Universal change at Buddhist College

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 June, 2012, 12:00am


Lecturers and assistant lecturers are being sought by Hong Kong Buddhist College to help see the school through an interesting but challenging period that will take it from being a non-accredited secondary school to becoming a prestigious private university.

'We are re-engineering the whole college,' says Professor Edwin Wong, president of Hong Kong Buddhist College. 'Starting from September 2014, we will be offering two higher-education degree programmes - a BA in business administration and a BA in Chinese. We are building up the whole team - academic and non-academic.'

The non-profit-making institution, founded in 1969, also hopes to launch a third programme in the area of visual communication design.

Elisa Au, vice-president for administration, says that with three planned campuses, the college will accommodate 1,800 students in five to seven years. 'The number of teaching staff will grow to 70 and the number of support staff to 75,' she says.

The ability to accept change is a basic requirement for someone who wants to work in the college's fast-developing environment. There are no restrictions on nationality, though good English is extremely important.

At junior level, the job requirement is a relevant degree and the job is more operational in nature.

'At associate-degree level, we need staff who can teach and know the level of students,' says Professor John Clark, head of the academic quality assurance centre. He says his team will support programme leaders and staff to maintain quality as they teach.

At senior levels, a master's degree or PhD is necessary, together with successful tertiary work experience.

The college strongly supports research and staff development. Staff can spend 25 per cent of their time on research, with a research fund available. The college also sponsors staff to attend conferences if their papers are accepted for presentation. It also sponsors further studies.

Two academic journals - Nan Yan Journal and Nan Yan Business Journal - are published under the leadership of the college's vice-president for academic affairs, Professor CY Sin.

The college also boasts a comprehensive stock of information resources. 'We have an excellent, fully computerised library that is accessible anytime, anywhere, with any device. It has around 70,000 books, of which 45,000 are e-books,' says Tracy Wong, registrar and college secretary.

Contracts at the newly renovated college are for two years in junior positions and three years in senior positions, with a gratuity paid at the end of a fulfilled contract.