GE Insights is a new online communication platform initiative by the HKAGE which serves as an archive communicating experiences, ideas, and proposals for the Hong Kong gifted education sector. We hope that this platform can facilitate the communication of new ideas that contribute to the development of a new phase of education in Hong Kong that nurtures talents in the 21st Century.
A number of articles written by HKAGE SMT members have been published on GE Insights, and you are welcome to offer your comments via geinsights@hkage.org.hk.

Nurturing Students’ Self-directed Learning at School-wide / System Level

Nurturing Students’ Self-directed Learning at School-wide / System Level


Gifted Education Sharing (Academic, Affective, Authentic)

In the educational context of the 21st Century, gifted students are provided with many chances to accelerate and deepen their learning on both academic and non-academic fronts. Although there are many opportunities for them to realise their potential in different areas, it is found that some gifted students are stressed as they are invited by various stakeholders to participate in various activities and programmes. In addition, some of them have lost their passion and direction throughout the journey of knowledge pursuit. Hence, being a self-directed learner is important for gifted students as it is the key for them to become sustainably passionate and determined in exploring and realising their potential.

Recommendations on Gifted Education Policy

- after Serving at the HKAGE for 6.5 years

Recommendations on Gifted Education Policy

- after Serving at the HKAGE for 6.5 years

Author: Prof Ng Tai Kai

After serving as Executive Director for the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) for 6.5 years, I think it’s my responsibility to write down some of my thoughts and recommendations about future gifted education in Hong Kong before returning to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) as a university faculty.

I try to position myself as an independent observer (which is of course not quite possible) who has been observing how gifted education has evolved in Hong Kong in the past 15 years, hoping my experiences will be helpful to those who will take up the challenge of further developing gifted education in Hong Kong. Some of the ideas presented in this article have been flowing around in the gifted education sector for many years already (point (1) below) whereas others reflected what I have observed more recently worldwide (point (2) and (3) below).

The Nature of Creativity - and How to Nurture It

The Nature of Creativity - and How to Nurture It

Creativity is often referred to as the most valuable human asset in the 21st Century. However, the nature of creativity remains elusive – its origin seems to be mysterious and there is no systematic way of nurturing creativity in regular schools. In this article I shall introduce some of our modern understanding of creativity. The key message I want to introduce is that real-life creativity involves a complicated set of mindsets and skills in the domain of 21st Century Competencies. Although we do not understand fully the nature of creativity, we know some of the most important factors that contribute to ‘successful’ creativity, and from which we know how we can encourage more creativity in schools, universities, and real-life. 

Study on Empathy and Sympathy of Adolescents

Study on Empathy and Sympathy of Adolescents

The Research Division of the HKAGE and the Department of Educational Psychology of The Chinese University of Hong Kong jointly conducted a study related to empathy and sympathy in 2019. This study aimed at understanding the situation of empathy, sympathy, and prosocialness of Hong Kong adolescents using appropriate self-report instruments. Group comparisons were made with respect to their gender, giftedness, and study interests, and implications of the results were briefly discussed.

21st Century Competencies and STEM Education

21st Century Competencies and STEM Education

The author (Prof Ng Tai Kai, Executive Director, the HKAGE) explains why 21st Century Competencies and STEM Education becomes important in this article. The different requirement of human knowledge/techniques/mindset in the 21st Century compared with 19th -20th Century is explained and emphasised.

How We Learnt – An Introduction to Recent Education Psychology Findings

The author (Prof Ng Tai Kai, Executive Director, the HKAGE) gives an introduction to cognitive and non-cognitive skills, and explains the importance of non-cognitive skills and affective education in this article.

A Brief Introduction to Gifted Education

A Brief Introduction to Gifted Education

The author (Prof Ng Tai Kai, Executive Director, the HKAGE) gives an introduction to ‘what is gifted education’ to the non-specialist in this article.


Education After Covid-19 – Let’s Start Thinking

Education After COVID-19 – Let’s start thinking 

In this article, the author (Prof Ng Tai Kai, Executive Director, the HKAGE) explains his view about what would be the ‘new normal’ to the education sector after COVID-19. In particular, he points out the importance of developing students’ self-motivated, self-regulated learning abilities, and the need to develop a holistic IT strategy in Education.