CHER-HongKong2019


Conference Theme: "Uncertain Futures: Repurposing Higher Education"

November 08–10, 2019 | Lingnan University, Hong Kong

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), the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP), and in affiliation with the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE).

Given the rate of change in today’s world, the future has never seemed less certain, to either students or teachers. This conference will concentrate on the role of formal education in preparing students for uncertain futures, and for societies that are changing at great speed.

To the positive aspects of globalisation that have transformed how we work and interact with each other, we must also consider the more negative impacts on societies and the natural environment. Nationalism, regionalism, populism and authoritarianism are frequently driven by fear-based politics, driven by the idea of an uncertain present, and scary future.

Technologies have made life better in so many ways, but they have also contributed to great losses of personal privacy, and increased reports of alienation as social media and online life vye for time with “real” life. Until fairly recently, technology was driven by policy, as opposed to the current situation where it exists before any ramifications can be fully considered.

Artificial intelligence and robots are already replacing many more routine jobs, and while technology may create many as yet unimagined jobs, teachers and professors are in the position of having to educate for the unknown. How then do we respond effectively to uncertain futures by repurposing education? How do we reimagine teaching, lecturing, nurturing, mentoring, and the curation and transmission of knowledge? How do we prepare for students to thrive when confronted with the unexpected? How do we plan for as yet unknown disruptive change?

This CHER conference will look at these questions and more. In these times of change one thing is certain, we have a lot to learn from each other. We look forward to challenging discussions, engaging ideas, and helping to shape the future when we meet at the conference.

We look forward to seeing you there!

– The CHER-HongKong Advisory Board and Organising Committee

Bernard Charnwut Chan, Executive Council of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan
Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech, USA
Joshua Mok, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Deane Neubauer, East-West Center, USA
Susan Robertson, University of Cambridge, UK
Justin Sanders, Temple University, Japan Campus
Winnie Tang, Smart City Consortium, Hong Kong
Ada Wong, Lingnan University, Hong Kong


IAFOR Journal of Education (Scopus Indexed Journal)

This conference is associated with the Scopus and DOAJ listed IAFOR Journal of Education.
 

Key Information
  • Location & Venue: Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Dates: Friday, November 08, 2019 ​to Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Conference Theme: "Uncertain Futures: Repurposing Higher Education"
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: June 28, 2019*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: August 29, 2019
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: September 26, 2019

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

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Programme

  • Equal but Different: Global and Regional Implications of the Rise of China in Universities and Science
    Equal but Different: Global and Regional Implications of the Rise of China in Universities and Science
    Keynote Presentation: Simon Marginson
  • Engaging the Forces Propelling the Repurposing of Higher Education
    Engaging the Forces Propelling the Repurposing of Higher Education
    Keynote Presentation: Deane Neubauer
  • Boya Education in China: Lessons from Liberal Arts Education in the U.S. and Hong Kong
    Boya Education in China: Lessons from Liberal Arts Education in the U.S. and Hong Kong
    Keynote Presentation: Leonard K. Cheng
  • Uncertain Futures of the Past: “Repurposing” American Higher Education, 1945–1965
    Uncertain Futures of the Past: “Repurposing” American Higher Education, 1945–1965
    Keynote Presentation: Adam Nelson
  • Graduate Employment and Under-Employment
    Graduate Employment and Under-Employment
    Keynote Presentation: Francis Green

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Keynote Speakers

  • Leonard K Cheng
    Leonard K Cheng
    Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Francis Green
    Francis Green
    University College London, Institute of Education, UK
  • Simon Marginson
    Simon Marginson
    University of Oxford, UK
  • Adam R. Nelson
    Adam R. Nelson
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Deane Neubauer
    Deane Neubauer
    East-West Center, USA

Featured Speakers

  • Joshua Mok
    Joshua Mok
    Lingnan University, Hong Kong

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Advisory Board

  • Bernard Charnwut Chan
    Bernard Charnwut Chan
    Executive Council of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong
  • Joseph Haldane
    Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Barbara Lockee
    Barbara Lockee
    Virginia Tech, USA
  • Joshua Mok
    Joshua Mok
    Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Deane Neubauer
    Deane Neubauer
    East-West Center, USA
  • Susan Robertson
    Susan Robertson
    University of Cambridge, UK
  • Justin Sanders
    Justin Sanders
    Temple University, Japan Campus
  • Winnie Tang
    Winnie Tang
    Smart City Consortium, Hong Kong

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Review Committee

IAFOR's peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by conference Organising Committee members under the guidance of the Academic Governing Board. Review Committee members are established academics who hold PhDs or other terminal degrees in their fields and who have previous peer review experience.

If you would like to apply to serve on the CHER-HongKong2019 Review Committee, please visit our application page.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Equal but Different: Global and Regional Implications of the Rise of China in Universities and Science
Keynote Presentation: Simon Marginson

The rapid development of higher education and the associated research in China is now well documented. The gross enrolment ratio, the proportion of school leavers entering tertiary education, rose from 5 per cent in 1996 to 51 per cent in 2017. The number of Chinese mainland universities in the Shanghai ARWU top 500 grew from eight universities in 2005 to 58 in 2018. In physical sciences STEM research, the leading Chinese universities now produce as many high citation research papers, in English, as the leading universities from the United States. The growth of science in China has coincided with the emergence of the global system of science publishing which has now achieved a dominant role in research, and has been built on a high level of internationalisation, including US-China collaboration. In the next period, the processes of rapid growth and improvement in China may become impeded by geo-political conflict, including restrictions on people mobility and exchange of technology, but one suspects that China’s higher education and science systems are now sufficiently developed and self-sufficient to sustain a strong regional and global role under such conditions. The paper will reflect on the similarities and differences between universities in China and Euro-America and the implications of the emerging bipolar world for the evolution of both global higher education and China.

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Engaging the Forces Propelling the Repurposing of Higher Education
Keynote Presentation: Deane Neubauer

This paper explores the nature and some of the probable effects on higher education (HE) of four major emergent global dynamics: the emergence of the Work 4.0 culture, climate change, the continuing pattern of national and international realignments, and transforming population dynamics--in particular, the aging of global populations. All four of these macro social changes will impact HE in a variety of ways. This paper focuses on suggesting ways in which HE as a social value and set of practices may respond to these macro changes. In specific I inquire into the varied elements of Work 4.0 and seek to link them to the repurposing of HE. I also ask how an impending global climate change emergency will impact higher education with particular emphasis on the likely responses of both national governments and international organizations. This focus dovetails in some national settings (most specifically the USA) with the rise of nationalism and a policy predilection for national versus international solutions to various issues. And finally, the paper raises the question of how changing population dynamics are affecting HE, in specific, the kinds of novel subject matter, research and delivery systems that will likely emerge with a globally aging population?

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Boya Education in China: Lessons from Liberal Arts Education in the U.S. and Hong Kong
Keynote Presentation: Leonard K. Cheng

In this paper I shall discuss the importance of China’s "boya" education (BYE), which has a tradition similar to that of the West’s liberal arts education (LAE), in the era of computer-based automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. Drawing on the experience of BYE in Mainland China and LAE in the United States and Hong Kong, I argue that (a) for BYE to achieve its goals in China it should occupy a central rather than tangential role in the undergraduate curriculum, (b) professional or technical training is not only compatible with the fundamental values of boya or liberal arts but also is helpful in showcasing the touted strengths of BYE and LAE, and (c) the combined benefits of BYE or LAE on the one hand and professional or technical training on the other may be achieved by pursuing both undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

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Uncertain Futures of the Past: “Repurposing” American Higher Education, 1945–1965
Keynote Presentation: Adam Nelson

On the one hand, the United States after World War II built a higher-education system that became the envy of the world. On the other hand, the construction of that system provoked such intense student backlash that it nearly fell apart. While the story of global student protest during the late 1960s is well known, this lecture considers the causes and consequences of student alienation during the early 1960s, when many students became increasingly critical of the mass institutions – including the “multi-versities”– they inhabited. As they expressed their fears of an “uncertain future” marked by seemingly inexorable technological change (from industrial automation to nuclear proliferation to environmental degradation), they saw the university as both “the problem” and “the solution”. This story may hold lessons for global university leaders today.

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Graduate Employment and Under-Employment
Keynote Presentation: Francis Green

For those investing their time and money in university study, the uncertain prospects of finding a “graduate job” after achieving their qualification has been casting a gloom over higher education in many countries. Pessimists argue that the number of graduate jobs are not expanding fast enough to absorb the increasing number of graduates, and fear that the widespread introduction of robotic production will exacerbate this trend; while optimists emphasise the continuing average “returns” to higher education in the labour market, and expect that new jobs will emerge to replace those that disappear with new technologies. At the root of the issue is the fact that the graduate labour market is not a typical short-term micro-market, with an equilibrating price-mechanism ensuring that the supply of and demand for graduate skills remain closely aligned. With institutional and macroeconomic differences across nations, the risk for graduates of not finding employment in graduate jobs is expected to vary. In this talk I will report on a project that has been building a comparable picture of recent graduate labour markets in countries with high participation systems of higher education, especially drawing on evidence from Europe. I will analyse the supplies of graduates, the numbers of graduate jobs and the disequilibrium trends over a decade, alongside evidence of the changing dispersion of graduates’ wages.

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Leonard K Cheng
Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Biography

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 (2019) | Boya Education in China: Lessons from Liberal Arts Education in the U.S. and Hong Kong

Previous Presentations

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Innovation and Entrepreneurship at a Liberal Arts University? The Experience of Lingnan University
Francis Green
University College London, Institute of Education, UK

Biography

Francis Green is a Co-Investigator on CGHE’s social and economic impact of higher education research programme. Francis is Professor of Work and Education Economics at UCL Institute of Education. He writes on skills, education, training, job quality and industrial relations issues, and has worked as an advisor to the OECD, the European Union, the World Bank, and the UK and Singapore governments.

He is the author of Skills and Skilled Work. An Economic and Social Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Graduate Employment and Under-Employment
Simon Marginson
University of Oxford, UK

Biography

Simon is Professor of International Higher Education at the University of Oxford, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Higher Education, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Tsinghua Journal of Education. Simon has worked at the University of Oxford since September 2018. Prior to that he was Professor of International Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education (2013–2018), Professor of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne (2006–2013), and Professor of Education at Monash University (2000–2006). He was the Clark Kerr Lecturer on higher education at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014, and in the same year received the Distinguished Research Award from the Association for Studies of Higher Education in the United States. He is a member of Academia Europaea, a Lifetime Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education in the UK, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK and Australia.

Simon is one of the most cited scholar-researchers in the world in the field of higher education studies (h-index Google Scholar 51, Web of Science 16). He draws on and integrates a range of social science disciplines in his work, primarily political economy and political philosophy, historical sociology and social theory. He works primarily on globalisation and higher education, international and comparative higher education, and higher education and social inequality. He is currently researching the public good contributions of higher education, and completing a book with colleagues on the implications of the worldwide trend to high participation systems of higher education.

His books include Markets in Education (1997), The Enterprise University (with Mark Considine, 2000), Global Creation (2009) and Imagination (2010) with Peter Murphy and Michael Peters, International Student Security (with Chris Nyland, Erlenawati Sawir and Helen Forbes-Mewett, 2010), Higher Education and Globalisation (edited with Roger King and Rajani Naidoo, 2011), Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific: Strategic Responses to Globalisation (edited with Sarjit Kaur and Erlenawati Sawir, 2011), Higher Education in Vietnam (with nine co-authors, 2014), The Age of STEM (edited with Brigid Freeman and Russell Tytler, 2015), The Dream is Over: the Crisis of Clark Kerr’s Californian Idea of Higher Education (2016) and Higher Education and the Common Good (2016).

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Equal but Different: Global and Regional Implications of the Rise of China in Universities and Science
Adam R. Nelson
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Biography

Adam R. Nelson is Professor of Educational Policy Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. in history from Brown University. His publications include Education and Democracy: The Meaning of Alexander Meiklejohn, 1872-1964 (2001); The Elusive Ideal: Equal Educational Opportunity and the Federal Role in Boston’s Public Schools (2005); Education and the Culture of Print in Modern America, co-edited with John L. Rudolph (2010); and The Global University: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives, co-edited with Ian P. Wei (2012). He is currently writing a book titled Empire of Knowledge: Nationalism, Internationalism, and American Scholarship, 1780-1830. His research has been funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard, the Advanced Studies Fellowship Program at Brown, and the Vilas Associate Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He co-directs the “Ideas and Universities” project of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN; see https://wun.ac.uk/wun/research/view/ideas-and-universities).

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Uncertain Futures of the Past: “Repurposing” American Higher Education, 1945–1965
Deane Neubauer
East-West Center, USA

Biography

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.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Engaging the Forces Propelling the Repurposing of Higher Education

Previous Presentations

Featured Presentation (2018) | Recalculating Higher Education in the Asia Pacific Region within the Emerging Fourth Industrial Revolution
Joshua Mok
Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Biography

Professor Joshua Mok Ka-ho is the Vice-President and concurrently Lam Man Tsan Chair Professor of Comparative Policy of Lingnan University. Before joining Lingnan, he was the Vice President (Research and Development) and Chair Professor of Comparative Policy of The Hong Kong Institute of Education, and the Associate Dean and Professor of Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences of The University of Hong Kong. Prior to this, Professor Mok was appointed as the Founding Chair Professor in East Asian Studies and established the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Professor Mok is no narrow disciplinary specialist but has worked creatively across the academic worlds of sociology, political science, and public and social policy while building up his wide knowledge of China and the region. Professor Mok completed his undergraduate studies in Public and Social Administration at the City University of Hong Kong in 1989, and received an MPhil and PhD in Sociology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1991 and The London School of Economics and Political Science in 1994 respectively.

In addition, Professor Mok has published extensively in the fields of comparative education policy, comparative development and policy studies, and social development in contemporary China and East Asia. In particular, he has contributed to the field of social change and education policy in a variety of ways, not the least of which has been his leadership and entrepreneurial approach to the organisation of the field. His recent published works have focused on comparative social development and social policy responses in the Greater China region and East Asia. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Asian Public Policy (London: Routledge) and Asian Education and Development Studies (Emerald) as well as a Book Series Editor for Routledge and Springer.

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Bernard Charnwut Chan
Executive Council of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong

Biography

Mr Chan is President of Asia Financial Holdings Limited and Asia Insurance Company Limited. He is the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Chairman of Hong Kong Palace Museum Ltd., Chairman of the Steering Committee on Restored Landfill Revitalisation Funding Scheme and Chairman of the Committee on Reduction of Salt and Sugar in Food. He is also a Hong Kong Deputy to the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China and a board member of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. He previously served as a Legislative Council Member as well as Chairman of the Council of Lingnan University, the Council for Sustainable Development, the Antiquities Advisory Board, the Advisory Committee on Revitalisation of Historic Buildings and the Standing Committee on Judicial Salaries and Conditions of Service. Mr Chan was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star in 2006.

Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Biography

Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.

A Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance, Dr Haldane is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade (Serbia), a Visiting Professor at the School of Business at Doshisha University (Japan), and a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (USA).

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

Barbara Lockee
Virginia Tech, USA

Biography

Dr Barbara Lockee is Professor of Instructional Design and Technology at Virginia Tech, USA, where she is also Associate Director of the School of Education and Associate Director of Educational Research and Outreach. She teaches courses in instructional design, message design, and distance education. Her research interests focus on instructional design issues related to technology-mediated learning. She has published more than 80 papers in academic journals, conferences and books, and has presented her scholarly work at over 90 national and international conferences.

Dr Lockee is Immediate Past President of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, an international professional organisation for educational technology researchers and practitioners. She earned her PhD in 1996 from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction (Instructional Technology), MA in 1991 from Appalachian State University in Curriculum and Instruction (Educational Media), and BA in 1986 from Appalachian State University in Communication Arts.

Professor Barbara Lockee is a Vice-President of IAFOR. She is Chair of the Education & Language Learning division of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Joshua Mok
Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Biography

Professor Joshua Mok Ka-ho is the Vice-President and concurrently Lam Man Tsan Chair Professor of Comparative Policy of Lingnan University. Before joining Lingnan, he was the Vice President (Research and Development) and Chair Professor of Comparative Policy of The Hong Kong Institute of Education, and the Associate Dean and Professor of Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences of The University of Hong Kong. Prior to this, Professor Mok was appointed as the Founding Chair Professor in East Asian Studies and established the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Professor Mok is no narrow disciplinary specialist but has worked creatively across the academic worlds of sociology, political science, and public and social policy while building up his wide knowledge of China and the region. Professor Mok completed his undergraduate studies in Public and Social Administration at the City University of Hong Kong in 1989, and received an MPhil and PhD in Sociology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1991 and The London School of Economics and Political Science in 1994 respectively.

In addition, Professor Mok has published extensively in the fields of comparative education policy, comparative development and policy studies, and social development in contemporary China and East Asia. In particular, he has contributed to the field of social change and education policy in a variety of ways, not the least of which has been his leadership and entrepreneurial approach to the organisation of the field. His recent published works have focused on comparative social development and social policy responses in the Greater China region and East Asia. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Asian Public Policy (London: Routledge) and Asian Education and Development Studies (Emerald) as well as a Book Series Editor for Routledge and Springer.

Featured Presentation (2019) | Presentation information will be added here shortly
Deane Neubauer
East-West Center, USA

Biography

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.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Engaging the Forces Propelling the Repurposing of Higher Education

Previous Presentations

Featured Presentation (2018) | Recalculating Higher Education in the Asia Pacific Region within the Emerging Fourth Industrial Revolution
Susan Robertson
University of Cambridge, UK

Biography

Susan Robertson is Professor of Sociology of Education, the Faculty of Education, at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this, Susan was Professor at the University of Bristol. Her area of expertise is on transformations of the state, education policy, region building and global processes. Susan is founding editor of the journal Globalisation, Societies and Education, and currently Convenor of the research cluster, Culture, Politics and Global Justice at Cambridge. Susan’s recent publications include work on platform capitalism and higher education, market-making and trade agreements and their relationship to education governance.

Justin Sanders
Temple University, Japan Campus

Biography

Justin Sanders is the Director of Temple University Japan's Continuing Education Program, one of Japan's oldest and largest providers of personal and professional development courses. With over 14 years in the international and higher education sectors, before coming to Japan, he served as a Research Specialist and Global Recognition Manager for the International Baccalaureate, a leading global provider of international education programs and assessments. Prior, he spent several years supporting good governance in community colleges around the United States with the Association of Community College Trustees, and served a two year tour as a US Peace Corps Education Volunteer working at a rural primary and secondary school in Azerbaijan. Justin received his undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Arizona and his MA in International Education from the George Washington University. He completed his doctoral studies and earned his PhD in Education from the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Osaka University, Japan, where his research focused on international strategy development at comprehensive research universities in East Asia.

Winnie Tang
Smart City Consortium, Hong Kong

Biography

Dr Winnie Tang JP is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Hong Kong. She is one of the locally-bred IT entrepreneurs of Hong Kong. In the 1990s, Dr Tang founded Esri China (Hong Kong) Limited to develop and promote Geographic Information System (GIS) software and solutions.

Dr Tang is also the Founder and Honorary President of Smart City Consortium. Over the years, she has been actively advocating the use of technology and sharing her views regarding the ICT industry, eHealth, environmental conservation, entrepreneurship and smart city through her services in government and non-government organisations in Hong Kong.

In recognition of Dr Tang's outstanding contributions to society, she was recognised as one the Distinguished Alumni by the Faculty of Science of HKU in 2009 and as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the year by the Junior Chamber International Hong Kong (JCIHK) in 2006. Dr Tang also received the Young Achiever of the Year in the Women of Influence Award presented by the American Chamber of Commerce in 2004.