HKIEd aims to nurture teachers and students

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 December, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 December, 1999, 12:00am

Realising every child's potential through the joy of learning and nurturing quality teachers is the Hong Kong Institute of Education's (HKIEd) vision.

The institute provides full- time degree, postgraduate and non-degree courses, and part- time training for teachers and educators. There are in-service courses designed for practising teachers to acquire basic knowledge and skills required for teaching effectively in primary, secondary or technical, commercial and pre-vocational schools.

In 1998-99, the institute offered four in-service teacher training courses.

Other courses available include the Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Chinese - three years, full-time); Certificate in Primary Education (Chinese - two years, full-time); Certificate in Primary Education (Chinese - three years, full-time); Certificate in Secondary Education (Chinese - two years, full-time); Certificate in Secondary Education (English - two years, full-time) and Certificate in Secondary Education (Chinese - three years, full-time) and Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Primary).

In 2000-01, HKIEd plans to offer 29 initial teacher education courses for 4,900 students and 30 in-service professional courses for 4,800 students.

The institute has four schools: the School of Creative Arts, Sciences and Technology; the School of Early Childhood Education; the School of Foundations in Education and the School of Languages in Education.

Known for its quality and comprehensive training, HKIEd hopes to become a leading tertiary-level institution in the Asia Pacific region in the early part of the next century.

Before the institute was founded, formal teacher training was provided by the Northcote College of Education, Grantham College of Education, Sir Robert Black College of Education, Hong Kong Technical Teachers' College and the Institute of Language in Education.

In April 1994, acting on recommendations made in the Education Commission Report No 5, the five colleges amalgamated to form HKIEd.

In October 1997, the institute moved to its new campus in Tai Po.

It has 371 teaching staff and 598 non-teaching staff.

The campus can accommodate 5,000 full-time students and is divided into an upper zone of residential buildings and a lower zone with academic facilities.

Students can enjoy a wide range of services and facilities, such as an indoor sports and amenities building, a library which has an extensive collection of more than 280,000 books and 1,800 periodicals.

Three hostels on the Tai Po campus offer a total of 1,500 residential places for students. Each hostel has its own amenities such as television, music, meeting, and multi-purpose rooms, and large, open terraces for activities.

Graduate prospects have been good over the past few years, despite the economic recession.

According to employment statistics for 1997-98, 80.7 per cent of full-time Certificate in Education graduates were in full- time employment and 8.3 per cent had temporary jobs.

The average monthly salary of graduates of full-time programmes in full-time employment was $18,357.