Free HKU Faculty of Dentistry Online Course – Biomaterials and Your Health

HKU Faculty of Dentistry presents a 4-Week Biomaterials and Your Health Massive Open Online Course on edX platform ( In this course, you will explore novel biomaterials and biotechnologies in oral health care with Professor Jukka Matinlinna and Dr James Tsoi along with more than 20 dental practitioners and researchers across 10 dental specialties in different parts of the world, Europe, the United States, China and Hong Kong. You will learn about the development of biomaterials and biomaterial research in dental health care. The course starts on 19 July 2022.


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What is this course about?

Would you be interested to go inside the laboratories of researchers and hear their stories of exciting biomaterials research? Would you be curious to find out what they discovered about cutting-edge technologies such as nanoneedle in oral cancer? And learn about biomimetic dentistry and the implications and applications of polymeric materials, resin composites, and silicon in today’s oral health care? In this 4-week course, you will find out about these and more.

How do you join the course?

This 4-week online course is available free of charge with no entry requirements for participants around the world. The first course run starts on 19 July 2022. The course is recurrent and will be re-run after this debut. 

Who is this course for?

The course is specially designed to serve multiple groups of learners: From dentistry students to dental practitioners who wish to broaden their knowledge in dental materials science and practitioners in related fields such as clinical medicine, biology, chemistry, physics, material science, and engineering, and in particular those who wish to make a difference in materials research in tomorrow’s oral health care development.

General information about Biomaterials and Your Health on edX:

Course Registration: 

Course Start Date: 19 July 2022
Course Length: 4 Weeks
Prerequisite: No entry requirement
Course Payment: Free of charge for all learners in the Audit Track
(Audit Learners have an option to upgrade for a Verified Certificate, see the course page for details.)

For enquiries, please send your message to

UG T&L, S1 2022-23

Dear colleagues and students

I’m writing about UG teaching arrangements in S1 2022-23, when we plan to return to f2f for all programmes. Faculties will make their own arrangements for TPG programmes and will notify their students directly. Clinical faculties will also notify their students directly about any special arrangements for their UG programmes.

Almost all classes will be delivered f2f with 75% room capacity. As in 2021-22, this means a small number of lectures will have to adopt an A/B arrangement, with students attending in alternate weeks and viewing recordings in between. For these courses, students with a UID ending in an odd number will be in Group A and students with a UID ending in an even number will be in Group B. We will also permit a handful of classes to be delivered fully online with the endorsement of the Programme Director. Full details will be uploaded to SIS before the course selection period.

Recording lectures
We continue to ask all teachers to record all lectures and make the recordings available on HKU Moodle, unless there are specific reasons not to. Many students have told us how productive it is to engage with archived lectures at their own pace, and how helpful it is to return to lectures delivered earlier in the semester.

Remote learning
We do not expect to offer students a full suite of remote learning opportunities in S1. Some teaching will be accessible online because that makes sense for both teachers and students. However, it will not be possible for students to complete S1 online.

Returning to Hong Kong
Teachers and students expecting to travel outside Hong Kong in the summer are asked to time their return journeys to ensure they make it back to campus by the start of September. Government quarantine guidelines may be modified in the weeks ahead and different requirements may be in place depending on origin of travel and vaccination status. Please plan accordingly.

Coming to campus
We look forward to welcoming all colleagues and students back to HKU in September. As you know, everyone coming to campus must comply with our infection control protocols ( We will continue to monitor the pandemic situation and make adjustments when necessary. Please always stay vigilant and make personal and group health your top priority.

Feel free to drop me a line with queries: Happy summer!

Best wishes, Ian

Professor Ian Holliday
Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)
The University of Hong Kong

Teaching Excellence Award Scheme 2022

Message from Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section of the Registry

Teaching Excellence Award Scheme 2022

Applications are now invited for awards under the 2022 Teaching Excellence Award Scheme (TEAS). 

The TEAS aims to recognise, reward and promote excellence in teaching at the University.  Under the Scheme, there are four categories of awards, viz. University Distinguished Teaching Award, Outstanding Teaching Award (OTA), Early Career Teaching Award (ECTA) and Teaching Innovation Award (TIA).  Besides individual awards, both OTA and TIA comprise team awards to recognise and encourage collaborative effort and achievement in enhancing teaching and learning.   Faculties should encourage their teachers with outstanding contributions to teaching and learning to apply for these awards.

The Scheme was reviewed in the past year, and there are changes inter alia to the eligibility and selection criteria as well as application procedures. For further details, please refer to the circular from the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at:

CETL has developed a dedicated website ( to provide useful resources for applicants.  Applicants are also encouraged to contact their CETL Faculty liaison academics for advice on the preparation of the submission.  

All applications should be submitted online, with endorsement, on or before October 24, 2022.

Update on T&L arrangements

Dear colleagues and students

Just a quick updating email about T&L forward planning.

Semester 2, 2021-22

May assessment period: most exams will be conducted online and open book
Exceptions: exceptional arrangements will be announced by Faculties and programmes
Proctoring: online invigilation will take place as before
Cheating: any student found cheating will receive an F for the assessment and may face further action
Bad weather:

Summer Semester, 2021-22

UG students: regular f2f teaching is planned for campus-based courses
TPG students: arrangements will be announced by Faculties and programmes
Outgoing activities: some have already been cancelled, and some will be looked at again in May

Academic Year 2022-23

We hope to return to on-campus f2f teaching in September

Best wishes, Ian

Professor Ian Holliday
Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)
The University of Hong Kong

Updated S2 T&L arrangements

Message from Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)

Dear colleagues and students

The Covid-19 situation in HK remains very worrying and is affecting the entire education sector. I’m writing with updated arrangements for all UG and TPG programmes offered by HKU in S2.

  1. Starting from next week, HKU will teach in online mode only.
  2. For students who are unable to come to HK, online delivery is guaranteed for the rest of S2.
  3. When possible, we will schedule f2f sessions for courses with laboratory, practical and studio work. Students who are not in HK will be able to complete the sessions remotely. Individual Faculties will contact students directly about these arrangements.
  4. Towards the middle of S2, we will issue detailed guidelines for the main S2 assessment period in May. Students on non-clinical programmes who are not in HK will be able to undertake their assessments remotely.
  5. When possible, we will maintain an open campus. This will enable students to make use of HKU Libraries, Chi Wah Learning Commons and other designated study facilities, including additional learning commons and classrooms.
  6. Clinical programmes will contact their students directly with detailed S2 arrangements.

Pls drop me a line with queries –

Best wishes for the Year of the Tiger!


Professor Ian Holliday
Chair, TFID

Updated T&L arrangements

Message from Task Force on Infectious Diseases

Updated T&L arrangements

The Covid-19 situation in HK is deteriorating with a significant upsurge in cases. The University is therefore updating its S2 T&L arrangements.
For the period January 24-31, all UG and TPG classes will move online. The only exceptions are classes requiring hands-on engagement. Faculties will notify students separately about these classes.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and will issue another bulk email before the return to teaching on February 8 following the CNY break.
Please take care during this difficult time and continue to make personal and group health and hygiene your top priority.

Task Force on Infectious Diseases

S2 T&L arrangements

Dear colleagues and students

We’ve been monitoring the Covid-19 situation and thinking through the implications for S2 T&L arrangements. I’m writing to brief you on our plans.

As you know, S2 opens with a period of just over two weeks up to Chinese New Year. We teach from Monday January 17 to Monday January 31. We then break for one week. We come back on Tuesday February 8.

For the initial part of S2 (January 17-31), these arrangements will apply to all UG and TPG courses:

  • Large classes (enrolment 40 students and above) will switch to online mode.
  • Small classes (enrolment up to 39 students) will be offered f2f.
  • Special arrangements for preclinical, clinical, and laboratory courses requiring f2f teaching will be made and communicated separately by individual faculties.
  • Teachers will receive from ITS a bulk email showing how they can upload to HKU Moodle a brief message about course delivery mode for the initial part of S2.
  • Students will be able to check HKU Moodle from Monday morning for information about their courses.

We’re introducing these T&L arrangements to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection on campus, on public transport, and in the community. We hope to reinstate full f2f teaching on Tuesday February 8. Closer to the time, I’ll write again.

As usual, please drop me a line with queries:

Best wishes for S2 — Ian

Professor Ian Holliday
Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)
The University of Hong Kong

Guideline on Updating Course Delivery Mode for the Initial Part of S2 on Moodle

Message from Information Technology Services

Dear teachers

Following the message from Professor Ian Holliday sent out on “S2 T&L arrangements” today, please click here for the guideline on updating the course delivery mode for individual classes on Moodle for the initial part of S2 (17-31 January 2022).  It would be helpful if teachers could update their Moodle pages on Friday 14 or Saturday 15 January 2022.

In case you have questions on the above, please feel free to contact us by or 3917 0123.


eLearning Team
Information Technology Services

IMPORTANT: S2, 2021-22

Important message from Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)

Dear colleagues

Just a quick note about S2 T&L arrangements.

S2 will be a lot like S1. We’ll continue to offer mostly f2f teaching. We’ll again operate at 75% room capacity, with A/B weeks for a few large classes. We’ll still record lectures and upload them to HKU Moodle. If there are special reasons, individual teachers will seek approval for different arrangements and notify students about them.

In S2, though, there will be two key changes:

  • We’ll no longer support remote learning on UG courses. We’ve asked all UG students to be in HK and able to attend classes by the start of S2 on Monday January 17. It looks like fewer than 100 will fail to arrive on time, mostly because of academic exchange commitments. These students should all return to HK by early February and for the first couple of weeks of S2 can be supported on a case-by-case basis.
  • There will be a vaccine mandate. As I said in my previous email, further details will be provided in the next few days. If you’re planning to get vaccinated, please do so soon.

Many thanks for all you’ve done to get campus life back on track in S1 – it’s been great to feel so much energy at HKU this semester. As usual, please drop me a line with queries –

Best wishes, Ian

Professor Ian Holliday
Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)
The University of Hong Kong

2021 Teaching Excellence Awards

Message from Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)

Dear colleagues and students,

I am very pleased to announce the recipients of the University’s 2021 Teaching Excellence Awards.  The Selection Panel was deeply impressed with the awardees’ dedication to teaching, their tireless and creative efforts to make learning enjoyable and challenging, and the impact they have made on student learning.

University Distinguished Teaching Award

  • Mr. Mathew R. Pryor, Associate Professor of Teaching, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture

Outstanding Teaching Award

  • Dr. Christophe D.M. Coupé, Assistant Professor, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts
  • Mr. Patrick D. Desloge, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Applied English Studies, Faculty of Arts
  • Ms. Vincci W.S. Mak, Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture

Early Career Teaching Award

  • Dr. Peter J. Cobb, Assistant Professor, Faculties of Education and Arts
  • Ms. Promail K.Y. Leung , Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education
  • Ms. Lidia V. Ratoi, Assistant Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture
  • Ms. Janet K.T. Wong, Lecturer, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

Teaching Innovation Award

Individual award

  • Ms. Tanya J. Kempston, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education for Hear This! A Festival of Radio Drama on Zoom 
  • Dr. Ming-yen Ng, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine for Cardiac Imaging Massive Open Online Courses

Team award

  • Mr. Ashley S. Kelly (Leader) and Dr. Xiaoxuan Lu of Faculty of Architecture for Strategic Landscape Planning for the Greater Mekong
  • Dr. George L. Tipoe (Leader) of Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, Professor Amy Y.M. Chow of Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr. Fraide Jr. A. Ganotice, Dr. May P.S. Lam and Dr. Janet Y.H. Wong of Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice – an “eMART” Approach

I would like to thank our external assessor Professor Anthony Smith (Vice-Provost (Faculties) of the University College London) for providing us with expert advice during the final selection process.  I would also like to thank the other Panel members: Dr. Susan Bridges, Dr. Yeewan Koon, and Mr. Jason Wong (student representative) for their assistance in this important exercise.

Please join me in congratulating the awardees!  

Professor Ian Holliday 
Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)
Chair, Selection Panel for 2021 Teaching Excellence Awards