Dialogue with Felix Leung, Associate Academic Vice President on Strategic Planning


Mr. Felix Leung Kang Wai, Associate Academic Vice President (Strategic Planning) of HKSYU


Mr. Felix Leung Kang Wai has assumed the position of Associate Academic Vice President (Strategic Planning) since the commencement of the academic year 2014-15. Mr. Leung describes his role as being an “active listener” who has to balance the views of the senior management, Boards/Council/Committees, academic and administrative staff, alumni, students, professional bodies and employers in order to formulate a 5-year strategic plan for the Hong Kong Shue Yan University.


In an interview with the Shue Yan Newsletter, Mr. Leung, formerly the Director of the Hong Kong Art School and Principal Registrar of Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Accreditation, expressed that he ought to be fully aware of the needs of the stakeholders and the interplay amongst all their concerns so as to derive a fit-for-purpose university development plan.


He added that although he may not have an informed plan at this stage, he has grasped a good understanding of the general direction of the development of Shue Yan. In the coming months, he will listen meticulously to the demands and needs of the stakeholders and think through their perspectives in developing a strategic plan. He envisages that the 5-year Strategic Plan will be ready by mid-2015.


Mr. Leung remarked that the thrust of the plan is to sustain the development of Hong Kong Shue Yan University. The challenge and indeed the threat ahead of Shue Yan is to improve the University’s academic standard and the quality of the students, and the rapid decline of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) graduates in the coming years. To sustain development, Shue Yan has to maintain its accredited degree-granting status from bachelor’s level to doctoral level, offer more postgraduate programmes, help students to build character and cultivate virtue, and to strengthen ties between alumni and the University.


Mr. Leung considered that Shue Yan may consider offering Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in addition to the taught Master’s and Doctoral programmes. The conferment of MPhil and PhD will surely stamp our academic excellence and standing amongst other self-financing degree-granting institutions in Hong Kong.


In terms of teaching and learning, Shue Yan may consider developing a Student Exchange Programme which provides opportunities to reach out and broaden the horizons of students.  Additionally, the overall campus facilities and environment will be enriched when the new Research Complex is completed. The University may re-organise the physical resources and location of the Departments to enhance communication and togetherness.


When asked to compare the Hong Kong Shue Yan University with other University Grants Committee (UGC) funded universities in Hong Kong, Mr. Leung observed that having received no government funding, it may not be easy for Shue Yan to compete with publically funded universities in resources. Nonetheless, Shue Yan has made remarkable achievements in individual disciplines of study. For instance, the Department of Counselling and Psychology is going to offer the first Doctor of Psychology in Counselling Psychology Programme in Asia.  This doctoral programme has successfully been accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Accreditation (subject to the approval of the Chief Executive in Council) and will commence in September 2015. This is a fitting example of how Shue Yan can compete with other UGC-funded universities despite its resources constraint.


Mr. Leung has full confidence in the future development of Shue Yan. He confessed that he is honoured to be given the opportunity to take part in strategic planning of the University. He is most delighted to be part of the Shue Yan family and would like to make a significant contribution to its continued successes, growth and development.



Source: December Issue 2014

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