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Educational Collaboration and Integration: ‘Education Plus’ Action Plan of East China Normal University

By Ren Youqun

Chair: Mark Bray

Ren Youqun is Executive Vice Chairman of the University Council & Vice President of ECNU. He is also a professor in Educational Sciences.

His research interests include Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Technology, Teacher Education, and Learning Sciences. He has published 2 books and over 80 articles, and translated 10 English books into Chinese. Prof. Ren is a passionate teacher with abundant teaching experience in higher education.

Abstract: East China Normal University (ECNU) is one of the elite universities in China. Since 2017 the university has been sponsored by the ‘National Double First-rate Program’, a new impetus for the development of China’s higher education. Its Faculty of Education has excelled in the national discipline-based evaluation led by the Ministry of Education. These achievements have brought ECNU both opportunities and challenges for its further development.

In this context, ECNU has launched a ‘Five Plus’ Action Plan: Education plus, Health plus, Ecology plus, Intelligence plus and International plus. This seminar will focus on the ‘Education Plus’ Action Plan.

Time: 10.30 – 11.30

Date: Wednesday 9 May

Venue: Meng Wah Complex 531

All are welcome!

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Critical Insights on Inherent Opportunities and Complexities Presented by Educational Sojourns

By Dely Lazarte Elliot

Chair: Yang Rui
Using a psychological lens, this seminar will focus on the opportunities and challenges inherent in the educational sojourn experience of a considerable number of students engaged in international education. The discussion will be grounded in a developmental theory originally proposed by Urie Bronfenbrenner leading to a new perspective concerning the distinctive processes entailed in an educational sojourn, particularly the implications of co-existing multilevel ecological systems from both ‘home’ and ‘host’ countries. There is a strong argument that a greater appreciation of this less explored perspective of academic acculturation is not only central to the quality of students’ educational experience but is equally crucial to the success or failure of these educational sojourns. The value of understanding academic acculturation warrants an important question with respect to the roles played by Higher Education Institutions, staff members and students themselves in maximising what international education can offer, not only to educational sojourners but equally, to realising ‘internationalisation at home’.
Dr Dely Lazarte Elliot is a lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow convening Educational Psychology and contributing to other postgraduate courses. She has a strong interest in both the academic and non-academic acculturation encountered by postgraduate students learning in international higher education contexts.

She recently led two research projects: a) Academic acculturation through international education: The British higher Education experience (funded by Adam Smith Research Foundation), and b) Towards maximising international PhD students’ experience in the UK (funded by Economic And Social Research Council IAA).

Dely regularly publishes and reviews in the areas of international education and doctoral education. She serves as an Associate Editor for the Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) Journal. Recent publications appear in Studies in Higher Education, Higher Education Research & Development, Oxford Review of Education and International Journal of Research & Method in Education.

Date: Tuesday 17 April 2018

Time: 14:30 – 15:45

Venue:  Room 202, Runme Shaw Building

All are welcome!


Supplementary Education: Identifying and Crossing Boundaries

On 9 and 10 December 2017, CERC hosted a remarkable Policy Forum entitled ‘Public-Private Partnerships in Supplementary Education: Sharing Experiences in East Asian Contexts’. The event was co-hosted with UNESCO, and attracted 53 participants from governments, companies, schools, and research institutions from Hong Kong, Japan, Mainland China, and the Republic of Korea.

Group pictureThe starting point was recognition that boundaries in education are less firm than before. Traditionally, formal schooling has been responsibility and domain of the public sector, but recent decades have brought a flourishing private sector in supplementary education. Most obvious is the academic form, provided by small, medium-sized and large companies.

“This was a unique gathering”, remarked ART_5297Mark Bray, the HKU’s UNESCO Chair Professor in Comparative Education. “It is breaking new conceptual ground”, he added, “not only in the four jurisdictions but also globally.” The University, he pointed out, provides a neutral arena in which stakeholders can dialogue on sensitive topics to identify ways forward in service of the common good.

The event brought together directors from both large and small companies, officers in Ministries of Education, and Associations of Supplementary Education Providers.

ART_5242The organizers did not seek consensus on a single mode of operation for every jurisdiction. Rather, they placed in the arena sets of experiences for participants to discuss and learn from each other. They noted that the burden of governments worried about regulation can be alleviated when the supplementary education providers engage in self-regulation. Participants heard various examples, highlighting ways in which all stakeholders can follow their own mandates yet productively serve the common good.

The next steps will include dissemination of key points. Ms Huong Le Thu indicated that UNESCO will play a role, using its global platform to disseminate the findings from East Asia to the wider community.

Book Launch: Researching Higher Education in Asia

By Jisun Jung, Hugo Horta & Akiyoshi Yonezawa

Chair: Mark Bray

4 December 2017 Monday
11:00 am – 12:30pm
Room 204 Runme Shaw Building

This book traces the evolution of research in the field of higher education in several Asian countries, and shares ideas about the evolving higher education research communities.

It identifies common and dissimilar challenges across national communities, providing insights into the relevance of a greater regional articulation of national higher education research communities, and their further integration into and contribution to the international higher education research community as a whole.

Jisun Jung is an assistant professor at HKU’s Faculty of Education. Her current research focuses on academic professions, doctoral education, employment and postgraduate studies, and higher education research in Asia.

Hugo Horta is an assistant professor at HKU’s Faculty of Education. He formerly served as the deputy-director at the Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research (IN+), based at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. He is a Coordinating-Editor of Higher Education (Springer).

Akiyoshi Yonezawa is a professor and director of the Office of Institutional Research, Tohoku University. He is a board member at the Japan Association for Higher Education Research. He is a co-editor of Springer’s Book Series Higher Education in Asia: Quality, Excellence and Governance.

Call for Papers: CESHK Autumn Forum 2017, co-organized with CERC

Comparative Education in the 21st Century

Date: Saturday 25th November 2017 (All day)

Venue: The University of Hong Kong

Registration is free-of-charge for current members. New members are welcome to join CESHK before the Forum at:


The Forum is a one day event and light refreshments will be served. You can either bring or buy your own lunch from the number of restaurants and other eating facilities on the HKU campus.

The deadline for submissions is: 1st October 2017.

Please use the following link for submission:

For further information, please email:

Please click here for the PDF version of the Call for Papers.

BOOK LAUNCH AND TALK: Comparative and International Education: Issues for Teachers (2nd edition)

Speakers: Ruth Hayhoe and Li Jun

Chair: Mark Bray

Friday 21 April, 11:45am-12:45 pm.

Room 403 Runme Shaw Building

The first edition of this book, published in Canada, was developed a decade ago to help teachers in multicultural schools to understand the nature and value of comparative and international education. This second edition, published in 2017, builds on the strengths of the first edition. Among the revised chapters is one co-authored by Ruth Hayhoe and Li Jun entitled ‘Philosophy and Comparative Education: What can we learn from East Asia’.

Ruth Hayhoe is one of the co-editors of the book. She is a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Her professional engagements in Asia have spanned 35 years, including foreign expert at Fudan University in Shanghai in the early 1980s, First Secretary for Education, Science and Culture at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, 1989-1991, and Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Education, 1997-2002. Several of her books, including her autobiography, Full Circle: A Life with Hong Kong and China, have been published by CERC.

Li Jun is a CERC member in the PASSE Division of the Faculty of Education. He was originally trained as a historian of Chinese education and later as a policy analyst of international education and development, each with a PhD. With Ruth Hayhoe and also Lin Jing and Zha Qiang he co-authored the CERC book Portraits of 21st Century Chinese Universities: In the Move to Mass Higher Education.

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CIES Presidential Address

In March 2016, Mark Bray was elected to the Presidency of the US-based Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). This is the oldest and largest society in the field, established in 1956 and having over 3,000 members.

At the 61st annual conference, 6-9 March 2017 in Atlanta, USA, Mark Bray concluded his work with a CIES%202017%20Pres%20Address.1Presidential Address. It was entitled ‘Schooling and its Supplements: Changing Global Patterns and Implications for Comparative Education’. It drew on his extensive work on the so-called shadow education system of supplementary private tutoring. The lecture may be viewed here, and will in due course be published in the Society’s flagship journal Comparative Education Review.

CERC%20table.CIESMark Bray retains a CIES leadership role within the CIES as immediate Past-President on the Board of Directors.

CERC Movie Afternoon: Tales From the Jungle: Margaret Mead

19 Dec (Mon), 2016

1:45 pm (doors open 1:30 pm)

203 Runme Shaw Building

Margaret Mead’s work has been revered in the field of Anthropology. When her work came under scrutiny, ethical challenges that all researchers may contend with came to the fore.

This BBC documentary is a crucial stimulant for discussions among young and seasoned researchers who may encounter issues of fabrication, falsification, subjectivity, language and tone of research report. Mead’s fame put the spotlight on credibility and integrity in sampling, data collection and generalization of research findings.

Join us to gain insight from this documentary and discussion with peers.

——Free Entry, ALL are Welcome——


CERC Movie Afternoon

17 November 2016 Thursday

1.45 pm

Room 403 Meng Wah Complex

This 2010 controversial movie, directed by Carol Black, portrays the invasion of “Western” education in a village in Ladakh, India and discusses the far-reaching implications of such invasions on indigenous societies and the planet as a whole. Join us to gain insights not only from the movie but also from yourself and peers, on this crucial issue which has been of special concern in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, 2015 (SDG4).

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The UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Round Table on the 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report

Chair: Mark Bray

Participants: Cheng Kai-Ming, Liz Jackson, Wesley Teter – and all others who can join the event around the Round Table.

In September 2015 the global community convened at the United Nations Headquarters to set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a target date of 2030. The fourth goal focuses on education.

UNESCO is the lead agency for monitoring the implementation of SDG4. Its recently-published Global Education Monitoring Report is entitled Education for People and Planet: Creating Sustainable Futures for All. Participants in the Round Table will share perspectives on the report and related challenges.


Date: Friday 28 October 2016
Time: 12.30-2.00 pm
Venue: Hui Oi Chow Building G01

The report can be downloaded from

All are welcome!

Round table GEM