Celebration of the “25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) - Scholar’s Lecture and Innovation & Invention Conference" was successfully held at Affiliated School of JNU for Hong Kong and Macao Students (ASJ).
Why do we need inventions? What is the relationship between invention and our country? What kind of process does an invention follow? What are the difficulties encountered...? On the morning of 10 June, ASJ successfully held the “Celebration of the “25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) - Scholar’s Lecture and Innovation & Invention Conference." Our school invited Ms Zhang Ping, the Chinese Women's Volleyball Champion of the Athens Olympics, to participate in the event. A new volleyball training machine was unveiled during the conference, and it was developed by Mr Cheng King Leung, ASJ Chief Principal. The provincial and municipal government leaders and more than 30 renowned media from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao attended the event.
The Greater Bay Area nurtures the light of technology and innovation
On 18 February 2019, The Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area was launched. The Plan states that the Greater Bay Area is “one of the most open and economically vibrant regions in China,” and proposes to develop the Area into “a vibrant world-class city cluster,” “a globally influential international innovation and technology hub,” “an important support pillar for the Belt and Road Initiative,” “a showcase for in-depth cooperation between the Mainland and Hong Kong and Macao,” and “a quality living circle for living, working and travelling.” The five strategic positionings are distinctive. It is in this background that Mr Cheng King Leung, who has over 30 years of experience in education in Hong Kong, took up the appointment as Chief Principal of ASJ and embarked on a new venture in his career.
"In fact, this invention has been in my mind for five years, and it would not have been possible if I had not come to the Mainland." said by Mr Cheng when introducing the invention of the new volleyball training machine.
He believes that the invention is a product of the integration of the Greater Bay Area, and it is an outcome of bringing together the wisdom of the three places and integrating the elements of innovation. Hong Kong is an international city and Mr Cheng's experience growing up and working there played an important role in developing the invention. Besides, the lower prices on the Mainland and the abundance of talented people made it possible to hire quality R&D staff.
Implementation of biliteracy and trilingualism to nurture future international talents
During the lecture, Mr Cheng was presenting in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. Each student had a copy of the Chinese/English chart, which was a vivid demonstration of the "biliteracy and trilingualism" teaching model at ASJ.
Mr Cheng stated that language is related to the young generation's understanding of the country's history and culture, as well as the communication, integration, and national identity. To this end, ASJ is committed to implementing and developing the biliteracy and trilingualism skills of our students.
In terms of academic staff, Hong Kong, expatriate and returnee teachers account for 70% of the total number of teaching staff. All teachers are bilingual in Mandarin-English, Mandarin-Cantonese, or trilingual in Mandarin-Cantone-English. The Chinese Language course is taught in the Ren Jiao version with additional traditional and simplified Chinese character lists. This enhances students' basic language knowledge while improving their literacy skills for traditional Chinese characters. In terms of English learning, our school is committed to creating an English-based community environment. We use English as the instruction language, assign written materials in English, memorise various science terms, and recite English texts during morning reading.
Moreover, ASJ provides a broader range of language options. Japanese, Korean, and Russian are offered to primary and secondary school students. We are planning to offer Italian and Spanish for those who are able to learn them.
The "biliteracy and trilingualism" teaching model is designed to help Hong Kong and Macao students identify with their country and integrate into its development while assisting them to communicate with the world, develop multicultural understanding, and foster a critical spirit.
A Principal's role as a model to stimulate innovation and invention
During the lecture, Mr Cheng explained the evolution of the concept of "invention," analysed the relationship between reading and invention, and discussed why it is important to invent. After the lecture, Mr Cheng showed the operation of his new volleyball training machine, which designed for teams or individuals. The machine is with adjustable handles and scale markings that allow users to easily set and monitor the vertical jump height. He demonstrated the invention and explained in detail how it differs from other volleyball training machines on the market today.
Mr. Zheng said that he wanted to show students through his invention that learning and invention can be combined. Inventions are not the sole property of scientists, but rather "inventions are everywhere in life." He believed that every child is born with the qualities of scientific research, including a rich imagination, a strong curiosity, and a desire to investigate. The role of education is to protect these qualities and to guide and stimulate them well.
The event also included a ceremony to award the cooperation between ASJ and Zwsoft Co.,ltd.(guangzhou) The two sides will cooperate in depth on customised software services and supporting contents such as teaching and research materials, teacher training, and curriculum resources to jointly create a scientific and innovative curriculum system.
Furthermore, ASJ has set up study groups and offered courses in Flight Simulator, Robotics, Making Different Molds, 3D Printing, DJI RoboMaster, STEM, etc. In February 2022, ASJ was awarded "Best Practice Case" by the Ministry of Commerce for its innovative system, positive market feedback, and value for replication, which enhances Guangzhou's attractiveness to talents from Hong Kong and Macao. ASJ will continue to promote students' understanding and competence in science, technology and innovation in a variety of ways, enriching their international perspective, and developing their problem-solving, inquiry and innovation skills. We are committed to nurturing the future technology and innovation talents for the Greater Bay Area.