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2nd International Conference on Quality in Self-financed Higher Education 'Connecting Local and Global'

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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
Chairman, HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education Board of Directors


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.

Keynote Speaker 


Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic

Professor Stamenka UVALIC-TRUMBIC 
Former Head of Higher Education Section (UNESCO)
Former Senior Adviser for International Affairs to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (USA)


Following her service as Secretary-General of the Association of Universities of Yugoslavia, Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić began a 20-year career in UNESCO in 1990, working in its European Centre for Higher Education (CEPES) in Bucharest before moving to Paris to lead its global work on higher education reform, innovation and quality assurance as Chief of Section for Higher Education. She has facilitated numerous international collaborative projects (e.g. the Lisbon Recognition Convention, the Guidelines on Quality Provision in Cross-border Higher Education, the Global Initiative for Quality Assurance Capacity-Building for developing countries - GIQAC, in partnership with the World Bank) and served as Executive Secretary to the 2009 World Conference on Higher Education. That same year she was voted International Higher Education Professional of the Year by her peers worldwide. She was also project officer for the UNESCO Congress on OER (Open Educational Resources), which adopted the 2012 Paris OER Declaration.

She was Senior Advisor for International Affairs to CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation, USA) from 2012 to 2020, leading the activities of the CHEA International Quality Group; Honorary Member of the International Advisory Board of the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU) (2011-ongoing); Education Master at the DeTao Masters Academy (Shanghai, China) (until 2019) and consultant to UNESCO. Her activities include global trends in higher education with particular focus on quality assurance of innovative providers.

She studied at the University of Belgrade and the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Université Paris III

Round Table Discussants


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). 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).



Mr Esmond LEE
Deputy Secretary for Education
Education Bureau, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region


Mr Esmond Lee is a Deputy Secretary for Education in the Education Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.  He is responsible for policies on higher and further education, covering the publicly-funded and self-financing post-secondary education sectors, the vocational education sector, adult education, and the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework.

Before taking up the current post, Mr Lee served in various policy bureaux and departments, including the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency, the Judiciary, and the Transport and Housing Bureau.


Professor Ronald CHUNG 
School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University


Professor Ronald Chung is currently the Dean of Continuing Education of Hong Kong Baptist University. He had been the Deputy Executive Director of Vocational Training Council of Hong Kong for more than five years. He had also spent almost 20 years at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, as Professor, Department Chair of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, and Associate Dean of Engineering.

Professor Chung received his first degree from The University of Hong Kong, and obtained his PhD from University of Southern California in the USA. He is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, a fellow of the British Computer Society, and a Chartered Engineer under the Engineering Council of the United Kingdom.

Professor Chung has been the Chairperson of FSTE (Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education of Hong Kong) since 2019. 



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). He has broad expertise in higher education, and vocational and professional education and training (VPET) sectors in Hong Kong and beyond. Prior to joining HKBU, Mr Chow had 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 public sectors.

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




Dr Kim MAK
Caritas Institute of Higher Education and Caritas Bianchi College of Careers


Kim is President of Caritas Institute of Higher Education and Caritas Bianchi College of Careers.  Kim holds Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Cambridge University, MBA from City University London, and Bachelor of Engineering from University of Western Australia.  Kim also holds the qualifications of Chartered Engineer, and Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology.

Kim is Chairman of the English Schools Foundation and Director of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, and has the experience as Member of University Grants Committee.

Kim won the Director of the Year Awards of the Institute of Directors in two consecutive years.  He has a track record in corporations, working with government, legislators and the media, and leading major projects in Europe, Hong Kong and Mainland China.  He has been awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star, and is a Justice of Peace.




Professor Peter YUEN
Professor and Dean
College of Professional and Continuing Education, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 


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 served as Chairman of the Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education for six years.  He was also a member of the Committee on Self-financing Post-secondary Education.


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