Any history lover who hopes to pursue a career linked to that subject should take careful note of two programmes offered by The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK).
The five-year Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Chinese History) (BEd(CHI HIST)) and the Bachelor of Education (Honours) (History) (BEd(HIST)) open the door to work as a professional historian and a teacher. Each programme is structured to include in–depth study of key themes and periods, as well as courses on education and a teaching practice at a local secondary school.
Along the way, students have extensive opportunities to undertake field trips to local heritage sites to get a fuller appreciation of their history and broader cultural context. And just this year, there was a visit to Beijing’s Tsinghua University during the summer vacation, presenting the chance to tour sites like the Forbidden City and get a better understanding of current developments in the mainland. Future similar trips are planned to enhance learning opportunities and experience outside the classroom.
Dr Hui Kwok-wai, Assistant Professor at EdUHK’s Department of Literature and Cultural Studies, is the programme leader of both the BEd(CHI HIST) and the BEd(HIST).
“The two programmes are relatively new and smaller than others at EdUHK,” she said. “However, small programmes allow for closer teacher-student relationships and more frequent interaction, so I consider it a blessing in disguise.”