Leicester Partnership with Hong Kong Polytechnic University
University of Leicester is to enter into a new partnership with the Hong Kong
Polytechnic University in July 2003.
agreement, which concerns the delivery of two Leicester School of Education
degrees, the EdD and MSc (Educational Leadership), will be signed at a ceremony
on July 1, to coincide with an Education Expo held by the Hong Kong Polytechnic
new link with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University means that Leicester students
in Hong Kong will enjoy access to the resources of the Polytechnic University to
support their post-graduate studies. In particular, they will have full access
to the Polytechnic University Library with its impressive array of learning
resources. All lectures, tutorials and seminars will be conducted in spacious,
state-of-the-art, air conditioned classrooms on the Polytechnic University site.
School of Education has conducted the Doctorate in Education (EdD) in Hong Kong
since 1996. Students are able to specialise in one of three strands –
Educational Leadership and Management, TESOL and Teaching and Learning/Primary
a year, a team of Leicester academics visits Hong Kong to conduct lectures and
tutorials. Between visits, each student is assigned a tutor with whom continuous
contact is maintained and academic progress, including marking of essays, is
undertaken. Until this year, the British Council has been used as a base.
proven popularity of the EdD is evidenced by the current numbers of doctoral
students exceeding 115, about half of whom are in the Educational Leadership and
Management strand. Doctoral students come from all sectors of education -
including early childhood through primary and secondary to higher education. The
programme is popular with teachers, academics, administrators, librarians and
others from outside education, such as human resource managers and trainers.
many years, the MBA in Educational Management has also been offered in Hong
Kong, but as a distance learning programme. This is now being phased out and
replaced by a new MSc (Educational Leadership) degree. The target students for
this programme are senior and upwardly mobile school administrators and senior
teachers. The new MSc differs from its predecessor (the MBA) by introducing an
international-comparative dimension, a broader range of modules, including one
on educational policy, and a mixed mode delivery combining distance learning
with face-to-face seminars/tutorials.
Clive Dimmock, Professor of Educational Management commented:
“Although we have offered an Education doctorate and a master’s
programme in Hong Kong for many years, this is the first time we have formed a
partnership with a local Hong Kong university. We are delighted to have
successfully negotiated this collaboration. We believe it will enable us to
offer excellent support and resources to our Hong Kong based students and to
increase future recruitment.”
signing ceremony is planned at the Campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic
University in Hong Kong during the first week of July 2003.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
For further information contact Professor Dimmock on 07813 641750.
This document has been approved by the head of department or section.