The International Conference on Quality and Self-financed Higher Education “Connecting Local and Global” was successfully held on Friday 23 October 2020 at the Professor and Mrs Enoch Young Lecture Theatre at Admiralty Centre. This one-day conference, sponsored by Ms. Maisy Ho, BBS, and hosted by the School, attracted over 195 online and 125 on-site participants from different local and overseas universities and institutions.
The conference started with an opening address by Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong. Professor William Keng Mun Lee, Director of HKU SPACE, then delivered a speech in which he expressed the wish that, “by bringing together people from different sectors and countries … all of you will take home new thoughts and inspirations which will help us all in our endeavor to provide the best possible education provisions to our students and learners and promote lifelong learning for our society.”
In the morning session, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) of the University of London, Professor Mary Stiasny, OBE, gave a keynote speech sharing her valuable experience of internationalisation at the University of London.
This was followed by a round table discussion moderated by Professor William Keng Mun Lee. Four local and internationally distinguished scholars, Dr Eva Wong from the Centre for the Holistic Teaching and Learning at Hong Kong Baptist University, Professor Peter Yuen, Dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Education at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Mr Albert Chow, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, and Professor Chan Lung Sang, Deputy Director of HKU SPACE and College Principal of HKU SPACE Community College were invited as panelists.
They shared their insights into the facilitation of quality enhancement and the increasing prevalence of technology in teaching and learning in the post-pandemic world in higher education. The session ended with fruitful and inspiring discussions between panelists and guests on the delivery of professional programmes.
Another highlight of the conference was the exhibition of a project entitled ‘Development of a Virtual Reality Laboratory with Multi-User Virtual Reality Content for the Aviation Industry’, managed by HKU SPACE. The project uses VR content to enable multiple users to participate in training simulations for emergency landing safety routines in aircraft. It was funded by the Education Bureau’s Quality Enhancement Support Scheme (QESS).