From the Dean

From the Dean

Prof Xiaowei Zang, Dean of CLASS

Some people have debated whether a university shall focus on teaching or research. In my opinion, this debate should have never occurred since research and teaching complement each other. Teaching is based on and propagates knowledge brought about by research. At the same time, teaching can generate ideas about future research. Hence, a good teacher is also a good researcher, and vice versa. At City University of Hong Kong, we understand that a university cannot move forward and nurture citizenship among students well without both delivering good teaching and enhancing research excellence.

In addition, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is committed to serving Hong Kong society. For example, for more than 10 years, Dr AU LIU Suk-ching from the Department of Applied Social Sciences has carried out the City-Youth Empowerment Project. Tens of thousands of students have taken part in a wide range of services, including caring for the homeless and fighting for the rights of ethnic minorities, whereby students have learnt various ethnic issues through their activities. Another example is the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Green Ambassador Scheme. The student participants of the above two projects have volunteered their time and efforts to fight for human dignity with professionalism and passion.

“Learning through practice” is a focal point for City University’s mission. CityU’s “Discoveryenriched Curriculum” (DEC) is dedicated to encouraging students to put into practice what they learn at CityU in order to create new knowledge. I recommend readers to read the article about Dr Justin ROBERTSON, the first Teaching Innovation Award recipient in the College, to find out how DEC is conducted in classrooms and beyond.

Although we are located in Hong Kong, we encourage our students to develop global awareness and perspective. The seven departments of our college work closely together to provide high quality education for postgraduates from 20 countries around the world. The research works by our postgraduate students include topics in politics, China studies, environmental policies, anti-corruption, and other major global concerns. Furthermore, some colleagues, such as Professor Mark R. THOMPSON, Head of the Department of Asian and International Studies, have worked with some global organisations like the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to give students and faculty greater exposure to global issues.

I am glad to share with you the achievements by and stories about the teachers and students of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences discussed in this issue.

Professor Xiaowei Zang