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International Status Anxiety and Higher Education – The Soviet Legacy in China and Russia

International Status Anxiety and Higher Education – The Soviet Legacy in China and Russia

by Dr. Anatoly Oleksiyenko, Associate Professor of higher education, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong and Dr. Wenqin Shen, Associate Professor of higher education, Graduate School of Education, Peking University.
Chair: Dr. Liz Jackson.


CERC invites you to the book launch at which you will meet the scholars investigating global tensions between the movement to advance progressive university policies and practices and the countervailing forces for restoring old-style hyper-centralization and indoctrination. The cases of higher education systems in China and Russia provide intriguing insights into the anxiety generated by these tensions.
Book Launch special price: HK$200 (HK$250 market price).


About the speakers
Anatoly V. Oleksiyenko’s research focuses on governance transformations in global higher education. Over the last decade, he has conducted studies on international competition and the collaboration strategies of research universities in Cambodia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the United States.


Wenqin Shen researches training system and doctoral education in China and around the world, the history of higher education (history of the idea of liberal education and history of the field of higher education research), student mobility, and the internationalization of higher education.


Date: Monday, 15 October 2018.
Time: 12:45 – 14:00.
Venue: Room 203, Runme Shaw Building.
All are welcome!

Beyond comforting histories: The colonial/imperial entanglements of the International Institute, Paul Monroe and Isaac L. Kandel at Teachers College, Columbia University

Dear CERC members,

You’re cordially invited to the next CERC seminar co-hosted with the Faculty of Education on coming Thursday, 04 October 2018 at 12:45 – 14:00 in Room 203 of Runme Shaw Building.

Beyond comforting histories:  The colonial/imperial entanglements of the International Institute, Paul Monroe and  Isaac L. Kandel at Teachers College, Columbia University

by Dr. Keita Takayama, Associate Professor in School of Education, University of New England, Australia

This paper assesses the works of Paul Monroe, Isaac L. Kandel and the International Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University in the early 20th century. Drawing on Edward Said’s notion of contrapuntal reading, it foregrounds the colonial and imperial realities of the time as constitutively significant to the early formation of the field. In so doing, the paper unsettles the comforting ways in which the founding histories of the field have been narrated. By illuminating colonial/imperial entanglements during the formative period, this paper reflects upon how the historical and geopolitical context sets limits on what knowledge we produce and how, when the relationship between our scholarship and international development agencies is closer than ever.

About the speaker
Dr. Takayama’s research examines globalization of education both as an empirical and epistemic phenomenon. Recently, he co-edited two special issues in Comparative Education Review and Postcolonial Directions in Education. Currently, he serves the editorial board for Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Comparative Education Review and International Studies in Sociology of Education.

Date: Thursday, 04 October 2018.
Time: 12:45 – 14:00.
Venue: Room 203, Runme Shaw Building.
All are welcome!

CERC Seminar: Shadow Education in Myanmar Private. Supplementary Tutoring and its Policy Implications

Dear CERC members,

You’re cordially invited to the next CERC seminar co-hosted with the Faculty of Education on coming Tuesday, 18 September 2018 at 12:45 – 14:00 in Room 204 of Runme Shaw Building.

Shadow Education in Myanmar: Private Supplementary Tutoring and its Policy Implications
by Mark Bray, Nutsa Kobakhidze and Ora Kwo
This seminar will present the findings of a CERC research project conducted in Myanmar under the auspices of UNESCO and with support from the Yangon University of Education (YUOE). A mixed-methods study collected data from students in Grades 9 and 11 and from teachers, parents and other stakeholders. Some features of shadow education resemble those in other places, but some reflect the regulations and socio-political culture of Myanmar.

Later this month the authors will discuss the findings with policy-makers in Myanmar’s Ministry of Education. They will value suggestions during this CERC seminar on the ways to highlight the core issues most effectively.
Date: Tuesday, 18 September 2018.
Time: 12:45 – 14:00.
Venue: Room 204, Runme Shaw Building.
All are welcome!

The Making of Indigeneity: Interrogating Uses and Abuses of the Concept of ‘Indigenous’

By Dr Licho (Licho) Lopez Lopez

Chair: Yulia Nesterova

In The Making of Indigeneity, Lopez interrogates how what is “indigenous,” as a category of diversity, emerged, has been made, remade, and is taken up to fund discourses of multiculturalism and intercultualism. Through historical and ethnographic classroom research Lopez devices eventalizing as a methodological approximation to educational research at the limits of “the educational” to interrogate how liberal and progressive propositions for educating the “Indian” generate particular ways of organizing difference ostensibly meant to serve historically marginalized indigenous peoples. Asking questions of the historical and scientific involvement of anthropology, sociology, law, photography, and education in the making of indigenous as a kind of people, Lopez accounts for the aspirations, activities, and tactics that perpetuate violence on indigenous lives limiting their futurity as un-fixed being.

Ligia (Licho) Lopez Lopez is a McKenzie Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Her research interests are interrogating diversity, visual studies of difference, youth popular visual cultures, and Black and Brown affect as curricular trans-formation. Licho is the author of The Making of Indigeneity, Curriculum History and the Limits of Diversity (Routledge, 2017). Her work has appeared in Knowledge Cultures (Australia), PROFESSORADO (Spain), Journal of Curriculum and Theorizing (USA), and The British Journal of Sociology (UK).

Date: Thursday August 23, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 13:15
Venue: Room 203, Runme Shaw Building


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!

Click here for the poster.


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!


CERC Round Table on UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report

Each year, UNESCO produces a Global Education Monitoring Report to assess progress towards the fourth of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which focuses on education and has a target date of 2030. In addition to statistical assessments, the report has a theme. For 2017/18, the theme is ‘Accountability in Education’.

CERC will host a Round Table to discuss the Report, which can be accessed here.

Who: Mark Bray (Chair), Wesley Teter, Zhang Wei, Ora Kwo, Sherzod Khaydarov – and all other around the Round Table.

When: Friday 12 January, 2.00 pm

Where: Meng Wah 531.

Come to learn about the Report and to discuss the themes with colleagues. All are welcome!

GEM Report 2017_18 RT_poster1

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.

Doctoral Education in Europe and China

By Barbara M. Kehm

Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change School of Education, University of Glasgow

Chair: Jisun Jung

12:45 – 14:00, 21 September, 2017 (Thursday)
Room 205 Runme Shaw Building

The presentation is based on an analysis of recent changes in doctoral education that can be observed in Europe and China. It traces the policies having led to these changes and discusses related policy transfer looking at differences and similarities in the underlying rationales. The presentation will emphasise in particular the extended policy field for doctoral education which is no longer regarded as an exclusively academic affair but has become an object of institutional management, national policy making and – at least in Europe – supra-national agenda setting. A further part of the presentation will have a closer look at the multiplication of purposes and models for doctoral education. The presentation will discuss two overarching issues which are equally in the centre of debates and policy-making in Europe and China: Quality management and internationalisation of doctoral education. In the concluding part I will reflect on the implications of the extended policy field and the diversification of doctoral training models in terms of the questions (a) how this reflects on quality assurance mechanisms, (b) who is qualified to convey the extended skills set and (c) whether academic careers remain sufficiently attractive to attract the best and the brightest talent.

About the speaker:

Barbara M. Kehm is specialised in research on higher education, worked at the International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER) at the University of Kassel (Germany) and the Institute for Higher Education Research (HoF) at the University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany). She was a professor and Director in INCHER from 2004 to 2011 before she joined in the Glasgow in 2013. She has published extensively (more than 30 books and more than 250 book chapters and journal articles) on issues of internationalisation, changes in doctoral education, new forms of governance and processes of professionalization. She has been a member of a variety of academic advisory boards as well as the international advisory board of the University of Helsinki (Finland) and currently is a member of the Board of Governors of two German universities. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Damaskus (Syria), RMIT Melbourne (Australia), South West Jiaotong University in Chengdu and BUAA in Beijing (China), the Catholic University in Santiago (Chile) and the National University of Buenos Aires (Argentina).


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New MEd-CGSED Cohort

Each year, HKU welcomes a new and dynamic cohort of students for the MEd programme in Comparative and Global Studies in Education and Development (CGSED). The 25 students in the 2017/18 are as dynamic as their predecessors. They come from 9 countries/jurisdictions, namely:


China Mainland


Hong Kong



South Sudan



Three are studying part-time (two years) and 22 are studying full-time (one year). CERC is delighted to welcome the group, and much looks forward to working with them.

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