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/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.