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Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education announces the appointment of new President

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A pioneer in Early Childhood Education (ECE), Yew Chung was the first in Hong Kong to introduce the revolutionary concept of play-based learning. Operated by Yew Chung Education Foundation, Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education is the first degree-awarding institution in Asia that specialises in training ECE experts, offering a wide range of programmes including Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Early Childhood Education (BEdECE), Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (HDECE), and Diploma in Early Childhood Studies (DECS). It is with much delight that YCCECE announces the appointment of Professor Allan H.K. Yuen as the new President, succeeding Professor Shen Shir Ming to lead the College, from 2nd September 2019 onwards, to new heights in promoting quality ECE.

Graduating from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy and Mathematics, Professor Allan H.K. Yuen continued his studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and China Graduate School of Theology, and later on earned his doctorate from La Trobe University in Australia. Professor Yuen has more than 20 years of extensive leadership experience in serving multiple Higher Education institutions in Hong Kong and Australia, including but not limited to being the Director of various programmes, Head of Division, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education at The University of Hong Kong. His expertise spans across the areas of educational technology, educational evaluation, research methodology, and educational change and innovation. In addition to his outstanding track records in academia, he has demonstrated executive leadership, vision, pioneering spirit and innovation as a founding member of the Centre for Information Technology in Education (CITE), the first of its kind in Hong Kong. During his service at The University of Hong Kong, he was responsible for the accelerated development of self-financed postgraduate programmes. Outside the campus, he has taken up leadership roles and made significant contributions to professional societies, government committees and voluntary organisations.

Dr. Betty Chan, Chairperson of the Board of Governors of YCCECE, remarks, “Professor Yuen has greatly impressed the Search Committee with his passion and diligence for education and clear vision of the mission of a specialist tertiary institution. His innovative leadership style is also a perfect fit for YCCECE. We look forward enthusiastically to the great things Professor Yuen will achieve hand in hand with our committed colleagues and excellent students. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Professor Shen for her tremendous contributions and dedicated service to Yew Chung Community College and YCCECE over the past years. Professor Shen will forever be known as our Inaugural President and donor, who has left an impressive legacy at the College.”

Professor Allan H.K. Yuen, remarks, “I am most humbled for the privilege to join Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education, and thus the family of Yew Chung. I look forward to carrying on the legacy of Professor Shen Shir Ming, and the innovation, tenacity and qualify education that defines the College.”

Before her official retirement on 31st July 2019, Professor Shen Shir Ming will be on administrative leave. Dr. F.T. Chan, Member of the Council of YCCECE, will take up the role of Acting President until 1st September 2019, thus enabling a smooth transition of leadership to Professor Yuen.

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