Professor Emily Chan, Director of CCOUC, has won a second prize in the 2018 National Teaching Achievement Award (High Education) from the Ministry of Education (MoE), PRC, in recognition of her excellent achievement in higher education teaching. This is the first time institutions from Hong Kong have received this honour of excellence in education at the national level.
Professor Chan won the award for leading the “Evidence-based Interdisciplinary Global Field Experiential Teaching and Learning” project. She is deeply honoured to be among the first in Hong Kong to receive the highest level national higher education award. She said, “I am thrilled with the result. The Award is a recognition of the importance of teaching health emergency and disaster risk management in the field in the national higher education sector. I am proud of my modest CCOUC team members who are truly the behind-the-scenes heroes deserving the recognition. I would like to extend my gratitude to my colleagues at the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care and the Division of Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine who have been working hard with me to provide quality education to our students, and to the students who gave me huge inspiration. I hope this Award will also facilitate CUHK’s education effort in mainland China.”
Establishing the New Discipline of Health Emergency Disaster Risk Management and Humanitarian Medicine in China
Having more than a decade of experience in medical humanitarian intervention in various parts of the world before joining the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK in 2006, Professor Chan believes that experience gained in the field across several cultures is crucial for learning in the discipline of humanitarian medicine. This has gradually guided her to develop a curriculum incorporating global as well as experiential perspectives.
Professor Chan has been emphasising the importance of constructing knowledge for students in the field and maximising their global learning opportunities. Her unique contribution to the academic sector in Greater China lies in her effort to pull together an extensive global, field-based experiential learning network through her academic projects and partners, proving that such a student-oriented teaching approach is feasible in reality. She has also come closer to realising her vision of building the emerging discipline of humanitarian medicine in Greater China with the recent establishment of the Division of Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine in CUHK.
The Highest Quadrennial National Award for Higher Education Teaching Excellence
The quadrennial Award is the highest national award in teaching and education granted by the mainland Chinese government in recognition of excellence in higher education teaching. Established in 1989, this is the eighth occasion of the Award and it was opened to nominations of educational projects from Hong Kong for the first time. Projects from Hong Kong were nominated by the Education Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government to the MoE for evaluation. The Award is presented to individuals or teams who have made a great contribution to either education theory or practice and achieved significant improvement in education quality and learning outcome.