Speaker – Professor K M CHENG

Professor K M CHENG
Emeritus Professor, The University of Hong Kong

Comparative Trends in Asian Higher Education & Technology Assisted Teaching and Learning (TATL)

Society has changed. Education has to prepare people for a much more individualized world. Diversity, which is not the norm of education today, has to give way to personalized, customized and continuous learning. Technology has an essential role to play in this transition. The presence and use of Big Data will move society further to a shared mode of life, which will create further challenges to education, and higher education in general. However, higher education institutions also have the responsibility to explore and understand the limits and detriments technological advancement may bring to humankind.

Kai-ming Cheng is Emeritus Professor at the University of Hong Kong. He was Chair Professor of Education, Dean of Education, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Senior Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor of the University. At the administrative level he worked in human resources and campus IT, but his major contribution was in fundraising and networking. He was Warden of student halls of residence for 18 years, and Master of Robert Black College, the University’s academic guesthouse. He is now Director of Education Policy Unit at the Faculty of Education. He taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education as Visiting Professor 1996-2007. Trained as a mathematician, he was a school teacher and a principal before he pursued doctoral study at the London Institute of Education, in the realm of education policy and planning. He has been involved in institutional evaluation and accreditation, policy discussion and training in higher education in various jurisdictions. He participated in the institutional evaluation of major universities in China. Among others, he lectures at the National Academy of Education Administration, China, and SKOLKOVO, Russia. He created the Summer Institute on higher education at HKU. His current attention is on the fundamental changes in society and their challenges to education, and the attention to learning as the core business of education. He was founding co-convenor of the Strategic Research Theme on Learning Science. He has been consultant with the World Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP and the Asian Development Bank. Recently, he is also involved in discussions about education reforms in the US. Currently, he is member of the National Advisory Committee on Curriculum Reform in China. Locally he is member of the Education Commission and was instrumental in the comprehensive reform which started 1999. He chaired the Advisory Committee on Teacher Education and Qualifications (2002-08) and the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (2009-15). He also chairs the Hong Kong Regional Advisory Committee for PISA 2015. He publishes extensively, and has delivered over 200 keynotes in international meetings. He writes columns in Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, Shanghai Education and Escuela (Spain).