PGDE (Full-time) EL Block

UMAG_ABC (Arts Build Communities)

Background of Co-organiser

University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) of The University of Hong Kong was founded in 1953 as the Fung Ping Shan Museum. Originally established as the Fung Ping Shan Library of Chinese language publications in 1932 in honour of its benefactor, the building became a museum dedicated to collecting Chinese art when the University’s libraries consolidated. The museum was renamed UMAG in 1994, shortly before its new wing was opened to the public in 1996. It is the oldest continuously operated museum in Hong Kong and over the past sixty years it has built up a diverse collection of ceramics and bronzes dating from the Neolithic period (c. 7000–c. 2100 BCE) to the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), as well as traditional and modern paintings from the Ming (1368–1644) to the twenty-first century.

UMAG regularly hosts exhibitions of contemporary and ancient Chinese and Western art, as well as on early Hong Kong history. The Museum was originally established as a teaching museum and has maintained this commitment to the University through the teaching of Chinese art and museum studies and by encouraging students to broaden their education through the arts. It regularly presents non-exhibition related talks and activities that are open to both the University’s students and the public.

Project Details

The project aims to foster partnership between museums and schools by bringing UMAG into the classroom and home through the Zoom webinar platform. We hope to enable students to experience historic properties by sharing stories of the amazing art collections from the past, present and future of human creativity while maintaining social distancing.

UMAG currently does not have a robust online presence and digital educational initiatives. Therefore, the project will create and develop a dedicated online platform and academic enrichment program to serve primary school students to access valuable resources from the museum collections and exhibitions. Specifically, students will research and create educational materials based on UMAG collections and works from special exhibitions. Students are expected to teach with these materials via the online platform, where technical supports will be provided. PGDE student should build rapport with the target audiences, i.e. primary school students and teachers, and answer enquiries that may arise during each online sessions.

This project is also in response to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 Quality Education pertaining to these specific targets:

4.2) By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education

4.5) By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.


  • September 27 – November 2, 2021
  • Students are required to work 5 days per week, with possible irregular working days on Saturdays 10am-6pm and Sunday 1pm-6pm.


University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG), The University of Hong Kong


  • PGDE full-time students from all major subjects
  • First Preference: Teaching vocabularies, history and material culture through works of art
  • Second Preference: Major in Chemistry and Biology. Using a scientific approach to teach material composition and the way an artwork responds to environmental stresses presented by light, heat, and water.


  • Complete the application form at (Part 1) AND
  • Upload the following documents to the respective project folder at (Part 2) (Please combine all documents into one Word/PDF file)
    1. A personal statement (of not more than 200 words) explaining why you would like to join this EL project
    2. Your CV (along with the CV, please answer the following question):
      • Explain why you are interested in this project.
      • What kind of skills can you contribute to the program?
      • Apart from the learning experiences, what kind of impact you want to make as an educator?

Application Deadline

August 29, 2021


Students may be required to attend an interview with UMAG, HKU (details to be confirmed).


Ms. Elena Cheung, Manager, Education and Public Engagement (UMAG, HKU) [Tel: 2241 5512 / Email:]