External Examiners

Prof. Francis S.L. Kwok

Programme examined: Biomedical Technology –Medical Laboratory Technology (Bachelor's degree)

Professor Francis S. L. Kwok, a noted scientist in the field of Biochemistry, received his BSc in Biology and Chemistry from the East Tennessee State University and his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Tennessee, US. His university career began at the School of Pharmacy in the University of South Australia where he served for 10 years teaching students in both Pharmacy and Medical Laboratory Science at all levels. He then moved to the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, serving in various academic ranks up to professorship for another decade.

Professor Kwok's research covers areas in vitamin B6 metabolism, signal transduction in cancer cells and molecular cloning leading to industrial scale production of gamma-interferons. His research output has been published in over 80 papers in prestigious journals and research proceedings including Journal of Biological Chemistry, Biochemistry, European Journal of Biochemistry, and Biochimica and Biophysica Communications. In 2000 he obtained a HKD 50,000,000 grant from the Hong Kong Government to establish the Centre for Manufacture in Chinese Medicines, where the Lung Protection Concoction was produced later during the SARS epidemic in 2002-2003. In addition, he has also served as an assessor for the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong and the Australian Research Council.

Professor Kwok has extensive experience in course development and validation, having served as chair of more than 10 assessment/validation panels. In the late 1990s he was appointed Head of Applied Science in Hong Kong Technical College (Chai Wan) driving the transformation of its educational provision. In 2002 Professor Kwok began to serve as Principal of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Lee Wai Lee Campus) under the Vocational Training Council, engaging himself in the strategic development of VTC programmes through liaison with local industries. During 2004-2005, before his return to Australia, he and his team developed in collaboration with the watch industry and the Education Bureau the first Qualification Framework (QF) in Hong Kong, this becoming a paradigm for other QF development in the region.