HKIEd 'must strengthen research'

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 February, 2008, 12:00am

The Hong Kong Institute of Education must strengthen research if it is to achieve university status, the vice-chairman of the institute's academic staff association urged.

Leung Yan-wing made the call after HKIEd president Anthony Cheung Bing-leung met students and teachers during his first institute forum this week.

Dr Leung said research capacity was considered a benchmark for assessing a university's quality and he hoped Professor Cheung could work out a detailed plan on enhancing it.

'If we are to be an education university, we must put more effort in the area of applied research. And this research should be useful for improving the teaching standards of local schools,' he said.

'However, Professor Cheung did not give us a clear plan.'

More than 400 students and teachers at HKIEd attended the forum. After the meeting, Professor Cheung revealed plans to introduce double-degree programmes such as bachelor of education and arts over the next three years.

He said that this was part of efforts to diversify the institute's programme and allow students to learn a second subject, such as social sciences, sport, arts or language.

'We hope to show through this scheme that HKIEd does not only offer one subject,' Professor Cheung said.