Prof. Shun Wing NG
University of  St. Joseph, Macau

Prof. NG, Shun Wing is now Visiting Professor of School of Education at St.Joseph University. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Department of Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) of the Education University of Hong Kong. He has just retired from the post of the Head of Department of EPL. He graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and completed his Master and PhD Degrees in Education in University of Nottingham and University of Exeter respectively. He has been working collaboratively with the Hong Kong Education Bureau, Work Bank, University of Macau and many universities in the Chinese Mainland to organize various types of continuous professional development programmes for principals and teachers. Prof. Ng’s research interests include parental involvement in education, school management and leadership, education policy and change, higher education, citizenship education, etc. His article entitled Rethinking the Mission of Internationalization of Higher Education in Asia-Pacific Region published in the journal of Compare was awarded the “Annual IISE Best Article Award 2013” by the Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) of the University of Pittsburgh.
Speech Title: Critical Reflections on the Challenges and Strategies Associated with Internationalization of Higher Education
Abstract: This keynote aims to report a qualitative study that explored the emerging issues and challenges involved in attracting Asian students to pursue higher education in Hong Kong. The study found that internationalization strategies at both system and institutional levels attempted to address problems associated with exporting higher education and make studying in Hong Kong’s higher education system more attractive. These strategies were mainly driven by brain gain and income generation. Based on the research findings, higher education services should be promoted overseas in a way that transcends profit motivations and enhances students’ learning experiences. To counteract the impact of economic-driven globalization on higher education, it is important to address the issue of intercultural awareness and develop international curricula aiming at preparing higher education students to be global citizens and future leaders in a humanized environment.

 

Prof. Eiji Kamioka
Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan

Prof. Dr. Eiji Kamioka works as a deputy president at Shibaura Institute of Technology especially for international collaborations, such as sending students abroad, accepting international students from all over the world and conducting Global PBL (Project Based Leaning) programs. In addition, he actively supports JICA IA (Innovative Asia) program and ABE Initiative (African Business Education Initiative) at SIT (Shibaura Institute of Technology) as well as HBT (HyBrid Twining program) which is one of the SEATUC (South East Asian Technical University Consortium) missions. He is a member of JICA AUN/SEED-Net JSUC (Japanese Supporting University Consortium), launching AUN/SEED-Net phase IV. He has strong connections with professors who work for universities in Asian countries, such as HCMUT and HUST in Vietnam, UTM, UPM, UUM and UTHM in Malaysia, KMUTT and TNI in Thailand, and IITG and GIT in India, resulting in a lot of successful student exchanges. His current research focuses on “User-friendly Information and Communication Systems”, encompassing mobile multimedia communications, ubiquitous computing, artificial intelligence, ergonomics and biological informatics.

Prof. Dr. Eiji Kamioka received his B.S., M.S. and D.S. degrees in Physics from Aoyama Gakuin University. His major was Cosmic-ray Physics, which is a research domain to elucidate cosmic-ray’s origin and its acceleration and propagation mechanisms. After he finished his bachelor and master courses, he worked for SHARP Corporation Communication Research Laboratory for about three years, researching and developing multimedia communication systems. Then, he returned to Aoyama Gakuin University as a doctoral course student. After he completed his Ph.D, he worked for ISAS (Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences) for about two years as a JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) postdoctoral research fellow, researching Cosmic-ray Physics, Balloon technology and space communication systems. With the skills of space communication systems, he moved to NACSIS (National Center for Science Information Systems), working at Ultra high-speed Communication Research Laboratory. When NACSIS was reorganized into NII (National Institute of Informatics), he changed his research domain to mobile computing networks and ubiquitous computing systems. After working for NACSIS and NII for about nine years, he joined SIT (Shibaura Institute of Technology and opened Mobile Multimedia Communications Laboratory.

 

Prof. Tang Siew Fun
Curtin University, Malaysia

Professor Tang Siew Fun is a Professor and Dean, Learning and Teaching at Curtin University Malaysia. She has strong credibility as a Dean, Learning and Teaching, an impressive track record of strategic leadership and management at a senior level and proven experience in the area. Professor Tang holds a doctorate in Educational Management, Planning and Policy and has a proven record in educational leadership with great contribution in driving innovative and pioneer teaching and learning initiatives.  She prides herself leading the way towards transforming the teaching and learning landscape in the country. Her work has evolved from being a passionate excellent teacher to an effective educational leader, shifting the paradigm for the teaching profession in ensuring student success.  Her previous employment was with Taylor’s University, having spent 18 years holding various academic and administrative positions. Prior to that, she taught at other public and private universities in Malaysia and worked with two multi-national companies.  Under her leadership, Taylor’s University has re-defined student learning for better academic outcomes and being at the forefront of transformational teaching and learning. She was the Conference Chair for Taylor’s Teaching and Learning Conference, an international conference, for five consecutive years since 2013. Professor Tang is a teacher developer who has always been in touch with the teachers she developed and creates valuable experiences for them.  Her major research work focuses on teaching engagement evaluation processes and design, student holistic development, and innovative teaching practices. She is noted for her personal and professional efforts to develop lecturers, as she believes “students learn successfully if teachers teach successfully”. She also believes that all students deserve an education that will challenge, inspire and prepare them to become better citizens as well as for a better future. She was appointed as an assessor panel with the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) since 2012.

Speech Title: Affective Development in Higher Education through Peer Emotional Support Group
Abstract:
While the cognitive learning domain relates to knowledge and development of intellectual skills, the affective domain involves the emotional component of learning such as student motivation, feelings, personal values, appreciations enthusiasms, and attitudes. Affective development in higher education continues to be vital in the development of professional and human values. It enables the individual to reach the emotional and belief level that he or she can facilitate and participate in it, hence establishes attitudes and professional values. Research has also shown a range of benefits for those receiving peer support. Recovery stories are often shared and they receive encouragement, a sense of hope and acquire coping skills. How higher education nurtures students and prepare them for the real world as well as for their lives is far more important than just academic teaching. Higher education practice needs transformational approaches to meet the new demands of labour market and society. There is limited exploration of affective development in higher education through peer emotional support group. The primary aim of this study was to investigate the meaning, experience and the demonstration of educating the heart through peer emotional support group system using naturalistic inquiry techniques. Experiences with affective learning by the participants and a process for learning in the affective domain will be described. The richness of the data is anticipated to contribute to the science of affective development which is critically important in educating our graduates.

Invited Speaker

 

Prof. Eduard M. Albay
Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, Philippines
Dr. Eduard M. Albay is an author, reviewer, and evaluator of high school mathematics textbooks, work texts, and modules of the University Press First Asia, one of the leading publishing companies in the Philippines. He has authored four books in mathematics which are used all over the Philippines. He is currently a professor in Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University – South La Union Campus, College of Arts and Sciences and College of Graduate Studies. Further, he also holds administrative positions such as Head of the National Service Training Program (NSTP) of the campus and research coordinator of the College of Arts and Sciences. He holds a doctorate degree in Philosophy in Mathematics Education, minor in Educational Administration. He is an acknowledged regional and national lecturer, speaker, and trainer, a prolific researcher, a published author, and a competent and efficient administrator.

Speech Title: Performance Efficiency in Research of the Departments Of College of Arts and Sciences: Basis for a Research Capability Taining Program

Abstract: This study determined the performance efficiency in research of the four departments of the College of Arts and Sciences in DMMMSU-SLUC using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) Solver during the years 2015 and 2016. It also determined the: (1) performance efficiency level of the departments in research; (2) peer groups and weights of the departments; (3) virtual inputs and virtual outputs or potential improvements of the departments; (4) research capability building training program that can be developed based on the results.

Findings of the study showed that: 50% of the departments are fully efficient while the other 50% are inefficient in research. The fully efficient departments, BPSD and MADD, have their own college as their peers and weights in Research. The BPSD and MADD serve as peers for the inefficient HSSD and LD, respectively, with different weights to consider. Fully efficient departments do not have virtual inputs and virtual outputs. Only HSSD and LD posted virtual inputs and virtual outputs in the research input and output indicator. Based on the results, a CAS Capability Building Training Series was developed to sustain the performance in research of the College of Arts and Sciences and to achieve a better research performance for all the college’s departments.