Challenges and possibilities for Hong Kong in the international educational context
Professor Joshua Mok
Chair Professor of Comparative Policy and
Vice President (Research and Development), HKIEd
Date: 17 October 2014 (Friday)
Time: 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Venue: Room C-LP-02, Lower Podium Floor, Block C, HKIEd Tai Po Campus
Since the mid-1990s, the pressure of globalization and the pressing demands of a knowledge economy led to a series of educational reforms. The focus of these was the promotion of quality education and massification of higher education. After the Asian financial crisis in 1997, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region (HKSAR) developed the Review of Education System Reform Proposal that highlighted education as a key factor to the global competitiveness of Hong Kong.
Thus in 2001 new Government policy initiatives were introduced. These included doubling the number of students in higher education by 2010. Following, the global financial crisis in 2008, Hong Kong’s aspirations to become a regional education hub gained in prominence. In 2010 - 2011 it became a top agenda item, this presentation sets out the context of education reforms in Hong Kong to examine the challenges and possibilities for Hong Kong to achieve the strategic goal of positioning itself as a regional education hub in Asia.
Professor Joshua Mok is Chair Professor of Comparative Policy and concurrently Vice President (Research and Development) at HKIEd. Before joining the HKIEd, he was Associate Dean and Professor of Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of Hong Kong (HKU). As Founding Chair Professor in East Asian Studies, Professor Mok established the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Bristol, UK. He is a founding editor of the Journal of Asian Public Policy and Comparative Development and Policy (Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group).
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. In particular, he has contributed to the field of social change and education. He has also worked closely with the World Bank and UNICEF as International Consultant for comparative development and policy studies projects. He is also a former part-time member of the Central Policy Unit of the HKSAR Government.
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