Our outreach: effort and history

The Department is dedicated to making a positive impact through our extensive outreach activities. We are committed to providing educational opportunities to the public by offering a wide range of courses and organizing exciting competitions and events. Building upon our past successes, the Department is determined to continue and expand our outreach efforts, reaching an even larger audience and making a lasting difference in the lives of students and teachers alike.

Here are some highlights of outreach activities in the past:

Hang Lung Mathematics Awards (HLMA) (from 2004 to 2019)

Hang Lung Mathematics Awards is a highly regarded biennial mathematics research competition for secondary school students in Hong Kong. Founded in 2004 by Hang Lung Properties and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hang Lung Mathematics Awards has blazed a trail in secondary school mathematics education, encouraging students to realize their creative potential in mathematics and sciences, and stimulating their passion for intellectual discovery.

Each team consists of 1 to 5 students supervised by a teacher at the same secondary school. Each team should select a mathematics research topic, perform independent research and submit a research report. The Scientific Committee of HKMA comprises a panel of internationally renowned mathematicians. The committee is the highest authority on the assessment of the research reports and upholds the academic standard and integrity of the competition.

HKLA successfully attracted numerous talented students from local secondary schools over the years. Furthermore, most participants finished their high schools with brilliant performances and entered prestigious universities.

Year

Number of Participation

Students

Teams

Schools

Submitted research

2004

400

110

60

53

2006

300

100

51

55

2008

230

80

50

50

2010

340

100

75

46

2012

250

90

62

44

2014

220

70

42

34

2016

240

80

60

46

2018

260

90

60

55

2020 Yau International Mathcamp

The Yau International Mathcamp is a summer camp for mathematically talented and strongly motivated secondary school students from all over the world. This Mathcamp was formerly known as the Yau Tsinghua Mathcamp, organized each summer by the Yau Mathematical Science Center, Tsinghua University, since 2014. Starting from 2020, the Yau International Mathcamp will be jointly organized by the Department of Mathematics and Institute of Mathematical Sciences, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Yau Mathematical Science Center, Tsinghua University.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Yau International Mathcamp was conducted successfully in online fashion between 27 July and 23 August, 2020 under the coordination of the Department. 70 highly selected students around the world joined a four-week rigorous programme to explore the art of creative problem solving with masters. Besides coursework, Mathcamp also offered a great opportunity for participants to work on research projects through collaborative discoveries guided by lecturers and coaches. (Click here for more details)

Provision of Services for the Development and Delivery of 24-hour Enrichment Courses on Learning and Teaching of the Extended Part (Module 1/Module 2) of Senior Secondary Mathematics

From 2020 to 2022, the Department successfully acquired grants for three consecutive years from the Education Bureau for the development and delivery of 24-hour enrichment courses on learning and teaching of the extended part (M1/M2) of senior secondary mathematics.

The programme aims to achieve several key objectives for the teacher participants. It targets to enrich their subject knowledge of M1/M2 by deepening their understanding of essential concepts and familiarizing them with the learning targets and the connections between different topics within M1/M2. It also seeks to enhance participants' pedagogical content knowledge in M1/M2 and strengthen their competence in explicating challenging concepts in M1/M2 to students. Enhancing the participants' competence in utilizing information technology (IT) for the learning and teaching of M1/M2 is also an emphasis in this training. The vision is to help elevate the overall teaching quality of mathematics teachers in the community to meet the desired standards.

Year

Number of Teacher Participants

2020/21

270

2021/22

230

2022/23

174