FIVE lecturers at the City Polytechnic of Hong Kong won $10,000 each in the first Teaching Excellence Awards - a new scheme for Hong Kong's tertiary institute teaching staff. The winners were: Chan Wai-to, senior lecturer in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences; Dr Stephen Harrold, senior lecturer in the Department of Electronic Engineering; Kam Ping-kwong, a lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Sciences; and Esther Chow Li Ling-yee, an assistant lecturer, and Leong Foo-weng, a lecturer in the Department of Business and Management. Nominations for the internal awards started in early February after which 36 full-time lecturers were deemed eligible. They were asked to submit a portfolio on their work in teaching, administration, research and contribution to society. In March, an independent selection panel was set up and the panellists shortlisted 13 nominees to attend the rigorous interviews in June. Dr Cheng Kai-ming, Dean of the Faculty of Education at Hong Kong University, and Professor David Teather, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Hong Kong Baptist College, were in the selection panel. Speaking at the presentation ceremony, polytechnic director Dr Cheung Yiu-chung said the award was 'the first of its kind among the territory's educational institutions'. 'The teaching evaluation process of the City Polytechnic aims at encouraging our academic staff to have a reflective and self-critical attitudes towards teaching.' At the end of each semester, students are asked to fill in an evaluation sheet for each module. Their ratings about the performance of the lecturers throughout the whole academic year constitute a considerable part of their evaluation. The City Polytechnic, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, has set up a quality assurance committee to constantly review the awards scheme. In the same ceremony, Anthony Leung Kam-chung, chairman of the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee (UPGC), said: 'In the coming 1994-95, the UPGC is to set up a teaching development grant to encourage tertiary institutes to promote excellence in teaching. In this sense, the City Polytechnic is one step ahead of the UPGC.' Mr Chan, the only award-winning lecturer from the polytechnic's College of Higher Vocational Studies, said: 'I devote 80 per cent of my normal working hours to teaching. Besides all the teaching and the related administrative work, I also help students to deal with their emotional problems.' He teaches social work and criminology.