Plenary Speakers

The World Universities Forum will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Anthony B. L. Cheung Colin N. Power
S. Gopinathan William G. Tierney
Shi Jinghuan Tapio Varis
Hugh Lauder Xu Xiaozhou

Garden Conversations

Plenary Speakers will make formal 30-minute presentations. They will also participate in 60-minute Garden Conversations – unstructured sessions that allow delegates a chance to meet the speakers and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

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The Speakers

Anthony B. L. Cheung
Professor Anthony B. L. Cheung, GBS, JP is the President of The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Chair Professor of Public Administration, and Director of the Centre for Governance and Citizenship.

Professor Cheung received his PhD degree in Government from The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He has written extensively on privatization, civil service and public sector reforms, government and politics in Hong Kong and China, and Asian administrative reforms, having published 11 authored/edited books, 100 referred book chapters and journal articles, and presented over 150 conference papers and prestigious lectures/talks.

Professor Cheung is a Non-Official Member of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and also sits on several statutory and advisory bodies including: the Consumer Council (as chairman), the Housing Authority (as chairman of the Subsidized Housing Committee), Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation (member of Board of Directors), and the Greater Pearl River Delta Business Council (as member).

S. Gopinathan
Dr S. Gopinathan is Professorial Fellow at the Policy & Leadership Studies (PLS), Curriculum, Teaching & Learning (CTL) at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. He served as the Dean of the School of Education (Mar 1994 till June 2000) and was the former Dean of Foundations Programme (July 2000 till June 2003) and Head, CRPP (May 2008 till Feb 2009). In this role he oversaw the development and implementation of the newly launched BA/BSc (Education) programme. He is a founder member of the Educational Research Association of Singapore and serves on the International Advisory Board of the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and co-edits the Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education.

Shi Jinghuan
Dr. Shi Jinghuan is a professor and the Executive Dean of the Institute of Education, Tsinghua University. She also works as the Chairperson of Beijing Association of Women Professors and is a member of the 10th and 11th Beijing Municipal Political Council.

Dr. Shi Jinghuan has worked as a professor, the Deputy Department Chair and the Director of Research Institute of Education and Cultural History in Beijing Normal University for quite a number of years. She worked as a Fulbright professor in the University of Maryland at College Park, US in 1996 and as a specially Appointed Professor at the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education at Hokkaido University in Japan in 2006. She currently serves as an oversea Auditor, Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA). She has broad academic publications in higher education, international and comparative education and history of education.

Dr. Shi Jinghuan has a rich experience in working with international organizations. She worked as the consultants for the projects of the World Bank, the UNDP, the UNESCO and the UNICEF.

Hugh Lauder
Hugh Lauder is Professor of Education and Political Economy at the University of Bath. He specialises in the relationship of education to the economy and has for over 10 years worked on national skill strategies and more recently on the global skill strategies of multinational companies.

His books include: Brown, P, Lauder, H, Ashton, D (September, 2010) The Global Auction: The Broken Promises of Opportunities, Jobs and Income, Oxford University Press, New York; Lauder, H and others: Education and the Knowledge Economy?: A Critical Analysis: London, Routledge (forthcoming). Lauder, H, Brown, P, Dillabough J-A and Halsey, A.H. (eds.) (2006) Education, Globalization and Social Change, Oxford, Oxford University Press; Brown, P, Green, A and Lauder, H., (2001) High Skills: Globalisation, Competitiveness and Skill Formation, Oxford, Oxford University Press. Brown, P and Lauder, H (2001) Capitalism and Social Progress: The Future of Society in a Global Economy, Basingstoke, Palgrave Press. Reprinted in Mandarin, 2007. He has published many academic papers including on international education and globalization, and is editor of the Journal of Education and Work. He is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education, London University and a member of the ESRC Virtual College.

Colin Power
Dr. Colin Power was Deputy Director-General of UNESCO from 1999 to 2000 and Assistant Director-General for Education from 1989 to 1998, the most senior posts in education in the UN, and ever held in UNESCO by an Australian. His outstanding contributions to the development of education internationally and the role he played in assisting education authorities in nations undergoing major political, economic and social transformations have been widely recognized. From 1989 to 2000, he was responsible for the overall policy and management of the education programme of UNESCO in its 188 Member States, playing a central role in all of its major initiatives (eg. International Literacy Year, Education for All, International Commission on Education for 21st Century, World Education Reports, World Teachers’ Day, the reform of international education statistics, major UN and UNESCO World Conferences on education and development). He has had a long and distinguished career in education, and is best known academically for his research on science education and on teaching processes, and internationally for advancing education for all throughout life, the reform of education systems and the status of teachers.  As such, he has worked closely with many world leaders and most of the world’s Ministers of Education. As Deputy Director-General, he frequently deputized for the Director-General and assumed a very high level of responsibility within UNESCO and the UN system in the struggle to alleviate poverty, to defend human rights, and to protect world cultural and natural heritage sites.

Dr. Power began his career teaching science and mathematics in secondary schools and then assumed responsibility for research, curriculum and planning in the Department of Education, Queensland. Subsequently, he became a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Queensland (1967-1978), completing his Ph.D. in science education in 1971. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University and Alumnus of the Year 2002. In 1974, he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar and served as a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Illinois and Missouri. In 1978, he was appointed as Professor of Education at Flinders University of South Australia, and is a Professor Emeritus of that University. In 1981, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of London, East Anglia, and University of Stockholm. He is author or co-author of 13 books and over 250 published works on education.

He has always played an active role in professional associations and the community.  Before joining UNESCO, he served as President of the Australian Association of Research in Education (1980-81); and as Vice-President of the Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology and Mathematics Educators, the International Council of Science Education Associations, and the South Pacific Association for Teacher Education.  At UNESCO, he worked closely with over 120 international education NGOs and with over 100 bilateral and multilateral agencies (eg. UNICEF, UNDP, ILO, World Bank, IOC). As Chair of the Commonwealth Consortium for Education, foundation editor-in-chief of Educational Research for Policy and Practice, President of the World Education Fellowship (Australia), a University auditor and Director/Emeritus Chair of Eidos (a social policy and research institute), he continues to contribute to efforts to improve the quality of education and promote education for all.

Professor Power remains “a passionate advocate of the right of every person to education,” emphasizing that “quality education directed to the full development of the human personality is a global public good, the key to peace, development, social cohesion and democracy in the 21st century.”

William G. Tierney
William G. Tierney is University Professor and Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis at the University of Southern California. Former President of the USC Academic Senate, he chaired the Ph.D. program for the USC Rossier School of Education and chaired the University Committee on Academic Review. Having spent over two decades conducting research on college access for underrepresented youth, Dr. Tierney is committed to informing policies and practices related to educational equity. He is currently involved in a project to develop, evaluate and disseminate a highly interactive, entertaining, web-enhanced computer game for low-income youth that will boost high school students’ college aspirations and equip players with knowledge about preparing for and succeeding in college.  He is also involved in projects pertaining to the problems of remediation to ensure that high school students are college-ready, and a project investigating how to improve strategic decision-making in higher education. His other strand of research pertains to privatization and the changing nature of how we define the ‘public good.’ He has done research on for-profit colleges and universities and he is currently looking at state-level policies that enhance or inhibit college-going for under-represented youth. He has received funding for his research from, among others, the Lilly Endowment, the Irvine Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, the Ford Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and Lumina Foundation for Education. The results of his work have appeared in numerous journal articles, book chapters and books. His most recent publications include: The Impact of Culture on Organizational Decision-making; Trust and the Public Good: Examining the Cultural Conditions of Academic Work; New Players, Different Game: Understanding the Rise of For-profit Colleges and Universities (with Guilbert Hentschke);Financial Aid and Access: Understanding the Public Policy Challenges; and Building the Responsive Campus: Creating High Performance Colleges and Universities. Tierney brings to his work administrative experience as an academic dean at a Native American community college in North Dakota, and cross-cultural insight from Peace Corps work in Morocco and his experience as a Fulbright Scholar in Central America and Australia. He recently completed a sabbatical where he was scholar-in-residence at University Sains Malaysia and the University of Sydney. Dr. Tierney earned a master’s degree from Harvard University and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in administration and policy analysis. He teaches graduate courses on writing, higher education policy, administration and governance, organizational behavior, and research design. He has received the Distinguished Research Award fromthe Association for the Study of Higher Education. He has been president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and vice president of the American Educational Research Association. In 2006 he was appointed University Professor at the University of Southern California, the first such distinction for a professor of education in the history of the university. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and New players, different game won the book of the year award from Phi Kappa Phi.

Tapio Varis
Professor of Professional Education, with particular reference to global learning environments at the University of Tampere, Finland, Research Centre for Vocational Education, and UNESCO Chair in global e-Learning with applications to multiple domains. Principal research associate of UNESCO-UNEVOC. Governing Board Member of UNESCO-IITE. Acting President of Global University System (GUS). Former Rector of the University for Peace in Costa Rica. Expert on media and digital literacy to the European Union. Communication and Media Scholar at the University of Helsinki and the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. and the University of Lapland, Finland, Published over 200 scientific contributions. Visiting Professor and Lecturer in many countries in Europe, North and South America, and other regions of the world.

Xu Xiaozhou
XU XIAOZHOU is Dean and Professor of College of Education, Zhejiang University. He holds the UNESCO Chair in Entrepreneurship Education at Zhejiang University. He is also Director of the Institute of Innovation Education and Entrepreneurship, the National Innovative Research Base of “Innovation Management and Sustainable Competitiveness.” He served as Senior Research Fellow at Institute of Eastern Asia Education, Korea in 2006. In 2008, he was bestowed title of honorary professor by the University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on Comparative Education, Education Policy, Higher Education, and Educational Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education. In recent years, he as the editor-in-chief edits a range of influential series which cover “Entrepreneurship Education Research Series” (4 books, Zhejiang Education Press, 2010), “Education in China Series”(5 books in English, Zhejiang University Press & Homas & Sekey Books Press, 2009), “Education in China Since the past 60 Years” (4 books Zhejiang University Press. 2009) and “Changes in Higher Education Policy Series” (6 books, co-edited with Xu Hui, Zhejiang Education Press, 2007). His other important monographs include “Idea and Reality in Higher Education” (China Ocean University Press, 2009), “Autonomy and Restriction: Comparative Studies on Policies of Universities” (Zhejiang Education Press, 2007), “Excellence and Efficiency: Studies on Prior Development Strategies of University”(Zhejiang Education Press, 2007), “Modern Korean Higher Education”(Zhejiang University Press, 2007), “Educational innovation: Perspectives of internationalization” (co-edited with Roberto Giannatelli, Zhejiang Universtiy Press, 2006) and “Studies in the Recent Reforms of Higher Education Structure in the Europe and the United States” (Neimenggu University Press, 1997).