Call for Submission

About the Best Essay Award

The Best Essay Award was first introduced in 2011 and had been running annually until 2021. Its aim was to recognize student effort and achievement in the General Education Foundation Programme, and to showcase exemplary work resulting from intensive engagement in thinking and writing. Students who completed In Dialogue with Humanity and/or In Dialogue with Nature are eligible to compete for the Award.

The Award is currently suspended until further notice. 


Each year, one Gold Award (HK$3,000), three Silver Awards (HK$1,000 each), and ten Bronze Awards (HK$500 each) for each course.


Shortlisting was done by the GEF teaching team. Final selection was conducted by an adjudication committee comprising the Director of University General Education and the two Directors of the General Education Foundation Programme.

Adjudication was based on the following criteria:

  • Soundness of argument
  • Originality of ideas
  • Strength of organization and structure
  • Grammatical accuracy and precision of expression
  • Creativity of presentation
  • Appropriateness of references