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International Conference on Quality and Self-financed Higher Education "Connecting Local and Global"





Opening Speaker

HKU SPACE International Conference Speaker - Ian Holliday




Professor Ian Holliday
Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)
The University of Hong Kong


Professor Holliday assists the HKU President in setting the direction and policy for the University’s curriculum, teaching and learning, and quality assurance of undergraduate and postgraduate curricula. Previously he was Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at City University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on Myanmar politics and governance. (More:








Keynote Speaker 

HKU SPACE International Conference Speaker -Mary Stiasny

























Professor Mary Stiasny OBE                                                                                           
Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) of the University of London and
Chief Executive of University of London Worldwide                                                                                             

Professor Mary Stiasny OBE is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of London and Chief Executive of University of London Worldwide, which has been providing study programmes of the University of London through distance and flexible learning for 160 years. These programmes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, are delivered across the world with academic direction from the Member Institutions of the University of London.

At the heart of this delivery for which Professor Stiasny is responsible is the University’s access agenda; to provide accessible education for students everywhere, regardless of race, gender, religion or class, either solely through independent distance learning or through a local Recognised Teaching Centre.  Today, Professor Stiasny is responsible for the delivery of quality higher education to 50,000 students on more than 100 study programmes in 190 countries.

Professor Stiasny’s career in education started at Holland Park School in London where she taught Social and Environmental Studies. From there, she went on to spend much of her career as a teacher trainer, firstly at Goldsmiths College where she also began her long-term commitment to internationalisation of education.  She became Deputy Head of the Department of Education Studies at Goldsmiths and then she moved to Oxford Brookes as Deputy Head of the School of Education. Professor Stiasny moved back to London as Head of the School of Education and Training at the University of Greenwich, and in 2003 she joined the British Council as Director of Education, Science and Society.  At the British Council, not only did Professor Stiasny lead the teams working on the Internationalisation of education and the Prime Minister’s Initiative which had as its focus the intent to increase the recruitment of international students to the UK, but also those working with schools, FE Colleges and HEIs in both the UK and overseas.

From the British Council Professor Stiasny joined the IOE (now UCL Institute of Education) as Pro- Director with responsibility for Learning and Teaching and International throughout the institution and then in 2013 she moved to the University of London Worldwide to take the lead on distance and flexible learning programmes.

Today, Professor Stiasny continues to maintain a strong link with the British Council, through her involvement in the Going Global Conference. With Dr Tim Gore, she co-edited the annual Going Global series of books from 2012 to 2017.  Formerly a Trustee of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth, in 2014 Professor Stiasny was appointed a Commonwealth Scholarships Commissioner. In 2018, Professor Stiasny was appointed a Visiting Fellow of Goldsmiths, University of London. She is also a Fellow of the College of Teachers. In 2013, she was awarded an OBE for her services to higher education.


Round Table Discussants

HKU SPACE International Conference Speaker - Professor William Lee




Professor William K. M.  Lee
HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education 


Professor Lee graduated from the University of Toronto in 1984 with a BA (Hons).  He pursued further studies in Sociology and obtained his MA from the University of Windsor in 1986 and his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1992.
Professor Lee is the Director of HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE) and was appointed as President of Centennial College on 4 May 2016.
Prior to joining HKU SPACE in July 2015, Professor Lee was the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) from 2013 to 2015; and the Associate Vice-President (Academic Affairs) and Registrar overseeing the work of the Registry, academic developments, development of the Core Curriculum/General Education, Internationalization and 334 academic reforms at Lingnan University (2006-2013).



HKU SPACE International Conference Speaker - Mr Albert Chow






Mr. Albert Chow                                                                                                                    Executive Director
Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications


Mr. Albert H P Chow is currently the Executive Director of HKCAAVQ.  Prior to joining HKCAAVQ, he was the Director of General Administration of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and has broad expertise in higher education, and vocational and professional education and training (VPET) sectors in Hong Kong and neighbouring areas. Prior to joining HKBU, Mr Chow also served as the Head of Academic Quality Assurance of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the Director of Qualifications cum Registrar of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).

Internationally Mr Chow has made significant contributions to the education and professional practice agreements in the engineering and information technology fields. Over the years, he has led HKIE projects in outcome-based accreditation and out-of-jurisdiction accreditation that are recognised by international agreements under the Washington Accord, Sydney Accord and Seoul Accord. Mr Chow was also chairman/member of a number of working groups and committees set up by the Government and the sectors. 

From October 2011 to September 2017, he had been working in close partnership with HKCAAVQ in his capacity as a Council Member.



HKU SPACE International Conference Speaker - Mr Lung Sang Chan
Professor Lung Sang Chan
Deputy Director of HKU SPACE; and Principal of Community College and of HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College


Professor Chan Lung Sang, Deputy Director of HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education, is currently Principal of HKUSPACE Community College and HKUSPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College, as well as Honorary Professor in Department of Earth Sciences at HKU. He received his bachelor degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and his Masters and PhD in geology and geophysics from University of California-Berkeley. He taught geology at the University of Wisconsin for 10 years before he joined The University of Hong Kong in 1994. His research interests include the tectonics and geology of South China and geophysics and has extensive experience leading students on field excursion to various places on Earth, including the Polar region, U.S., Europe and Asia.

Professor Chan currently serves as advisor for HK Observatory and Science Museum, and was a Director of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education. He was a member of HKU’s Steering Committee on Curriculum Reform and UGC’s Task Group on outcomes based learning. He received the first University Distinguished Teaching Award by the University of Hong Kong in 2010.

HKU SPACE International Conference Speaker - Dr Eva Y. W. Wong


Dr. Eva Y. W. Wong, PFHEA
Director, Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning 
Hong Kong Baptist University 


Eva Wong was educated in the United Kingdom, received her first degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from University College London, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Abertay Dundee. She has worked in a number of tertiary institutions in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong in the past 35 years. Eva joined HKBU in 2010 as Director of the CHTL to focus on enhancing student learning through professional development of frontline teachers. In 2018, her contributions to teaching and learning were recognised by being honoured as a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. Eva’s current interests and expertise are in the enhancement of student learning through the use of engaging and learner-centred pedagogies leveraged on e-learning, in which area she has presented to local and overseas conferences and published in journals.


HKU SPACE International Conference Speaker - Professor P Yuen


Professor Peter P. Yuen                                                                                                  Immediate Past Chairman
Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education


Professor Peter P. Yuen is Dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).  He is also Professor of PolyU’s Department of Management and Marketing.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Master in Business Administration degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Health Economics from the University of Birmingham, UK.  He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Public Administration and Policy and an Editorial Committee member of Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management. 

Prof. Yuen has been serving as Chairman of the Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education for the past six years.  He is also a member of the Committee on Self-financing Post-secondary Education.



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