Invitation for Nomination ETA in GE 2019

Nomination is hereby invited from members of the Senate Committee on General Education (SCGE), Department Chairpersons, General Education teachers and undergraduate students for the Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education 2019.

The award will be presented by the SCGE annually to a maximum of three teachers in recognition of their exemplary contribution to teaching and learning in General Education.

All nominations will be reviewed by the SCGE Standing Committee based on the contribution of the individual nominee to General Education in the past two academic years (2017-18 & 2018-19). Contribution to teaching and learning will be evaluated based on the following objectives of the CUHK General Education Programme and expectation of General Education courses:

Objectives of CUHK General Education Programme:

  1. To furnish students with a broad intellectual perspective for dealing with unfamiliar questions;
  2. To engage students in active reflections on perennial issues, prompting them to make connections between intellectual pursuits and life at work, at home and in the community;
  3. To promote an understanding of Chinese cultural heritage and of other cultural traditions;
  4. To develop the attitudes and skills that are conducive to critical thinking, self-expression and communication with the others; and
  5. To extend students' curiosity, promote a habit of extensive reading, and develop attitudes and competence as independent learners and team players.

Expectation of General Education courses

General Education courses should aim at the same intellectual level as major courses, and should carry the same amount of workload (in terms of reading, assignments, etc.) as major courses with the same number of units and the same level.

Nomination

Nominations should be made on the prescribed nomination form (click here to download word logo) and returned by mail together with all the supporting materials on or before 15 October 2019 to the Office of University General Education at 803 Hui Yeung Shing Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

For enquiry, please contact Mr. Andy Heung
(Tel: 3943 8625; Fax: 2603 5398; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Messages from the awardees

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  • "Through general education, I wish students can experience the joy of intellectual exploration by scrutinizing their underlying values, beliefs, and presuppositions. I believe this sense of enjoyment will become an intrinsic motivation for students to continue the reflective practice learnt in GEF throughout their life-long journey."
    Dr. Cheung Hang Cheong Derek
    2018 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "Transmitting knowledge is important, while a more significant role of teaching lies in the efforts on inspiring students to learn, facilitating students to learn, and pointing out the way through which students can learn further and faster"
    Dr. Han Dongkun
    2018 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "Tell me and I forget; show me and I remember; involve me and I understand."
    Professor Wong Fook Yee
    2018 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "Take your students as your equal and have fun walking into the unknown together."
    Dr. Chen Ju-chen
    2017 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "I hope my teaching is not only about transmitting knowledge, but changing attitude and transforming habit."
    Dr. Chui Pui Yi Apple
    2017 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education
    2017 Awardee of Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "Science is not an Ivory Tower. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change the world."
    Dr. Wong Fai George
    2017 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • 「通識教育的重要目標之一就是通過與不同觀點的對話,批判各自的立場,從而認識彼此優劣,達致真正的相互理解。而只有瞭解,才有可能超越。個人如是、學科如是、文化亦如是。」
    Dr. Kwok Pak Nin Samson
    2016 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education
    2016 Awardee of Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "General Education courses provide me the opportunity to reflect and re-organize my courses to introduce history to non-majors; to re-visit the way to communicate the past events in history to the general public. By teaching these General Education courses, I always re-discover the joy of learning alongside with my students."
    Dr. Lui Wing Sing
    2016 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "The earth is mysterious; satellites reveal the unknowns to human-beings by capturing images from the space. Knowledge is limitless; teachers unveil the key to acquire knowledge by motivating students to learn with fun. On one hand, the journey from the space lets students know more about the earth. On the other hand, I hope students can endure the momentum to learn and use their knowledge to contribute to our homeland."
    Dr. Wong Kwan Kit Frankie
    2016 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "Time is limited. How can we make the best use of time in this course? This teaching motto reminds us to treasure the time we are together in the course. It is also my invitation to the students: Search for the meaning of studying in the course. I invite them to make the course more meaningful together with me: It is not just a course; it is 'our' course. Time is limited, but limited enough to make our life meaningful!"
    Professor Chan Chi Ho Wallace
    2015 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "I always remind myself to think like I was a student. As teachers, we can sometimes get very excited when talking about the subject that we are familiar with. We might forget what it was like when we learn a new concept for the first time."
    Dr. Lee Kit Ying Rebecca
    2015 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education
    2015 Awardee of Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • 「『抬頭望星、腳踏實地、從心開始。』
    老師的角色並不是向學生灌輸某一套價值觀,而是協助學生發掘自己的潛能,並讓學生了解自己在生命中每個階段的需要。通識教育正好為啟發學生提供了一個良好的機會。」
    Dr. Tong Shiu Sing
    2015 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "My role as the course facilitator is to train the students to understand the complex nuances of culture through communication in human society and the world around us. It is important to convey the message that 'knowing others' culture means knowing more about ourselves.'"
    Professor Ho Chi Ming
    2014 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "I tell my students that grades don't matter—what matters is their own effort to think for themselves. I say to them, 'Remember: really stupid people sometimes get A's, because they worry so much about getting good grades that they forget about things that may be more important in life.'"
    Professor Gordon Mathews
    2014 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education
    2014 Awardee of Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "One of my primary objectives as an anthropologist is to help students see how culture shapes our view of the world. I want them to be able to see things from a different culture's perspective, and to see beyond their naturally ethnocentric perspective."
    Professor Joseph Bosco
    2013 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "I hope to urge as many students as possible to resolve to be a good man/woman in the rest of their life."
    Professor Lam Chiu Ying
    2013 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "Empathy is essential for building positive student-teacher rapport."
    Dr. Chiu Chi Ming
    2012 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • 「深入而不離生活、在世界文化視野下認識中國,是我教通識中國文化的兩項原則。」
    Professor Ng Kai Chiu
    2011 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education
    2012 Awardee of Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "General Education is whole-person education. GE teachers regard teaching and learning not as a profession but a way of life."
    Dr. Kou Kei Chun
    2011 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education
    2011 Awardee of Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "Not only is education to develop one's intellectual mind and skills, but also to teach him how to live a better life by developing his spiritual mind. General education truly reflects the inwardness of education."
    Dr. Pang Kam Moon
    2011 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "Success in teaching a general education course, especially with limited class time, depends on whether the teacher can instill curiosity in students so that they will embark on a lifelong quest for knowledge."
    Professor Wan Chui Ki Maggie
    2010 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "The world is as big or small as the scope of our vision. General Education prompts students to set their gaze far and wide so they may leap out of their cluttered, dust-filled nest and stride into a world of open sky and boundless sea."
    Dr. Wong Kim Fan

    2009 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "Question everything, including everything you are taught. Reflect on all that you do, and search for lasting solutions."
    Ms. Tessa Stewart

    2008 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "It is advisable to place equal emphasis on the advancement of one's studies and the conduct of oneself; It is better still to achieve a combined mastery of both." New Asia College Regulation 1
    Professor Chow Po Chung
    2008 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education
    2008 Awardee of Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "General education helps students to develop a different mindset about learning that better fits today's rapid development of knowledge."
    Professor Chang Lei
    2008 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "For a general knowing, we learn to embrace and compare; for a general knowing, we learn to think and judge."
    Mr Dung Kai Cheung
    2007 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "I hope students would choose and are given the opportunity to choose courses that challenge them to address life's most basic questions such as what does it mean to be a human being, what is a good life, and how should we go about living such a life."
    Dr Nakano Lynne Yukie
    2007 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "The future direction of general education depends on us concerned teachers venturing hand-in-hand...The path of general education has never been paved by any individual alone."
    Dr Wong Wing Hung
    2006 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education
    2007 Awardee of Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

  • "A piece of knowledge easily may become outdated or even forgotten, but ability and method, once acquired, will prove beneficial throughout one's life."
    Professor Liu Xiaogan
    2006 Awardee of Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education
    2006 Awardee of Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education

Ever since the founding of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), General Education has been a key part of the undergraduate curriculum which aims at nurturing students as educated persons with the intellect and inclination to appreciate broad issues of concern to humanity and modern society.

Over 200 teachers offer General Education courses at CUHK, many of whom are dedicated and outstanding. In recognition of their contributions, the Senate Committee on General Education (SCGE) resolved in 2006 to launch the Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education. Nominations are invited from all the GE teachers and undergraduate students. The nominations are reviewed by the SCGE Standing Committee basing on the course design, teaching and learning activities, and tutelage in the General Education courses they offered.

The award will be presented by the SCGE to a maximum of three teachers in recognition of exemplary contribution to teaching and learning in General Education. All nominations will be reviewed by the SCGE Standing Committee based on the nominee's contribution to GE in the past two academic years. Contribution to teaching and learning will be evaluated against the following objectives of GE Programme and expectation of GE courses:

GE Programme objectives:

  1. To furnish students with a broad intellectual perspective for dealing with unfamiliar questions.
  2. To engage students in active reflections on perennial issues, prompting them to make connections between intellectual pursuits and life at work, at home and in the community.
  3. To promote an understanding of Chinese cultural heritage and of other cultural traditions.
  4. To develop the attitudes and skills that are conducive to critical thinking, self-expression and communication with the others.
  5. To extend students' curiosity, promote a habit of extensive reading, and develop attitudes and competence as independent learners and team players.

Expectation of GE courses:

GE courses should aim at the same intellectual level as major courses, and should carry the same workload (in terms of reading, assignments, etc.) as major courses with the same number of units and the same level.

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