Dr KOON Yee-wan

Dr KOON Yee-wan

Recipient of 2021 UGC Teaching Award

General Faculty Members

Affiliation at the time of the award
Associate Professor, Department of Art History, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong

Award Citation
Dr Koon's teaching vision is to transform art history students' curiosity into a deeper commitment to arts. Her 'art history in action' strategy underpins her innovative and effective redesign of the art history programme of The University of Hong Kong. She leverages her vast networks to illustrate the role of art in society and to highlight the myriad career opportunities in the arts ecosystem to her students. Dr Koon seeks to turn art history students into researchers and producers rather than mere consumers of knowledge through, for instance, collaborating with Asia Art Archive to nurture students' primary research skills. She is an exceptional educator who epitomises all that is best about teaching and learning in academia: her disciplinary expertise, passion, energy and genuine care for her students are inspirations to all. Her immense contributions have lifted the profile of arts education within Hong Kong and across the globe. Her teaching excellence has also received recognitions from the Faculty and University teaching awards of The University of Hong Kong.

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