QS Higher Education Pre-Summit: Asia Pacific 2023

DATE: 3 November 2023 (Friday)
TIME: 09:00 – 16:45 (Hong Kong time)
VENUE: MBG22, Ben C.M. Wong Lecture Theatre, Patrick Lee Wan Keung Academic Building, Lingnan University
QS HIGHER EDUCATION PRE-SUMMIT WEBSITE: https://qshesummits.com/asia-pacific/apac-pre-summit-agenda
REGISTRATION: https://qshesummits.com/asia-pacific/registration
FORMAT: Hybrid

Programme Rundown



09:00 – 09:30
  • Welcome remarks by QS representative
  • Opening remarks by Prof S. Joe Qin, President, Lingnan University
  • Photo taking
09:30 – 10:30

Keynote: Embracing Change: How Liberal Arts Universities Can Adapt and Thrive in the Digital Era

Liberal arts universities have had to quickly and efficiently adapt to thrive amid the growing presence of technology. This keynote emphasizes the importance of integrating technology, fostering interdisciplinary collaborations, and cultivating adaptable skills in classrooms. Attendees will learn practical strategies for leveraging online and blended learning, personalized instruction, and lifelong learning to remain relevant in a rapidly evolving world. By embracing change and harnessing technology, liberal arts universities can position themselves as leaders in the digital era.

Speaker: Prof Yonghua Song, President, University of Macau

Moderator: Prof Leng Ming-ming, Dean of Faculty of Business, Lingnan University

10:30 – 10:45 Morning break
10:45 – 12:30

President Forum – how liberal arts can promote STEM-related disciplines

Liberal arts education can play a crucial role in promoting STEM-related disciplines by providing a well-rounded education that complements technical skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and interdisciplinary perspectives. The forum will have leaders from higher education institutions discuss how the principles of liberal arts education can integrate into STEM education and why it is crucial for students to gain a broader skillset. The discussions will also delve into why these competencies enhance graduates’ effectiveness as STEM professionals, which enable them to navigate complex challenges, collaborate effectively and contribute to society in meaningful ways.


  • Prof S. Joe Qin, President, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Prof Tao Tang, President of Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College
  • Prof Alan K L Chan, Provost, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Prof Chulathida Chomchia, Dean of the International College, Mahidol University, Thailand
  • Prof Shoichiro Kwakiri, President, International Christian University, Japan
  • Prof Nigel Healey, Vice President Global and Community Engagement, University of Limerick

Moderator: Prof Joshua Ka-Ho Mok, Vice-President, Lingnan University

12:30 – 14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00 – 15:00

Keynote: Teaching as a Design Science: Innovating Education in the Digital Era

This keynote highlights the importance of intentional instructional design, learner-centered approaches, and technology integration. In a fast-paced world, educators must implement practical strategies by leveraging digital tools that can create more engaging, innovative learning experiences and student-centered learning environments. By reframing teaching as a design science, educators can shape a future of personalized, inclusive, and responsive education in the digital age.

Speaker: Prof Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies, UCL Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University College London

Moderator: Prof Shalendra Sharma, Associate Vice-President (Academic Quality Assurance and Internationalisation), Lingnan University

15:00 – 16:30

Panel Discussion: Internationalization, Student Learning and Employability

This panel explores why it is important for students to gain a deepen understanding of global issues, develop empathy and broaden their worldview.


  • Prof Pun Ngai, Chair Professor and Head of Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University
  • Prof Marcia France, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Duke Kunshan University, China
  • Prof Satoshi Inaba, Dean, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University, Japan
  • Prof Dr Chua Kien Hui, Deputy Executive Director (Performance & Rating), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Mr Jerry Li, CEO, Lenovo PCCW Solutions

Moderator: Prof William Hayward, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Lingnan University

16:30 – 16:45

Closing remarks by Lingnan University and QS

  • Prof Joshua Mok, Vice-President, Lingnan University
  • Prof S. Joe Qin, President, Lingnan University
  • QS Representative
16:45 End of the event