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The programme in the press

Following the workshop in Hong Kong, here are some articles mentionning the event :

>> University World News : Better planning and data needed to raise HE quality

>> Wen Wei Po (in Chinese)

>> United Christian College, Kowloon East, Hong Kong : Visit by Educators from Southeast Asia

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The regional workshop has begun

Opening ceremony, Hong Kong regional workshop - Group Photo

Professor Stephen Andrews, Dean of Education of HKU (first row left 3); Professor Mark Bray, UNESCO Chair in Comparative Education (first row left 6); Ms Jean K. Sung, Executive Director & Manager, Global Philanthropy Asia-Pacific of J.P.Morgan (first row right 6); Ms Gabriele Gottelmann of IIEP (first row right 5); our honorable guests and 73 education professionals from Indonesia, Thailand and Viet Nam.

The Faculty of Education of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) held on January 14 the Opening Ceremony of the Regional Workshop.

Ms Gabriele Gottelmann of IIEP, Professor Stephen Andrews, Dean of Education of HKU, Professor Mark Bray, UNESCO Chair in Comparative Education and Ms Jean K. Sung, Executive Director & Manager, Global Philanthropy Asia-Pacific of J.P.Morgan officiated the Opening Ceremony with the presence of 73 education professionals from Indonesia, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Ms Gottelmann stated that the implementation of the Regional Workshop is a national and international commitment to reach a more diversified people with different backgrounds. Being echoed by Professor Bray, the initiative is to globalize the university by bringing the professionals from the three countries to Hong Kong to enjoy learning at HKU.

To be a collaboration amongst a public sector (IIEP-UNESCO), a non-profit-making educational institution (Faculty of Education, HKU) and a private sector (J.P. Morgan) for education professionals with different nationalities, experience and cultures, Ms Sung raised a critical question, “Why education? Education is a backbone of the future”.

Professor Andrews may conclude well about the ultimate aim of the programme, “Our vision is to lead the study and practice of education, to influence public policy and improve community life through education, and to nurture graduates who are passionately committed to their professions. Central to the realisation of that vision is the notion of engagement with the community – here in Hong Kong, in Mainland China, regionally, and globally”.

Subsequent to the Opening Ceremony, 73 education professionals will receive and benefit from a one-week workshop at HKU from January 14 to 18, 2013.

For media enquiries, please contact Ms Queenie Wong, Development and Communications Manager, Faculty of Education, HKU (Tel: 2219 4270 / mobile: 9220 5840 / fax: 2540 6360 / email: qlpwong@hku.hk

>> Click here to view the e-version of the press release

>> Click here to see some photos

All participants meeting in Hong Kong

Group photos of participants during opening ceremonies in June 2012

Group photos of participants during opening ceremonies in June 2012

For the first time since the beginning of the programme in June 2012, all participants and coordinators (coming from the three participating countries and the six partners’ institutions) will gather together for a regional workshop in Hong Kong, organized by the Faculty of Education of the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

In addition to the provision of courses on the use of projections and scenarios in the preparation of education sector development plans and the opportunity to discuss and consolidate their draft country plan documents (that they are required to submit at the end of the distance programme), this will be a wonderful occasion for participants and partner institutions to exchange and share their country experiences.

Participants are eager to meet each other. As Mrs. Nguyen Lan Huong, from Viet Nam, said in a recent interview: “We also look forward to the one-week study visit to the Hong Kong Institute of Education, where we will have a chance to see in person other participants and actually activate our professional network for the long-term benefit” .(Click here to read)

This week will, without a doubt, strengthen the regional cooperation in educational planning and management.

The five-day workshop will start with an opening ceremony on Monday, 14 January, at 9:00 am, in the Foyer, Rayson Huang Theatre, the University of Hong Kong. It will gather representatives of the three organizing institutions: Ms Gabriele Gottelmann, head of the Training Unit at IIEP; Professor Stephen Andrews, Dean of Education, HKU; Professor Mark Bray, UNESCO Chair in Comparative Education, HKU; and Ms Jean K. Sung, Executive Director & Manager, Global Philanthropy Asia-Pacific of J.P. Morgan. Other local partners and institutions will also attend the ceremony

>> Download the programme of the opening ceremony