Research Highlights

Completed Projects

Enhancing Teachers’ Professional Competencies in Teaching Business-related Subjects in the Digital Era

(from CPCE annual report 2018-19)

The project, “Enhancing Teachers’ Professional Competencies in Teaching Business-related Subjects in the Digital Era”, received funding of over HK$1.9 million from the QESS. Led by Dr Phoebe Wong, Senior Lecturer, the project team also comprised Dr Peggy Ng and Dr Calvin Wan, Senior Lecturers, Dr Lo Man-fung and Dr Jack Chow, Lecturers, as well as academics from other local tertiary education institutions.
(from cspe: https://www.cspe.edu.hk/en/qess-detail.page?prjId=172)

Due to unprecedented technological advancement, the digitalisation of business has rapidly developed, presenting teachers with both opportunities and challenges when delivering business and business-related subjects. There is a genuine need for teachers to enhance not only their academic qualifications, but also their professional competency when it comes to delivering up-to-date knowledge of digital technologies to students in the classroom. Through organising a series of seminars and workshops, and inviting industry practitioners to share their industrial insights, this project aims to strengthen teachers’ professional competencies in understanding the latest concepts and applications of digital technologies.


Seminar on “Strategies for Digital Marketing & Social Media Success” held on 27 May 2019

Means to an End: Employability Competency Development in Work-Integrated Education (Project ECD-WIE Office)

(from CSPE: https://www.cspe.edu.hk/en/qess-detail.page?prjId=169)

In response to industry’s call for work-ready graduates, Work-Integrated Education (WIE) has been an important component for the students before their graduation in our institution. Through the Project ECD-WIE Office, we aimed to enhance students’ authentic work practices and employability competences, and in turn, graduates’ job-readiness and employability. The Project ECD-WIE Office arranged career-related and competency development activities (e.g. work placements, internship opportunities, job shadowing, career talks and the like) for students to transfer to the workplace and thus, contribute to higher employability. Moreover, it could help arouse student awareness to better equip and position themselves in the Hong Kong labour market.


Internship in Alibaba


Company visit to DDB

Building a Sustainable Internship Attachment Scheme and Global Perspective on Career Development for Sub-degree Students

(from CSPE: https://www.cspe.edu.hk/en/qess-detail.page?prjId=166)

This project aimed at providing sub-degree students with adequate training before starting their internship. It was expected to help students understand their interests and expertise, enhance their knowledge for employment, and strengthen their practical skills in managing employers’ expectations. The training programmes included career aptitude assessment, company visits, pre-employment skills and work behaviours training, and individual guidance, etc.

Supporting Students Academic Discourse Development in Sub-degree Programmes: An Adjunct Language-across-the-curriculum Instructional Model

(from 2015-16 CPCE Annual Report)

The project, “Supporting Students’ Academic Discourse Development in Sub-degree Programmes: An Adjunct Language-across-the-curriculum Instructional Model”, secured HK$800,000 in funding from SCOLAR in November 2015. The project was led by Dr Esther Tong, Division Head of Division of Languages and Communication, with lecturers Dr Cecilia Pun and Ms Phoebe Siu serving as the Co-Is.

This project aimed to prepare students with modest English proficiency for learning through English as a second/additional language in the English-medium sub-degree programmes. The findings define what constitutes sufficient language proficiency students are required to use to learn in their study disciplines and to participate in the corresponding disciplinary discourse communities in higher education. To help students meet the language demands of the target academic programmes identified in the first phase of the study, the research team developed an adjunct language-across-the-curriculum instructional model and examined the effectiveness of this model in aiding students’ development of academic discourse prerequisite to academic success in their field of study in three sub-degree programme, namely Associate in Business (Tourism Management), Associate in Applied Social Sciences (Sociology and Culture) and Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. The results of this study have offered a linguistic account of sub-degree students’ language demands in the target academic programmes and drawn implications for the pedagogical practices of a bridging language-across-the-curriculum programme that supports students’ learning through English in tertiary education settings. Additionally, the study has shed light on ways that promote future collaborative planning of integrated language and content learning activities between disciplinary teachers and language teachers.


(From left) Dr Cecilia Pun, Dr Esther Tong and Ms Phoebe Siu