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):
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).
Carless, D. (2019). Feedback loops and the longer-term: towards feedback spirals. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 44(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 Theory, https://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 Theory, 69(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 Education, 39(2), 209-221.
Manning, K., Kushnazarov, M., & Oleksiyenko, A. (2019). Contested Meanings of International Student Mobility in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Educational Practice and Theory, 41(1), 51-69.
Oleksiyenko, A., & Ros, V. (2019). Cambodian lecturers’ pursuit of academic excellence: expectations vs. reality. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 39(2), 222-236.
Postiglione, G., & Tang, M. (2019). International experience in TVET-industry cooperation for China’s poorest province. International Journal of Training Research, 17(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.
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
Editor: Anatoly Oleksiyenko
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/
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/
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/
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.
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/
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, 2019Editor: Anatoly OleksiyenkoGreetings!
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 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, 2019Editor: Dr. Anatoly OleksiyenkoHello 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/21846818982620292. 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/conference5. 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-university6. 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-presentation8. 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 email@example.com so that we can share them in our next issue.
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!
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
The MEd (CGSED) group has established a tradition of an annual alumni dinner. Vivica Xiong (2011-13) is the organizer, and on 14 December 2017 convened 20 past and present students at the Bijas restaurant on the HKU campus. In the line-up group photograph, Vivica is second from the left.
The event is an occasion not only to celebrate but also to network and learn from each other. The CGSED students benefit not only from their peers but also their predecessors, finding intern opportunities and even future employment.
Many students wore the special T shirt designed by the current cohort. Once again, it shows splendid group spirit!