Introduction of SGS

Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies

The School received a generous donation from Dr Chow Yei Ching, and was named the "Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies" in 2006. To provide a better focus for the further development of its postgraduate programmes, the University established the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) in 1994. The School aims to provide better coordination and strategic direction to ensure the continued development of postgraduate studies at the University. The School is committed to providing an environment conducive to learning for postgraduate students. Its principal role is to facilitate the educational experience of its postgraduate students.

Mission of SGS

The mission of the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies is to promote excellence in postgraduate education and ensure consistency and high standards across the University. Sharing responsibility for postgraduate studies with departments, colleges and schools, and operating through a system of collegial governance, consultation and leadership, the School defines and administers university-wide regulations for postgraduate education.

The School also organizes services and financial assistance to postgraduate students; encourages a close relationship between research and graduate training; and represents the foundation of postgraduate education at CityUHK in the wider academic and general community.

Administrative Structure of SGS

The Dean of Graduate Studies oversees the postgraduate education within the University. He provides academic guidance for programme development, planning and decision making in the postgraduate education. As Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies and the Committee on Research Degrees Candidature, the Dean plays the key role in managing the quality of postgraduate provision. The Associate Dean assists the Dean to oversee the quality matters related to postgraduate programmes. He chairs the Committee on Taught Postgraduate Programmes. The Assistant Dean assists the Dean to oversee the postgraduate programmes jointly offered with the Mainland China universities, as well as maintaining network with the collaborating Mainland China universities.

The Director (Graduate Studies Administration) and a team of administrative staff provides overall administrative support for postgraduate studies, including student admissions and records, financial support, study and research progress, examinations and graduation, student forums and workshops, research conferences and seminars, student statistics as well as publications relating to postgraduate studies.

Governance, Leadership and Quality

A Board of Graduate Studies was established to review and make recommendations on the Academic Regulations, rules and procedures governing all postgraduate programmes and studies. It has a role to develop, implement, monitor and review policy pertaining to postgraduate work. The Board of Graduate Studies reports to Senate on matters relating to postgraduate teaching and learning.

There are two sub-committees under the Board of Graduate Studies, namely the Committee on Taught Postgraduate Programmes (CTPP) and the Committee on Research Degrees Candidature (CRDC). The CTPP oversees matters related to taught postgraduate programmes as assigned by the Board of Graduate Studies, while the CRDC oversees the admission, supervision, progress and examination of candidates for the MPhil, PhD and professional doctorates.