Professor Eva Man’s passion to serve with heart and dedication has seen her service contributions span all levels of University life as well as the outside community.
Since joining the University in January 1991, Professor Man’s many important positions have included being Executive Associate Dean of the Graduate School from 2014-17, Head of the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing in 2013-14 and Resident Master of the Student Residence Hall of Soong since 2011, and Programme Head of the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities from 1998-2007. She joined the Academy of Film in September 2017, taking up the directorship at a critical time.
At the Academy of Film, Professor Man has made substantial contributions by improving its culture and management as well as conducting revisions of the curriculum. She has spearheaded a number of collaborative and international exchange projects including a film project called “HOME” in April 2018 with City University of New York and Emerson College in Boston. Six short films were produced by each institution on the subject of home for the purposes of mutual screening and dialogue. In 2017 she facilitated students in obtaining 25 local and international film awards and grants. Professor Man has also strengthened the Academy’s networking with the local and international film industries and helped the University to create a creative cluster through close collaboration with industry and overseas institutions.
During her time at the Graduate School, Professor Man undertook a number of initiatives including setting new policies and regulations for research and postgraduate programmes, chairing the Research Postgraduate Studies Committee and the Taught Postgraduate Regulations Committee, and monitoring the Quality Assurance process for postgraduate studies and all Master’s programmes.
Professor Man has been Resident Master of the Student Residence Hall of Soong, supervising and caring for 470 students on a 24-hour basis. She is the sole woman Resident Master and sits on numerous panels dealing with issues related to Hall life. This has been one of the most satisfying jobs in her career at the University.
Professor Man has also proactively involved in numerous public service institutions especially in arts and culture in government bodies, Dance and Drama companies and the Hong Kong Jockey Club acting as member, advisor and consultant. Her services do not only help the University to strengthen its links with the public, but also provide updated information on public policies to the University.
Professor Man’s drive, enthusiasm and dedication in whatever task she tackles have been of such enormous benefit to the University that the Selection Committee has no hesitation in recommending her for the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Service.