Talk with Draco: Promoting Education Ideas and Acting them out – Dr. Shirley Yeung Mo-Ching
唐代古文名家韓愈著有《師說》一文，指出為人師表者要為學生「傳道、受業、解惑」。但在一千二百年後的今天，面對資訊爆炸、世界接軌的新時代，老師們除了傳道解惑之外，更要有一顆與年青人一起成長的心。今期 Talk With Draco 有幸邀請了知名教育家楊慕貞博士，與我們分享她從教室走到國際舞台的點滴。
A renowned scholar of the Tang Dynasty Han Yu pointed out that a teacher’s mission was to “spread good ideas, teach learners and help them solve their problems”. Today, after 1200 years, we are facing information explosion and the world has entered a new era. Teachers have to commit themselves to develop with young people. In this issue “Talk with Draco”, we are honored to have invited a well-known educator, Dr. Shirley Yeung Mo-Ching, to share with us how she moves from the classroom to the international arena.
教育使命 Education Mission
本地學生在教育環境及父母期望的影響下，過於著眼在成績之上。故此她鼓勵香港學生要把握機會，開拓國際視野，勇於多作不同嘗試。在現今世代，網絡發達，要接觸世界已非難事。楊博士分享：「單是一個 Youtube 平台已是年青人衝出香港的起點。然而，在你站於世界舞台之上時，有否想過是什麼驅使你踏出這一步？希望自己為世人所認識？希望讓別人欣賞你的一己之長？為了讓點讚數字有所突破？或者手上有個出眾的產品？抑或是背後有一種使命感？年青人只有在了解清楚自己的『目的』及『價值』時，才能找到一個合適的方法，向一個合適的舞台進發。」
According to Dr. Yeung, education is not only about the transfer of knowledge, it is more important to “identify the uniqueness of individuals” to see if their unique traits have been ignored. Looking back at her own teaching life, she feels that the most satisfying aspect of education is the process to find out the potential of students, enabling them to get to know themselves and be recognized by others.
Under the current education environment and the expectations of parents, local students focus too much on academic results. Thus Dr. Yeung encourages students to make use of opportunities to gain international vision and to take up new endeavors. With the development of computer networks, it is not difficult to get in touch with the world. “With the Youtube platform as a start-up point, young people can get out of Hong Kong,” Dr. Yeung rightly pointed out. However, when you stand on the world stage, have you thought about the driving force behind? Do you want people to know you? Do you expect others to admire your skills? Or do you want people to give you a like? Do you want others to get to know your outstanding product? Or there is a mission behind? Young people can find a suitable way to move towards the right stage when they fully understand their “objectives” and “values”.”
In addition, Dr. Yeung also encourages local students to act as “exchange students” to get to know the world. The more traditional way is to apply to go overseas as exchange students through College or University. The “non-traditional way” is to join international organizations like JCI Dragon, which provides channels to youngsters to guide and support them in getting to know international affairs.
Every year, Dr. Yeung organizes different types of international conferences, local forums and seminars. She highly recommends young people to participate in them. Not only can they learn from speakers, they can also widen their personal network through exchanging name cards.
Dr. Yeung mentioned that two Nobel laureates came to Hong Kong to have some collaboration with her. She invited a student to join the meeting. This student had benefited a lot from the sharing of the Nobel winners, which had made him more positive and at the same time widened his horizons. Dr. Yeung said that the beauty of education was to give learners incomparable driving force through her own network. This is also the reason why she has been so committed to education.”
踏足國際，貢獻社會 Acting Internationally and Contributing to Society
楊博士亦以身作則，積極參與不同的國際事務，當中包括獲得香港聯合國教科文組織(UNESCO HK) 委任，出任協理副會長一職。這個委任源於她多年來在教學、科學與文化方面的傑出成就。
As a role model, Dr. Yeung has been involved in international affairs actively. She has been appointed by UNESO HK to be the Associate Vice President. This appointment is based on her outstanding contribution in teaching, science and culture all these years.
In education, Dr. Yeung has got many awards relating to education. She has worked in various schools and colleges and has been teaching young people from diverse backgrounds. She uses education to change life.
For science, Dr. Yeung pointed out that few women did well in technology. In recent years, she has published books and articles on applications and Blockchain. She has used different platforms and newspapers to introduce new technologies and information. Therefore UNESCO HK has given her credits in technology. Presently she has dedicated herself to pushing Hong Kong to become a new technology hub in Asia Pacific area. She has also assisted enterprises from foreign countries to join Cyberport to upgrade the local technological level.
In the cultural sector, as a Professor, Dr. Yeung has good understanding of different cultures. She is also a yoga coach. She believes that art and culture have their values and they are good therapeutic means, especially for people under a lot of pressure from work and life.
In the process of serving UNESO HK, Dr. Yeung feels that she has developed herself further. It is good to have a chance to let people know about and admire one’s work; at the same time, she can make full use of resources from different platforms to learn. When collaborating with different teams and representatives from different nations, she can explore new horizons to gain visions through various endeavors.
透過香港聯合國教科文組織的身份，楊博士開展了 WISDP (World Institute of Sustainable Development Planners) 的工作，當中連合了聯合國的委員及諾貝爾獎得獎者作為顧問，為參與的企業提供培訓，讓他們取得有關如何策劃「持續發展」項目的認可資格，當中吸引了不少專業人士參與。而透過培訓服務所得的收入，亦會用作營運不同的社會服務項目，真正做到「取諸社會，用諸社會」。
Through UNESO HK, Dr. Yeung started the work of WISDP (World Institute of Sustainable Development Planners), which links up the United Nations Committee members and has Nobel laureates as consultants. Training is provided to enterprises to enable professionals to attain “sustainable development” qualifications. The income generated from training has been used to run various social service programs. It has achieved the goal “Taken from society and used on society”.
認識新一代 Understanding the New Generation
「如何認識年青人」相信是每位教育工作者眼前的難題之一。楊博士分享了兩個心得：「第一是 Active listening，我們教學生不要『左耳入右耳出』，其實我們亦一樣，不但要多觀察各種新動向，更要嘗試了解每個潮流興起背後的原因。其次是保持好奇心，透過認識年青人的新玩意，才是了解他們所思所想的第一步。」
Dr. Yeung proposes two insights to educators on how to get to know the new generation: active listening and observe the reasons behind each trend. Secondly teachers have to be curious to understand each new gimmick which can help them get to know the thinking of the students.
Her daughter told her that she would model after her mother when taking care of her children. This makes Dr. Yeung feel very satisfied as she knows that she has done it right.
Lastly as a leader of young people, Dr. Yeung focuses on how to groom future leaders. She advises youngsters to control their emotions, face challenges and maintain emotional stability to avoid being overwhelmed by their emotions.
楊慕貞博士 (Dr. Shirley Yeung) 持有多項專業資格，包括：環境管理及評估研究所﹝IEMA﹞核准可持續﹝企業社會責任﹞執行人員、資深ISO9000 首席審計師、高等教育品質提升計劃﹝AQIP﹞評核員、美國及香港學術及職業資歷評審局科目專家。
2019年，楊博士獲得澳洲管理會計師資格，並獲邀為世界綠色組織、香港女青年商會、浩洋青年商會及騰龍青年商會外部顧問，又獲聯合國United Nations Office for South South Cooperation (UNOSSC) 委任為企業家學院(Entrepreneuriship Academy) 項目顧問，同年獲得世界健力士香港紀錄、與逾1,000位國際參加者集體保持瑜伽姿式「戰士第二式」3分鐘。
Dr Shirley Yeung, IEMA approved Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner, Experienced ISO9000 Principal Auditor, AQIP Assessor, US, HKCAAVQ Subject Specialist and QMS lead auditor of HKQAA, Hong Kong.
Dr. Shirley Yeung was named Pioneer Professor of Sustainability in the AIM2Flourish, the Asia Ambassador, Sustainability Mindset working Group of the UN PRME and the UN Global Compact.
In 2021, officially appointed by UNSDSG-Kenya and INCENECDEV as Asia Ambassador and Brand Ambassador; and nominated as Global Sustainability Professional in 2020.
In 2019, Dr. Yeung obtained The Best Professor in Business Studies, HK Education Leadership Award, Hong Kong.
In 2018, Dr. Yeung awarded “The Outstanding Global Leader with Impacts – Woman Award, 2018”, TonggenTongmeng, Beijing, China. In the same year, Dr Yeung was also nominated for Pioneer UNSDGs, UN Global Compact.
In 2017, Dr Yeung was appointed as Associate Vice President (AVP), UNESCO HK Association and served as Secretary General and Chair, CSR and Sustainable Business and Management Divisions, the World Institute of Sustainable Development Planner (WISDP) under UNESCO HK Association, Winner for The 2nd Global Young Leadership Award organised by Yazhou Zhoukan Magazine (亞洲週刊), invited as “Visiting Chair Professor” by ISTEC, France, and awarded SDSC Excellence in Teaching Award, 2015/16, Hang Seng Management College. Recently, Dr Yeung obtained a Distinguished Senior Executive Management Certificate on Innovations from HKMA, HK/ Cambridge University, UK. With on-going publications (around 100 pieces) and global collaborations on United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), UNOSSC, and UNPRME, Dr Yeung has been recently invited as a Task Force Member for UNESCAP/ EBAC-ESBN / Banking and Finance, and also act as a member for Collaboration Committee for the civil society consultation for UN Development System review process.
In 2016, Dr Yeung was nominated as UN Local Change Maker and also one of panels of UNPRME Colloquium on Higher Education workshop of 7th PRME Asia Forum in Hong Kong. Dr Yeung was invited by Harvard University, HPAIR to deliver a seminar on “Entrepreneurial Spirit and Sustainable Mindset”.
In 2015, Dr. Yeung awarded “Pioneer Professor Certificate” from UN Flourish Prizes, US for guiding a student in writing a story on FujiXerox’s sustainable development achievements; and she was also the convener for the 1st Forum on Sustainable Development in Higher Education co-organized with UNESCO, APEID and the Chair of the 2nd International Conference on Supply Chain for Sustainability, Hong Kong.
In 2014, Dr. Yeung was nominated by Nobel Prize Winner for Wenhui (文晖) Award for Educational Innovation, UNESCO, APEID.
Editor：Alan Li @ JCI Dragon
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Interview：Nelson Ho @ JCI Dragon