Centre for Excellence (CFE) of CIHE was founded in 2009 to assist the Institute on her way to excellence by integrating possible internal and external resources and promoting the use of best practices in learning and teaching. Major roles of our Centre include:
- Grant Application: Working together with various Units in our Institute to apply for major grant opportunities in order to improve the quality of student development and learning and teaching in our Institute.
- Project Execution and Sustainment: Coordinating with various Units to execute the on-going projects smoothly and providing continuous supports to the previous projects so that all units can still benefit from all the projects.
- Professional Training: Promoting the best practices in learning and teaching by providing professional training workshops and encouraging colleagues to join academic conferences on teaching and learning.
|Prof Annie BLIGH||Acting Director||3653 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr HO Wai Shing||Associate Director||3702 email@example.com|
|Ms Edith MA||Administrative Officer||2715 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ms Lau Chiu Lun, Pauline||Project Officer||3702 email@example.com|
|Ms Won Sin Ming Daisy||Project Officer||3702 firstname.lastname@example.org|
Quality Enhancement Support Scheme (QESS)
One major external source of funding is the QESS under the Self-financing Post-secondary Education Fund. The scheme aims to promote quality enhancement of the self-financing post-secondary sector. Our Institute, CIHE, and our sister College, CBCC, had great history in acquiring the fund and enhance our quality in teaching and learning. CFE played a key role in the coordination among different Units in grant application, project implementation and sustainability.
The following projects were granted by the Quality Enhancement Support Scheme (QESS) to both CIHE and CBCC.
|Year||Project Title||Grant Amount|
|2017||Whole College Approach Industrial Attachment Programme||$1,297,900|
|2016||Joint-Institution Network for Student Success (JINESS)||$20,418,243*|
|2016||Development of Industry-aligned Programme to Support Internship||$1,791,500|
|2015||Development of effective pedagogical practices and a cross-institutional online sharing platform for Hong Kong’s Vocational Education and Training (VET)||$20,956,580*|
|2015||An integrated approach for whole-person development||$1,395,000|
|2014||Strengthening the system for assurance and enhancement of educational quality||$1,928,300|
|2013||Collection Sharing and Information Discovery System with Enriched Digital Content||$50,772,660*|
|2013||Comprehensive Career Development Programme||$1,849,080|
|2013||Laboratory for Self Understanding and Growth through Awareness and Reflection Project (SUGAR)||$1,209,000|
* Those projects are theme-based projects which involve other institutions. The amounts listed are the total grants received for all institutions.
Quality Enhancement Grant Scheme (QEGS)
Before QESS, EDB had a pilot scheme, QEGS, to support the quality enhancement of institutions in our sector in 2009 to 2011. Our Institute also acquired the funds and enhance our teaching and learning quality. Here is the list of funded projects.
|Year||Project Title||Grant Amount|
|2011||Placement Program to Support Holistic Education||$1,947,000|
|2011||Online Advising Support and Interactive Study System 2.0 (OASISS 2.0)||$1,595,000|
|2010||Social Communication Networking and Multimedia Lab for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Enhancement||$1,888,000|
|2010||Learning in an Outcome-based System via Technology and Enhancement of Regulation Strategies (LOBSTERS)||$1,009,000|
|2010||Business Technology Center: An Initiative to Enhance Education in Business and Information Technology||$1,544,000|
|2009||e-Assessment System for English and Putonghua Learning||$1,079,000|
|2009||Online Advising Support and Interactive Study System (OASISS)||$1,890,000|
CFE acquired many project fundings to improve the teaching and learning in our Institute. Those projects helped us on different areas, and we would like to introduce some of the systems that come from projects here.
- College Moodle
Joint-Institution Network for Student Success (JINESS) is pioneering innovative solutions for job seekers and recruiters. It aims to develop a “one-stop shop” by way of a platform for both students and employers in offering solutions to searching career opportunities and recruiting talents respectively. JINESS exposes students of self-financing institutions to broadening career and experiential learning opportunities; develop their potentials to the fullest; and prepare them for challenges in life.
|JINESS “Professional Grooming Workshop X Free-of-charge CV Photo Taking Service” was held successfully on 21 Sep, 2017 at Caritas Institute of Higher Education. Around 100 students joined the activity. Mr. Joseph Chan, Advisor for JINESS, also attended the workshop and introduced JINESS services and coming activities to our students.|
|In JINESS project, CIHE is responsible for research and staff training. On 4-5 Aug, 2017, the staff seminar “Rethinking Career Services in Higher Education” was held. Around 60 staff from local Self-Financing Institutions and UGC-funded Universities attended a 2-day seminar to review the development and current practice of career services in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Prof. Chang Te-Chung (Chair Professor of TransWorld University, Taiwan), Dr. Raysen Cheung (Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong) and Mr. Joseph Tsang (President, Hong Kong Association of Career Masters and Guidance Masters) were invited as speakers of the seminar to share their precious experience and research results.|
ALEPH is a new library system developed with the support of QESS. The system provides a unified search interface for books and online digital content. It also integrates the search over all the participating institutions. It is now fully integrated into our library. Moreover, more than $5 million has been used to enrich our library collection and e-book repositories.
OASISS is the first online platform developed through funding. It is a platform for students to select elective courses, get CV writing advices and find jobs. Employers can also post full-time or part-time jobs for our students. CFE is now responsible for maintaining this platform.
Moodle system is our main e-learning platform. Every course offered has its corresponding entries on Moodle. Our Units also used Moodle for other administrative purposes such as resource booking for practicum training, internship management, etc. CFE is also responsible for maintaining the platform and providing professional training to the colleagues on how to use Moodle effectively for teaching and learning.
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