The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has become a Higher Education Academy (HEA) Strategic Partner. HKU joins nearly 40 other institutions outside the UK who are in partnership with the HEA.
The Strategic Partnership means that HKU will be in a position to submit its initial training and continuous professional development programmes for staff engaged in learning and teaching for HEA Accreditation. Successful delegates of these programmes will be eligible to join a global community of over 94,000 people world-wide with HEA Fellowship.
Professor Grahame Bilbow, Director, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at HKU, and himself a Principal Fellow of the HEA, said, “As a research-intensive university, we recognise that research and teaching are mutually dependent and equally important in a thriving university. So this partnership means that we now have a tangible way to reward and recognise our staff for their commitment and professionalism in teaching.
“It’s also really important to us that HEA Fellowship and accreditation are fully aligned to the Professional Standards Framework (PSF), allowing us to benchmark our teaching against this internationally recognised standard. Working with the HEA means we join a global network of like-minded institutions, sharing and developing strategic approaches and best practice in teaching and learning for the benefit of all students.
Kathryn Harrison-Graves, HEA Head of Global Partnerships, said, “We are delighted to welcome HKU as a Strategic Partner. We have been working closely with HKU for some time, most recently, co-delivering the Professional Certificate in Leading Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. This partnership cements that relationship and we look forward to the University, with its growing number of Fellows, being part of our global community of practice.”
HKU has a more than 30,000 students, including 9,000 international students from 104 countries. The University is ranked 26th in the QS World ranking 2018, 40th in the Times Higher World Ranking, and third in the Times Higher world ranking for international outlook.