Teaching Innovation Awards 2007

Higher education in the 21st century is characterized by widening participation, an increasingly diverse student population, intense accountability and reduced funding. Within this context, continuous learning and improvement are essential if we are to meet the demands of our various stakeholders and to stay competitive globally. Students and teachers alike have to engage as self-directed, lifelong learners who actively seek and create opportunities to improve.

It is a challenge for teachers to find innovative ways of enhancing students' learning in such a context. The University recognizes that carrying out a teaching innovation places exceptional demands on innovators and also on their departmental colleagues. When implementing new approaches, instructors take risks in terms of potentially negative initial evaluations from their students and peers, which may be perceived as damaging to their own professional recognition and advancement.

To recognize and reward dedicated and progressive faculty and teaching staff, the University offers up to five Teaching Innovation Awards for the concerted effort made by instructors in improving the quality of their teaching and students' learning experience by introducing innovative practices or technologies.

The Teaching Innovation Awards will be presented at the 2007 Teaching and Learning Symposium and will be highlight of the event.

The Teaching Innovation Awards will be presented at the Teaching and Learning Symposium.

Hosted by:
The Committee on Teaching and Learning Quality

Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Eligibility for Awards

The Awards are open to all current full-time faculty members and instructors at HKUST. To be eligible for an Award, an innovation must have been used in a course or courses that the instructor or team has taught, or is currently teaching, or have made a contribution to the educational work of peers outside the University.

Examples of Teaching Innovations 

  • A new framework or paradigm on which the organization of a course is based
  • An innovative use of a learning technique or methodology
  • The use of original cases or other course materials designed by the instructor
  • An innovation in group learning or problem solving
  • Use of the Action Research paradigm to systematically enhance the quality of
  • student learning
  • Innovative uses of technology in teaching

Nomination Procedures

Nominations for Awards may be made by one or more members of the University community who can be Heads of Departments, peers, or students. Nominees will be invited to elaborate on their teaching, including but not limited to, innovative teaching approaches, teaching philosophy and contributions to their teaching profession.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be taken into account in the selection process:

  • The extent to which the innovation has resulted in practical outcomes that have improved teaching, learning, curriculum design, and/or assessment
  • Evidence that the innovation could be successfully integrated into the total learning process for the relevant course of study
  • Evidence of peer support for the innovation
  • The potential for the innovation to be applied to related or different fields of study
  • The extent to which the innovation makes effective and efficient use of resources

The Committee recognizes that not all criteria will apply to all innovations, but it is anticipated that a substantial sub-set of criteria will be applicable in each case.

Selection Process

All nominations will be considered by the Selection Committee consisting of the following members:

Convener & Member

  • Associate Vice-President of Academic Affairs (UG)


  • One faculty representative from each School nominated by the Dean
  • One representative from the Language Centre nominated by the Director
  • One student representative nominated by the Students' Union


  • Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching

The nominees will be interviewed by the Committee Secretariat and may be asked to present evidence to support the success of their innovations.

Award Presentation

The Awards were presented in the name of the Committee on Teaching and Learning Quality, in conjunction with the Teaching and Learning Symposium on 11 December 2007.

The award recipients were invited to present in the Teaching and Learning Symposium. All presentations were videotaped and archived into the IDEAS portal (Instructional Development Experiences, Applications and Solutions) of the Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching for future access and references.

Teaching Innovation Awards 2004

Awards for Excellence in Teaching Innovation

School of Science

  • Prof K Y Michael WONG, Prof Tai Kai NG, Prof Philip Iam Keong SOU, Prof Kwok Kwong FUNG

School of Engineering

  • Prof Rudolf FLEISCHER

School of Business and Management

  • Prof Rashmi ADAVAL

Language Centre

  • Dr John MILTON

Awards for Teaching Innovation

School of Science

  • Prof Robert K M KO
  • Mr Wilfred C H LEUNG
  • Prof Allen MOY, Prof Yik Man CHIANG, Dr Tsz Kin LAM, Dr Kwok Pun HO
  • Prof Peiyuan QIAN, Dr Ice W P KO, Prof Madeline C S WU, Prof Reinhard RENNEBERG,Prof Dennis HSIEH, Prof Jianzhen YU

School of Engineering

  • Prof Irene M C LO
  • Prof Ben YOUNG

School of Business and Management

  • Prof Timothy K CHUE
  • Prof Garvin Percy DIAS

School of Humanities and Social Science

  • Prof Cecilia CHENG
  • Prof Gerald R PATCHELL
  • Prof Michelle YIK

Contact Information

Teaching Innovation Awards Secretariat

Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clearwater Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: 2358-6803
Fax: 2358-2201
Email: celtsymp@ust.hk