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Professor May Cheng May-hung is currently Vice President (Academic) and Chair Professor of Teacher Education of The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). 


Professor Cheng began her teacher education work at the Sir Robert Black College of Education in 1990. As a long-serving member of EdUHK and the former Hong Kong Institute of Education, she has taken up academic leadership positions at different stages, such as Associate Vice President (Academic Affairs), Registrar, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Associate Dean (Programmes), and Programme Director. Between 2010 and the end of 2011, Professor Cheng was a Reader in Professional Education in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, and a fellow of the Governing Body at Kellogg College. 


Professor Cheng graduated from The University of Hong Kong with a BSc (First-class Honours) degree, a Certificate in Education (Distinction) and a Master’s in Education. She obtained a PhD at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. She served as President of the East Asian Association for Science Education (EASE) from 2016 to 2019. Professor Cheng has actively participated in and made contributions to the international teacher education and science education arena. 


She has been an International Committee member of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching in the US, and has chartered status as a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in the UK. She is on the editorial boards of various international journals, such as Cogent Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Teachers and Teaching, and Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. She has obtained various research and project grants from the General Research Fund, the Quality Education Fund and the Education Bureau. She is also a prolific writer, having edited and written more than 13 books and published over 140 journal articles and book chapters. 


Professor Cheng has actively participated in education services in Hong Kong. She was appointed a registered auditor of the Quality Audit Committee under the University Grants Committee (UGC), a specialist and member for institutional review by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, a member of the Council of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) and to the Curriculum Development Council. She has also served on various subject committees at the HKEAA, the Curriculum Development Committee of the Curriculum Development Institute, and the Education Committee at the Maritime Museum. Professor Cheng is also an elected Academic Board representative on the Council of EdUHK. 


In her role as Associate Vice President cum Registrar, Professor Cheng led the Registry in various tasks, including meeting the challenges of the double cohort due to the New Senior Secondary reforms, preparation for the second QAC, and development of the Key Performance Indicators. She has coordinated the secretariat team and completed various exercises and reviews with successful results, including programme validations and revalidations, programme area accreditation, the UGC review exercise for the University title, the second QAC Review, the development of the 10-year strategic plan for the University, preparation for the sub-degree QAC, and the submission for the Triennial Planning Exercises.


She has been one of the key drivers in upgrading Registry functions through the development of the Academic Management Information System, developing software systems for student assessment, upgrading the student information management system, and devising the admissions strategy.

Research interests

  • Teacher education
  • Science education

External Appointments

Executive Membership of International Professional Organizations

  • President of the East-Asian Association for Science Education (EASE), 2016 to 2018.
  • Executive member of the East Asian Science Education Association, since 2009.
  • Membership and Elections Committee member, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, USA, 2009 to 2012.
  • International Scientific Committee of the Conference, 2009 Conference of European Science Education Reseacrh Association (ESERA) held in Istanbul between August 31 and September 4, 2009 at the Grand Cevahir Hotel & Conference Center.
  • Editorial board member of the International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education since 2012
  • Editorial Board Member of the Asian Journal of Educational Research and Synergy (AJERS) Philippine Society for Educational Research and Evaluation (PSERE) since 2009
  • Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Quality School Education
  • Editorial Board Member of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching

Reviewer for conferences and Journals

  • Cogent Education since 2013
  • Alberta Journal of Education Researchsince 2012
  • Educational Research and Evaluation since 2011
  • Asia Pacific Education Review since 2012
  • American Education Research Association Annual Meeting, since 2006
  • National Association of Research in Science Teaching Annual conference, since 2003
  • ICET World Assembly 2004, Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong.
  • Teaching and Teacher Education, since 2006
  • Educational Research and Evaluation, 2006
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education and Development,2003 – present
  • The Journal of Quality School Education,2003 – present
  • Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching,2000 – present

Members of International Professional Organisations

  • American Educational Research Association (USA) since 1997
  • Society of Biology (UK) since 2009 (previously named Institute of Biology since 2001)
  • Association of Science Educators (UK) since 2000
  • New Zealand Association of Science Educators since 1998

Membership of Professional Organizations

  • The Hong Kong Educational Research Association


  • Reviewer in the Comprehensive Review for HKCCU Logos Academy from 21/4/2009 to 28/4/2009
  • Member of interview board for Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships and Scholarships 2008-2009
  • Providing advice on a programme on critical thinking, TV programme Tutor Online, RTHK, 2005

Member of Education Bureau, Curriculum Development, and Hong Kong Education Assessment Authority Committees

  • Curriculum Development Council Committee on Science Education (Sept 2007 to 2009)
  • Curriculum Development Council Committee on Liberal Studies Education (2009)
  • Subject Committee of Sixth Form Biology, The Hong Kong Examination and Assessment Authority, (2002 – 2009, 2011 to present).
  • The Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence Steering Committee (Jan 2007 to 2009).
  • The Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Dissemination and Networking Working Group (2006 to 2009)
  • Hong Kong Examination and Assessment Authority Working Group on Liberal Studies (Senior Secondary) Assessment (Sept, 2007 – 2008)
  • The Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2005-2006) Assessment Panel on Science Education Key Learning Area.
  • Public Affairs Forum, Government Secretariat, Home Affairs Bureau, Hong Kong, SAR. (2006 – present)
  • Curriculum Development Council – Hong Kong Examination and Assessment Authority Committee on Liberal Studies (Senior Secondary) Working Group (Jan, 2005 – 2007)
  • Hong Kong Examination and Assessment Authority for subject committee of Science and Technology at CE level, (2001 – 2005).
  • Hong Kong Examination Authority for assessment working group, subject committee of Science and Technology at CE level, (2001 – 2005).
  • Reviewer Quality Education Fund projects (2001 to present)
  • Human Biology Curriculum Development Committee (1995-97)

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