Professor Rao, Nirmala 劉麗薇
Professor Rao, Nirmala 劉麗薇
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.
|Awardees||Award Date||Honours / Awards / Prizes||Category|
|2015-06-01||Best of UNICEF Research (BOUR): UNICEF Office of Research (2015). Early Childhood Development in East Asia and Pacific: Culturally sensitive testing, Florence, Italy||Research Achievement|
|2015-07-01||The annual Best of UNICEF Research (BOUR) Award: UNICEF||Research Achievement|
|2014-01-01||Eminent Visiting Professor: Universiti Brunei Darussalam||Research Achievement|
|2013-11-01||Endowed Professorship - Serena HC Yang Professorship in Early Childhood Development and Education: The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2014-01-01||Research Output Prize 2012-13: Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2010-01-01||Faculty Outstanding Research Supervisor Award 2010: The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|Term Period||Position||Professional Societies|
|Executive Committee Member||Hong Kong Committee on Children' Rights|
|Member||Americal Psychological Society|
|Member||Hong Kong Educational Research Association|
|Member||Society for Research in Child Development|
|Fellow and Member||Hong Kong Psychological Society|
|Member||International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development|
|Member||National Association for the Education of Young Children|
|Executive Committee Member||OMEP (World Organisation of Early Childhood Education)|
|Associate Fellow and Member||British Psychological Society|
|Spoken Language(s) (EN)||Spoken Language(s) (ZH)|
|Written Language(s) (EN)||Written Language(s) (ZH)|
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