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    UOW Exchange Program at YCCECE


    19 Apr, 2024

    16 : 05

    • A group of Bachelor's degree students majoring in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wollongong (UoW), led by Prof Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett and Ms Jasmina Gacesa, recently arrived in Hong Kong as part of a school exchange program with Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education (YCCECE). The exchange program took place from 4 April to 19 April 2024.


      The warm welcoming session was graced by the presence of YCCECE leaders including Prof Eric Cheng, Vice-President (Academic), Dr. Frank Lam, Vice-President (Administration), and Dr Crystal Zheng, Dean of Studies, along with some YCCECE bachelor’s degree year three students,  Antonia, Heidi, and Ho-yin. They enthusiastically greeted the UoW group and facilitated a campus tour, highlighting the Pamela Peck Discovery Space (PPDS), an exploration-focused facility designed for children ranging from new-borns to eight years old. This living laboratory not only offers practical opportunities for YCCECE teacher students but also serves as a community outreach center.


      During their time in Hong Kong, the UoW students actively participated in immersion programs at Yew Chung International School Early Childhood Education (YCIS-ECE) section, as well as other kindergartens in the city. Through observations and academic exchanges, they engaged in thought-provoking discussions, sharing reflections and exploring possibilities for future collaborations with their Hong Kong counterparts. In their final presentation, they presented their education philosophies and pedagogical approaches, drawing from their experiences.


      While immersing themselves in the educational and cultural aspects of the exchange, the students also had the chance to explore various tourist attractions in Hong Kong. They indulged in a wide range of local food and cuisine, satisfying their taste buds and enriching their overall experience.


      The exchange program provided a valuable platform for cultural exchange, professional development, and academic growth for both UoW and YCCECE students. It fostered collaborative relationships and created opportunities for cross-cultural learning, deepening their understanding of play-based learning in an international context.