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Director of Institute for Higher Education Research and Development

Hong Kong (HK)
Posted Date
Nov 3, 2022

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Director of Institute for Higher Education Research and Development (Ref. 221103002-IE)

[on a concurrent basis and normally for a fixed term]

The University

With 85 years of rich heritage, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has evolved alongside our society and made pivotal contributions to the development of Hong Kong, the Nation and the world. The University pursues world-class excellence in education and research to nurture professional talents, leaders and entrepreneurs, and impactful scholars and innovators.  PolyU strives to advance knowledge and address societal challenges, living up to the University’s motto of “To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind”.

Ranked among the top 100 universities globally by both the Times Higher Education (THE) and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, PolyU offers a wide range of world-class educational and research programmes in six faculties and three independent schools.  PolyU has furthermore achieved remarkable results in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 - it was placed among the top 20 universities in four disciplines this year, with three of them being ranked 1st in Hong Kong.  In the newly released metrics compiled by Stanford University, more than 200 PolyU scholars ranked among the world’s top 2% most-cited scientists, the 2nd  highest number in Hong Kong.

The Institute for Higher Education Research and Development

The Institute for Higher Education Research and Development (IHERD) will lead, promote, and support the University’s educational research and innovation to achieve better learning outcomes for students. Bridging educational research, innovation, and policy development, IHERD will also enhance the capacity of the University in contributing to the future development of higher education in the region and beyond as a forward-looking thought leader, epically the context of developing Hong Kong as well as the Greater Bay Area into an international innovation and technology hub.

IHERD will comprise the Educational Research Centre (ERC) and the Educational Development Centre (EDC). Both centres are independent units with their own Directors, structures and budgets. The Director of IHERD is expected to also serve as the Director of the ERC.

Job Functions

Reporting to the Vice President (Education), the appointee will be required to:

(a)    provide leadership to promote and support the University’s educational research and pedagogical innovations;

(b)    support the Central Management in devising and implementing strategic initiatives, policies and guidelines on forward-looking educational research/innovations;

(c)    promote and enhance the capacity and reputation of the University as a leader in higher education research and innovation, especially in engineering, technology and applied science disciplines;

(d)    oversee the operations and performance of the EDC in addition to leading the ERC;

(e)    manage the strategic allocation of funding and monitor the execution of education-related projects;

(f)     facilitate and monitor the implementation of outcomes of education-related projects in learning and teaching activities; and

(g)    perform any other duties as assigned by the Vice President (Education) or his delegate(s) or the Central Management of the University.

The successful candidate is expected to also serve as a full-time non-temporary Chair Professor or Professor of the University and will hold the concurrent directorship appointments mentioned above which are usually for a term of three years on renewable basis.  The appointee is expected to resume his/her substantive position at the end of the directorship appointments.


Applicants should be visionary and inspiring leaders with a strong drive for excellent performance and have: 

(a)    outstanding academic qualifications and scholarly achievements at Chair Professor / Professor level in an engineering, technology, or applied science discipline and/or in education research / innovation related to such a discipline with evidence of eminent scholarship;

(b)    a distinguished reputation as a world-leading researcher, with a strong track record in conducting impactful educational research and developing innovative pedagogies in engineering, technology and applied science disciplines;

(c)    a strong record in attracting educational research funding, and proven excellence in high quality research in learning and teaching;

(d)    effective communication, interpersonal and resource management skills and excellent adaptability to changes and challenges;

(e)    substantial knowledge of the higher education environment in the local, regional and/or global contexts; and

(f)     an excellent command of both written and spoken English and preferably Chinese, with fluency in Putonghua being an advantage.

Condition of Service

Terms of appointment and remuneration package are negotiable and highly competitive.

Application and Nomination

Please submit application and nomination to Mr Colin Wong, Managing Partner, Odgers Berndtson, via email at or telephone +852 2215 8688.  Consideration of applications and nominations will commence on 14 November 2022 until the position is filled.  All enquiries, applications and nominations will be treated in strict confidence.  Applicants may visit for general information about the University.  The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at

PolyU is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, ethnicity, nationality, family status or physical or mental disabilities.

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