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
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 Michael Hui, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, 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.


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 for Student Engagement

The talk will begin by situating the liberal arts graduate in the context of their future professional life, to consider the types of roles they can play in a world often dominated by technologies. Students who learn to read with a critical mind, write cogently, act creatively, and think broadly across all the disciplines will bring essential ways of developing practices to any professional field. Teachers in higher education must therefore find ways of engaging students in the forms of thinking and acting that will create the foundation for their capabilities in the workplace. To do this we need to optimise the way we innovate, especially in the digital age, when there are so many new opportunities for improving the quality and reach of education. This cannot be done by each teacher on an individual basis – we must collaborate. Teaching is essentially a design science in which as teachers we learn from our practices with students how best to design our teaching and their learning activities. The talk will therefore explore some of the new digital opportunities for engaging students in advanced levels of thinking and practice, and consider how teachers can use new digital tools themselves for collaborating to innovate.

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 Datuk Dr Muhammad Bin Hussin, Director, UKMSHAPE
  • 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 Prof Joshua Mok, Vice-President, Lingnan University

16:45 End of the event