THE 1998 - 2001 TRIENNIUM IN RETROSPECT
The UGC conducts its funding planning cycle on a triennial basis. The triennial planning cycle ensures stability and continuity in funding support to the institutions and facilitates their long term academic planning.
Like the previous triennia, planning for the reporting triennium began with the submission of Academic Development Proposals (ADPs) to the UGC by the institutions.
The UGC considered
the ADPs with care, having regard to the manpower needs of Hong Kong,
aspirations of individual institutions as well as the broad planning parameters
set by the Government. Consideration of the ADPs and subsequently the
costed estimates was a highly interactive process involving active participation
of the institutions through consultations and discussions.
: Teacher Education
Both the reports from the UGC and ACTEQ were submitted to the Government in February 1998.
In response to the UGC's Teacher Education
Review report, the Chief Executive announced in his 1998 Policy Address
that the HKIEd should be upgraded to a degree-awarding teacher training
institute and start progressively to upgrade its pre-service sub-degree
training courses to degree or postgraduate levels.
As a first step to achieve this policy direction, the HKIEd upgraded close to 1,000 sub-degree places to degree or above levels in the 1998-2001 triennium by introducing its first four-year full-time Bachelor of Education (Primary) Programme in 1998-1999. The Institute produced its first batch of graduates at degree level in 2001.
In the reporting triennium, the HKIEd also
introduced a number of teacher training programmes at degree and above
levels to replace its pre-service sub-degree programmes.
|Figure 2.1 - Student Number - Targets and Actual Enrolments (in fte) 1998-2001|
Government's Immersion Programme
Towards the end of the 1998-2001
triennium, the Government initiated a move to upgrade the quality of future
language teachers. In response to this, the UGC entered into active discussion
with relevant institutions on how this could be achieved.
It was also agreed that starting
from 2002-2003, immersion programmes would be made compulsory for English
and Putonghua major students of full-time teacher education programmes.
Development : Chinese Medicine
The UGC considered the institutions' requests in the overall context of their ADPs. In doing so, the UGC took into account the community's increasing acceptance of CM as a medical treatment, the Administration's commitment to promote and regulate CM practice and also the overall development direction of the institutions. HKBU and CUHK introduced a full-time first-degree CM programme in 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 respectively with different focuses. Both universities tapped on the extensive experience of Mainland China in teaching and practising CM by sending their students to major CM hospitals in Mainland China for clinical training.
The Medical Sub-Committee (MSC) under the UGC considered it to be important to familiarise itself with the undertaking of HKBU and CUHK in CM. To this end, the Sub-Committee visited the two universities in 2000. Members were briefed thoroughly on the curriculum, pedagogies and development direction of the programmes.
In April 2000, an MSC delegation also paid a four-day familiarisation visit to major CM institutions, teaching hospitals and pharmaceutical companies in Beijing and Guangzhou, and the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine. On the basis of these visits and discussions, the MSC gathered a good understanding of the development of CM in the Mainland China and how it should relate to the development direction of CM in Hong Kong.
With the knowledge and understanding gathered from these visits, the UGC approved the proposals from HKBU and CUHK to continue with the two programmes in the triennium of 2001-2004.
The UGC encourages the institutions concerned, in organising the CM programmes, to liaise closely with the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong so as to align the programmes with the registration, credentials and scope of practice requirements of future CM practitioners.
The UGC also considers it to be essential
that students taking CM programmes should be provided with quality clinical
training relevant to their future practice. The UGC's position is that
CM development in Hong Kong should be directed towards ensuring that,
over time, CM will have a comprehensive and scientific basis, and gain
credibility in the healthcare community abroad.