Teachers are not the only people embarking on an MEd, as parents, administrators and managers seek a deeper insight into education issues and the role of schools. Changes to curriculum and how schools are run has seen members of parent-teacher associations, governing bodies and management having a greater input to the education system. Dr Ng Ho-ming, University of Hong Kong's (HKU) MEd programme director, says more non-teachers are considering the master's in education to gain a deeper understanding of policies affecting schools. This has led to people ranging from senior government officials and lawyers to school principals and alumni representatives either taking modules in the postgraduate certificate in advanced educational studies or the MEd. Former senior civil servant Nicholas Ng Wing-fui, who now heads the Public Service Commission, enrolled on HKU's MEd programme in 2006 because of his involvement in the management of La Salle College, his old school. 'The programme gave me an opportunity to learn ... about the various aspects and challenges of modern day school administration and management,' Ng says. 'The theoretical framework was set against the day-to-day realities that face a school administrator.' He says he found much in common between education administration and his experience of management roles in government, 'particularly with the leadership challenge, the people dimension and the decision-making process'. 'I would certainly recommend any educationist, who aspires to rise to a leading position in the field, to pursue such a programme,' says Nicholas Ng, who was secretary for transport and secretary for constitutional affairs before retirement. 'From personal experience, a non-professional education enthusiast would also find a lot of enjoyment and insight in such a programme.'