Q1  What is The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education?

The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) was set up in 2007. It is a non-profit making organisation with a Board of Directors.


Its mission is to be a world-class institution offering the highest standards of information, support and appropriate learning opportunities to gifted students aged 10-18 years who consistently perform in the top 2% of the age-related ability range, and it also supports parents, teachers and researchers in Hong Kong.

Q2  Is the HKAGE a school/ government department/ NGO?

The HKAGE is an independent Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). Our Board of Directors is drawn from representative sections of our stakeholders.

Q3   What is the background of the HKAGE?

In 1990, the Education Commission Report No.4 initiated the development of gifted education in Hong Kong. In the Policy Address delivered in October 2006, the Chief Executive announced the establishment of the HKAGE to provide more structured, articulated and challenging off-site programmes for students with exceptional talent, and to promote the concepts and practices of gifted education.

The Legislative Council Panel on Education discussed in November 2006 the Administration’s proposal to provide financial support for the setting up of the Academy.

The HKAGE was set up in 2007 and officially started its operations in 2008.

Q4  What is the structure of the HKAGE?

Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board: Mr LAM Yun Fu, Frederick

There are 12 directors from different sectors, including the Education Bureau, psychologist, academics, parent and community, representing a wide spectrum of stakeholder groups. Under the Board, five Committees have been formed to oversee the strategic direction and development of the Academy.

Senior Management Team
The team is in charge of the daily operations and development of the Academy.

The Team includes:

Executive Director
Professor NG Tai Kai

Deputy Head of Academic Programme Development Division
Mr NG Wai Yiu, Derek

Head of Affective Education Division
Ms CHEUNG Mee Ling, Melanie

Talent Development Consultant
Ms KWOK Moon Ling, Shirley

Head of Research Division
Dr FUNG Tze Ho, Eric

Head of Corporate Services Division
Ms LI Pui Ling, Iris

Q5  What is giftedness?

The Education Commission Report No. 4 (1990) of Hong Kong has adopted a broad definition of gifted children as those who demonstrate exceptional achievement or potential in one or more of the followings areas:

  • Specific academic aptitude in a subject area
  • Creative thinker
  • Superior talent in the visual or performing arts
  • Natural leadership skills
  • A high level of measured intelligence
  • Outstanding performance in sport or other areas requiring motor coordination
Hong Kong supports and encourages schools to use the multiple intelligences concept in making provision for gifted students.

For details, please visit our website (www.hkage.org.hk) or the EDB website (http://www.edb.gov.hk/en/curriculum-development/major-level-of-edu/gifted/hong-kong-development/introduction.html).

Q6  How can teachers identify gifted students in class?

The following are the general cognitive and behavioural characteristics of gifted students. Gifted students do not necessarily have all of the below-mentioned characteristics. There may also be considerable variation in the features manifested. In general, gifted students:

  • are discerning observers.
  • are apt at learning and applying new knowledge.
  • can comprehend and synthesise complicated concepts.
  • have a strong repository of general knowledge.
  • are prominent in collecting and processing an extensive amount of information.
  • are able to handle and construct abstractions.
  • are able to generate many alternative means to solve complicated problems.
  • are skilful in organisation and categorisation.
  • possess intense curiosity about innovative things.
  • have numerous imaginative and ingenious ideas.
  • sustain their interest in a specific topic or subject.
  • are interested in social issues, such as politics, religion and morality.
  • are firm in justice.
  • hold their own views and refuse to follow suit unreasonably.
  • have high expectations of themselves and strive for perfection.
  • prefer to have elder companions.
  • have a variety of interests and hobbies.

According to Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, apart from the above-mentioned characteristics, human beings possess at least eight types of intelligence, including linguistic intelligence, logical and mathematical intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, intra-personal intelligence, musical intelligence, spatial intelligence, bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, and naturalist intelligence. Gifted students may possess one or more potential. The behaviour listed below may help us identify gifted students in terms of different intelligences.

  1. Linguistic intelligence
    Like to talk, have a strong repertoire of vocabulary, and have rich content in speech.
    Expressive, can precisely express themselves.
    Convincing and eloquent.
    Show intense curiosity and highly inquisitive.
    Interested in reading.
    Good at writing stories.
    Demonstrate a keen sense of humour.
  2. Logical and mathematical intelligence
    Interested in mathematical games.
    Proficient in mental arithmetic and precise in computation.
    Love intelligent games, such as chess.
    Interested in scientific issues.
    Proactively explore causal relationship, patterns and logical relationships.
  3. Interpersonal intelligence
    Demonstrate leadership.
    Behave in a more mature way than their peer.
    Sensitive to the emotion, thought, motivation and behaviour of others.
    Sociable and have many friends.
    Able to influence others’ opinion.
    Confident in getting along with people of different ages.
  4. Intra-personal intelligence
    Understand others’ views and comments.
    Aware of his/her own interests and hobbies.
    Aware of his/her own strengths and weaknesses.
    Good at expressing his/her own feelings.
    With a habit of reflecting his/her daily life and writing diary.
  5. Musical intelligence
    Love listening to music.
    Love singing with a melodious voice.
    Memorise rhythm quickly.
    Recognise tones and spots errors in tone quickly.
    Master the skill of playing musical instruments easily.
    Able to perform body movements in the rhythm of music.
  6. Spatial intelligence
    Love visual games, such as jigsaw puzzles and mazes.
    Love painting.
    Appreciate beautiful things.
    Good at making models, especially three-dimensional models.
    Easily find ways out in strange places.
    Easily visualise scenes in a bird’s-eye view.
    Easily retrieve and verbalises visual images.
  7. Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence
    Good at imitating movements by others.
    Excel in one or more sports.
    Energetic and active, have attention spans.
    Prefer learning through activity.
    Have responsive muscular tissue.
    Prefer using body language, such as gestures and physical movements.
  8. Naturalist intelligence
    Love to collect ecology-related information.
    Interested in keeping animals and plants.
    Interested in exploring geographic environment.
    Interested in rural life or life in fishing villages.
    Love travelling and enjoying natural landscape.

Also, teachers can use the Behavioral characteristics checklists for Gifted Student (For teachers) from Education Bureau for checking:
http://www.edb.gov.hk/attachment/en/curriculum-development/major-level-of-edu/gifted/guidelines-on-school-based-gifted-development-programmes/selection_11-eng.pdf

Q7  What are the criteria for screening the HKAGE members?

To allow more potential gifted students to benefit from our programmes, the HKAGE has developed a new student nomination scheme which has been implemented starting school year 2018/19. The major new element in the new nomination scheme is that gifted students interested at being members of HKAGE are required to apply and pass the HKAGE Online Learning Programmes for Screening before they can submit their nomination to be student members of HKAGE. Moreover, admitted student members are required to meet a set of programme completion requirements to sustain their full membership.

Q8   How can I become a member of the HKAGE?

Students can become members of the HAKGE through the below channels:

  1. School Nomination
  2. Self Nomination
  3. Nurturing the Gifted Scheme
  4. Through Web-based Learning Courses for Gifted/More Able Students (offered by EDB and HKAGE)
For details, please refer to https://www.hkage.org.hk/en/students/student-membership.

Q9   What are the procedures for nomination?

Starting from School Year 2019/20, two rounds of nomination will be arranged in each school year. Related procedures should be completed within the same round of nomination. Applicants should register for the HKAGE’s Online Learning Programmes for Screening around 5 months before the nomination and complete it with a pass to be entitled for nomination within the respective nomination period (Round 1: May to June; Round 2: October to November). New student members are admitted to the HKAGE in September (Round 1) and February in the following year (Round 2). For details, please refer to https://www.hkage.org.hk/en/students/student-membership.

Q10   Is it a must to provide IQ test result as an evidence of gifted?

IQ test results is not a must-provide item for nomination.

Q11   How to sustain student membership?

Full student members who fulfil the yearly requirement on programme/activity completion may renew their membership for the next year. Primary six student members who fulfil designated programme requirement will automatically become our secondary student members upon entry to secondary schools. For details, please refer to https://www.hkage.org.hk/en/students/student-membership.

Q12  What services does the HKAGE offer?
The HKAGE’s four major divisions, namely Academic Programme Development Division, Advanced Learning Experiences Division, Affective Education Division and Research Division provide the stakeholders with information and a wide range of programmes and services.

Key Areas of Services

Academic Programme Development Division
We offer high quality and challenging programmes by collaborating with both local and overseas universities, non-government organisations and professional individuals and teachers. Learning at the Academy takes various forms: courses, talks, workshops, online learning, study tours and competitions etc. They are available at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels to facilitate progressive learning.

For further details, please visit https://www.hkage.org.hk/en/students.


Advanced Learning Experiences Division
The Advanced Learning Experiences Division aims to provide challenging and vigorous learning opportunities for the profoundly gifted students who are well prepared to meet these challenges. We collaborate with local and overseas institutions / organisations to develop and engage the selected students with prestigious learning experiences for their further advancement and development.

The selected gifted students will be offered the opportunities to participate in programmes with specific purposes, mentoring scheme and renowned international competitions and events etc.

Affective Education Division
Our mission is to advocate affective development through a range of learning experiences and services for gifted students, parents and gifted education practitioners.

For Student's Learning Experiences & Services (LES)
The Affective Education Division aims to help gifted students optimise their interrelated intellectual and personality attributes constructively with the Learning Experiences & Services.

Common Core Programmes for primary students
  • Compulsory whole-day workshop
  • Parent-Child Parallel Programme 

Other Learning Experiences & Services
  • Seminars / Sharing sessions
  • Workshops
  • Parent-Child Parallel Group
  • Career Planning Series (with the Project CLAP @ JC )
  • Service Learning
  • Experiential Learning

For Parent Education Programme
Course Type Examples of Topics / Target Group
Seminar
  • Career Planning
  • Concerns of Gifted Adolescents Relationship
Workshop
  • Communicating with My Gifted Child
  • Helping the Twice Exceptional Child
  • Home-School Cooperation
Parent-Child
Parallel Group
  • Social Skills
  • Emotional Management
Parent Peer
Support Group
  • Parents of primary student members
  • Parents of secondary student members

For further details, please visit https://www.hkage.org.hk/en/parent-programme/upcoming-events.

Outreach Seminars / Workshops for Parents

Examples of Topics:
  • Affective Needs of Gifted Children
  • Communication Skills for Parents
  • Nurturing Creativity
  • Understanding Gifted Underachievement
For further details, please visit https://www.hkage.org.hk/en/parents/outreach.

For Teacher Professional Development

Thematic programmes

Thematic seminars and workshops are conducted to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to meet the learning needs of gifted students.

For further details, please visit https://www.hkage.org.hk/en/teacher-programme/upcoming-events.

Outreach Seminars / Workshops for Teachers

Outreach services for professional practitioners of schools or school sponsoring bodies are provided upon request.
Examples of Topics:
  • Introduction to Gifted Education
  • Affective Development of Gifted Students
  • Supporting the Underachieving Gifted
  • Infusing Creativity in Daily Classroom
  • Motivate the Gifted Learners
For further details, please visit https://www.hkage.org.hk/en/teachers/outreach.

Consultation and Assessment Centre

Free Frontline Services

Hotline and email support is provided by trained Guidance Counsellors who give parents free information and advice.

Hotline 3940 0106
Operating Hours Mon to Fri (closed on public holidays)
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ; 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Email consultation@hkage.org.hk

Charged Second-line Services

i. Assessment Service

Consultation with Guidance Counsellor will be conducted prior to the assessment by our Educational Psychologist.

Types of Assessment:
  • WISC-IV (HK)*
  • HKT-P (II)*
  • HKT-JS (II)*
*The assessment includes intake, administration of test, feedback and report.

ii. Counselling Service

Charged counselling service is provided for parents and gifted children whose conditions are complex or with special needs.

For further details, please visit https://www.hkage.org.hk/en/parents/Consultation or contact us on 3940 0104.

Research Division

The Research Division has been set up in 2012 to conduct research studies and programme evaluations that lead to improved understanding of gifted education in Hong Kong.

Q13  Are the courses and services provided free of charge?

Almost all courses are provided free of charge. Only second line programmes and services for parents and teachers are subject to a modest fee.

Where appropriate, the HKAGE offers remission of fees to those who can demonstrate real need so that no person is excluded from benefitting from its services.

For details, please visit our website (www.hkage.org.hk) or call the division concerned for further information.

Q14  How can I enroll for a programme?

For Students
All our programmes are exclusive for student members of the HKAGE. They can apply for various courses and programmes through the online platform: https://www.hkage.org.hk/en/students/student.

We organise talks, competitions and other learning activities for non-student members.

For Parents
Parents who work closely with gifted students are welcome to enroll for workshops and seminars via our online platform. Please visit our website frequently as all information of the forthcoming programmes is available on the website of the HKAGE.

For details, please visit https://www.hkage.org.hk/en/parent-programme/upcoming-events.

For Teachers
Thematic seminars and workshops are conducted to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to meet the learning needs of gifted students.

For details, please visit https://www.hkage.org.hk/en/teacher-programme/upcoming-events.

Q15  Are there any teacher training opportunities on giftedness offered to international schools?

Yes, we offer thematic seminars/ workshops for education practitioners. For more details, please refer to
https://www.hkage.org.hk/en/teachers/outreach.

Q16  As a secondary teacher, where can I get the information on nurturing twice-exceptional child?

You can find the related information from the Nurturing the Gifted (Parent) and Inspire (Teacher) magazines :
https://www.hkage.org.hk/en/publications/publications.

Q17  Can the HKAGE deliver gifted programmes to schools on request?

We deliver outreach gifted programmes to parents and teachers. For more details, please refer to
https://www.hkage.org.hk/en/teachers/outreach.

Q18  Where can I obtain more information about the HKAGE?

For further enquiry, please refer to https://www.hkage.org.hk/en/contact-us.

Q19  What are the operating hours of the HKAGE?
Office and Hotlines
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 1:00pm; 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays

Consultation Hotline
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 12:30pm; 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Q20  Where is the HKAGE?
The HKAGE is located in Sha Kok Estate in Sha Tin, alongside the Shing Mun River.
Q21  How do I get to the HKAGE?
By MTR
Take the MTR to Sha Tin Wai Station Exit C followed by 5 minutes’ walk.
You may also take the MTR to Sha Tin Station Exit A followed by around 15 minutes walk.

By Bus
Bus route 47X, 80X, 81K, 82K, 82M, 82S, 85A, 86A, 89B, 170, 182 etc. stop near the HKAGE.
47X Kwai Shing (East)
80X Kwun Tong Ferry Pier
81K Sui Wo Court
82K Wong Nai Tau
82M Kwong Yuen
82S Kowloon Tong Railway Station
85A Yu Chui Court
86A Sha Tin Wai
89B Sha Tin Wai
170 Sha Tin Railway Station
182 Yu Chui Court

For details, please visit https://www.hkage.org.hk/en/contact-us.
Q22  I have some questions on student, teacher, and parent related issues.
Please refer to the webpage of the division concerned on the HKAGE website.