President’s Lecture Series: Excellence in Academia
"Re-defining the Teaching-Research Nexus:
Building the CityU Discovery-enriched Curriculum"
by Professor Arthur Ellis, Provost

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Introduction: Professor Shuk Han Cheng, Director of EDGE
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Over the next few years, CityU will pursue excellence in professional education through the Discovery-enriched Curriculum (DEC), the academic core of the campus’s Academic Development Proposal (ADP) 2012-15, which was recently endorsed by the University Grants Committee. The DEC represents a new paradigm for bringing together research and education. During the talk, Professor Ellis discussed how students will be encouraged to pursue discovery and innovation, and how staff can enhance the curriculum with opportunities for students to discover/innovate/create while ensuring that they continue to graduate with the essential skills needed for their chosen profession.

Professor Ellis presented an overview of the DEC and what it means for the CityU community. “CityU is going to be an exciting place over the next few years as we implement the DEC. We call on the genius of this campus to make this work, and I am confident we can do it,” he said.

He demonstrated how research and technology have dramatically altered what lecturers can achieve in classroom settings. To make the point, iPods were distributed to the 200-strong audience to conduct quizzes and encourage interaction. At the end of the talk, 85 comments and questions came back via the mobile devices in addition to those raised in person. ( Q & A File )

To drive forward this new spirit of curricular change, two new initiatives have been launched by the President and Provost.

  • The Gateway Education Discovery Lab will provide a place where students and staff can create, test and communicate ideas using new state-of-the-art facilities.
  • The OBTL/DEC Initiative will provide academic units with resources to combine the new DEC with the existing Outcome-based Teaching and Learning (OBTL).