Professor Wing-on LeeVice President (Administration and Development)
Open University of Hong Kong
Professor Wing On Lee is a Vice-President and Chair Professor of Comparative Education at the Open University of Hong Kong. He has 20 years of senior management experience in higher education. Prior to his current appointment, he had served as Dean of Education Research at National Institute of Education, Singapore (2010-2014). He has also previously served at Hong Kong Institute of Education as Vice President (Academic) & Deputy to President, Acting President and Chair Professor of Comparative Education, Founding Dean of the School of Foundations in Education, Head of two Departments and Centre for Citizenship Education. In 2005, he was invited by University of Sydney to be Professor and Director (International). Prior to his service in Australia, he had served at University of Hong Kong as Associate Dean of Education and Founding Director of Comparative Education Research Centre. He has served on strategic committees in his public services, such as Chair of Research Ethics Board on Population Health for the National Healthcare Group and Conference Ambassador for Singapore Tourism Board in Singapore, and Education Commission, Central Policy Unit, Curriculum Development Council and Quality Education Fund in Hong Kong. Prof Lee is a world-renowned scholar in the fields of comparative education and citizenship education. He has published 30 books and over 170 journal articles and book chapters. He is former President of the World Council of Comparative Education and has served as Honorary Professor in many esteemed universities, including the University of Hong Kong, University of Sydney and Beijing Normal University.
9:00 AM [Keynote] Asia Higher Education in the Post-Massification Era: Knowledge Paradigm Shift to Stay Market-Sensitive for the 21st Century Knowledge Economy
With the massifying trend reshaping Asia higher education, sustaining fully government-funded higher education institutions becomes a challenge. Autonomous and self-financing higher education is the natural and healthy evolution to respond to the trend.
Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) is an esteem self-financing institution, transformed from its fully-funded structure. The recipe sustaining its success is the market-sensitive curriculum planning, the sharpened focus on pragmatic and market-oriented courses to meet the needs of 18,000 full-time and part-time students. The university studies what kind of graduates the markets want and delivers the manpower that is needed; thus stays sustainable.
Professor Lee Wing-on has been involved in the development of these aspects and will share his perspectives, principles and intent behind to stay sustainable, relevant and indispensable in the 21st knowledge century.