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Hong Kong Finland Norway Comparative Higher Education Research Symposium 2024

Shaping Futures: The Intersection of Higher Education Innovation and Societal transformation


25 – 26 April 2024 (Thursday to Friday)

Lingnan University @ West Kowloon Campus|Hybrid


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In the twenty-first century, higher education finds itself at the crossroads of profound transformations. Technological advancements, rising emphasis on skills-based learning, and demands of a knowledge-driven workforce are reshaping the delivery and objectives of post-secondary education. Shifting of economic priorities and social paradigms are compelling universities to re-examine long-held assumptions about their structures, pedagogies and functions within society. It is important to explore the complex interplay between ongoing transformations in higher education systems and evolving expectations from the worlds of work, research and civic participation.


Given the significant transformation in higher education and society, the Lingnan University in Hong Kong, University of Stavanger in Norway, Tampere University in Finland will co-organise this research symposium and aim to explore the multidimensional transformations taking place across higher education systems and their implications for students, institutions and society. Through cross-disciplinary perspectives, we aim to unpack the opportunities and challenges faced by universities in equipping students as informed global citizens and change-makers for our shared future.


There will be a special focus on the following topics:

  • Global Engagement and Mobility
  • Workforce Development and Employability
  • Education Policy and Quality Assurance
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Gender Issue in Higher Education
  • Digital Transformation and Diversified Learning
  • Innovative Higher Education Curriculum and Pedagogy 
  • Effective Governance and Leadership in Higher Education
  • Student Wellbeing and Support



Keynote Speakers

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Professor Simon HO Shun-man 

The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong  


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Professor Jussi KIVISTÖ 

Tampere University, Finland  


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Professor Tatiana IAKOVLEVA 

University of Stavanger, Norway 


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Professor Tien-Hui CHIANG 

International Sociological Association, UNESCO, Spain 


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Hosted by

  • School of Graduate Studies, Lingnan University
  • Institute of Policy Studies, Lingnan University




  • Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP)
  • University of Stavanger, Norway
  • Tampere University, Finland



Organising Committee

  • Joshua MOK Ka-ho , Lingnan University, Hong Kong SAR
  • Yuzhuo CAI, Tampere University, Finland
  • Dian LIU, University of Stavanger, Norway
  • Jane TIAN, Lingnan University, Hong Kong SAR
  • Emily WONG, Lingnan University, Hong Kong SAR
  • Polly WONG, Lingnan University, Hong Kong SAR



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