The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) organised the International Postgraduate Roundtable and Research Forum cum Summer School (IPRRFSS) 2019 from 3 to 5 July 2019. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Professor Lui Tai-lok, Vice President (Research and Development) at EdUHK, emphasised that this year’s event had proven to be more popular than ever. There were more than 350 abstracts submitted and 370 participants, representing over 14 countries and regions, including Australia, Cambodia, France, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mainland China, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand.
This year’s theme was ‘Postgraduate Education: Digital Literacy vs Language Skills’, and the activities revolved around topics in four strands: Education, Social Sciences, Liberal Arts, and the Humanities. In keeping with the ‘for students, by students’ theme, postgraduate students from around the world presented their research in sessions chaired by their local and international peers. There were also keynote speeches, a panel discussion and a postgraduate roundtable, led by the following guest speakers:
• Professor Dr Dirk Lehr (Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany)
• Professor David Small (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
• Professor Marcelo Milrad (Linnaeus University, Sweden)
• Professor Wilma J. Vialle (University of Wollongong, Australia)
• Professor Paisarn Muneesawang (Naresuan University, Thailand)
IPRRFSS 2019 aims not only to inspire students and develop their research skills, but also to foster collaboration and exchange at the global level. By encouraging the participants to showcase their achievements and offering them unique opportunities to take up roles of responsibility away from their home institutions, this year’s event will doubtless contribute to the academic success of students around the world.
Members of the organising committee
Professor Lui Tai-lok delivers the welcome speech
Sharing by a postgraduate student