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“It is essential to push research to the forefront as rigorous empirical studies should inform educational and social policy relevant to children and their families.”

Nirmala Rao

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PROF. NIRMALA RAO

Ph.D., C. Psychol., FPBS, FHKPS

Nirmala Rao is a Serena H C Yang Professor in Early Childhood Development and Education, Chair Professor of Child Development and Education, and Director of the Consortium for Research on Early Childhood Development and Education (CORE), Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (HKU).

 

She is a Developmental and Chartered (Educational) Psychologist by training and has conducted research on early childhood development and education in Asian cultural contexts. Professor Rao has published widely and serves on the Editorial Board for premier scholarly journals. She is a regular participant in high-level international meetings, written advocacy material, and undertaken consultancies for international organisations. Professor Rao has received awards for both research and teaching.

AREA OF RESEARCH

Early Childhood Development and Education

Child Development and Educational Policy

Developmental and Educational Psychology

Culture and Pedagogy

HK$200M+

Grants

Received

300+

Research

Outputs

25+

Supervised Doctoral Students

UNICEF

Research Impact: EAP-ECDS as Best of UNICEF Research 2015

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Administrative Leadership across Faculty of Education, Graduate School and HKU 

KEY PROJECTS

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Validation, Finalization and Adoption of the East Asia-Pacific Early Child  
Development Scales (EAP-ECDS) 

Validation, Finalization and Adoption of the East Asia-Pacific Early Child  Development Scales (EAP-ECDS) 

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Early childhood development, preschool quality, school readiness and early achievement: A longitudinal study in China

Early childhood development, preschool quality, school readiness and early achievement: A longitudinal study in China

RECENT AWARDS

Outstanding Researcher Award (ORA)

HKU

Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship 

Best of UNICEF Research

RGC

UNICEF