|In recent years, governments in East Asia have called for a university-industry-business collaboration to support innovation and entrepreneurship. With the growing importance of technology advancement and its potential impact on social and economic changes, different strategies have been adopted to promote a smart city, innovation and entrepreneurship across different countries. The IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research – Hong Kong (CHER-HongKong) sets out against the wider political economy context to examine how governments, universities, industries and businesses, and the community at large in Asia, work together to nurture innovation and entrepreneurship not only for reasons of economic growth, but also for social development and cultural enhancement.
The HKSAR Government has realised that innovation, information and technology, and entrepreneurship are important drivers for new economic growth. Thus, the HKSAR has proactively supported innovation and creativity for economic development and knowledge transfer activities. In order to capture the development opportunities given by the Big Bay Area in South China and the strategic development directions under the “Belt and Road Initiatives” rolled out by the Chinese Government, the HKSAR Government has actively called the university sector to engage with the industries and businesses, as well as the local, regional and international community to work together to promote innovation-centric entrepreneurship. The Conference organised in Hong Kong against the regional development context outlined above will provide stimulating conversations and dialogues for conference participants.
This conference offers the international platform for higher education researchers, senior university administrators, government officials, policy analysts, and professionals working across industries and education to explore new strategies/measures in support of innovation-centric entrepreneurship. Meanwhile, this conference also engages presenters and participants to examine policy, management and governance, ethical and value issues when promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and value.
The Organising Committee welcomes individual paper presentations, panel sessions or symposia proposals in line with the central theme of the conference. More specifically, paper proposals are welcome to addressed the sub-themes as below:
- Globalisation, internalisation of education and impact on student learning
- Questing for innovation and entrepreneurship: Curriculum design and student learning
- Promoting STEM and the role of value in education
- Innovation, entrepreneurship and graduate employment
- Driving for innovation-centric entrepreneurship: Management and governance issues
Held at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, The IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research – Hong Kong is a multidisciplinary conference co-organised by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Lingnan University (Hong Kong), and the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.
In conjunction with IAFOR’s Global Partners, we look forward to welcoming you to Hong Kong!
– The CHER-HongKong Advisory Board and Organising Committee
Hon. Bernard Chan, Executive Council, Hong Kong SAR Government, Hong Kong
Dr Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan
Dr Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech, USA
Professor Joshua Mok, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Professor Deane Neubauer, East-West Center, USA
Professor Susan Robertson, University of Cambridge, UK
Justin Sanders, Osaka University, Japan
Dr Winnie Tang, Smart City Symposium, Hong Kong