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Prof. Catherine Montgomery
Durham University, UK





Catherine Montgomery is Professor in the School of Education at the University of Durham. Catherine’s research focuses on internationalisation of higher education and she has a particular interest in transnational higher education in China and East Asia. Catherine’s recent work focuses particularly on mobilities and immobilities in international higher education and the internationalisation of curriculum and knowledge. Catherine is also interested in flows of international students and what these can tell us about the changing landscapes of global higher education.


Prior to joining Durham in September 2019, Catherine has held professorial posts at the University of Bath and the University of Hull, both with a focus on international higher education. Catherine is the founder and former director of the Centre for Research in Education in China and East Asia at the University of Bath and she has worked on international and comparative research projects in Denmark, Mexico and Vietnam including a British Council project focusing on Internationalisation strategy in Vietnam and an ESRC funded project looking at autonomy and democracy in education entitled Freedom to Learn.


Catherine has worked closely with Tec de Monterrey in Mexico researching the role of dialogic STEM education in addressing social and cultural disadvantage in Mexico and the UK. She is currently working with the prestigious Crick Institute in London on a funded research project focusing on their STEM outreach programme in schools in the London Borough of Camden.


Catherine has active collaborative research links with high profile universities in China, Hong Kong, Australia, Vietnam, Mexico and Europe. She holds a visiting professorship at the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy; she is an invited Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and was awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship in 2010.



Featured Presentation (2020) | Finding Leadership and Direction in International Higher Education in the Context of COVID-19: Transitioning Forms of Internationalisation?


The COVID-19 crisis has forced unprecedented change in higher education and has necessitated rapid adaptation at all levels of the university, particularly with respect to international engagement. Leadership of higher education institutions in these circumstances has been influenced by many and often conflicting sources of data from emergency government immigration policy to public health. This presentation focuses on different forms of responses to leading the internationalised university through crisis in a time of forced physical immobility and rapid institutional change. The presentation focuses on three universities in three countries, each with different higher education systems and distinctive experiences of the pandemic, in the UK, Scandinavia and Hong Kong. Based on survey data and analysis of documents, the presentation will focus specifically on how three universities in these different contexts have reconstructed their approaches to internationalisation in the face of the restrictions generated by COVID-19. Despite the evident challenges for international collaboration, there is evidence of innovation and creativity in response to the crisis and alternative directions may be emerging for a more ethical and sustainable internationalisation embedded in university crisis management. Can these new forms of leadership and governance in crisis lead to transitioning forms of internationalisation?




Abstract submission and Registration for CHER - Hong Kong 2020


For presenter

Researchers, faculty members and postgraduate students are welcome to participate in this conference. If you wish to be a presenter in CHER-Hong Kong 2020, please submit your abstract in MS WORDS (no more than 300 words) at the online submission system by 12 October 2020 (Hong Kong time). Abstracts submitted will undergo a double-blind review process before inclusion in the programme and accepting for oral presentation. Acceptance decision will be informed by the Conference Secretariat via e-mail.


Abstracts will be arranged for presentation and publication ONLY if at least one of the authors registers for the Conference by the registration deadline, 25 October 2020 (Hong Kong time).


An individual author may not appear on more than two manuscripts.



For audience

The registration system for audience is now open. Please click here to register.



Fee for online presentation and participation

Free of charge*

(*The conference fee this year will be waived but registration must be completed in order to have online access to the sessions. Participants in Hong Kong will be invited to attend the Opening Session on campus of Lingnan University on the first day of the conference if health-conditions permit.)



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