02 Jul, 2015
10 : 00
Dr Betty Chan Po-king, Director of Yew Wah International Education School (YWIES) and Yew Chung International School (YCIS), has been awarded honorary degrees in North America, Asia and now Europe.
In early July she collected her third “continental award”--an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws at the University of Bath (UK). Honorary degrees are the most prestigious accolade granted by the University of Bath and are reserved only for “individuals of conspicuous merit”. Dr Chan has amazingly achieved global recognition on three continents. She is undoubtedly a highly inspirational and innovative Hong Kong educator.
Dr Chan was initially honoured for her pioneering work in early childhood education and her consistent advocacy for excellence in all levels of global education in 2010, when she was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in the United States. The YWIES and YCIS leader was the first Chinese woman to be honoured by UIUC in the field of early childhood education for her pioneering concept of blending of Eastern and Western cultures to culminate in a truly international model of high-quality education.
In March 2014, in recognition of both her recent and long-standing contribution to education, the Hong Kong Institute of Education granted Dr Chan an Honorary Fellowship.
Dr Chan is recognised as an innovative leader who drives educational excellence and is also acknowledged for her advocacy of and contribution to the best practices of both the East and the West in education through Yew Wah and Yew Chung schools, her government positions and international conferences she has organised. She has been lauded for her vision of helping to build a generation of future leaders who understand both Eastern and Western cultures.
Since assuming the leadership of the Yew Chung, founded by her mother Madam Tsang Chor-hang more than 80 years ago, Dr Chan has developed Yew Wah and Yew Chung schools in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Qingdao, Yantai, Rizhao and Silicon Valley in the US.