The Peace, Conflict, and Sustainable Development SIG Event, 27 October 2019

The Peace, Conflict, and Sustainable Development SIG met for a panel discussion on Sunday, 27th of October, learning about refugee and asylum seeker-led organisations in Hong Kong that are changing the narratives and taking charge of their identities in Hong Kong.
We were joined by representatives from Refugee Union, Art Women HK, Harmony HK, and The Africa Center. They shared about the many social, educational, and medical issues faced by asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong and also the struggle to re-define the identity of asylum seekers, refugees, and Africans in Hong Kong. In a city that is not as multicultural as it seems, more needs to be known about the many, different people who call Hong Kong home. Only when ignorance is educated, can we change and grow. It was an enlightening, powerful, and emotional afternoon.
Thank you to our panel guests for sharing, and for everyone who was able to join us.

The Shadow Education SIG’s meeting on 23 October, 2019

The Shadow Education SIG members gathered again on 23 October, Wednesday, at 3:30 pm in RMS 403, HKU. The SIG had two speakers: Feng Suyuan (a PhD student) presented on “Brokers Behind the International University Admission:  An Investigation on Education Agents in China” and Wang Haoxian (a guest speaker from Fudan University, China) presented on “The Impact of China’s New Private Education Policy:  Observations from the Private Tutoring Industry”.

The SIG was chaired by Dr Nutsa Kobakhidze and joined by Dr Hugo Horta from HKU and Dr Kevin Yung from the Education University of Hong Kong.

The Shadow Education SIG’s meeting on 2 October, 2019

“The Shadow Education SIG members met on October 2, 2019 to listen to a presentation by a PhD student Pubali Ghosh on “Secondary students’ decision-making on private tutoring in West Bengal, India. The SIG was moderated by Dr Nutsa Kobakhidze and well attended by the current PhD and MEd students. Dr Kevin Yung from the Education University of Hong Kong joined the meeting”.

The Shadow Education SIG’s meeting on 27 September, Friday

The Shadow Education SIG’s meeting was held on 27 September, Friday. The presenter was Mr Li Jun (PhD student at SCAPE) with the presentation title “Teachers’ Transformation into Businesspersons in the Shadow Education System in China: A Theoretical Framework.”

SIG Meeting on 17 September 2019

The Shadow Education SIG met on 17 September and hosted a talk by Wang Hao from Education University of Hong Kong. Based on his MEd dissertation, Wang Hao shared findings from the study Private Supplementary Tutors’ Identity Construction in Mainland China.

The talk was joined by Emeritus Professor Mark Bray, Dr Ora Kwo and Dr Kevin Yung. Dr Nutsa Kobakhidze moderated the talk.

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

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