Panel Discussion: Gender/Diversity/Democracy: Political Activism and Higher Education in Hong Kong

Panelists: Liz Jackson (Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, HKU), Gina Marchetti (Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, HKU), William Hayward (Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, HKU), Brenda Alegre (Lecturer, Gender Studies Programme, HKU)

 

This panel focuses on the particular challenges women and minorities face in participating in political life in Hong Kong. Panelists offer insights into the role scholars play in understanding the relationship between gender and diversity within Hong Kong’s political culture of protest and activism.

 

Date: 9 September, 2019 (Monday)

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Venue: 4.36, 4/F, Sir Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

 

Background reading: Liz Jackson, “Battle for Hong Kong reverberates in universities worldwide,” University World News, 18 August 2019

 

All are welcome.

 

For enquiries, please contact Christine Vicera at viceracn@hku.hk

 

 

 

 

CERC Book Published in Japanese Translation

CERC Monograph No.10, written by Mark Bray and Ora Kwo, is entitled Regulating Private Tutoring for Public Good: Policy Options for Supplementary Education in Asia (2014). It has had a significant impact in the field, being used in policy making as well as academic discourse. The book has already been published in Chinese and Korean, and cited in UNESCO documents and policies by national governments.

  Now the book has also been published in Japanese. The process was managed by Yoko Yamato, who is a graduate of the HKU MEd programme in Comparative Education and who has remained in close touch with CERC. The translation team worked with great diligence, and added a section to contextualise the book for Japanese readers. The book is published by Toshindo, who specialise in the education sector and have an excellent reputation. It was launched in June 2019 at the annual conference of the Japan Comparative Education Society (JCES).

CERC is delighted to reach a new audience through the book, and sincerely thanks Yoko Yamato and her team. The English version can be downloaded here, and the Japanese version can be ordered here.

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.

Photo Gallery of 25th Anniversary Celebration of CERC, 10 June 2019

Sharing with all of you a wonderful time!

Movie Screening “Beasts of No Nation” and Guest Q&A

The Peace, Conflict, and Sustainable Development SIG had a fantastic evening last month sharing and learning about different instances of non-violent resistance around the world! Thanks go to our stellar members for compiling and presenting topics that were thought provoking and varied. It was interesting how global the issues are and it was inspiring to hear about the work being done by so many to change the status quo. We all look forward to more collaborative evenings such as the one we shared!
Our next event is Wednesday, June 29th, at 6pm, where we will be watching the movie ‘Beasts of No Nation’ followed by a skype Q&A session with our guest Ms. Ruta Solomon.
The topic of the movie is a sensitive one, it is a drama based around a child soldier – Agu – fighting in a civil war in a nameless country in Africa, but we hope it will inspire us to think about the local and global implications of what can often be ignored by those thousands of miles away. We will be speaking to Ms. Solomon, who is a mental health outreach promoter, amongst several other roles, currently working in initial reception camps and refugee centres in Haiti. In a role such as hers, we hope to learn more about the consequences of warfare on children, the far-reaching and immediate implications it may have, and the work she is doing in Haiti.
We hope you can join us for another thought provoking and inspiring evening, learning more about others and their lives. All are welcome!

Location: Runme Shaw Building, 202, HKU campus.

Date: Wednesday, 26th June

Time: 18:00 – 21:00

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.

Movie screening “First They Killed my father” followed by discussion

You are warmly invited to the following event: ‘Learning from History’: Film Screening and Panel Presentation

Film: ‘First They Killed My Father’

Panelists:
Dr. Peter Cunich, History Department, HKU; Dr. Margaret Lo, Education Faculty, HKU; Mr. Ravindra Ngo, Cambodian Association of Hong Kong
Chair: Dr. Liz Jackson, CERC Director, HKU

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Time: 19:00 – 22:00

Venue: LG109, K.K. Leung Building, HKU

History is important, to learn from the past and not repeat it. Yet history can be difficult, even painful to uncover, and challenging to a ‘safe’, ‘happy’ classroom environment. This event is organised by the Comparative Education Research Centre, HKU and the Cambodian Association of Hong Kong. ‘First They Killed My Father’ is a 2017 thriller directed by Angelina Jolie based on the genocide of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. After the film, experts share views on learning from history, in Cambodia and worldwide.

For more details, please visit this site: https://www.eventbank.com/event/movie-screening-first-they-killed-my-father-followed-by-discussion-12995/?pk_campaign=Movie%20screening

Free Admittance and all are welcome!​

NON-VIOLENT RESISTANCE Why and When?

Our second event was held on March 21st, and it was another great evening sharing and learning from each other. Thank you to everyone who attended the event and voiced their thoughts and experiences.

Although it was a sensitive topic, we all learned from the sincere discussion we shared afterwards. As several of us are teachers here in Hong Kong, it was difficult but also enlightening to see the universal similarities between children and how we must always be vigilant and open to those who may be ostracised, suffering, or feeling alone. The safe schools program, although needed for gun violence in the USA, held some insight to all educators in creating a safe space where no child is left to feel like violence and aggression are the only way out.

We now look forward to our next event, on Monday April 29th, where we will be sharing about non-violent resistance. We will listen to TED Talks from experts on the subject, followed by brief presentations from six of our SIG members on different instances of resistance. From the #metoo movement, eco-activism, to political resistance, we hope to give an insight to how non-violent resistance can form and take shape all over the world.

Please join us for an insightful and interesting evening.

Location: HKU Campus, Runme Shaw Building, Room 402
Time: 18:00 – 21:30

All are welcome but please register your attendance using the QR code on the poster or at https://forms.gle/zbyNy5KTzcwzLzWC7
If you would like to contribute to future events then please get in touch with us at peace.conflict.hku@gmail.com.

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