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​Global Higher Education Bulletin (Hong Kong), Vol. 3, No. 3 May 1, 2020

​Global Higher Education Bulletin (Hong Kong)

Vol. 3, No. 3 May 1, 2020

Editor: Anatoly Oleksiyenko

Greetings!

The spring semester has come to an end. We have undergone yet another challenging period of social disruption. Liz Jackson has wonderfully described the multiple layers of turmoil experienced in the Hong Kong context over the last year in her essay “Weary from the Future, Hong Kong” (you can access it via the following link: https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s42438-020-00116-5.pdf

Following months of mass protest, insecurity and uncertainty in the city have been further fuelled by the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Concerns about physical existence, presence, and mobility have remained just as central to discourse during the latter crisis as in the former. The challenges faced during both have presented different obstacles. However, it seems that we have become increasingly adept at managing our anxieties in more sophisticated ways.

Based on my interactions with students, the disruptions of this past year have increased resilience, as much emotionally and intellectually as in our interactions with social, material and natural worlds. During this period, the instrumentalization of new and existing technologies has been a source of opportunity, as we overcome skepticism through thoughtful engagement with the cyberspace. Several students in my course have argued that the synchronous Zoom-based classes have created more opportunities for them to express themselves more freely and feel more engaged than in a regular classroom setting. Suddenly, we have seen more meaningful feedback from the asynchronous components of the learning space, as students have more time to engage with videos, papers, and news reports. Certainly, it is becoming ever-clearer that our emotional and intellectual expectations vary when dealing with the present commonware. Even individual freedom to modulate identities, images, and virtual backgrounds within platforms such as Zoom has been the subject of contrasting interpretations, as we decipher disparate course experiences. I would be interested to hear your opinions and reflections on this matter, and have opened this survey for you to recount your experiences and express your opinions (whether you were in our classes recently, or using online platforms elsewhere in your various roles as teachers, students, and administrators): https://forms.gle/HPibqgApsvSFGgci7. Your thoughts and suggestions will be of immense use to us as we strategize for the next few years. I also hope to share some of your thoughts and suggestions (with your permission) in the next issue.

As we think ahead to the new academic year, we are looking to formulate new ideas regarding course design, mixing in-class and online experiences, and encouraging greater flexibility in blended learning modes. We are also seeking new ways to ensure student engagement, collaboration, workshops, etc. As we delve deeper into the cyberspatial novelties of this difficult time, we also hope that this research will enable further opportunities for part-time students, who have faced additional challenges in the past, as well as mitigate clashes in commitments for employed students by facilitating greater flexibility within the traditional framework of classroom-bound learning.

Currently, we are in the final stages of the admissions process for the new cohort of the M.Ed. – Higher Education program. Many of our candidates seem to have an unprecedented level of confidence about studying in HK, in spite of the turbulence and uncertainty of this time, and have proved to be strategic and resourceful in advancing both their learning and careers in a meaningful way. Our admissions are still open, until May 15. If you know of any university or college professionals who are seeking opportunities for development, please suggest to them that they should consider joining our higher education community, and share this link with them: https://aal.hku.hk/tpg/programme/master-education. I hope that, despite the current state of affairs, our community can and will grow in the coming years.

Finally, I would like to share with you some of the recent projects and papers in our community:

1. Roy Y. Chan is working on the edited volume Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Global Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges, and invites authors to examine the future of global higher education, and the cost and consequence associated with COVID-19 for societies and individuals. This book will be published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis), Routledge Studies in Global Student Mobility. If you are interested, please submit a chapter abstract of 500 words via Routledge at Click Here. The full Call for Chapter and book project information can be downloaded at Click here. For questions, please contact Roy at rychan@indiana.edu

2. Marina Jinyuang Ma has initiated a special issue for Sustainability (SSCI & SCI Expanded): Transnational Research Collaboration and the Impact, and is currently working with her colleagues: Chuanyi Wang from Tsinghua University and  Yuzhuo Cai from Tampere University. If you are interested to contribute to this volume, please get in touch with Marina at majy@sustech.edu.cn

3. Kent Fo has recently published a paper in collaboration with Sarah Aiston. Please see Aiston, S. J. & Fo, C. K. (2020): The silence/ing of academic women. Gender and Education, DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2020.1716955

4. You may also want to read most recent publications from our faculty members:

Horta, H. (2020). PhD Students’ Self-Perception of Skills Acquired During Their PhD and Plans for Their Postdoctoral Careers: A Joint Analysis of Doctoral Students at Three Flagship Universities in Asia. In Structural and Institutional Transformations in Doctoral Education (pp. 275-323). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Horta, H., & Mok, K. H. (2020). Challenges to research systems, academic research and knowledge production in East Asia: learning from the past to inform future policy. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 42 (2), 119-133.

Horta, H., & Santos, J. M. (2020). The Multidimensional Research Agendas Inventory—Revised (MDRAI-R): Factors shaping researchers’ research agendas in all fields of knowledge. Quantitative Science Studies, 1(1), 60-93.

Jackson, L. (2020). ‘But is it really research?’ Mentoring students as theorists in the era of cybernetic capitalism. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 52 (1), 17-21.

Li, Y. (2020). Language–content partnership in higher education: development and opportunities. Higher Education Research & Development, 1-15.

Peters, M., Oladele, O. M., Green, B., Samilo, A., Lv, H., Amina, L., Wang, Y., Mou, C., Chunga, J., Xu, R., Ianina, T., Hollings, S., Yousef, M., Jandric, P., Sturm, S., Li, J., Xu, E., Jackson, L. & Tesar, M. (2020). Education in and for the Belt and Road Initiative: The Pedagogy of Collective Writing. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 1-24.

Postiglione, G. A. (2020). International Cooperation in East Asian Higher Education. In In: AI-Youbi A., Zahed A., Tierney W. (eds). Successful Global Collaborations in Higher Education Institutions (pp. 31-39). Springer, Cham.

Ros, V., Eam, P., Heng, S., & Ravy, S. (2020). Cambodian Academics: Identities and Roles (No. 120). CDRI Working Paper Series.

Santos, J. M., Horta, H., & Zhang, L. F. (2020). The association of thinking styles with research agendas among academics in the social sciences. Higher Education Quarterly, 74(2), 193-210.

I will be in touch with you before the beginning of the new academic year, to update you on our new developments in teaching and research.

Stay safe and be well!

Br>

With kind regards,
Anatoly

Global Higher Education Bulletin (Hong Kong), Vol. 3, No. 2 January 16, 2020

​Global Higher Education Bulletin (Hong Kong)

Vol. 3, No. 2 January 16, 2020

Editor: Anatoly Oleksiyenko​

Greetings from Hong Kong!

I hope you had a good beginning of the year, and are ready for the new academic semester. The HKU campus is coming back to normal operation, and the access is much easier to the gates and major entries than before. Our international visitors have experienced no problem with their stay on campus over the last few weeks.

Earlier this week, I had a meeting with the Rector of Moscow City University (a major municipal university in Russia) who expressed interest in building stronger relations for his international programs in teacher training and had been looking for opportunities to enhance exchanges with teacher training faculties in Hong Kong. Professor Gustavo Fischman from Arizona State University is visiting with us these days to discuss strategies for improving knowledge exchange in the Faculty. Tomorrow, Professor Fischman will make a presentation “In search of impactful educational research: Assessing the knowledge mobilization strategies of highly ranked colleges of education” (Meng Wah Complex, Room 411-412, 10:00-11:30). In the coming months, we are anticipating more visits and I will keep you informed on exchange opportunities or presentation events.

Meanwhile, last month, our community members, Dr. Jisun Jung and Ms. Nian Ruan made presentations at the annual conference of the Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) in New Port, Wales. A group of our scholars are currently preparing for the upcoming annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society in Miami, USA. If you are planning your conference travels this year, please pay attention to calls for proposals for the annual conferences of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (in New Orleans, USA), Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (at the University of Rijeka, Croatia) – those should be announced in February. The applications are currently admitted to the annual conferences of the Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education (in London, Ontario; deadline – January 20), Comparative Education Society of Asia (in Kathmandu, Nepal, deadline – January 31); and the European Consortium for Political Research, which has a great number of panels on higher education (Innsbruck, Austria; deadline – Feb 19).

Finally, I would like to share with you the most recent publications by our faculty members and alums:

Carless, D. (2020). Longitudinal perspectives on students’ experiences of feedback: a need for teacher–student partnerships. Higher Education Research & Development, 1-14.

Cattaneo, M., Horta, H., & Meoli, M. (2019). Dual appointments and research collaborations outside academia: evidence from the European academic population. Studies in Higher Education, 44(11), 2066-2080.

Chan, R. (2019). Review of the book by Perna, L.W. (ed). (2018). Taking it to the streets: The role of scholarship in advocacy and advocacy in scholarship. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University. 148pp. in Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 23 (3), 230-233.

Jackson, L. (2020). ‘But is it really research? ’mentoring students as theorists in the era of cybernetic capitalism. Education Philosophy and Theory, 52 (1), 17-21.

Lanford, M., Tierney, W. G., & Lincoln, Y. (2019). The art of life history: novel approaches, future directions. Qualitative Inquiry, 25 (5), 459-463.

Lanford, M. (2020). Long-Term Sustainability in Global Higher Education Partnerships. In Successful Global Collaborations in Higher Education Institutions (pp. 87-93). Springer, Cham.

Ma, J. (2019). Developing joint R&D institutes between Chinese universities and international enterprises in China’s innovation system: A case at Tsinghua University. Sustainability, 11(24), 7133.

Yang, R. (2020). Benefits and challenges of the international mobility of researchers: The Chinese experience. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 18(1), 53-65.

At the moment Liz Jackson and I are continuing to receive papers for the volume “Freedom to Teach, Freedom To Learn: Higher Education and Human Dignity”. If you are finishing paper for this project, or might want to join it last minute, please let me know. I am also collaborating with Giulio Marini at the Institute of Education of the University of London on a Special Issue “Academic Freedom in Europe and Beyond”, recently approved by Higher Education Quarterly. The Special Issue is set up for 2022 – we expect to receive extended abstracts not later than by the end of this year, and full papers by June 2021. Please send me your proposal if you are interested.

I will be sending you more updates in the spring.

Happy Chinese New Year! Have a productive and prosperous year!

Global Higher Education Bulletin (Hong Kong), Vol. 3, No. 1 November 4, 2019

Global Higher Education Bulletin (Hong Kong)

Vol. 3, No. 1 November 4, 2019

Editor: Anatoly Oleksiyenko

 

Greetings from Hong Kong!

The first semester of the current academic year has been turbulent in the city. Nevertheless, we persevered to make our program professionally magnetic and engaging on many important issues related to social, political and educational dilemmas in Hong Kong and beyond. Our Higher Education cohort this year includes students from China, Hong Kong, Japan and the USA, and we are excited to have them collaboratively contributing to higher learning in the community (tonight, four teams will be making their final presentations in the Comparative Higher Education Policy Studies course on stakeholder perceptions of (dis)advantages within a selection of higher education systems, and if you are interested to attend send me your email). Meanwhile, our former MEd graduate Mr. Stone Li Xiaoshi joined our PhD student cohort in September and is working now under supervision of Dr. Jisun Jung. We are happy to have him as part of our research team. We also know that a good number of our alumni are preparing PhD and EdD proposal submissions these days (deadlines December 2, 2019 and February 13, 2020 respectively). We wish them all good luck.

Also, we have been privileged to host international visitors who continue to contribute to our projects of inquiry and learning in higher education. Among others, it was a pleasure to see on our campus Dr. Michael Lanford, 2010-11 class, who is now Assistant Professor at the University of North Georgia in the US. We are awaiting more visits from friends and colleagues in the future, and here are some current updates from us:

1.     On Nov 7, 2019, Dr. Riyad Shahjahan from Michigan State University will speak “On ‘Being for Others’: Time and Shame in the Neoliberal Academy”. This talk will be held at 12:45-14:00 in Runme Shaw Building, Room 204.

2.     On Nov 11, 2019, Dr. Yangson Kim and Dr. Machi Sato from Hiroshima University will make presentation on “Exploring Academics in Socio-cultural Contexts: Focusing on Experiences and Challenges of Junior Female Academics (JFAs) in Japanese Universities”. This talk will take place at 12:45-14:00 in Runme Shaw Building, Room 205.

3.     You can also connect with these visitors as well as with other colleagues (e.g., Dr. Ryan Allen, Prof. Simon Marginson, Prof. Joshua Mok Ka-Ho, Dr. Anna Lin, Dr. William Lo Yat Wai, Prof. Adam Nelson, Prof. Deane Neubauer, Prof. Rui Yang, and others) at the upcoming Conference for Higher Education Research (CHER), held on Nov 8-10, 2019 at Lingnan University. Our Faculty’s community members: Ms. Cathy Huang, Dr. Jisun Jung, and Dr. Anatoly Oleksiyenko will also speak there at the end of the week. More information can be found under this link: https://cher-hongkong.iafor.org/cher-hongkong2019/

4.     Our colleagues from the Comparative Education Research Centre (Dr. Liz Jackson and her team) are moving forward with preparation of the 49th Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA). HKU will host this conference on December 7-11, 2019. “Philosophical Dialogues in Education, East Meets West” will address a range of challenges in higher learning and education in general. If you are keen to understand the complexity of contextual interpretations in the following conference themes: truth and harmony, individual rights and social responsibility, analytical and holistic thinking, wisdom and knowledge, contemplation and action, reason and reality, transformation and Ideology, self and others, freedom and community, you should explore more about this conference at https://pesa.org.au/conference

 

Meanwhile, if you are an avid reader in the field of higher education, we would recommend the following most recent publications from our community (June-October 2019):

 

Books:

Oleksiyenko, A. (2019). Academic Collaborations in the Global Marketplace. Cham: Springer.

Postiglione, G. (2019). Education, Ethnicity, Society and Global Change In Asia: The Selected Works Of Gerard A. Postiglione. Routledge: New York and London.

Winstone, N., & Carless, D. (2019). Designing effective feedback processes in higher education: A learning-focused approach. Routledge. (Dr. Carless recently hosted a great book presentation).

 

Papers:

Carless, D. (2019). Feedback loops and the longer-term: towards feedback spirals. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education44(5), 705-714.

Carless, D. (2019). Learners’ Feedback Literacy and the Longer Term: Developing Capacity for Impact. In The Impact of Feedback in Higher Education (pp. 51-65). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Chian, M. M. , Bridges, S. M. , & Lo, E. C. (2019). The Triple Jump in Problem-Based Learning: Unpacking Principles and Practices in Designing Assessment for Curriculum Alignment. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning, 13(2).

Horta, H., Jung, J., Zhang, L. F., & Postiglione, G. A. (2019). Academics’ job-related stress and institutional commitment in Hong Kong universities. Tertiary Education and Management, 1-22.

Horta, H., & Shen, W. (2019). Current and future challenges of the Chinese research system. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 1-21.

Jackson, L. (2019). Protesting the identity of Hong Kong: The burdened virtues of contemporary ‘pretty’ nationalism. Educational Philosophy and Theoryhttps://doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2019.1637730

Jackson, L., & Muñoz‐García, A. L. (2019). Reaction Is Not Enough: Decreasing Gendered Harassment in Academic Contexts in Chile, Hong Kong, and the United States. Educational Theory69(1), 17-33.

Jung, J. (2019). The fourth industrial revolution, knowledge production and higher education in South Korea. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 1-23.

Jung, J. (2019). Learning experience and academic identity building by master’s students in Hong Kong. Studies in Higher Education, 1-14.

Lin, C., & Jackson, L. (2019). Multiculturalism in Chinese history in Hong Kong: constructing Chinese identity. Asia Pacific Journal of Education39(2), 209-221.

Manning, K., Kushnazarov, M., & Oleksiyenko, A. (2019). Contested Meanings of International Student Mobility in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Educational Practice and Theory41(1), 51-69.

Oleksiyenko, A., & Ros, V. (2019). Cambodian lecturers’ pursuit of academic excellence: expectations vs. reality. Asia Pacific Journal of Education39(2), 222-236.

Postiglione, G., & Tang, M. (2019). International experience in TVET-industry cooperation for China’s poorest province. International Journal of Training Research17(sup1), 131-143.

Postiglione, G. A. (2020). International Cooperation in East Asian Higher Education. In Successful Global Collaborations in Higher Education Institutions (pp. 31-39). Cham: Springer.

 

Please stay in touch and send us your updates to share privately or in the network.

Highly Commended Paper Award

CERC congratulates Pubali Ghosh and Mark Bray for receipt of the Highly Commended Paper award for their 2018 article in the International Journal of Comparative Education and Development.

Pubali is here pictured receiving the certificate from a representative of the publisher, Emerald, on 20 June 2019. The award “celebrates high-quality scholarship, the impact of research and the valuable contributions made … across global academic institutions”.

The article was entitled ‘Credentialism and Demand for Private Supplementary Tutoring: A Comparative Study of Students Following Two Examination Boards in India’. The manuscript is available here.

Global Higher Education Bulletin (Hong Kong), Vol. 2 No. 7, June 12, 2019

Global Higher Education Bulletin (Hong Kong)

Vol. 2 No. 7, June 12, 2019

Editor: Anatoly Oleksiyenko

 

 

Greetings!


The rainy season is in full swing in Hong Kong. The city has also been overwhelmed by major protests over the last week, as you have probably read in media. The HKU Media Department, for example reports that “some 20 people in educational and cultural sectors [have joined] a 24-hour hunger strike near the Legislative Council complex, urging the government to withdraw the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019.  In a related development, student unions of CUHK, HKUST, PolyU, CityU, BaptistU, EdUHK and Academy for Performing Arts are urging Hongkongers to go on strike and join the rally to oppose the bill.  (major local papers)”. More than one million citizens marched in protest last Sunday. The situation has been developing rapidly and unpredictably (including the use of teargas and beanbag rounds)– we urge you to take a great care of yourselves and your relatives, and stay safe. Please follow updates on https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3014104/thousands-block-roads-downtown-hong-kong-defiant-protest?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR0wfyaz6ZsGTbW1B730HPxqQLoGDAfm0oqF1ZAGMrEzCgpn7wz5DUG9cRQ#Echobox=1560308615 or https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/jun/12/hong-kong-protest-demonstrators-and-police-face-off-over-extradition-bill-live?CMP=soc_567&fbclid=IwAR2YToENfk8atKkp2TV7XLiX94RlS6idEHWrY_A5V7DA_k6ORYeULIQbjp8

 

Meanwhile, we would also like to update you on some reports from our community members at home and abroad:

 

1.     During her book launch at the 25th anniversary of the Comparative Education Research Center (CERC) which took place on June 10 and which some of you most likely thoroughly enjoyed, Liz Jackson raised a number of important questions about the complexity of allegiances which educators have to question and challenge despite political and cultural inconveniences and controversies that may emerge. You can find more about this at https://www.routledge.com/Questioning-Allegiance-Resituating-Civic-Education-1st-Edition/Jackson/p/book/9781138351110

 

2.     Colleagues at OISE-UT have shared their program for the June 2019 conference “Shaping Sustainable Futures for Internationalization in Higher Education (SSFIHE 2019)” and are calling for registration. You can see more info at https://www.ssfihe2019.ca/program-outline?utm_source=SSFHIE+Conference+2019&utm_campaign=e6848d3271-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_17_04_42&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_23c03723d2-e6848d3271-79991647 . On June 24-25, the conference participants will have a chance to interact with leading Canadian and international academics, practitioners, policy makers and students discussing how to “take stock of internationalization in higher education as it is currently evolving around the globe, and consider ways in which it could be shaped sustainably into the future”. (Credit – Emma Sabzalieva).

 

3.     Organizers of the 2nd IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research on “Uncertain Futures: Repurposing Higher Education”, which will take place at Lignan University in Hong Kong on November 08-10, 2019, are calling for early bird abstract submission (deadline: June 28, 2019; final deadline: August 29, 2019). For more info see https://cher-hongkong.iafor.org

 

4.     Ken Yung (Education Consultant, Asia) from Promethean will speak on “Pedagogically-effective Use of Interactive Display Technology in Higher Education Classrooms” on June 17, 2019 (14:30-16:00) at Runme Shaw Building. Please join the workshop to learn more about Promethean ActivPanel (Version 6), including typical application of the panel in a teaching and learning environment through the ActivInspire software (credit – Daniel Churchill).

 

5.     Michael Lanford at the University of Southern California (in collaboration with Yvonna Lincoln at Texas A&M University) has recently published an article on “Life History’s Second Life” in Qualitative Inquiry (see https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1077800418817835); Li-fang Zhang, Hugo Horta, Jisun Jung, Gaowei Chen, and Gerard A. Postiglione released a report on “The role of thinking styles in program satisfaction and perceived intellectual competence among STEM doctoral students” in Journal of Educational Psychology (see https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2018-47617-001); Jisun Jung wrote (in collaboration with Soo Jeung Lee) on “Exploring the factors of pursuing a master’s degree in South Korea” in Higher Education (see  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10734-019-00374-8); Bruce Macfarlane published a paper (in collaboration with Damon Burg) on “Legitimation, professionalisation and accountability in higher education studies: an intergenerational story” in Studies in Higher Education (see https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03075079.2017.1376640); and Vutha Ros published a review of the book “International Status Anxiety and Higher Education: The Soviet Legacy and Higher Education”, eds. Anatoly Oleksiyenko, Qiang Zha, Igor Chirikov and Jun Li (CERC/Springer) in Compare (seehttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03057925.2019.1622258)  

 

6.     Finally, we would like to congratulate Vutha Ros, PhD Candidate, on getting the Best Presenter Award at the May 2019 Postgraduate Research Conference at the HKU Faculty of Education.

 

​7.     Have a great summer, and please us send us your updates on publications and changes in your scholarly and professional lives.

Global Higher Education Bulletin (Hong Kong), Vol. 2, No. 6 May 21, 2019

Global Higher Education Bulletin (Hong Kong)
Vol. 2, No. 6 May 21, 2019
Editor: Anatoly Oleksiyenko
Greetings!

We hope that you are enjoying a productive summer season. Meanwhile, in the community of higher education scholars and students in Hong Kong we are anticipating and celebrating the following events:
1.     On May 24, Steve Walsh, a visiting professor from Newcastle University will make a presentation on “Getting published: problems, pitfalls, and practices” at the Theatre 7, 1F, Men Wah Complex, 18:45-20:00.
2.     On June 10, CERC will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Everyone is welcome to join the Special Interest Group of Comparative Higher Education and other CERC members for a night of exciting books presentations and sales. Mark Bray will speak on the History of CERC and Liz Jackson on her recent book “Questioning Allegiance”. For more information about the venue and schedule please stay tuned in with updates at:https://www.facebook.com/ComparativeEducationHK/

3.     On June 14, the Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT), an independent pan-Asian think tank and executive education provider with focus on new business models handling the 21st century challenges, invites everyone for an event marking the end of the 2019 Greater Bay Area Young Leaders Programme. Mr. Albert Wong, CEO of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, Mr. Chandran Nair, CEO of GIFT, as well as leaders from the government, business and civil organizations will share their vision and recommendations for strategic developments in the Greater Bay Area. The event will take place on Friday 14 June, 14:00-17:00 at MRP-1-3, 15/F, Cyberport 2, 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong (credits as well as further info: Steven Yuen).

4.     On June 17-28, our Education Policy Institute will hold its Summer Institute “Higher Education for Tomorrow”. Over the last 5 years, the institute became a vibrant and popular venue for executive learning in university management and is well-attended by senior professionals from Southeast Asia and beyond. You can find more information on the event in this brochure https://www.fe.hku.hk/hesi/wp-content/uploads/SI201920Brochure202019-03-26.pdf as well as in this video: https://www.fe.hku.hk/hesi/wp-content/uploads/Final-20171026_3.mp4

5.     Among our most recent publications in theory and policy of higher education, we are recommending: Wing-Wah Law’s “Politics, Managerialism, and University Governance: Lessons from Hong Kong under China’s Rule Since 1997” (Springer, https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-13-7303-9);  Liz Jackson’s “The challenges of learning to live together: navigating the global, national, and local” (in Asia Pacific Education Review, https://bit.ly/30BIMgK); Hugo Horta’s and JM Santos’s “Organizational factors and academic research agendas: an analysis of academics in the social sciences” (Studies in Higher Education,https://bit.ly/2M1bfcI); and Rui Yang’s “ Turning Scars into Stars: A Reconceptualized View of Modern University Development in Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Singapore” (Frontiers of Education in China,https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11516-019-0001-0)

6.     Meanwhile, the Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, the official journal of the Comparative and International Education Society’s (CIES) Higher Education Special Interest Group (HESIG), is inviting contributions that encourage a critical dialogue across a range of contexts, perspectives, methodologies, and intersections of disciplines addressing the challenges of higher education. By October 15, 2019, the Journal is inviting submissions from graduate students for the annual Graduate Issue. For more information, please click here.

7.     Finally, our congratulations to our doctoral students: Hy T. Quoach-Hoang – on successful viva voce examination of her PhD thesis on “Research capacity building in Vietnam’s post-socialist higher education: The cases of three public universities in Ho Chi Min City”; and to Nian Ruan – on getting a Research Postgraduate Student Teaching Award for contributions to the course MEDD6347 “Comparative Higher Education Policy Studies.”

8.     Please send us your updates and invitations for sharing in the next issues.

CERC News

CERC in CIES

CERC has a long record of presence in the annual conferences of the US-based Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). The 2019 conference was held in San Francisco on the theme ‘Education for Sustainability’, and with 3,800 registrants was the largest in CIES history.  Nearly 20 CERC members from the professoriate, research students and CERC alumni attended.

 

As in the past, a CERC book table provided a focal point for community-building

and liaison. This year, the table was shared with the newly-launched ECNU Review of Education, published by East China Normal University, Shanghai. Vol.2 (1) of the journal is a special issue on private supplementary tutoring co-edited by Zhang Wei (former CERC Secretary and now a professor in ECNU) and Mark Bray (Emeritus Professor in HKU and a Visiting Professor in ECNU). It is available for open access on the internet.

CERC greatly values these partnerships and opportunities for networking, and is proud of its connections with the international scholarly community.

 

 

Award for Best Book in Higher Education

CERC congratulates its members Jisun Jung and Hugo Horta who, together with Akiyoshi Yonezawa from Tohoku University in Japan, won the Best Book Award from the Higher Education Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).

The book, published by Springer, is entitled Researching Higher Education in Asia: History, Development and Future. In the Foreword, Philip Altbach highlighted the paucity of data-driven comparative studies of higher education in the region, and observed that the book

“not only points out the problems but makes a strong case for the importance of understanding postsecondary education in Asia”. The book has 20 chapters contributed by 24 authors.

CERC is delighted to maintain its leadership in the sub-field of comparative higher education, and congratulates the team for assembling this path-breaking book.

Global Higher Education Bulletin (Hong Kong) Vol. 2, No. 5 April 2, 2019

Global Higher Education Bulletin (Hong Kong)
Vol. 2, No. 5 April 2, 2019
Editor: Dr. Anatoly Oleksiyenko

Hello everyone,

We are approaching the end of Semester 2 at our Higher Education – MEd program. Our current students are revising their draft proposals, seeking ethics review approvals, engaging participants, etc. in preparation for fieldwork and data collection before writing their final projects and theses. Meanwhile, as listed below, I have received several updates from other community members, most of whom are busy with travels, conference presentations, and final classes:

1. In March 2019, Susan Bridges & Monaliza Chian (PDF) conducted a week of invited research seminars and workshops on ‘Interactional Ethnography’ for the Lithuanian Educational Research Association (LERA) at Klaipeda University, Lithuania following an initial visit to HKU by a Lithuanian research team in 2018. This visit was reported by Klaipeda University: https://www.ku.lt/vipa/2019/01/04/stazuote-honkongo-universiteto-edukologijos-fakultete/  (LERA hosts also arranged meetings with the Rector and Vice-Rector of Klaipeda University as well as the city Mayor of Klaipeda as reported locally: http://www.ve.lt/naujienos/klaipeda1/klaipeda/klaipedos-universitete—sveciai-is-honkongo-1696134/?fbclid=IwAR1GRMJOqdyzmMh1S6K5AtkgPiTDRO0NQVVzpa4R7BNWs42fdVVOwC2hI18 ;
https://www.facebook.com/KlaipedosMeras/posts/2184681898262029

2. Kohei Takagi, our alum and Manager at the Office of Global Education and Collaboration, Sophia University made a presentation at the annual conference of the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong several weeks ago. We would like to congratulate Kohei on being recently admitted to the PhD program at Tokyo University.

3. April Zhang Haipei, our current student, has received invitation to present at the 2019 OISE-UT/Humber College conference “Shaping Sustainable Futures for Internationalization in Higher Education” in Toronto (we wrote about this conference in our January issue). Well-done, April!

4. Those of you who may seek opportunity to build collaborations abroad and engage with international scholars and students in North America, please consider submitting your paper or poster proposal to the annual conference of Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). The deadline is April 18. The conference will take place on November 13-16, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. See the conference web-site at https://www.ashe.ws/conference

5. Liz Jackson, Director of Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC), has recently published an opinion piece in the South China Morning Post.  She writes that HKU deserves to be recognized as the world’s most international university, broadcast by the Times Higher Education, one of the globally-influential rankers. However, she argues, the university needs to do more work to support diversity, while helping international students to cope with housing problems and social exclusion, among other pressures. More on this, see https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/3003440/university-hong-kong-worlds-most-international-university

6. CERC’s team is preparing for research presentations at the annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (USA) in San Francisco on April 14-18, 2019. If you attend the conference, join the presentations by Mark Bray, Cong Lin, Siyuan Feng, Pubali Ghosh, Hugo Horta, Liz Jackson, Jisun Jung, Priya Goel La Londe, Li Menyang, Welhong Liang, Junyan Liu,  Yulia Nesterova, Anatoly Oleksiyenko, Gearard Postiglione, Frank Reichert, Rong Hui Li, Farid Md Shaikh, Carlos Soto, Kevin Wai Ho Yung, Dan Wang, Jingying Wang, Wenxi Wu, Lisa Yiu, Teng Yuan, Zhang Wai, and Grace Yajun Zheng. Also, don’t miss an opportunity to attend and buy books from the book table presented collaboratively by CERC and East China Normal University. The conference programme is available at: https://cies2019.org/program/

7. If you are at the University of California at Berkeley on April 15, 2019 (15:00-16:00) during the CIES, please also attend the book launch presentation held by Anatoly Oleksiyenko and Igor Chirikov. To register for the event, please visit this site: https://cshe.berkeley.edu/international-status-anxiety-and-higher-education-soviet-legacy-china-and-russia-book-presentation

8. During the summer time, we usually have a much slower traffic of news. However, if you have any updates for us, please send them to paoleks@hku.hk so that we can share them in our next issue.

 “Philosophical Dialogues in Education, East Meets West” The 49th Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA)

Dear CERC members,

It is my honour to invite you to the 49th Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA), to be held at the University of Hong Kong, December 7-11, 2019. With the theme, “Philosophical Dialogues in Education, East Meets West,” the Conference welcomes research exploring diversity in inquiry, argument, and theory, within and across traditions, and the significance for philosophy of education of embracing comparative, transcultural, and intercultural approaches.

The conference website is online now, and open for submissions for presentations, refereed papers, symposia, and alternative sessions: https://pesa.org.au/conference.

PESA aims to promote research and teaching in philosophy of education. Our members come from around the world: Australia and New Zealand, as well as countries across Asia, Europe, and North America. As we are geographically diverse, so too are we pluralistic regarding the value of different approaches to philosophy of education, as practiced in different contexts. Our annual conference is well-known as a supportive and friendly environment for new students and scholars in the field, as well as world-rated intellectual leaders. PESA members are also active in promoting and demonstrating the importance of philosophy of education for teachers and other educational professionals.

Known as Asia’s World City, Hong Kong rarely fails to impress visitors, whether they are keen on night markets, art, or designer shopping; or hiking the 100s of kilometres of trails in the parks which make up 40% of Hong Kong’s land, across 263 islands and mainland territory. The University of Hong Kong is the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong. It has been regarded as one of the most internationalised universities in the world as well as one of the most prestigious in Asia. The Faculty of Education is ranked #4 by the Times Higher Education World Rankings and #6 by QS World Rankings. The Comparative Education Research Centre builds on the Faculty’s expertise in comparative and global studies in education.

See you in Hong Kong!

Best wishes,

Liz Jackson
Director, CERC
President, PESA

PEACE, CONFLICT, AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, NEWS AND EVENTS FROM THE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP

 

Our inaugural event
A screening of "First, they killed my father"
We had our first event on Friday, 15th of February and we would all like to sincerely thank everyone who
attended. We would like to thank all our guests from the Cambodian Association of Hong Kong, in particular
Mr Ravindra Ngo, Mr Vikrant Chap, and Mr Vutha Ros, for sharing the event with others and for leading the
discussion after the movie screening.
Although it was a sensitive topic, and deeply personal for several of the attendees, we all benefited
from the sincere and enlightening discussion we shared afterwards. I think we all took away a better
understanding of how genocides affect nations and how universal and resilient the human spirit is.
It was not just about loss though, as we discussed the future of Cambodia and the issues the nation now faces.
It must recoup it's economic loss, its cultural identity, and its history. This will be a difficult process and there is
uncertainty how it could or should be achieved so it will be a tricky road to walk. Cambodia has a rich cultural
and national identity, which has been partly forgotten because of the tragedies committed under the Khmer
Rouge, but there is an identity, and possibly going beyond the recent history is a way to find it.
I think we all hope that Cambodia will not be lost to the highest bidder though. For a land so beautiful and a
people so kind and strong, the tragic past events will hopefully not leave a dark mark for long. We look
forward to working with the Cambodian Association of Hong Kong further through CERC and being able to
spread more awareness and understanding.




Our next event:
Thursday 21st March at 18:00
in Runme Shaw Building, Room 403
Why are there so many shootings in places that should be considered safe spaces? What are the dynamics
taking place between race, politics, economics, sexuality, and how do these contribute to the prevalence of
gun violence in the USA? What can be done and who can do it?
Join us to share your thoughts and hopefully gain a new perspective on gun violence in schools in the USA.
We'll be looking at the people behind the tragic statistics and enhancing our shared knowledge through a
presentation, two very moving and informative TED talks, and discussions throughout.
Please come and bring your questions and opinions, all our welcome to voice their thoughts.
Here are some links to help start the conversation:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/09/sandy-hook-promise-gun-violence-school-shootingreport-2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/local/us-school-shootings-history/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.8a109f65ad16
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/2/16399418/us-gun-violence-statistics-maps-charts
10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47396340 We look forward to seeing you there. Please share the event with your friends and colleagues. Register here for the event: https://goo.gl/forms/VWsUuNTm3RAYztFs1 Please join us in sharing your thoughts and views.

 

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