Director of Center for Language Education

Hong Kong (HK)
23 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

HKUST - Director of Center for Language Education

Founded in 1991, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a world renowned international research university dedicated to the advancement of learning and scholarship, with special emphasis on postgraduate education and close collaboration with industry and business. It promotes interdisciplinary studies and is dedicated to educating rounded students who have acquired a strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking with a global outlook. In its short history, the University has come to be regarded as a leading player in the international higher education scene. HKUST has been ranked among the top universities in Asia by QS Asian University Rankings. It ranks 12th in the latest Global Employability University Survey reported by the New York Times, and number one in the Greater China area. English is the medium of teaching, research and administration. 

HKUST has a total of around 14,800 students with 9,700 undergraduate (UG) and 5,000 postgraduate (PG) students; 34 per cent are non-local and come from more than 30 countries around the world. The University also has a successful exchange program with over 200 partners worldwide. Approximately 40 per cent of students experience a semester-long exchange as part of their studies. 

The primary mission of the HKUST Center for Language Education (CLE) is to deliver the University’s language enhancement programs for English and Chinese to UG and PG students from all schools in the University.

Compulsory English and Chinese communication courses account for 15 of 120 credits of the UG degree. In addition, the Center contributes to the teaching of English writing for courses in the UG Common Core and for PG students. The Center offers a Master of Arts degree in International Language Education with separate concentrations in English and Chinese teaching. It also provides a Third Languages program and co-curricular activities. The Center currently offers seven language MOOCs via edX and Coursera.

The CLE Director provides overall leadership and strategic direction for the Center and plays a key role in developing and monitoring the UG and PG programs for all Schools. Reporting to the Dean of Humanities and Social Science, the CLE Director is the administrative head of a unit of more than 80 full-time teaching staff and 22 non-academic support staff.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree in a relevant area but very strong candidates without such a degree will also be considered; substantial experience in developing and administering English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) programs at university level; demonstrated commitment to excellence in curriculum development and pedagogy; proven qualities of leadership, entrepreneurship and managerial capability involving multiple stakeholders in a multilingual and multicultural academic environment.

Terms & applications/nominations

Appointment to the position will be on a three-year fixed term basis, renewable by mutual agreement. Competitive remuneration and generous fringe benefits, including housing where appropriate, will be provided.

The executive search firm Perrett Laver is working with HKUST in this recruitment exercise, and will support the Search Committee in the execution of its duties. 

To apply, or to download further information about the role, please visit quoting reference number 3522. Applications should also be sent directly to HKUST by email

Initial inquiries may be directed to Joshua Herr by email ( or by phone +852 3702 6493.

Applications should consist of a covering letter together with an up-to-date CV and related dossier. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 17th April. 

The search committee will begin to review applications during week of 23rd April and will continue to review until a suitable appointment is made. All applications and nominations will be treated in strict confidence. 

Additional information about the University and the Center for Language Education is available on the websites and respectively.

(Information provided by applicants will only be used for recruitment and other employment-related purposes.)