Dr. Betty Chan Po-king

Chairperson, YCCECE Board of Governors

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Honorary Fellowship, Education University of Hong Kong

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws, University of Bath

President, Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA) Hong Kong Chapter

President, PECERA International (2012-2018)

We hope to democratise quality early childhood education, to make a big, lasting impact on society, and position the College as the ECE centre of excellence in Asia.

Yew Chung founded one of the first kindergartens in Hong Kong some 90 years ago, when Early Childhood Education (ECE) was virtually unknown. Later in the 1970s, we began pioneering what were then radical ECE concepts, such as learning through play, liberating young children’s natural curiosity, creativity, and thirst for knowledge.

Today, the launch of Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education (YCCECE) and our first bachelor’s degree signifies both a full circle moment for the Yew Chung Education Foundation, as well as the beginning of a new and exciting chapter.

Yew Chung has long been known for our ECE programmes, catering for children as young as six months old. With YCCECE, our education provision now spans from “B to B” (Baby to Bachelor) and, more importantly, we now have the opportunity to share our philosophy and pedagogy much more widely through teacher training and continuing professional development, academic and practitioner research, parent/community education and outreach, particularly to young children and families who are disadvantaged.

Building on the legacy of Yew Chung’s founder and my mother, Madam Tsang Chor Hang, and staying true to our pioneering spirit, we now hope to democratise quality early childhood education. We strive to position YCCECE not only as a centre of excellence in nurturing passionate, innovative ECE professionals and advocates, but also as a specialist College that fully embraces the expansive and interdisciplinary field of ECE – covering the full spectrum of children’s holistic development from birth to age 8, including health and nutrition, and meeting the diverse needs of families and communities. We aspire to advance the field in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the Asia-Pacific region, creating a virtuous cycle of human and societal development, thereby changing the world for a better future.

Here we grow People, Education, Yew Chung, Hong Kong – Our Future.

Here we go, YCCECE.

Dr. Betty Chan Po-king is a globally renowned pioneer in Early Childhood Education and International Education. In recognition of her many decades of groundbreaking work and consistent advocacy for excellence, Dr. Chan was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2010, followed by the Honorary Fellowship by the Hong Kong Institute of Education (now Education University of Hong Kong) in 2014, and an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Bath in 2015.

Board of Governors


Dr. Betty Chan Po-king

CEO & School Supervisor, Yew Chung Education Foundation


Dr. Lydia L.S. Chan

Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Tertiary Education), Yew Chung Education Foundation

Professor Patrick Y.K. Chau

Vice Provost for Research, Li Dak Sum Chair Professor in Information Systems and Operations Management, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Professor Fanny Mui-ching Cheung

Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Senior Advisor, Faculty of Social Science Faculty of Social Science, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Mr. Felix Hsu

Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer, China Education Development (Investment & Management) Co. Ltd.

Professor Lam Chi Chung

Adjunct Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Simon Hoey Lee, MH

Advisor, Our Hong Kong Foundation,Managing Director of CR Capital

Dr. Elsie Oi-sie Leung, GBM, JP

Solicitor (Consultant), Notary Public, China - Appointed Attesting Officer

Mr. Joseph Lo

Former Chairman, Deloitte China

Mr. N. Y. Li

Former President, Beijing-Hong Kong Academic Exchange Centre

Professor Kathy Sylva

Professor of Educational Psychology, Department of Education, University of Oxford, U.K.

Professor Paul Yip

Member of the Board of Directors, Yew Chung Education Foundation

Professor Allan Yuen

President, YCCECE

Dr Jane LEE, JP

Director, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council

Professor Rhee Won Young

Professor Emeritus, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea

Dr. Xu Xuejun

Director and Deputy CEO, Yew Wah Education Management Co. Ltd.