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Lingnan University and Hertford College of the University of Oxford co-host International Postgraduate Summer School



The International Postgraduate Summer School co-hosted by Lingnan University and Hertford College of the University of Oxford commenced today (26 June) at the campus of Lingnan.  The Summer School, with a duration of three weeks, aims to provide a platform for scholars and research postgraduate students to present their major research findings, share research practices and reflect upon essential methodological issues.


The first week of the Summer School will be conducted at Lingnan University followed by a two-week programme at Hertford College, University of Oxford.  It attracted the participation of students and faculty members from different universities in Hong Kong and the region.



Prof Joshua Mok (left) presented a certificate of appreciation to Prof Roger Dale

In collaboration with leading institutions in Asia and the UK, the Summer School offers the opportunity for students across different parts of the globe to establish their own research clusters with sharing interests and learning from world-renowned scholars to enrich their research experiences.  Other co-organisers of the Summer School include National Chung Cheng University, Peking University, South China University of Technology, Sun Yat-sen University, The University of Nottingham, Ningbo and Zhejiang University.


In his welcoming remarks, Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho, Vice-President and Lam Man Tsan Chair Professor of Comparative Policy of Lingnan University pointed out the importance of enhancing postgraduate students’ learning experience through international visit to leading universities like Oxford University and engaging in academic exchanges with scholars and fellow students from leading institutions in the region.


On the first day of the Summer School, the Symposium on Methodological Issues in Interdisciplinary Research was held.  It brings together experienced researchers to discuss some critical issues on interdisciplinary studies which enrich participants’ horizons from traditionally discipline-based academic exploration.


Prof Susan Robertson, Professor of Sociology of Education, The University of Cambridge delivered a presentation on “The Challenge of Looking at Social Worlds through Disciplines and their Preferred Methodologies” at the Symposium, while Prof Roger Dale, Professor of Education, The University of Bristol presented on the topic “Towards a ‘Zero-based’ Approach to Comparative Education”.  Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho then shared his recent research related to “Smart City, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Hong Kong: A Case Study Approach”, examining the Hong Kong government’s major policies and strategies to promote innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.  He also reviewed the establishment of the Innovation and Technology Bureau instrumentally promoting universities on knowledge transfer, and the collaboration between Hong Kong and Shenzhen for the development of the Lok Ma Chau Loop.


To celebrate the significant academic achievements of Prof Roger Dale in critical educational studies, a ceremony was held with scholars who have worked with him before sharing how Prof Dale’s works have influenced their academic and research careers.


The one-week programme at Lingnan University will also include a series of workshops on various research and methodological issues, as well as student presentations, field visits and social activities.