The IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research – Hong Kong 2018

Conference Theme: "Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Value"

In recent years, governments in East Asia have called for a university-industry-business collaboration to support innovation and entrepreneurship. With the growing importance of technology advancement and its potential impact on social and economic changes, different strategies have been adopted to promote a smart city, innovation and entrepreneurship across different countries. The IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research – Hong Kong (CHER-HongKong) sets out against the wider political economy context to examine how governments, universities, industries and businesses, and the community at large in Asia, work together to nurture innovation and entrepreneurship not only for reasons of economic growth, but also for social development and cultural enhancement.

The HKSAR Government has realised that innovation, information and technology, and entrepreneurship are important drivers for new economic growth. Thus, the HKSAR has proactively supported innovation and creativity for economic development and knowledge transfer activities. In order to capture the development opportunities given by the Big Bay Area in South China and the strategic development directions under the “Belt and Road Initiatives” rolled out by the Chinese Government, the HKSAR Government has actively called the university sector to engage with the industries and businesses, as well as the local, regional and international community to work together to promote innovation-centric entrepreneurship. The Conference organised in Hong Kong against the regional development context outlined above will provide stimulating conversations and dialogues for conference participants.

This conference offers the international platform for higher education researchers, senior university administrators, government officials, policy analysts, and professionals working across industries and education to explore new strategies/measures in support of innovation-centric entrepreneurship. Meanwhile, this conference also engages presenters and participants to examine policy, management and governance, ethical and value issues when promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and value.

The Organising Committee welcomes individual paper presentations, panel sessions or symposia proposals in line with the central theme of the conference. More specifically, paper proposals are welcome to addressed the sub-themes as below:

  • Globalisation, internalisation of education and impact on student learning
  • Questing for innovation and entrepreneurship: Curriculum design and student learning
  • Promoting STEM and the role of value in education
  • Innovation, entrepreneurship and graduate employment
  • Driving for innovation-centric entrepreneurship: Management and governance issues

Held at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, The IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research – Hong Kong is a multidisciplinary conference co-organised by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Lingnan University (Hong Kong), and the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.

In conjunction with IAFOR's Global Partners, we look forward to welcoming you to Hong Kong!

– The CHER-HongKong Advisory Board and Organising Committee

Hon. Bernard Chan, Executive Council, Hong Kong SAR Government, Hong Kong
Dr Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan
Dr Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech, USA
Professor Joshua Mok, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Professor Deane Neubauer, East-West Center, USA
Professor Susan Robertson, University of Cambridge, UK
Justin Sanders, Osaka University, Japan
Dr Winnie Tang, Smart City Consortium, Hong Kong

Key Information
  • Location & Venue: Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Dates: Friday, October 19, 2018 ​to Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Conference Theme: "Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Value"
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: June 08, 2018*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: August 10, 2018
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: September 07, 2018

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

The Final Abstract Submission Deadline has now passed.

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Leonard K Cheng
    Professor Leonard K Cheng
    Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Professor Anthony Welch
    Professor Anthony Welch
    University of Sydney, Australia

Featured Speakers

  • Dr Xu Di
    Dr Xu Di
    University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA
  • Professor Yuto Kitamura
    Professor Yuto Kitamura
    The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Professor Catherine Montgomery
    Professor Catherine Montgomery
    University of Bath, UK
  • Professor Deane Neubauer
    Professor Deane Neubauer
    East-West Center, USA

About Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Founded in Guangzhou in 1888 and re-established in Hong Kong in 1967, Lingnan has the longest history among all local tertiary institutions. Its vision is to be a leading Asian liberal arts university with international recognition, distinguished by outstanding teaching, learning, scholarship and community engagement. Lingnan is committed to providing quality whole-person education by combining the best of Chinese and Western liberal arts traditions; nurturing students to achieve all-round excellence and imbuing them with our core values; and encourage faculty and students to contribute to society through original research and knowledge transfer.

On the auspicious occasion of celebrating its golden jubilee, Lingnan has achieved a leap in ranking that puts it in the top 100 Asian universities in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings 2018. In 2015, Lingnan University was also named as one of the top 10 liberal arts college in Asia by Forbes. Lingnan is dedicated to building an international campus and actively establishing strategic collaborations with prominent universities worldwide.

About the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP)

The Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP) is the Research Consortium co-launched by Lingnan University together with University College London’s (UCL) Institute of Education’s Centre for Global Higher Education in the UK, King’s College London’s Department of International Development, and the University of Bath’s International Centre for Higher Education Management in the UK. APHERP is also supported by leading institutions in Asia: Peking University, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University and South China University of Technology in China, Hiroshima University in Japan, and National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan.

Publications for Higher Education Research

Selected papers after serious academic reviews will be selected for publications by:

  • Journal of Asian Education and Development Studies (Emerald) [Internationally refereed and ESSCI Journal]
  • Springer Book Series on Higher Education in Asia: Quality, Excellence and Governance

Visit Hong Kong

As the world’s largest continent continues to develop, so do its educational and academic needs, and as the global economy recentres towards the Asia-Pacific region, the relevance and significance of IAFOR as an interdisciplinary think tank for both Asia and the West grows. With international events held in Hong Kong and Japan, IAFOR's Asian Conference Series is the ideal forum in which to discuss emerging regional and global issues, and to keep up to date with the latest interdisciplinary research across a range of academic fields.

Why Join an IAFOR Conference?

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) welcomes academics from all over the world to our interdisciplinary conferences held in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Our events provide a unique international, intercultural and interdisciplinary environment in which to hear the latest world-class research and network with leading academics, professionals and practitioners.

Our conferences are meticulously planned under the direction of prominent academics to ensure that they offer programmes of the highest level, and are supported by some of the world’s leading academic institutions, including the University of London (UK), Virginia Tech (USA), University of Barcelona (Spain), Waseda University (Japan), University of Sussex (UK), Medill School of Journalism (USA), Moscow State University (Russia) and The University of Tokyo (Japan).

By facilitating dialogue between the world’s academics and thought leaders, IAFOR has become a pioneer in providing the research avenues and visionary development solutions that are necessary in our rapidly emerging globalised world. We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.

Professor Leonard K Cheng
Lingnan University, Hong Kong


Professor Leonard K Cheng is President of Lingnan University, Hong Kong. After his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, he taught at the University of Florida for 12 years. He joined the School of Business and Management of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1992, where he served as Head of Economics, Associate Dean, Director of PhD and MBA programmes, Acting Dean and Dean. He joined Lingnan University as President in September 2013.

Professor Cheng’s research interests include applied game theory, market structure, currency crisis, international trade and investment, technological innovation and imitation, and China’s inward and outward foreign direct investment.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Innovation and Entrepreneurship at a Liberal Arts University? The Experience of Lingnan University
Professor Anthony Welch
University of Sydney, Australia


Anthony Welch is Professor of Education, at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. A policy specialist, his numerous publications include studies of reforms and policy issues within Australia, Asia, and elsewhere, as well as making theoretical contributions in the field.

He holds an MA, and PhD from the University of London, has lectured in many parts of the world, and has authored or edited more than ten books. His work has been translated into numerous European and Asian languages. Professor Welch has consulted to international agencies such as UNDP, the Commonwealth of Learning and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), governments in Australia, Asia, as well as within Europe, and to US Foundations and institutions; he has project experience in several parts of Asia, notably China and South East Asia, particularly regarding higher education reforms.

A Fulbright New Century Scholar, for 2007-8 (Theme: Access and Equity in Higher Education), and DAAD Scholar, he has been a Visiting Professor in the USA, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia. In 2008, he delivered the Joseph Lauwerys Lecture, at the Comparative Education Society of Europe (CESE), in Athens. He led an Australian Research Council Grant for a project on the Chinese Knowledge Diaspora, and his Consultancy roles include the major Asian Development Bank (ADB) project, Higher Education in Dynamic Asia, and Higher Education Consultant (ADB) for the Comprehensive Education Sector Review (CESR), Myanmar, 2012-13. He has contributed to the high-level policy symposium, Beijing Forum, and holds the title of Professor and PhD Supervisor at a major Chinese university. In 2015 he was selected as Haiwai Mingshi (Distinguished Foreign Scholar) by China’s national agency SAFEA (State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs).

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Shift to the East

Selected Recent Books

Welch, A., (Ed.). (2005) The Professoriate: Profile of a Profession. Springer.
Welch, A., et al. (2017). Education, Change and Society, (4th revised edition). Oxford.
Jarvis, D. and Welch, A., (Eds.). (2011). ASEAN Industries and the Challenge from China. London, Palgrave. (In Press).
Welch, A., (2011). Higher Education in South East Asia. Blurring Borders, Changing Balance. Public and Private. London, Routledge.
Counting the Cost. Higher Education for Inclusive Growth in Asia. Manila ADB.

For more details of relevant publications and so on, click here.

Dr Xu Di
University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA


Xu Di (许笛) is a professor in the department of Education Foundations, College of Education, University of Hawai’i-Mānoa. She is a member of the board of examiners for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE, now Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation [CAEP]), which has provided national accreditation for teacher education programs in the United States since 2007. Her recent publications focus on bridging Eastern and Western philosophy for educational practices and include Chinese Philosophy on Teaching & Learning: Xueji《学记》 in the Twenty-First Century (2016), The Wisdom from the East: A Holistic Theory and Practice of Health and Wellness (2013), Spiritual Heritage and Education Today (2013), Taoism: Origin, Essence, and Practice (2013), and A Reading of Lao Zi for Educational Philosophers Today (2012). In addition, she published A Comparison of the Educational Ideas and Practices of John Dewey and Mao Zedong in China (1992) and various chapters and articles on teacher education, educational foundations, multicultural education, international education, and ESL education. She worked as an international consultant in teacher education and educational reforms in Central Asia and Africa for the World Bank in 2002 and 2001. She served on the Hawai’i Teacher Standard Board (2005–2008) and as the president of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) Hawai’i Chapter as well as Hawai’i state representative (2006–2008). She was a visiting scholar and research associate at the Philosophy of Educational Research Center at Harvard University (1999–2000), a visiting professor in Peking University (2015, 2011, 2009, and 1997) and in Renmin University (2012, 2014, and 2016), and an exchange professor at National Kaohsiung University in Taiwan (1998). She served as manuscript editor as well as editorial board member for Harvard Educational Review during 1988–1990. She was honored in Who’s Who among American Teachers in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, and 2008.

Featured Presentation (2018) | Value, Innovation, Entrepreneurship: An Ethical Perspective for Global Education, Research, & Development
Professor Yuto Kitamura
The University of Tokyo, Japan


Yuto Kitamura is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education, the University of Tokyo. He received his PhD in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He worked as Assistant Education Specialist in the Education Sector of UNESCO in Paris and taught as Associate Professor at Nagoya and Sophia Universities, both in Japan. Yuto Kitamura was a Fulbright Scholar at the George Washington University and Visiting Professor at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. He is currently Special Advisor to the Rector at the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. He is also an Associate Member of the Science Council of Japan (i.e., National Academy) and the Member of the Board of Education of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

He is specialised in comparative education and has been conducting research extensively on the education policies of developing countries, particularly in Southeast Asia. Some of his research themes are: the internationalisation of higher education in Asia; higher education reforms and the academic profession in Cambodia; and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Asia. His recent publications include: The Political Economy of Educational Reforms and Capacity Development in Southeast Asia: Cases of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (co-editor, Springer, 2009), Emerging International Dimensions of East Asian Higher Education (co-editor, Springer, 2014) and The Political Economy of Schooling in Cambodia (co-editor, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Featured Presentation (2018) | The Impact of Internationalization of Higher Education in Asia on Cooperation Among Diverse Stakeholders: International Cooperation to Promote Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Professor Catherine Montgomery
University of Bath, UK


Catherine Montgomery is Professor of International Higher Education in the Department of Education at the University of Bath. Catherine’s research focuses on internationalisation of higher education and she has a particular interest in transnational higher education in China and East Asia. Catherine’s recent work focuses on international higher education mobilities, mainly with reference to flows of international students and considers what this can tell us about the changing landscapes of global higher education.

Catherine has also worked on international and comparative research projects in Denmark, Mexico and Vietnam including a British Council project focusing on Internationalisation strategy in Vietnam, an ESRC funded project looking at autonomy and democracy in education entitled Freedom to Learn and a British Council project researching the role of dialogic STEM education in addressing social and cultural disadvantage in Mexico and the UK.

Catherine has recently been appointed to the role of Academic Director of International Partnerships at the University of Bath. In this new role, she is leading the strategic development, coordination and delivery of worldwide partnerships and supporting faculties and departments in identifying, developing and maintaining research, teaching and knowledge-exchange links and partnerships with institutions overseas.

Other indicators of esteem include a visiting professorship at the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, a UK National Teaching Fellowship (2010) and frequent invitations to give keynotes, plenary and papers on international education at national and international educational conferences and for government policy groups. Catherine has strong and active collaborative research links with high ranking universities in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Mexico.

Featured Presentation (2018) | Contemporary Patterns of Global Educational Mobilities: What Might Be the Impact on Innovation and Entrepreneurship?
Professor Deane Neubauer
East-West Center, USA


Deane Neubauer is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He currently also serves as the Associate Director of the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP) which conducts a wide range of policy-focused research with a special focus on higher education. He is also currently an adjunct fellow of the East-West Center, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Deane holds a BA from the University of California, Riverside, and MA and PhD degrees from Yale University. Over the course of his career he has focused on a variety of political and policy areas including democratic theory, public policy, elections and various policy foci, including education, health, agriculture and communication. He has held a wide variety of administrative positions at the University of Hawaii, Manoa and the 10 campus University of Hawaii system. He also has over twenty-years experience in US-oriented quality assurance.

Featured Presentation (2018) | Recalculating Higher Education in the Asia Pacific Region within the Emerging Fourth Industrial Revolution