Building capacity in Latin America: Science, technology and higher education to leverage development

By Hugo Horta & Jae Park

Chair: Mark Bray

This seminar focuses a new book, co-edited by Hugo Horta, about higher education, science and technology in Latin America. It argues for the need to better integrate science technology policy and higher education policy to promote learning trajectories for inclusive development. These require strong public investments to attract and prepare human resources. They also need long-term support for technology-based industries and export capacity for emerging markets worldwide, requiring investment in international networks.

The book identifies the potential of strategic, international, knowledge-based ventures, and the importance of the internationalization of universities and research institutions at the global level. Few scholars in Asia are familiar with Latin America, and much can be learned from comparison.

Hugo Horta is an Assistant Professor in HKU’s Faculty of Education. Part of his PhD studies were in the US and The Netherlands. After a postdoctoral period of two years in Japan, he worked for the Portuguese government. He was the national delegate in the European Commission on human resources and mobility, and held the position of researcher and deputy-director at a research institute in Portugal.

Jae Park is an Assistant Professor at the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). He is Past-President of the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong and Head of the International Education Research Group in the Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development of the EdUHK. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Comparative Education and Development.

Date: Monday 21 November 2016

Time: 14.00 – 15.15

Venue: Room 202 Runme Shaw Building
All are welcome!
book launch,  21 Nov