HKSYU will enroll the first cohort of MPhil and PhD fellows in 2018


Professor WONG Kin Yuen, Director of the Graduate School

Hong Kong Shue Yan University (HKSYU) will enroll the first cohort of the MPhil (Master of Philosophy) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) programmes in 2018 if the accreditation exercise, which starts in May 2017, and the approval procedure run smoothly, according to Professor WONG Kin Yuen, Director of the Graduate School.

In an interview with Shue Yan Newsletter, Professor WONG said the Academic Board of HKSYU had endorsed the proposal for the proposed MPhil and PhD programmes in its December meeting 2016. He and the administration of the University are now preparing for the accreditation exercise of the Hong Kong Council for Academic and Vocational Accreditation (HKCAAVQ) in May 2017. If the University obtains accreditation from HKCAAVQ and approval from the Chief Executive in Council to award degrees for the MPhil and PhD programmes, the MPhil and PhD programmes will open for application in 2018.

According to Professor WONG, the proposed MPhil and PhD programmes are research degree programmes based on the British/American mixed mode MPih/PhD by dissertation. At the beginning, each department will enroll no more than two students for the MPhil and/or PhD studies, and it is expected that the total number of intake will not more than 20. Postgraduate students will be required to be teaching assistants or research assistants, sharing the teaching workload and/or research of the supervising professors. The University will provide financial and other resources to support them. Professor WONG hopes that those who want to enter the academic world do have a clear vision for themselves, think thoroughly of their interest and strength, and make commitment to serve the University.

Professor WONG, also the Head of the English Department, highlighted the importance of Shue Yan as a recognized university to launch the MPhil and PhD programmes in addition to its taught postgraduate progarmmes. “In the past, Shue Yan focused more on teaching than research. But the administration realizes that research is also crucial for the development of the University. Professors and lecturers who have done well in research will certainly strengthen their teaching. In view of this, the administration began to request the academic staff to do research a few years ago.”

“But put too much effort in research and neglect teaching is not in line with the mission and purpose of Shue Yan. So, we have to strike a balance between them.” Professor WONG added.

Professor WONG, who took over the newly created post of Director of the Graduate School in September 2016, pointed out that interdisciplinary approach is a significant characteristic of Shue Yan’s MPhil and PhD programmes. “Nowadays, most subjects are interconnected with other disciplines. For example, psychology and communication theories are used in social media and personal psychology studies. Interdisciplinary studies not only can break the constraint of a single subject area, but also leads to a broad view, more in-depth and more detailed studies,” he said.

HKSYU launched its first accredited postgraduate programme – Master of Social Sciences in Counselling Psychology – in September 2010. Two years later, in 2013, another three taught Master’s programmes obtained accreditation and the University welcomed the first intake of students in September in the same year, including the Master of Social Sciences (Transformation of Chinese Societies) programme, the Master of Social Sciences in Marketing and Consumer Psychology programme and the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies Programme. Moreover, in the same year, the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology programme was offered (it was replaced by the Master of Social Sciences in Psychology programme in 2015/2016). In 2014, the Master of Social Sciences in Psychology programme and the Doctor of Psychology in Counselling Psychology obtained accreditation and opened for application in 2015.

Source: January Issue 2017

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