Aims of the dialogue East Asia’s rise to become a dominant economic force is now supported by higher education systems of growing international significance. This presents the East and West with new opportunities for multilateral collaboration, with global teams increasingly needed to address global challenges facing the world and humanity. This high-level dialogue between UK, Hong Kong and East Asian higher education leaders and policymakers will explore the trends in collaboration in the region and identify the type of networks that bring funding solutions, on the one hand, and the best outcomes in research breakthroughs and global impact, on the other. Future priorities for collaboration will be considered for these emerging networks. Themes • Building research innovation and excellence through collaboration • Mapping international research collaborations – current and future trends • Building sustainable research – funding solutions for partnerships • Research excellence and capacity building • Absent talent - where are the women researchers? Research to be presented Mapping international research collaboration and networks of excellence in East Asia, commissioned by the British Council
Programme outline 0845-0915
Day One – Thursday, September 27 Registration of delegates
Welcome by • • •
Plenary: Driving innovation: Building research excellence through collaboration • •
• • 1100-1120 1120-1220
Terry Toney, Regional Director, East Asia, British Council Michelle Li, JP, Deputy Secretary for Education, Education Bureau, Hong Kong SAR Government Professor Cheng Yin Cheong, Acting President, Hong Kong Institute of Education; Convenor, Heads of Universities Committee (HUCOM) “Hong Kong: a regional hub for research collaboration”
Professor Rick Rylance, Chair, Research Councils UK; Chief Executive, Arts and Humanities Research Council “Research in a joined-up world” Professor Roland T. Chin, Chairman, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong; Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, University of Hong Kong “Research collaboration in Hong Kong: An RGC perspective’’ Professor Lyn Beazley, Chief Scientist, Western Australia “Strength in numbers: A West Australian perspective of the benefits of strong international research collaborations in Asia” Professor Amin Soebandrio, Deputy Minister, Research for Science and Technology, Indonesia “Research in Indonesia” Dr Phung Xuan Nha, Vice-President of Vietnam National University
Break Plenary: Mapping trends in international research collaboration and networks for excellence in East Asia •
Professor Joshua Ka-ho Mok, Chair Professor of Department of Asian and Policy Studies & Acting VicePresident (Research and Development), The Hong Kong Institute of Education “The changing relationship between government, market and universities in promoting research and innovation: Hong Kong experiences” Dr Janet Illieva, Senior Adviser, Education Research, British Council “Research collaboration in selected ASEAN countries” Professor Gerard Postiglione, Head, Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences, Faculty of Education; Director, Centre of Research on Education in China, University of Hong Kong “World-class universities and Asia’s top-tier researchers”
Chaired by Dr Halima Begum, Director for Education, East Asia, British Council, and Robin Rickard, Country Director, British Council Vietnam
Dr Halima Begum, Director for Education, East Asia, British Council, and Robin Rickard, Country Director, British Council Vietnam
Plenary: Building sustainable research – funding needs and solutions for partnerships: UK perspectives • •
Buffet lunch Plenary: Establishing sustainable academic research collaboration in China – opportunities, challenges and formulas for success •
David Sweeney, Director (Research, Innovation and Skills), Higher Education Funding Council for England “Collaboration: Opportunities and challenges” Professor Steve Beaumont, Vice-President, Research and Enterprise, University of Glasgow “A Scottish perspective on higher education partnership and collaboration”
Professor Rick Wong, Vice-President (Research and Development), Hong Kong Baptist University “Establishing sustainable academic research collaboration in China: Hong Kong Baptist University experience” Vivian Zheng, Director of Operations and Business Development, University of Birmingham Guangzhou Centre “Establishing sustainable research partnership in China The University of Birmingham approach” Professor Hai Wen, Vice-President, Peking University, Chancellor of Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School Professor Nick Miles, Provost, University of Nottingham, Ningbo Campus “The Nottingham experience - building sustainable research networks”
Dr Richard Armour, Secretary General, University Grants Committee, Hong Kong
Dr Halima Begum, Director for Education, East Asia, British Council, and Robin Rickard, Country Director, British Council Vietnam
Break Parallel sessions (presentations followed by group discussions) Parallel session 1: Meeting industry and community needs through research collaboration •
Professor Mitchell M. Tseng, Chair Professor of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology “Building toward the next level of research excellence – HKUST-MIT Research Alliance Consortium” Professor Maria Victoria Espaldon, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension; Professor of Environmental Science, University of the Philippines - Los Baños Tris Kee, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture; Director of the Community Project Workshop, University of Hong Kong “Community Project Workshop - Building local and global research collaboration in the design disciplines”
Parallel session 2: Priorities for research collaboration in arts, humanities and social sciences • • •
Dr Judith Lamie, International Director, University of Leeds
Professor Rick Rylance, Chair, Research Councils UK; Chief Executive, Arts and Humanities Research Council Professor Stephen Ching-kiu Chan, Academic Dean, Faculty of Arts, Lingnan University, Hong Kong Dr Veronica Ramirez, Associate Director, Center of Research and Communication (CRC), University of Asia and
Professor Rupert Maclean, Director, Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development; Chair Professor of International Education, the Hong Kong Institute of Education
the Pacific, Philippines Parallel Session 3: Absent Talent: Where are the women researchers and what models are there for increasing their participation? • •
Professor Dawn Freshwater, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds “Re-searching the gender Gap: Managing movement, leading change” Professor Fanny M Cheung, Professor of Psychology and Chair, Department of Psychology; Director, Hong Kong Institute of Asia Pacific Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong Dr Emerlinda Roman, Chairperson, Board of Trustees, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI); Professor, College of Business Administration, University of the Philippines – Diliman Dr Nitsara Karoonuthaisiri, Head of Microarray Laboratory, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Thailand “Is there a place in research for women”
Feedback from working groups and discussion
Day One dialogue ends
Day Two – Friday, September 28 Introduction to Day Two
Keynote: “Research networks – from paper to practice”
Professor Colin Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation), University of Bath
Plenary: Research excellence and capacity building •
Professor Ian Chi-kei Wong, Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy, University of Hong Kong. “Experience of taking part as an Asian member of the European Framework 7th Research Programme” Dr Liu Yarong, Director, Department of University Management, National Academy of Education Administration, China “Establishing sustainable university or industry links: the confusion and expectation” Professor Monte Cassim, Vice-Chancellor (Strategic and International Initiatives), The Ritsumeikan Trust, Japan “The practicality of good ideas”
Professor Louise Morley, Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research, University of Sussex (this session will be followed by a workshop led by Professor Louise Morley, on the afternoon of Day 2)
Dr Halima Begum, Director for Education, East Asia, British Council, and Robin Rickard, Country Director, British Council Vietnam
Dr Halima Begum, Director for Education, East Asia, British Council, and Robin Rickard, Country Director, British Council Vietnam Professor Rick Rylance, Chair, Research Councils UK; Chief Executive, Arts and Humanities Research Council Dr Halima Begum, Director for Education, East Asia, British Council, and Robin Rickard, Country Director, British Council Vietnam
Plenary: Capacity building through mobility – case studies •
Dr Joanne Pyke, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Australia “International student alumni: untapped potential for international knowledge transfer” Professor Amaret Bhumiratana, Director, The Royal Golden Jubilee PhD Programme, Thailand Research Fund “Creating and fostering of research networks through the international research network”
Roundtable group discussion and reflections on building research networks
Summary by Dr Halima Begum, Director for Education, East Asia, British Council and Robin Rickard, Country Director, British Council Vietnam
Day Two dialogue ends followed by buffet lunch
Callista Thillou, Policy Advisor, UK Higher Education International Unit
Programme in detail DAY 1 – September 27 0845 – 0915
0915 – 0930
Terry Toney, Regional Director, East Asia, British Council Michelle Li, JP, Deputy Secretary for Education, Education Bureau, Hong Kong SAR Government Professor Cheng Yin Cheong, Acting President, Hong Kong Institute of Education; Convenor, Heads of Universities Committee On behalf of the Heads of Universities Committee, Professor YC Cheng welcomes the international and regional participants to the Global Education Dialogues. His presentation illustrates the global trends of fast expansion of the number of tertiary students and researchers in the past 40 years, and highlights the key challenges in such a global context facing the higher education leaders and policymakers who are making efforts in research development and international collaboration in the Asia-Pacific Region. In particular, his speech addresses how the Hong Kong higher education system has been transforming towards a regional hub for research collaboration in meeting the emerging challenges.
0930 – 1100
Opening plenary: Driving innovation: Building research excellence through collaboration
Research in a Joined-up World Professor Rick Rylance, Chair, Research Councils UK; Chief Executive, Arts and Humanities Research Council
The world of research is changing before our eyes. These changes include the waning of the tired opposition between “pure” and “applied”; the increasing production of research between institutions; the collaborative funding of projects by multiple agencies, including international collaborations; and the increasingly searching need for interdisciplinary inquiry. Provoked and enabled by electronic communications, collaboration is now a necessary activity. This talk will look forward to the prospects for research in a joined-up world.
Professor Roland T. Chin, Chairman, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong; Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, University of Hong Kong
Professor Lyn Beazley, Chief Scientist, Western Australia
Australia being one of the most isolated cities in the world, researchers based in Perth understand the importance of establishing international networks to foster an academic community that is innovative, open to different perspectives and driven by real needs. In her role as Chief Scientist, Professor Lyn Beazley has been a strong advocate and facilitator of collaborative research, not only between academic institutions, but also across government, industry and the community. Professor Beazley will profile examples of successful research collaborations between Western Australia and Asia, and the range of benefits they offer all involved.
Professor Amin Soebandrio, Deputy Minister, Research for Science and Technology, Indonesia
Dr Phung Xuan Nha, Vice-President of Vietnam National University
1100 – 1120
1120 – 1220
Plenary: Mapping trends in international research collaboration and networks for excellence in East Asia Professor Joshua Ka-ho Mok, Chair Professor of the Department of Asian and Policy Studies & Acting Vice-President (Research and Development), Hong Kong Institute of Education
Plenary: Building sustainable research – funding needs and solutions for partnerships: UK perspectives
The rise of the knowledge economy has generated new global infrastructures, with information technology playing an increasingly important role in the global economy. This has huge implications for different stakeholders in a national innovation system. For the government, how to make the country thrive in a competitive knowledge economy has become an important national development agenda. This presentation sets out to examine how the relationship between the state, market and university has changed in promoting research and innovation in higher education, with particular reference to explore how selected states and university systems in East Asia have responded to foster closer co-operation between the university sector and the market.
Dr Janet Illieva, Senior Adviser, Education Research, British Council
The higher education landscape in ASEAN is going through fast-paced changes. As member states further their collaboration in higher education, the research base in these countries also becomes more open to international collaboration. This study aims to identify international collaboration patterns and their respective strengths across eight ASEAN member states: Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. It also aims to develop a better understanding of the comparative performance of the ASEAN research base in different subject areas.
Professor Gerard Postiglione, Head, Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences, Faculty of Education; Director, Centre of Research on Education in China, University of Hong Kong
University league tables and world-class universities policy are adopted in promoting the excellence of research universities at both national and institutional levels. This paper examines the case studies of the rapid rise of three research universities in Asia. It also examines selected factors underlying the performance of the most highly productive academics in four Asian systems Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea. It does this by using data from the second international survey of the academic profession and measures research productivity by the number of scientific journal publications over a three-year period. It identifies and analyses commonalities shared by the most highly productive Asian researchers, including their individual attributes and perceptions as well as factors directly related to their affiliated universities.
David Sweeney, Director (Research, Innovation and Skills), Higher Education Funding Council for England
This talk will look at some examples of structured collaborations in England, discuss drivers and hurdles and consider how we can evolve a balanced view of the costs and benefits of collaboration against a background of competition and markets.
Professor Steve Beaumont, Vice-President, Research and Enterprise, the University of Glasgow
Inter-institutional collaboration has been a feature of Scottish higher education for well over a decade. Intending to enhance knowledge transfer or research strength and capacity, several experiments have demonstrated to government that collaboration built on the normal healthy competitiveness between institutions can successfully deliver both economic and academic impact. As a result collaboration has become a feature of government and funding body policy. This talk will summarise the distinctive higher education system in Scotland, highlighting a number of schemes and projects including research pooling and joint 7
Dr Richard Armour, Secretary General, University Grants Committee, Hong Kong
1415 – 1530
Plenary: Establishing sustainable academic research collaboration in China – opportunities, challenges and formulas for success
Professor Rick Wong, Vice-President (Research and Development), Hong Kong Baptist University
This presentation highlights some of the experiences of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) in establishing sustainable research collaborations with its partners in the mainland. In particular, Professor Wong will talk about why and how HKBU developed its initiatives, the challenges the university faced and the lessons that have been learned.
Vivian Zheng, Director of Operations and Business Development, University of Birmingham Guangzhou Centre
China presents huge opportunities for joint collaboration for foreign universities, including academic strength, resources and funding. However, the current model of most bilateral research collaborations involves standalone projects driven by individual academics. There is a lack of a coherent approach for sustainable partnerships. The University of Birmingham established a collaboration centre in Guangzhou in September 2011 to support the University's strategy of enhancing collaborations with China. Our approach is to develop a series of partnerships with local universities, public service providers, local research institutes and commercial organisations. This presentation will discuss this model through a case study of one of our research projects.
Professor HAI Wen, Vice-President of Peking University, Chancellor of Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School
Professor Nick Miles, Provost, University of Nottingham, Ningbo campus
With around 10,000 students and 1,000 staff, the University of Nottingham’s campuses in Malaysia and China are moving to their next stage of development, strengthening and deepening research and business collaborations. It is evolutionary progression involving education, research, business, innovation, access and philanthropy. A maturing operation to deliver trade and investment outcomes with bridgeheads for market access, soft landing, innovation platforms works both ways. Being shortlisted for the Company of the Year in the 2012 British Business Awards in China is evidence the university is moving into its next phase of development.
1530 – 1545
1545 – 1700
Parallel sessions (Presentations followed by group discussion) Session 1: Meeting industry and community needs through research collaboration (case studies)
Professor Mitchell M. Tseng, Chair Professor of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
With the rising of economic force of this region, it has become clear that universities have new roles to play in economic development. There is a growing expectation for universities in Hong Kong to provide new ideas, new talent and help produce new industries to fuel continuing growth. Shifting from being traditional followers to a position of innovation is a major transformation for Hong Kong universities that they are not well prepared for. We have identified three gaps that universities must overcome in order to develop a vibrant research environment to serve the needs of the next stage development â€“ a research gap, industry gap and interaction gap. To help close these gaps, HKUST and MIT are building a new research alliance with a group of companies that have track records of innovative research. In this presentation, we will discuss various approaches that aim to build a new research eco system that is more mission oriented, more collaborative, and better connected with the needs of society.
Professor Maria Victoria Espaldon, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension; Professor of Environmental Science, University of the Philippines â€“ Los BaĂąos
Tris Kee, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture; Director of the Community Project Workshop, University of Hong Kong
The Community Project Workshop (CPW) is a research unit established by the Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong, to provide design and research services to promote research collaborations with both local and global organisations. CPW undertakes non-commercial projects requiring interdisciplinary expertise drawn from all areas of the faculty: architecture, landscape architecture, real estate and construction and urban planning and design. Research teams in CPW critically evaluate, analyse and synthesise problems, utilising expertise from the faculty, professionals and community representatives. Projects undertaken by CPW are aimed at meeting pressing and changing aspirations in our industry and society. By adopting an interactive and participatory approach to meeting the specific objectives of the communities, the research team considers the rationale behind the current design and planning issues to generate sensitive and practical concepts. A continuous process of discussion and feedback becomes the research strategy to engage both industry and community.
Dr Judith Lamie, International Director, University of Leed
Session 2: Priorities for research collaboration in arts, humanities and social sciences Speaker:
Professor Rick Rylance, Chair, Research Councils UK; Chief Executive, Arts and Humanities Research Council
As a major funding agency focusing solely on the arts and humanities, the AHRC is an internationally unique organisation with many priorities. Among these are: the maintenance of historic strengths in major and timehonoured disciplines, such as History and English; the development of new and energetic areas, such as design and heritage science; and the need to care for areas currently less active than we might wish. But two specific challenges are particularly in our sights – the need to develop partnerships and collaborative work with other agencies, including international organisations, and the need to develop a compelling case for the value of the arts and humanities in changing times.
Professor Stephen Ching-kiu Chan, Academic Dean, Faculty of Arts, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
As a context-specific project, cultural studies draws energies and takes shape in Asia within an intellectual climate evolving out of people’s proximity to the socio-cultural changes around them, as well as the mediatory networks growing out of many parallel developments (decolonisation, globalisation) in the region, where humanities education meets new challenges today. I focus on the “applied” dimension in contemporary culture, drawing on critical initiatives and research projects that aim to investigate and develop the conditions for enhancing social consciousness and participation in our collective life, with particular reference to cultural enterprises, heritage and identity discourses. New projects are run with collaborative efforts across languages, disciplines and borders, bringing the scope and complexity of our cultural knowledge to the next stage in its multiple formations. We shall consider the possibilities and challenges this brings to our education as we join efforts to articulate knowledge production to research and development with a cause.
Dr Veronica Ramirez, Associate Director, Center of Research and Communication Communication, University of Asia and the Pacific, the Philippines
Professor Rupert Maclean, Director, Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development, Chair Professor of International Education, The Hong Kong Institute of Education Session 3: Absent talent: Where are the women researchers and what models are there for increasing their participation?
This session will be introduced and chaired by Professor Louise Morley, a leading authority on equity issues in higher education. It aims to share knowledge across different cultures about the issues facing women as they progress in their research careers, and solutions that can help. Speaker:
Professor Dawn Freshwater, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds
This paper examines the current political, cultural and global context of higher education and seeks to identify, how in this zeitgeist, the academy might contribute to a new and emerging narrative around women’s leadership potential; a move from what Vongalis-Macrow and Gallant (2012) describe as “Stepford leaders” to “step forward” leaders. The shifting emphasis of organisations from local to global orientations and the focus on large multi-disciplinary teams, rather than on individuals, provides a helpful vehicle through which to interrogate in more detail, the existing fictions and emerging narrative of effective global academic leadership. The paper will provide examples of how using global orientations and large multi-disciplinary teams within the academy, not only helps to manage movement, but also presents an opportunity to lead change.
Professor Fanny M. Cheung, Professor of Psychology, and Chair, Department of Psychology; Director, Hong Kong Institute of Asia Pacific Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Professor Cheung will highlight the lack of women leadership in tertiary institutions in Hong Kong and address some of the challenges that women researchers face in their careers.
Dr Emerlinda Roman, Chair, Board of Trustees, International Rice Research Institute; Professor, College of Business Administration, University of the Philippines, Diliman
Dr Nitsara Karoonuthaisiri, Head of Microarray Laboratory, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Thailand
Given the nature and demands of a research career, women find it challenging to succeed in this area. While there is no recipe for a woman to succeed, there are many examples to learn from. This talk will focus on what we can learn from those successful women in Thailand and how we can apply their experience to increase the participation of women in research.
1700â€“ 1730 Chair:
Professor Louise Morley, Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research, University of Sussex Feedback from working groups and discussion Dr Halima Begum, Director for Education, East Asia, British Council, and Robin Rickard, Country Director, British Council Vietnam Day One dialogue ends
DAY 2 – Friday, September 28 0910 – 0920
Introduction to Day Two
0920 – 0940
Keynote: Research Networks – from Paper to Practice
Professor Colin Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation), University of Bath
This paper proposes a conception of the research network as a multilateral enterprise. By means of recent case studies taken from EU-US-Brazilian collaborations, it discusses achieving sustainability among early career and established researcher communities, the importance of mobility opportunities for PhD, postdoctoral and other researchers, and the need for a strategic approach that goes beyond bilateral partnerships. Case studies include examples of doctoral mobility programmes and matched resources for multilateral research programmes in a network setting. The paper also applies the established concept of the triple-helix relationships between universities, governments and businesses. It argues that such relationships can seriously enhance academic innovation but that there is a need, hitherto underexplored, to develop such relationships beyond bilateral axes. Finally, the paper considers both academic research collaboration and triple-helix relationships and their interactions with each other in the wider context of interlocking innovation systems. Such systems need to be international and multilateral if they are to offer a productive challenge to nationally defined innovation priorities.
Chair: 0940 – 1040 Speaker
Professor Rick Rylance, Chair, Research Councils UK; Chief Executive, Arts and Humanities Research Council Plenary: Research excellence and capacity building Professor Ian Chi-kei Wong, Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy, University of Hong Kong
Participation in a European Framework 7 Programmes-funded project can be very rewarding. It allows researchers from different countries to collaborate on a large research project. Furthermore, good friendships can be developed. In this talk, I will share my experience as a coordinator of a FP7 project when I was working at University College London. I will also share my experience as a partner in different FP7 projects at the University of Hong Kong. I will share some useful tips in working in a large EU consortium and, of course, the joys and pains of participating in FP7 projects. th
Professor Monte Cassim, Vice-Chancellor (Strategic and International Initiatives), The Ritsumeikan Trust, Japan
What indeed is research excellence? It could be described as the acknowledgement, either by the public or peers, of the worth of an inspiring thought which has been pursued through to an outcome that has added to the body of human knowledge, changed our perspectives of how we perceive our world and, on some occasions, contributed to the betterment of the human condition. It is this last aspect that is growing in importance with these changing times. The driving force behind the world economy in the next several decades will experience a major shift to the emerging and developing economies. Their societal, political and economic challenges will bring forth a host of challenging issues that have to be urgently addressed in their passage to peace and prosperity. But if the funding of curiosity-driven “blue sky” research takes a back seat, will human society progress in the long term? Recognising that the vast majority of human talent pursuing higher education is in the developing and emerging economies, that the research facilities and infrastructure are currently concentrated in the OECD countries, and that the prospect for future investments in fundamental research is contingent on the continued prosperity of all nations, this presentation will look at how higher education institutions can help towards bridging the growing gap between fundamental and applied research.
Professor Liu Yarong, Director, Department of University Management, National Academy of Education Administration, China
University R&D funding comes mainly from two sources. The first model involves universities co-operating with enterprises to apply for government funding designed for technology innovation. The second way is for university professors and their teams to enter into contracts with enterprises directly for their R&D needs. This talk will showcase a university’s R&D operating procedures, give advice and make recommendations.
1040 – 1100
1100 – 1145
Plenary: Capacity building through mobility – case studies
Dr Joanne Pyke, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Australia
International education in Australia, as in other countries with comparable education systems, is widely appreciated as generating considerable economic, social and cultural benefits that are mutually advantageous both to Australia and sending countries. One of these benefits is that international students alumni, over the course of their careers, maintain connections with Australia that have mutually beneficial cross border social and economic outcomes. These benefits include the promotion of positive international relations, the facilitation of trade and professional networks, and cultural exchanges that strengthen Australian human, social and cultural capital. In essence, international student alumni are important vehicles for ‘brain circulation’. Despite this commonly held understanding, and with a few exceptions, it remains the case that little is known about the longer term outcomes for international student alumni, and the extent to which the capacity of alumni to generate international ‘bridges’ is harnessed. Drawing on two current studies on Australian international student alumni, this presentation explores why greater attention needs to be directed towards sustaining alumni connections, trends in the nature of alumni engagement, and barriers to tracking and staying in touch. Strategic responses designed to maximise the role of alumni in enhancing international collaboration will also be canvassed.
Professor Amaret Bhumiratana, Director, The Royal Golden Jubilee PhD Programme, Thailand Research Fund
It has been well documented that successful research programmes usually have to be multidisciplinary in nature and require extensive collaboration among researchers. These can be achieved through effective operation of research networks. The Royal Golden Jubilee PhD programme (RGJ-PhD) has been in operation since 1996 and has graduated more than 1,800 PhDs with another 1,600 at various stages of completion. The programme has involved more than 1,400 Thai advisors and in excess of 2,500 international co-advisors in 40 different countries. One of the most striking achievements of the programme has been the success of research collaborations and networks among Thai and overseas scientists and recently a new programme called the International Research Network has been started based on the successful achievements of the RGJPhD programme.
Callista Thillou, Policy Advisor, UK Higher Education International Unit
1145 – 1245
Roundtable: Group discussion and reflections on building research networks
1245 – 1300
Dialogue ends followed by buffet lunch
Speaker biographies Dr Richard Armour
Secretary-General, University Grants Committee, Hong Kong Dr Richard Armour has extensive experience in administration in the higher education sector, having served in senior positions in various local and overseas universities. He started his career as a university administrator at Glasgow Caledonian University, the University of Strathclyde and Queen Margaret University in the UK from 1978 to 1992. In 1992, Dr Armour moved to Hong Kong and took up the post of Director of Academic Planning and Senior Assistant Registrar at the City University of Hong Kong. He became Registrar of the Open University of Hong Kong in 1996. In 2006, Dr Armour moved to Australia and worked in Griffith University as the Academic Registrar. He returned to Hong Kong in January 2009 to take up the post of Senior Advisor to the President at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and was appointed Secretary-General of the University Grants Committee in January 2012.
Professor Steve Beaumont
Vice-Principal (Research and Enterprise), University of Glasgow Professor Steven Beaumont was appointed Vice-Principal for Research and Enterprise at the University of Glasgow in January 2005. Professor Beaumont is responsible for the university’s research vision and strategy and their achievements. He also oversees all aspects of research administration and the transfer of the university’s intellectual assets to industry and the wider community through research contracts, consultancy, licensing and spinout formation. His research background is in nanotechnology and nanoelectronics for which he was awarded the OBE in 2002. Before taking up his present position he was previously Head of Department of Electronics & Electrical Engineering and was the first Director of the Institute for System Level Integration. Professor Beaumont is director of a number of university companies. He is a CEng, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) in 2000, and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in July 2007.
Professor Lyn Beazley
Chief Scientist of Western Australia Professor Lyn Beazley was appointed Chief Scientist of Western Australia in 2006. She was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia in January 2009 and made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering later that year. Professor Beazley is a member of the new Technology and Industry Advisory Council (TIAC) to the Western Australian Government. In March 2011, she was inducted into the inaugural Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame. After her education at Oxford and Edinburgh Universities, Professor Beazley built up an internationally renowned research team that focused on recovery from brain damage, much of the research done at the University of Western Australia. Professor Beazley has served on numerous bodies advising state and federal governments, including advisory boards to the Australian Research Council, the Australian Synchrotron and Western Australia’s Low Emissions Energy Development Fund. She is a member of several boards such as The Institute for Radio Astronomy Research and the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.
Dr Halima Begum
Director for Education, East Asia, British Council Dr Halima Begum joined the British Council in August this year. She is responsible for providing intellectual leadership and driving forward the council's education policies in East Asia. Her particular focus is fostering regional education partnerships and collaborations. Dr Begum has 14 years' experience of developing education partnerships and strategies in Asia. She has extensive experience of working with international partners on education, including the European Commission, the UN, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and bilateral agencies. Previously Dr Begum spent nine years with the British Government's Department for International Development (DFID) as an education specialist at its headquarters in London, as well as in China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Her time at DFID headquarters was spent designing and promoting the Global Education Partnership, the only multilateral platform for mobilising funds for developing countries’ education priorities. Dr Begum graduated from the London School of Economics with a bachelor's degree in government and history and a master's degree with distinction in international relations. Later she completed a PhD in human geography at the University of London.
Professor Amaret Bhumiratana
Director, The Royal Golden Jubilee PhD Programme, Thailand Research Fund Professor Amaret Bhumiratana is currently Director of The Royal Golden Jubilee PhD Programme, Thailand Research Fund, Thailand. Formerly, he was an Executive Vice-President of Mahidol University, and Dean of Faculty of Science, Mahidol University. He received a number of awards from Thailand and overseas institutions. His main interests have been in the commercialisation of research findings in the areas of microbial controls of insect pests and of food fermentation. He has published more than 80 publications in peer review journals. Professor Bhumiratana graduated with a BS degree in 1970 from University of California at Davis, USA and with PhD degree in 1974 from Michigan State University, USA. He was an academic staff member of Faculty of Science, Mahidol University from 1974 to 2010 before moving to his current position at TRF.
Professor Monte Cassim
Vice-Chancellor (Strategic and International Initiatives), The Ritsumeikan Trust, Japan Professor Monte Cassim, Vice-Chancellor (Strategic and International Initiatives) of Ritsumeikan, was President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University from 2004-9. As Professor of Policy Science since 1994, his research is in environmental science and health informatics at the Ritsumeikan Centre for Sustainability Science. He was Honorary Professor at King’s College London GKT Medical School (2003-4), serves on several government and business advisory panels and is also on the governing board of the Nara Institute for Science and Technology (NAIST). Graduating in 1970 from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Natural Science, University of Sri Lanka Colombo, he studied under a Japanese Ministry of Education Scholarship at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering in the Master’s and Doctoral programmes (1974-81). He has worked extensively in Asia and Latin America while at the UN Centre for Regional Development, prior to which he worked in the Japanese corporate sector, in Malaysia and in his home country, Sri Lanka.
Professor Cassim’s research in environmental science is in the areas of natural ecology, industrial ecology and precision agronomy for adapting to climate change. In the area of health informatics, he works in the field of established and emerging diseases, notably with stroke and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Since 1993, he has been a founder member and Director of Tools for Self Reliance, Japan, an award-winning NGO working in development co-operation.
Professor Stephen Chan
Academic Dean, Faculty of Arts, Lingnan University, Hong Kong Professor Stephen C. K. Chan is the Academic Dean of Arts, professor of cultural studies, and director of the Kwan Fong Cultural Research & Development Programme at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Published on Hong Kong culture, film, literature, education and cultural studies, Professor Chan’s current interests cover pedagogy, heritage, urban creativity, cultural enterprise, and policy. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Cultural Studies, and in advisory capacity to Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Communication and Society, Router: A Journal of Cultural Studies, and Localities. Professor Chan has been engaged in the building of cultural studies as an academic discipline and intellectual project in Asia. He established the first BA Cultural Studies degree in the Chinese-speaking world in 1999, and served as department head (2000-3, 2007-10). He was the founding director (2003-8) of the Master of Cultural Studies programme offered to professionals in media, education, and community development. He now chairs the steering committee of the Consortium for InterAsia Cultural Studies Institutes, and is a board member of the Association for Cultural Studies representing the Asia constituency.
Professor Yin Cheong Cheng
Acting President, Hong Kong Institute of Education Professor Yin Cheong Cheng is the Acting President and Chair Professor of Leadership and Change at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Prior to taking up the Acting Presidency, he was the Vice-President (Research & Development). Professor Cheng is President of the World Educational Research Association and the past-President (2004-8) of the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association. He is also the chairman of the Tin Ka Ping Foundation's advisory board and a panel advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has served as a full member of the University Grants Committee, a panel member of the Research Grants Council, and a member of the Quality Education Fund Steering Committee of the Hong Kong SAR Government. Previously, he was associate director of the Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research and professor in the Department of Education Administration and Policy of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Cheng holds a doctorate from Harvard University
Professor Fanny Cheung
Professor of Psychology and Director, Hong Kong Institute of Asia Pacific Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong Professor Fanny M. Cheung is Professor of Psychology and Director, Hong Kong Institute of Asia Pacific Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was formerly the Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and has served as the Deputy Chairperson of the university’s research committee since 2001. Professor Cheung took leave from the university to serve as the founding chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission in Hong Kong from 1996 until 1999. For her contributions to the community, she was appointed Justice of Peace in 1988 and awarded the Honour of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997. Highly regarded internationally as an expert in crosscultural personality assessment and gender equality with more than 200 16
publications to her name, she was selected as a 2004 Fulbright New Century Scholar to work on the theme “Global Empowerment of Women” which culminated in a book on Women at the Top: Powerful Leaders Tell Us How to Combine Work and Family (Wiley-Blackwell). She is currently President of the International Test Commission and a member of the board of directors of the International Association of Applied Psychology. Her international psychology awards include the 2012 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology.
Professor Roland Chin
Chairman, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong; Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, University of Hong Kong Professor Roland T Chin joined the University of Hong Kong in 2010 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, and Chair Professor of Computer Science. Prior to joining HKU, he was Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Deputy President (2006-2010), Vice-President for Research and Development (2003-2006), and Chair Professor of Computer Science (since 1992) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. From 2001 to 2003, he was Vice-President for Information Technology of Applied Science and Technology Research Institute. Professor Chin studied electrical engineering at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and subsequently worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland for two years prior to joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. from 1981 to 1995. Professor Chin’s research is in the areas of computer vision, image processing and pattern recognition. His work has been recognised by awards such as the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. He has published more than 100 research publications and supervised around 30 research postgraduate students. Professor Chin is active in public service. He is currently a member of the University Grants Committee, the Steering Committee on Innovation and Technology, the Commission on Strategic Development of the HKSAR Government, and board chairman of Hong Kong Education City, an online education portal. Since 2005, he has been the Chairman of the Research Grants Council.
Professor Maria Espaldon
Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension; Professor of Environmental Science, University of the Philippines - Los Baños Professor Maria Victoria Espaldon is a specialist in environmental science and human geography with more than 20 years of experience in the field of environmental impact assessment, resource evaluation, population and resource use issues, and upland development. Professor Espaldon is currently a UP scientist and chair of the University of the Philippines – Los Baños (UPLB) Interdisciplinary Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction. She is also the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension at UPLB.
Professor Dawn Freshwater
Professor of Mental Health and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Staff and Organisational Effectiveness at the University of Leeds Professor Dawn Freshwater is Professor of Mental Health and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Staff and Organisational Effectiveness at the University of Leeds. She is the elected representative for Nursing in England on the Council of Deans for Nursing and Midwifery and Trustee of the Florence Nightingale Foundation. As a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, a health professional and academic of some 30 years experience, she has developed a portfolio of research that spans issues of workforce strategy and practice development, leadership in organisational effectiveness and change. Her mental health expertise means she is currently leading on a number of research grants related to offender health and psychological therapies, has supervised 15 PhD students to completion, has 15 text books and more than 50 academic papers in press. Professor Freshwater is the Editor of the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing and has recently been appointed to the Journal of Mixed Methods Research.
Professor Colin Grant
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (internationalisation), University of Bath Professor Colin Grant is currently inaugural Pro-Vice-Chancellor (internationalisation) at the University of Bath, one of the UK’s top ten research-led universities. He has extensive experience in a range of senior roles. He was Associate Dean (learning and teaching) at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and head of department, head of school and dean at the University of Surrey, where he also went on to become the inaugural Pro-Vice-Chancellor (international relations). Professor Grant was the inaugural chair of the University Global Partnership Network, the South East-India Partnership Network and the Executive Committee of the Surrey International Institute in Dalian. Professor Grant has extensive postdoctoral and doctoral supervision experience in his field – communication. His engagement has covered such topics as Islamophobia, inflammatory communication, mental health and media framing, public sphere theory, and framings of terror. He has published ten books and around 50 articles and chapters and has presented his work in invited lectures and keynotes in many countries including China, South Korea and Japan.
Professor Hai Wen
Vice-President of Peking University, Chancellor of Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School Professor Hai Wen graduated from Beijing University and obtained a doctorate from the University of California at Davis in 1991. He lectured at various universities in California and became a leading contributor to the study of China's economy in the USA, where he served as president of the China Economists Society in 1993. Professor Hai is currently Vice-President of Peking University, Professor in Economics at the China Centre for Economic Research and HSBC School of Business in Peking University. His main areas of research are in the fields of international economics, development economics and Chinese economic development. And he is the author and translator of several books including; International Trade – Theory, Policy, and Empirical Issues (1993), International Economics: Theory and Policy (translation1998, 2002 and 2005), and International Trade (2003). Professor Hai’s honours and awards include: The Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award (Economics), University of California, Davis, 1990; Honours of the Chinese Economists Society, the Chinese Economists Society, USA 1992; The 1997 Li Foundation Heritage Prize in Economics for Excellence in Creative Activity, the Li Foundation, Inc., San Francisco, 1996; The National Outstanding Returning Scholar
Award, the Ministry of Personnel and the State Commission of Education, the People's Republic of China, 1997; A Zijie Prize for research in International Trade, 2001; Outstanding Teacher Award, Peking University, 2001 and 2002. Professor Hai is also a part-time researcher at, among other institutions, the Research Institute of the Ministry of Commerce, and the Research Institute of the National Reform Commission. He is also a board member of the China Association for Promoting International Economic and Technical Cooperation and committee member of the Ministry of Health Research Committee for Policy and Administration.
Dr Janet Illieva
Senior Education Advisor, British Council, Hong Kong Dr Janet Illieva is a Senior Education Advisor with the British Council, Hong Kong, where her area of expertise includes policy analysis of global education systems and trends in international student mobility. More recently, she has been studying the wider impact of internationalisation on higher education research and teaching. She has been with the British Council for the past eight years. Dr Illieva is a member of the advisory group for Project Atlas (global student mobility think tank based with the Institute for International Education, US) and the Association for Studies in International Education. She holds a PhD in economics from the Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). Previously, she lectured in economics at the University of Veliko Turnovo (Bulgaria) and the University of Applied Sciences in Ludwigsburg (Germany) and Research Methods at the University of Calabria (Italy).
Dr Nitsara Karoonuthaisiri
Head of Microarray Laboratory, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Thailand Dr Nitsara Karoonuthaisiri was a recipient of a prestigious Royal Thai Government Scholarship to pursue her education in USA. After her BS in chemical engineering (honours with distinctions, departmental valedictorian, Columbia University, New York, in 1999) and MS and PhD in chemical engineering (Stanford University, 2004), she returned to Thailand and took up a research position at the National Center for Genetic Engineering. Currently, Dr Karoonuthaisiri is a Head of Microarray Laboratory where her research team employs microarray technology to study black tiger shrimp, an important export for Thailand, and develop antibody arrays for diagnostics. She is taking a two-year sabbatical under the Marie Curie Fellowship at Queen’s University Belfast. Dr Karoonuthaisiri was awarded “2011 Young Technologist” from the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology under the Patronage of HM the King, “2009 For Women in Science” fellowship from UNESCO-L’Oreal Thailand. Her antibody array for foodborne pathogen detection won the 2010 Invention Award from the National Research Council of Thailand. She was selected as one of nine “Working Women of the Year 2009” by Phuying Magazine and one of 50 “Women Who Will Make a Change” by A Day Magazine. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers, filed seven patents and has been invited to give a talk at more than 50 international meetings. She was also the founding co-chair of the Global Young Academy, which aims to empower and mobilise young scientists to address issues of particular importance to their early careers.
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong Tris Kee is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong. Ms Kee, a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a Master’s degree in architecture, grew up in Canada and worked in Rome, Amsterdam, London and Vancouver before returning to Hong Kong. She has worked on a broad range of research projects including urban revitalisation schemes, district aspiration studies, waterfront planning research, sustainable development and public engagements in planning process. In all of her work, she advocates active community participation in the professional practice in architecture. Ms Kee’s work received the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Roll of Honour, Ontario Association of Architects’ Guild Medal, and Outstanding Thesis Award in 2002. She was a recipient of the 40 under-40 Architectural Design Award in 2012 and the Green Building Award 2012 from the Hong Kong Green Building Council. Ms Kee was a curator for the 2012 Hong Kong/Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale Exhibition for Urbanism and Architecture, an exhibitor for the 13th Venice Architectural Biennale, an invited speaker at the International Design Alliance Congress in Taiwan in 2011 and a keynote speaker at the Crossover Comprehensive Conference in the China Academy of Art 2012.
Dr Judith Lamie
International Director, University of Leeds Dr Judith Lamie is International Director at the University of Leeds. Prior to this she was Director of International Strategy and Professor of Advanced Language Study at the University of Birmingham. Dr Lamie has more than 20 years' experience in international education, having lived and worked overseas as well as in the UK. As International Director at Leeds, she is responsible for developing and implementing the university's internationalisation strategy. The strategy itself articulates an integrated approach to internationalisation, touching on all aspects of university life, from partnerships and international reputation, to internationalising the curriculum and the student experience.
Michelle Li, JP
Deputy Secretary, Education, Education Bureau, Hong Kong Michelle Li, JP, is the Deputy Secretary for Education, responsible for policies on higher and further education. She joined the Hong Kong Government as an administrative officer in 1988 and has served in various government bureaus and departments, including the Transport Department, the former City and New Territories Administration, the former Finance Branch, Central Policy Unit and Home Affairs Department. Between 2005 and 2009, Ms Li was Secretary General of the Joint Secretariat for the Advisory Bodies on Civil Service and Judicial Salaries and Conditions of Service, which advises the government on the salaries, conditions of service and structure of various grades and ranks in the Civil Service and the Judiciary. She joined the Education Bureau as Deputy Secretary in 2009, having previously served as Principal Assistant Secretary for Education and Manpower responsible for policies on higher education between 1996 and 2001. Ms Li holds a Master of Science degree in Management and Certificate in Public Administration from Stanford University. She was awarded a scholarship to study in Sophia University, Japan, and government sponsorship to pursue postgraduate studies in University of Oxford.
Professor Rupert Maclean
Director, Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development, Chair Professor of International Education, The Hong Kong Institute of Education Professor Rupert Maclean is Chair Professor of International Education, UNESCO Chair in TVET and Lifelong Learning, and Director of the Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd). Before joining HKIEd, Professor Maclean worked for almost two decades with UNESCO in Yangon, Bangkok, Paris and Bonn. He has mainly been involved with providing support to developing countries to help strengthen and upgrade their systems of schooling to cope with change, and to promote successful innovative and best practices, with particular reference to education for the world of work (TVET). He is co-editor, with David Wilson, of the six-volume International Handbook on Education for the Changing World of Work: Bridging Academic and Vocational Learning, published by Springer in 2009 and co-editor with Felix Rauner of the Handbook of TVET Research (Springer, 2008). Professor Maclean was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queenâ€™s Birthday Honours List for Australia announced on June 13 last year. The award was for distinguished service of a high degree to humanity at large through his work as an international academic and professional, working to improve education in developing countries.
Professor Nick Miles
Provost and Chief Executive Officer of The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China Professor Nick Miles is Provost and Chief Executive Officer of The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. He was formerly Dean of Science and Engineering at The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, and Head of the School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at The University of Nottingham UK. Professor Miles is a mineral processing engineer with research experience in fine particle processing, waste minimisation and recycling, bulk material transportation processes and coal preparation. He has an extensive research and technology transfer portfolio (completed 40 PhD supervisions) supported through UK Research Council, European, UK government, Ningbo Municipal Government (China) and industry funding, and a strong record of inter-disciplinary research with colleagues in the physical sciences, including chemistry and physics. He also has a broad experience of knowledge transfer and commercialisation of research and was jointly responsible for setting up the Environmental Technology Centre, a resource centre that delivers technology transfer, environmental and business support for SMEs.
Professor Joshua Ka-ho Mok
Chair Professor of the Department of Asian and Policy Studies and Acting Vice-President (Research and Development), the Hong Kong Institute of Education Professor Joshua Ka-ho Mok is Chair Professor of Comparative Policy, and concurrently he is Acting Vice-President (Research and Development), and Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences at The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd). Professor Mok has been awarded a Changjiang Chair Professorship since 2012, a highly distinguished national chair professorship conferred by the Ministry of Education, Peopleâ€™s Republic of China, to serve at Zhejiang University, China. He has been elected as President of East Asia Social Policy Research Network, a regional research consortium in promoting a social policy network in the Asia-Pacific region. Before joining HKIEd, Professor Mok was Associate Dean and Professor of Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences, at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Being appointed as founding Chair Professor in East Asian Studies, Professor Mok established the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Bristol, UK, before joining HKU. Professor Mok has published extensively in the fields of comparative education policy, comparative development and policy studies, and social development in contemporary China and East Asia. He is a founding editor of the Journal of Asian Public Policy and Comparative Development and Policy in Asia book series. In particular, he has contributed to the field of social change and education in a variety of additional ways, not the least of which has been his leadership and entrepreneurial approach to the organisation of the field.
Professor Louise Morley
Professor of Education and Director, Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research, University of Sussex Professor Louise Morley is Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research at the University of Sussex, UK. Her previous posts were at the Institute of Education, University of London, the University of Reading and the Inner London Education Authority. She is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education. Professor Morley has an international profile in the field of sociology of higher education studies. She has given keynote presentations, undertaken research and consultancy and has been a visiting academic in a number of countries. Her research and publication interests focus on international higher education policy, gender, equity, micropolitics, quality, and power. She has recently completed an ESRC/DFID funded research project on Widening Participation in Higher Education in Ghana and Tanzania, and is currently working on the knowledge transfer of this project. She directed a DFID/ Carnegie funded research project on Gender Equity in Commonwealth Higher Education. In the UK, she has conducted policy research for HEFCE on establishing the needs of employers for information about the quality and standards of higher education provision. Her publications include Gender Equity in Selected Commonwealth Universities Research Report No. 65, DFID (2006); Quality and Power in Higher Education (2003) Open University Press; and Organising Feminisms: The Micropolitics of The Academy (1999), Macmillan, among many others.
Dr Xuan Nha Phung
Associate Professor, Vice-President, Vietnam National University Hanoi, Vietnam Dr Xuan Nha Phung received a bachelor’s degree in international economics and economic relations in 1985 at the Faculty of Economics (former establishment of VNU University of Economics and Business), and a PhD in international economics and economic relations in 1999 at the Institute of World Economy, Hanoi, Vietnam. He was also a postgraduate student in development economics at the University of Manchester, UK, in 1994 and a post-doctoral researcher in economics (Fulbright Scholar) at Georgetown University, USA, in 2002. He was nominated as an “Excellent Teacher” by the President of Vietnam in 2010. Dr Phung worked at VNU University of Economics and Business (VNU-UEB) from 1989 to 2010 and served as the Rector of VNU-UEB from 2007 until 2010. He became a Vice-President of VNU in 2010 and was appointed as an Alternate Member of the Central Communist Party of Vietnam (National Congress XI) last year.
Professor Gerard Postiglione
Head, Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences, Faculty of Education; Director, Centre of Research on Education in China, University of Hong Kong Professor Gerard A. Postiglione is Professor and Head, Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences at the Faculty of Education, and Director of the Wah Ching Center of Research on Education in China, of the University of Hong Kong. His scholarship focuses on educational reform in China and the Asian region. He has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, and 13 books, including Asian Higher Education; Going to School in East Asia; Crossing Borders in Asian Higher Education (2011 CIES Best Book Award); and Chinese Education and Society; China’s National Minority Education. Professor Postiglione has been a consultant for the Asian Development Bank, Department for International Development, Institute of International Education, Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank, and other international development agencies. He has also advised international foundations, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and was senior consultant to the Ford Foundation on educational reform in China.
Dr Joanne Pyke
Senior Research Fellow at the School of International Business at Victoria University, Melbourne Dr Joanne Pyke is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of International Business at Victoria University, Melbourne. Key themes of Dr Pyke’s research have been around gender equity in higher education, cultural diversity and migration and settlement. She was conferred a doctorate in 2010 for her PhD thesis, Perspectives from Below the Ceiling: Academic Women and the Transition from Senior Lecturer to the Professoriate. This research was concerned with investigating why women remain a minority in senior academic roles in Australia. Dr Pyke has also undertaken numerous research projects on equity in post-compulsory education and training, and was previously the Director of Affirmative Action in Training, an industry advisory body initially established to promote women’s participation in non-traditional employment. A further theme of Dr Pyke’s work has been on cultural diversity, migration and settlement and she has undertaken numerous research projects for government, industry and non-government organisations in these fields. A recent focus of her work is on diasporas in Australia and transnationalism through an Australian Research Council study of four key diasporas in Australia. She has recently extended these interests into international education in Australia to explore the significance of international students as a growing form of transnational migration. 23
Dr Veronica Ramirez
Associate Director of the Center of Research and Communication, University of Asia and the Pacific Dr Veronica Esposo Ramirez is Associate Director of the Center of Research and Communication (CRC), University of Asia and the Pacific. She manages the institutional, consultancy-based and hallmark research activities under CRC. She is currently heading the research teams on Overseas Filipino Workers and the Evaluation of Philippine Basic Education. Dr Ramirez is an Accreditor of the Philippine Accreditation of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation. She was also involved in training public school administrators on how to do accreditation through the Sterling Silver Project funded by Ford Foundation in 2004. She conducted a benchmarking study on maritime and nursing education in the Asia-Pacific Region in 2002, funded by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, and is a Department of Education K-12 Curriculum Mapping Specialist for Values Education and Art. Dr Ramirez has edited a series of textbooks on Character Education in Grade School and High School and has published three books on integrating values education in the curricula.
Country Director, British Council Vietnam Robin Rickard has been Country Director of the British Council Vietnam since August 2009. He manages 160 staff, providing British Council services across Vietnam â€“ a priority country for the British Council (BC) both globally and within East Asia â€“ and acts as the regional strategic lead for Equality and Diversity, and Child Protection. Mr Rickard joined the BC in 1999, serving as Deputy Director, Poland, from 1999 to 2004, and as Deputy Director China and Director Beijing from 2004 to 2009. He studied geography at Durham University, where he gained a BA (Honours) degree in 1979 and followed that with an MA in education and society from Sussex University in 1985. He is a qualified secondary school teacher and is the holder of a professional qualification in management from Middlesex University. Before joining the British Council, Mr Rickard worked for nearly 20 years in the education and public sectors. His teaching experience in the UK includes both mainstream and special education in day and residential schools. In the public sector, he worked in local government in the fields of social inclusion and education. Immediately prior to joining the British Council, he held the posts of Deputy Director of Education & Community Development for the London Borough of Barnet. For many years Mr Rickard has worked as an elected volunteer board member of various local, national and international non-governmental organisations. From 1990 until 1993 he was the elected Chairperson of the UK branch of Amnesty International. Subsequently, he was elected to the International Executive Committee of Amnesty and served as the elected Vice-Chairperson of the global movement until 1999. In 1990 he founded a charity for people with communication difficulties in England.
Dr Emerlinda Roman
Professor, the College of Business Administration at the University of the Philippines, Diliman Dr Emerlinda R. Roman is a professor at the College of Business Administration at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She made history not only as the University of the Philippines’ centennial president, but also as its first woman president. Dr Roman has produced several publications and research papers on management control, human resource management, administrative policy, and organisational behaviour and has attended numerous conferences and programmes on higher education. She has been a consultant to government agencies and international organisations. Dr Roman currently sits as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the International Rice Research Institute.
Professor Rick Rylance
CEO of Arts and Humanities Research Council and Chair of the Research Council UK Executive Group Before taking up the post of CEO of the Arts and Humanities Research Council in September 2009, Professor Rick Rylance was Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Literatures at the University of Exeter. Prior to that he was Dean of Arts and Letters at the then Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge. Professor Rylance’s research is in English. He was Chair of the English Sub-panel of the RAE 2008, a founder member of the English Subject Centre’s Advisory Board, a past chair of the Council of College and University English, and is currently a member of the Higher Education Committee of the English Association. Professor Rylance was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1998 and a Founding Fellow of the English Association in 1999. His main research interests are in nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and the intellectual and literary history of those periods. He has a particular interest in the history of psychology and the psychology of the reading process.
Professor Amin Soebandrio
Deputy Minister, Research for Science and Technology, Indonesia Professor Amin Soebandrio is a scientist, lecturer and policymaker. In 1978, he obtained his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine and specialised in clinical microbiology at the University of Indonesia in 1992. He obtained his doctorate in Osaka University in the field of immunogenetics. Professor Soebandrio has received several awards for his dedication as a civil servant, such as Satya Lencana Pembangunan from the Minister for Research and Technology, and Satya Lancana Wira Karya and Karya Satya from the President of the Republic of Indonesia. Professor Soebandrio is a member of the steering committee for Connecting Health Organisation for Regional Disease Surveillance, a member of Indonesian Medical Association, Chairman of the Scientific Council for Indonesian Stem Cell Association, Vice-Chairman of the National Bioethic Commission and Chairman of the Technical Commission of Health in National Research Council. He is now Deputy Minister of Research and Technology for Science and Technology Network Ad Interim and a senior advisor to the Minister of Research and Technology for Health and Medicine.
Policy Advisor, UK Higher Education International Unit Callista Thilou is a policy advisor in the UK Higher Education International Unit based at Universities UK. Ms Thilou has nearly ten years experience working in higher education both in the UK and Australia. Prior to her current role, she was manager of the UK Higher Education European Unit and Director of Communications and Government Relations at Universities Australia. Before working in higher education, Ms Thilou was Manager of Public Relations and Policy at the Australian Medical Association’s Queensland Branch. She has a Bachelor of Business from Queensland University of Technology and a Masters of Marketing Communication from the University of Canberra.
Regional Director, East Asia, British Council Terry Toney has worked with the British Council since 1983. He is currently the British Council's Regional Director for East Asia, covering 14 countries in the region. This role involves setting strategy and agreeing programmes in the council’s major areas of work – the arts, education and society, and English – for countries in the region. Mr Toney has worked for 12 years in East Asia, spending seven years in Japan, four years in Korea and a year in Singapore, where he is now based. British Council involvement with the Education in East Asia is extensive. It has programmes with ministries of education, universities, schools and individuals across the region. This work also involves supporting the huge interest in education in East Asia among institutions in the UK. Mr Toney has a BA in German and Philosophy (London University) and an MA in Linguistics for English Language Teaching (Lancaster University).
Professor Mitchell Tseng
Chair Professor of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Professor Mitchell M. Tseng is both Chair Professor of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management and Associate Vice-President for Research and Innovation at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received a BS in nuclear engineering from National Tsing Hua University and MSIE and PhD degrees from Purdue University. Professor Tseng started his career developing key enabling manufacturing technologies for the computer industry, some of which, including the diamond machining for polygons in laser printers, are still widely used. He served in industry from 1977 to 1993, at Xerox and Digital Equipment Corporation (now part of Hewitt Packard), in various capacities. In 1993, he joined HKUST as the founding Head of the Department of Industrial Engineering. Professor Tseng has also held faculty positions in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Illinois–Urbana Champaign, and MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Programme. He has published widely, including a book with Behnam Tabrizi on Transformation Through Global Value Chains: Taking Advantage of Business Synergies in the United States and China (Stanford Press, 2007). Professor Tseng is an elected Fellow of the International Academy of Production Research and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has served as a cochair of the International Mass Customisation and Personalisation Conference since its inauguration in 2001.
Professor Ian Chi-kei Wong
Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy, University of Hong Kong Professor Ian Chi-kei Wong has been the Head of Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy since June 2011. He was the Founding Director and Professor of the Centre for Paediatric Pharmacy Research at the UCL School of Pharmacy between 2002 and 2011. Professor Wong was the co-ordinator of FP7-funded ADDUCE Project (Attention Deficit Drug Use Chronic Effects). Currently he is a partner of FP7-funded GRiP Network (Global Research in Paediatrics Network of Excellence) and FP7-funded DEEP (DEferiprone Evaluation in Paediatrics) project.
Professor Liu Yarong
Director, Department of University Management, National Academy of Education Administration, China Professor Liu Yarong, a professor of National Academy of Educational Administration. She also is the dean of university management department. Professor Liu obtained her Phd degree from Beijing Normal University in 2000, and was a visiting scholar at Vanderbilt University, USA between 2005-2006. Professor Liuâ€™s research field includes education policy analysis, educational economy, and leadership of university organisations.
Vivian Zheng Yingyi
Director of Operations and Business Development University of Birmingham Guangzhou Centre Vivian Zheng Yingyi worked for the British Consulate-General in Guangzhou for more than ten years, specialising in trade and investment promotion between the UK and the South China region. Her specific market knowledge lies in healthcare, environmental protection and sustainable development, and she has assisted numerous UK companies in winning business and projects. In addition, Ms Zheng has strong experience of working with local governments on strategic collaboration programmes and delivering strategies to achieve concrete results. Her contributions to high-level projects include the Deputy Prime Minister Task Force (healthcare strand), Partners in Health, the UK-China Sustainable City Development (Changsha), and the China Regional City Outreach Programme. Ms Zheng has received the UK Trade and Investment Award for Outstanding Individual Performance (2003), and an Award for Excellence (2008).
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