of Education continues into the next 100 years.

Please help us shape the future of the Faculty, our students and the community by clicking “Support to the Faculty” on this website.

Thank you always for your stalwart commitment and support. Please do explore the website for all the exciting celebratory events we have planned.  We warmly invite you to join us in the celebrations for this extraordinary moment in our history and to cheer us on as we look ahead to our bold future!


Professor A. Lin Goodwin
Faculty of Education
The University of Hong Kong