HKIEd Hosts Third Forum for Presidents of
Normal Universities in the Greater China Region
The promotion of teaching, learning and research, as well as student exchange, is among the new initiatives agreed upon at the Third Forum for Presidents of Normal Universities in the Greater China Region held today (9 October) at The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
A Joint Message was signed by leaders of major normal universities from the mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau to foster closer ties and collaboration among member institutions.
Under the theme “Educators for the 21st Century”, the forum was organised by HKIEd, and co-organised by Beijing Normal University and National Taiwan Normal University. Officiating at the opening ceremony were Mr Pang Yiu-kai, Council Chairman of HKIEd and Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim, Secretary for Education.
HKIEd President Professor Stephen Cheung Yan-leung welcomed the opportunity to host the forum, commenting that the role of educators has become more strategic and more challenging than ever. “We are duty bound to support innovation and social transformation through research and knowledge transfer to ensure the betterment of education and the development of future generations in our communities”, he said.
The forum was held in Hong Kong for the first time, with the National Taiwan Normal University hosting the inaugural forum in March 2012, and the Central China Normal University hosting the second forum in October 2013.
Discussing their views at the three sessions were scholars and experts from the Greater China region, including Professor Wang Gungwu, Chairman of the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore, who spoke on “Educators for the 21st Century: Asian Perspectives” in the first session. Sir Graeme Davies, Chairman of the Higher Education Policy Institute, UK, Professor Chen Guangju, Vice President of the Beijing Normal University, and Professor Wu Cheng-chih, Vice President of the National Taiwan Normal University, discussed “Reinventing the Higher Education Curriculum for the 21st Century” in the second session. Professor Guo Weilu, Vice President of the East China Normal University, together with Dr Richard Armour, Secretary-General of the University Grants Committee, discussed their views on the theme “Learn Globally, Collaborate Regionally” in session three.