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Professor Rao, Nirmala 劉麗薇

Title:
Serena H.C. Yang Professorship in Early Childhood Development and Education
Professor

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Professor Rao, Nirmala 劉麗薇

Title:
Serena H.C. Yang Professorship in Early Childhood Development and Education
Professor

Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
Bangalore UniversityB.A.
Tulane UniversityM.S.
Tulane UniversityPh.D.
Biography

Nirmala Rao is Professor, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. She is a Developmental and Chartered (Educational) Psychologist, recognized internationally for her work on early childhood development and child development and education. Her research program concerns the influences of home and preschool experiences on early child development and the policies which affect them. Her work is underpinned by the belief that systematically conducted empirical research should inform educational and social policy relevant to children and their families, and by a commitment to equity, particularly in relation to access to education for girls and children who are disadvantaged. She has conducted longitudinal program evaluation research in low resource environments in Cambodia, China and India which has had considerable impact on policy. Professor Rao has also studied parenting practices and preschool quality in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland and is currently developing a population-level measure of early child development for countries in Asia and the Pacific. Recognition of her research is reflected in her publications and requests to provide technical expertise and consultancy for the UN and its associated agencies, as well as other invitations to serve on high-level committees concerned with child development in the developing world. She also plays leadership roles in international professional organizations which aim to promote the well-being of young children through research and advocacy efforts.

Professor Rao teaches in the areas of Child Development and Education and offers courses on Early Child Development/Education and Developmental Psychology. She is involved in the M.Ed. (Early Childhood Education) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education) programmes.

In terms of service to the Faculty and the University, she was Deputy Head of the Departments of Education/Curriculum Studies and Education (1999-2002); Associate Dean, Faculty of Education 2002-2005), Acting Dean of the Faculty of Education from March 2006 to August 2007, Acting Chairperson of the Board of the Faculty of Education from November 2008 to August 2009 and Acting Head of the Division (2009). She was Associate Dean, The Graduate School from 2010 to 2013 and is now Dean and Chairperson of the Board of Graduate Studies.

Professor Rao is actively involved in professional organizations concerned with early childhood development. She is World Treasurer of OMEP (World Organisation for Early Childhood Education), past president of OMEP-Hong Kong and was a Steering Committee Member of the Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC). She is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Psychological Society; and a member of the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She serves on the Editorial Board for several peer-reviewed international journals and is an Associate Editor for Child Development and Developmental Psychology. Professor Rao has been a consultant for UNICEF in Cambodia, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Vietnam, and the East Asia and Pacific Regional Office; for UNESCO's Regional Bureau of Education in Bangkok and for the World Bank.

 
Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
Lee, PLD
2015-07-01The annual Best of UNICEF Research (BOUR) Award: UNICEF
Research Achievement
2014-01-01Eminent Visiting Professor: Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Research Achievement
2013-11-01Endowed Professorship - Serena HC Yang Professorship in Early Childhood Development and Education: The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2014-01-01Research Output Prize 2012-13: Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2010-01-01Faculty Outstanding Research Supervisor Award 2010: The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
Sun, J
Ng, M
Becher, Y
Lee, PLD
2015-06-01Best of UNICEF Research (BOUR): UNICEF Office of Research (2015). Early Childhood Development in East Asia and Pacific: Culturally sensitive testing, Florence, Italy
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
Executive Committee MemberHong Kong Committee on Children' Rights
MemberAmerical Psychological Society
MemberSociety for Research in Child Development
MemberHong Kong Educational Research Association
Fellow and MemberHong Kong Psychological Society
MemberNational Association for the Education of Young Children
MemberInternational Society for the Study of Behavioral Development
Executive Committee MemberOMEP (World Organisation of Early Childhood Education)
Associate Fellow and MemberBritish Psychological Society
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Area of Expertise:
Area of Expertise (EN)Area of Expertise (ZH)
Early child development and education, child development and social policy, child psychology, culture in pedagogy
Spoken Languages:
Spoken Language(s) (EN)Spoken Language(s) (ZH)
English英語
Written Languages:
Written Language(s) (EN)Written Language(s) (ZH)
English英文
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