International Forum for Education 2020

The International Forum for Education 2020 Senior Seminar titled “Higher Education Regionalisation in Asia Pacific: Implications for Governance, Citizenship, and University Transformation” is jointly organized by the East-West Center (EWC), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Bangkok Office and the Center for Governance and Citizenship of the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd).

(From left to right: Professor John Lee, Vice President (Academic) and Chair Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the HKIEd, Dr. Molly Lee Nyet Ngo, Senior Program Specialist for Higher Education, Coordinator of APEID at UNESCO Bangkok Office, Dr. Terance Bigalke, Director, Education Program at the EWC, US Professor Mok Ka Ho, Chair Professor of Comparative Policy, Associate Vice President (External Relations), Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Co-Director of Center for Governance and Citizenship, HKIEd.  Photo Credit: Hong Kong Institute.)

The Senior Seminar is part of the research initiatives taken by the HKIEd devoting to international research collaboration with the strong conviction to advocate education change and social progress in the Asia region and beyond. It is also part of collaboration with the UNESCO in promoting regional and international dialogue on educational change and sustainable development.

HKIEd’s Vice President (Academic) Professor John C. K. Lee, joined by Dr Molly Lee Nyet Ngo, Senior Programme Specialist for Higher Education and Coordinator of Asia-Pacific Program of Education Innovation for Development (APEID) of UNESCO Bangkok Office, and Dr. Terance (Terry) Bigalke, Director, Education Program of the EWC, officiated the opening of the Senior Seminar today.

EWC’s Terry Bigalke expressed his gratitude to the HKIEd for co-hosting and co-sponsoring the event, and also thanked the UNESCO Bangkok Office for their participation and joint-sponsorship.

“This senior seminar seeks to link up these phenomena to what may be a distinctively new form of emerging renationalisation and the kinds of governance challenges that arise for higher education. We also seek to explore aspects of higher education’s linkages to broader aspects of society. Our choice of an intellectual frame for this inquiry is the idea of possible moves toward ‘global citizenship,’” said Professor Deane Neubauer, Senior Consultant, Education Program, EWC.