Speakers

Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


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

Additional speakers will be announced here shortly.

Professor 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.

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Professor Anthony Welch
University of Sydney, Australia

Biography

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).

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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.

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

Biography

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.

Professor Yuto Kitamura
The University of Tokyo, Japan

Biography

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).

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Professor Catherine Montgomery
University of Bath, UK

Biography

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.

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Professor 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.

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