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.

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

Global Higher Education Bulletin (Hong Kong) Vol. 2, No. 4 March 8, 2019, Editor: Dr. Anatoly Oleksiyenko

We hope that you have been enjoying the reading week. Upon return to campus next week, you will have a chance to attend the following events in the field of higher education studies:

 

1. On March 12 (12:45-14:00), Professor Liudvika Leisyte from the TU Dortmund University, Germany will speak on “Dynamics of Protected Spaces in Academia Under the Quasi-Market Logic”. She will discuss the challenges of modern academics in asserting “authority over the content and methods of their work as well as the prestige they hold within the academic community”. The seminar will take place at 12:45-14:00 on March 12, 2019 in Room 206, Runme Shaw Building.

 

2. On March 12 (12:00-13:30), Dr. Donna Freitas from the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Nortre Dame will provide a workshop on teaching consent on campuses. “Her book, “Consent on Campus” discusses her insights from talking to U.S. college students about sexual consent and assault on campus for over a decade.  She has lectured at nearly two hundred colleges and universities about her research on college students”. In Hong Kong, her presentation will address some earlier concerns expressed by students in our city, as was outlined in https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/03/sexual-harassment-at-hong-kongs-universities-rarely-reported-but-not-rare/

 

3. On March 15 (12:45-14:00), Prof. John Flowerdew from Lancaster University, UK will discuss strategies of “Writing for scholarly publication in English in the context of the Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)”. His talk will take place in Room 401-402, Meng Wah Complex.

 

4. On March 15 (11:30:13:00), Professor Ruth Hayhoe, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE-UT) will share insights about her career of international scholar and contributions to reforms in the Chinese higher education. The public seminar will take place at LT3, Yasumoto International Academic Park, Chinese University of Hong Kong (preliminary information can be obtained from Ms. Eunice Lee at Lee Woo Sing College at eunice_lee@cuhk.edu.hk)

 

Several of our experts spoke on the developments of higher education and science projects in the countries that we have been doing research on:

 

1. Profs. Gerard Postiglione and Yang Rui expressed their views on the cross-border innovation hub which is emerging in the Greater Bay Area of South China (Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Macau and Shenzhen):https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20190222131558497

 

2. Dr. Anatoly Oleksiyenko spoke on concerns of international collaborations in the context of Russian transformations:https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/03/07/experts-have-doubts-russias-plans-reform-research-efforts

 

Finally, you may want to prepare and submit a proposal to the annual conference organized by the US-based Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), one of the leading research communities in our field.  The deadline for proposal submissions is April 18. The conference will take place on November 13-16, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The ASHE’s Council of International Higher Education will hold a pre-conference on November 13-14. Please visit the conference web-site at https://www.ashe.ws/conference

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.

 

Experiences of Non-Local Research Postgraduate Students at HKU Teaching Development Grant Report

Team: Dr Liz Jackson, Faculty of Education, Dr Lucy Jordan, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ms Yulia Nesterova, Education, Dr Gizem Arat, Social Sciences & Dr Zhou Xiaochen, Social Sciences.

Respondent: Prof Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Director, Common Core Curriculum

The University of Hong Kong attracts research students from around the world due to its international outlook, unique sociocultural and economic position, and innovative practices. Internationalization and the resulting diverse body of students, however, pose challenges in terms of curriculum, teaching, learning environments, supervision, and other activities. Little is known about the experiences of non-local (Mainland Chinese and overseas) research postgraduate students. This Teaching Development Grant project examined the experiences of non-local students at HKU, incorporating qualitative and quantitative methods in an exploratory sequential research design. The project aims to develop recommendations for on-campus activities to enrich students’ experiences and improve the multicultural community at the University.

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 12:30 – 13:45
Venue: Room 5.33, Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus
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