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APAIE Conference and Exhibition

Over 1,200 experts in education from 46 countries and regions attended the Eighth Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Conference and Exhibition hosted by CUHK from 11 to 14 March at the AsiaWorld-Expo. The event was part of the golden jubilee celebrations.

This was the first time APAIE held its annual conference in Hong Kong. Officiating at the opening ceremony were Prof. Gordon W.H. Cheung, APAIE President and Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK; and Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung, Vice-Chancellor of CUHK. Professor Sung delivered a keynote speech on the impact and lessons brought by SARS to Asia. Another keynote speaker was Madam Zhang Xiuqin, director general of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Ministry of Education, who spoke on the development and globalization of higher education in China.

The APAIE Conference is the largest international education conference held in the region. Some 50 parallel sessions and over 150 exhibition booths from different institutions were set up to showcase the world’s higher education landscape. The first-ever Global Dialogue saw heads of international education associations from five continents exchanging ideas about our future.

On 13 March, over 80 participants attended the Presidents’ Roundtable held on CUHK campus. Five speakers, namely, Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung; Prof. Tan Chorh-chuan, President, National University of Singapore; Dr. Lim Duck-ho, President, Hanyang University, Republic of Korea; Prof. Ian O’ Connor, Vice-Chancellor and President, Griffith University, Australia; and Dr. Tom Apple, Chancellor, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, shared with the audience their views on topics such as new technology in education, social responsibility of universities, and nurturing global citizens.

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