Series of Hong Kong Higher Education Teaching Awardees’ Experience Sharing (3) – Seminar

LTTC started a brand new Series of Hong Kong Higher Education Teaching Awardees’ Experience Sharing in 2014/15. You are cordially invited to attend the third Seminar in this new Series on 26 Mar 2015 (Thu).

Details are given as follows:

Series of Hong Kong Higher Education Teaching Awardees’ Experience Sharing (3) – Seminar: Values, Research & Confusion: Whither Education?


Prof. Charles Kwong Yim-tze, Lingnan University


26 Mar 2015 (Thu)


12:30 – 2:00 p.m.


D2-LP-09, Tai Po Campus

About the Speaker

Prof. Charles Kwong, 2014 UGC Teaching Excellence Award Winner, Professor of Chinese & Translation, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Lingnan University. Charles Kwong read English at HKU and Oxford before studying Chinese literature and philosophy at Yale. Having taught in the US, he now holds a triple appointment as professor of Chinese & translation and adjunct professor of philosophy at Lingnan University. His research comprises books and articles in English and Chinese covering classical Chinese poetry and fiction, comparative poetics, the history of ideas and literary translation. His creative writings include 2,200 classical Chinese poems in 22 collections, and 2 collections of modern Chinese prose. His translations include rendering the Chinese texts for a book of paintings into English. He is a recipient of the prestigious UGC Teaching Excellence Award (2014) and of multiple research and writing competitive grants, including 2 RGC-GRF grants and 13 HK Arts Development Council grants. He has also won a Research Excellence Award, 2 Teaching Excellence Awards and 2 Certificates of Merit in Teaching at Lingnan.
Abstract Materially and supra-materially, individually and socially, education is perhaps the most potent agent in transforming life. While poor countries are still struggling to raise basic literacy rates, higher education in more advanced places seems to be going down a blind alley, or suffering from “affluence disease”. If traditional education laid stress on cultivating virtuous beings and responsible citizens, naturally leaning towards a whole-person, all-round approach, modern education has emphasised training in specialised expertise in the past century. Even institutions that champion what is known as liberal (arts) education are not immune to this distortion.At the forefront and also a product of this educational model is the academic researcher-cum- professor. Consciously or unconsciously, eagerly or helplessly, this tensional creature has been drifting in the gap between qualifications and qualities, “professorship” and teaching, research and education, publication and learning, academic and intellectual activity. Aggravating these partly self-inflicted sources of tension and confusion are evaluations by management above and students below, external pressures that often turn modern scholars into hostages. How many can still maintain a clear sense of direction and keep a sense of ideal? If they themselves are confused, what message will educators convey to students?From teacher to student, the gravest problem facing education and society is a crisis in values. This seminar will explore some of the fundamental issues education needs to address today.


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