University of Leicester eBulletin

Leicester Partnership with Hong Kong Polytechnic University

June 2003
No 140

The University of Leicester is to enter into a new partnership with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in July 2003.

The 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 University.

The 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.

The 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 Education.

Twice 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.

The 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.

For 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.

Professor 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.”

A 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.

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