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Keynote Addresses

Professor Kin Wai CHAN

Recipient of the University Education Award 2023 (Early Career Faculty Members)

Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics

The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Kin Wai Chan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Phil. in Risk Management Science from CUHK in 2013 and 2015, respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. in Statistics from Harvard University in 2018. His research focuses on statistical inference for dependent data and incomplete data. He has received several prestigious awards for his teaching, including the Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award in 2019 and 2021, the RGC Early Career Award in 2019, and the University Education Award (Early Career) in 2023. He is actively engaged in teaching and pedagogical research and was honored with the Silver Award in Educational Impact at the Teaching and Learning Innovation Expo in 2022.

Date of Presentation

5 December 2023, from 10:20 to 11:00 (HKT/ UTC+8)

Presentation Title

Integration of Virtual and face-to-face teaching: Social-media-type Interaction and Starter Mini-Talks 


Presentation Abstract
The teaching and learning mode has undergone subtle changes since the start of the pandemic in 2019. While virtual teaching was the only viable option during the pandemic, some students expressed a desire for face-to-face instruction. Conversely, when teaching has returned to an in-person format in the post-pandemic era, students may seek some form of virtual learning. In this presentation, I will outline my strategies to integrate virtual and in-person teaching using a social-media-type e-learning platform and starter mini-talks. 
The e-learning platform promotes student interaction by using simple gestures like thumbs up or sliding a rating bar. Statistical evidence demonstrates that it indeed encourages textual discussions, making it a new norm for educational interaction. The platform also offers pop-up learning recommendations, similar to video suggestions on online video platforms. It enriches students' educational experience. 
The starter mini-talks are five-minute in-person presentations on topics not covered in the formal syllabus. They aim to spark students' interest and prepare them for the upcoming lectures. We found that students are more motivated to seek out additional knowledge, giving them a psychological sense of gaining an edge. The talks also consist of short programming codes. It answers students' calls to learn short coding examples. 


Our Distinguished Speakers

Keynote Address I   |   09:40 - 10:20 (HKT)

Professor Raymond Kai-yu TONG

Recipient of the University Education Award 2023 (General Faculty Members)

Professor and Founding Chairman, Department of Biomedical Engineering

The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Prof. Raymond Kai-yu Tong, a top 2% most-cited scientist, is a Biomedical Engineer and Professor. His expertise lies in Rehabilitation Robotics, Brain-Computer Control Interface, and Brain stimulation. Passionate about teaching, he guides students in tackling open-ended problems, developing soft skills, and participating in innovation and entrepreneurship competitions. His remarkable contributions have earned him honors such as the "Global Ageing Influencers 2021" award and the Grand Prix Award at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 2012. He was also recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong in 2013.

Date of Presentation

5 December 2023, from 09:40 to 10:20 (HKT/ UTC+8)

Presentation Title

POP (Performance-Based Assessment in Open-Ended Problem-Based Learning) 

Presentation Abstract
Within the "POP" approach, Prof. Raymond Kai-yu Tong, a highly regarded and passionate educator, empowers students to "Think Big, Dream Big, and Achieve Limitless Success" through performance-based assessment in open-ended problem-based learning. With over 20 years of teaching experience, Prof. Tong has received numerous accolades, including the Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award and CUHK's University Education Award.  


Prof. Tong's teaching methodology focuses on motivating students to become active learners, exploring their potentials and surpassing their limitations. He embraces learner-centred approaches, implementing the POP approach to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This pedagogy emphasizes solving problems with no clear-cut solutions, enabling students to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios. 


One of Prof. Tong's innovative courses is "Medical Instrumentation and Design," where students tackle clinical challenges by developing technological solutions. Groups of students collaborate, employing their skills and techniques to overcome these challenges. Remarkably, multiple solutions are encouraged, fostering creativity and problem-solving diversity. Clinical professionals are invited as assessors, providing valuable feedback and evaluations. 


In addition to the Design course, Prof. Tong has jointly created the "Buddy Scheme with International Students" and the "Ambassador Scheme." These initiatives cultivate a positive and supportive learning environment, fostering cultural immersion experiences and multidisciplinary collaborations. Students engage in group projects and activities, broadening their perspectives and enhancing their interpersonal skills. 


Prof. Tong's dedication to teaching extends beyond the classroom. He believes in tapping into students' potential, helping them develop holistically and preparing them for future success. By challenging students to think big, fostering creativity, and promoting self-fulfillment, Prof. Tong has made a significant impact on their learning, growth, and overall development. 


Through the POP approach, Prof. Tong revolutionizes traditional teaching methodologies, providing students with the tools to tackle complex problems, think critically, and excel. His commitment to innovative education has earned him recognition and admiration from both his students and the academic community. With his guidance, students are inspired to embrace challenges, reach their full potential, and achieve limitless success.  

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Keynote Address II   |   10:20 - 11:00 (HKT) 

Keynote Address III   |  11:25 - 12:05 (HKT)  

Professor Simon Siu Man NG

Recipient and Team Leader of the University Education Award 2023 (Collaborative Teams) 

Associate Dean (Student Affairs), Faculty of Medicine
Director, Global Physician-Leadership Stream, MBChB Programme
Chairman and Professor, Department
of Surgery

The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Prof Ng is currently Associate Dean (Student Affairs) of the Faculty of Medicine, Chairman and Professor of the Department of Surgery, and Chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery, CUHK. He is the President of the Hong Kong Society for Coloproctology, and the International Chair of the Global Reach Committee of the European Society of Coloproctology. His research work in colorectal surgery has earned him a number of national and international awards, including the Ministry of Education Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award – First-class Award in Natural Sciences (2014), the State Natural Science Award – Second-class Award (2016), and the Outstanding Fellowship of the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK (2019). In recognition of his outstanding performance in the surgical profession and his contribution to the community, Professor Ng was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong in 2010.


Besides being an accomplished academic colorectal surgeon and an active researcher, Prof Ng is also a passionate educator. Prof Ng has been instrumental in the programme development and management of the Global Physician-Leadership Stream (GPS) of the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK since its inception in 2013. GPS is an innovative undergraduate educational programme that aims to nurture a new generation of physician-leaders who possess additional skill sets (e.g., cross-disciplinary collaboration, in-depth research experience, medical leadership) that enable them to tackle contemporary healthcare challenges and developments. Such skill sets are not covered in the basic medical curriculum. Over the last decade, GPS has prospered as a highly successful programme with a solid track record of student achievements in research and leadership. Prof Ng is currently the Director of GPS.


In recognition of his passion and excellence in medical education, Prof Ng was presented 11 Teacher of the Year Awards from the Faculty of Medicine from 2005 to 2018, the Master Teacher Award in 2011, the Faculty Education Award in 2023, and the University Education Award in 2023.

Date of Presentation

5 December 2023, from 11:25 to 12:05 (HKT/ UTC+8)

Presentation Title

How Do We Nurture A New Generation of Physician-Leaders? Lessons Learnt from the Global Physician-Leadership Stream (GPS) of the Medicine Programme


Presentation Abstract

The Global-Physician-Leadership Stream (GPS) Team is led by Prof Simon Ng with core members including Prof Justin Wu, Prof Vincent Mok, Prof Albert Li, and Prof Winnie Chu from different academic departments of the Faculty of Medicine. Prof Ng and his team members are all firm believers in personalised education, experiential learning, and inspiring the next generation through effective mentoring, and these core elements constitute the main teaching philosophy of the GPS curriculum.


Established in 2013, GPS is the first leadership programme for medical undergraduates in Asia, with the mission of nurturing a new generation of physician-leaders who possess additional skill sets (including in-depth research methodologies, inter-disciplinary collaboration skills, perspectives in global healthcare, and medical leadership) to tackle complex challenges for the betterment of Hong Kong and the community at large. Such skill sets are not covered in the traditional medical curriculum. Over the past decade, GPS has prospered as a highly successful programme with excellent student learning outcomes in different areas including research, humanitarian work, international exposure, and leadership activities.


GPS is a pilot educational innovation initially designed for a small subgroup of academically capable and highly motivated medical students who aspire to become future leaders in the medical sector. Over the years, concerted efforts have been made to ‘scale up’ the programme to strive towards its ultimate goal of enhancing the current medical curriculum at a system level in order to benefit more medical students and even to benefit other programmes within and outside the Faculty.

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