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Lingnan scholars present at the annual conference of the Centre for Global Higher Education at the University of Oxford


As an international partner of the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) at the University of Oxford, Lingnan participated in the CGHE Annual Conference 2021"Remaking Higher Education for a more Equal World". The conference was successfully held between 11 and 12 May 2021 with speakers and participants from different parts of the globe.



Professor Padmore Adusei Amoah

Professor Padmore Adusei Amoah, Research Assistant Professor of the School of Graduate Studies of Lingnan, shared his research findings related to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on international wellbeing as well as student experiences. He pointed to the important policies and special measures that can be introduced by universities to support international and non-local students in the fight against the global health crisis. 



“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”: higher education and mental health




Chair: Ka Ho Mok, Lingnan University
Speakers: Padmore Adusei Amoah, Lingnan University
Jason Arday, Durham University
Gemma Lewis, University College London


This session focuses on mental health and higher education from different perspectives. Dr. Gemma Lewis, a psychiatric epidemiologist, will explore existing evidence on the mental health of HE students compared with the rest of the population, discuss mental health inequalities and risk factors within the HE population, and how we might intervene to address these. Dr. Jason Arday, a sociologist, will concentrate on Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) mental health within the Academy. Dr. Padmore Amoah, a social epidemiologist, will talk about the impact of Covid on the psychological wellbeing of international students and how they perceive the support systems available to them.




Professor Ka Ho Mok

Professor Ka Ho Mok, Vice President of Lingnan, shared his research projects funded by CGHE which examine Asian students' job acquisition and career development experiences after graduation from UK universities. He also reflected on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on international student mobility, and highlighted the policy implications of global and societal inequalities for international student mobility as not everyone can enjoy the resources and support for overseas learning.



How can higher education outcomes build a more equal world?




Chair: Claire Callender, UCL Institute of Education and Birkbeck
Speakers: Vincent Carpentier, UCL Institute of Education
Ka Ho Mok, Lingnan University
Lili Yang, University of Oxford


Higher education makes an immense range of contributions to human societies. As well as the economic and social benefits secured by individual graduates (the outcomes which receive the main attention) it more broadly forms individuals as self-determining agents and generates a great range of collective goods, from community building, knowledge and social-political capability to tolerance and the international understanding that comes from educational mobility. Higher education has the potential to both stratify and equalise, to offer closure or open possibilities: the question is how to ensure that its contributions to the public and common good, including the global common good, are uppermost. The panel will sweep across the economic history of the higher education sector, the public good in contrasting countries and the mobility journey between Western Europe/UK and East Asia/China in exploring higher education’s potential contributions to a more equal world.



The CGHE Annual Conference brought together leading scholars to discuss issues related to remaking higher education, identifying and analysing problems and proposing ways for creating a better world through higher education from comparative and international perspectives.