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The 6th HERA conference (October 2018, Malaysia)

General information

  • Date: 9-10th October, 2018
  • Venue:  Le Méridien Putrajaya, Malaysia 

Conference Theme


  1. Considering Nationality and Tenure in The Academic Experiences and Aspirations of International Junior Faculty at Japanese Universities (Yangson Kim, Hiroshima University/ Christopher D. Hammond and Thomas Brotherhood, Institute of Education University College London, United Kingdom)
  2. Modern University’s Ideal and R-T-S Nexus (Akira Arimoto, Hyogo University, Japan)
  3. Strategies and Rationales of International Joint University: The case of Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) (Miki Sugimura, Sophia University, Japan)
  4. Global Trend of The Overseas Foreign Student and Background Factor of The Trend (Tsukasa Dazien, Hiroshima University, Japan)
  5. Detecting Gender Parity Patterns in Humanity and STEM Programs under an Expanded Higher Education System (Dianfu Chang, Tamkang University, Taiwan)
  6. Performance or Engagement: The Issue of STEM Education in East Asia and the U.S. (Keiichiro Yoshinaga, Kanezawa University, Japan)
  7. Taiwan Higher Education Academics’ Community Engagement, Teaching Performance, and Research Outcome from APIKS Survey (Robin Jung-Cheng Chen, National Chengchi University, Taiwan/ Sophia Shi-Huei Ho, University of Taipei, Taiwan)



  • Topic: Institutional Responses to Assessment-Based Funding Policy in The North East Asian Higher Education Systems (Japan, South Korea, And Taiwan)
  • Facilitator: Jung Cheol Shin (Seoul National University, Korea)
  • Panellists: Satoshi P. Watanabe (Hiroshima University, Japan), Robin Jung-Cheng Chen (National Cheng-chi University, Taiwan), Sophia Shi-Huei Ho (University of Taipei, Taiwan), Jung Cheol Shin (Seoul National University, Korea), Ya-Han Hsu (National Cheng-chi University, Taiwan)

For more information, please download HERA_6th program

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The 5th HERA conference (Peking University, 2017)

General Information

  • Theme: Changing Asian higher education in the new century: globalization, policy and governance
  • Date: April 21-22, 2017
  • Venue: Peking University

Conference Themes

1. Global Competition and Internationalization of Higher Education

  • Declining Academic Autonomy in the Recent Academic Governance Reforms in Japan (Akira Arimoto, Hyogo University, Japan)
  • Internationalization in Malaysian Higher Education: A Sociolinguistics Perspective (Munir Shuib, University of Science Malaysia)
  • Academics’ Responses to Policy Initiatives under Neoliberalism as an Organizational Actor (Jung Cheol Shin, Seoul National University)
  • Different Institutional Actors’ Roles at Play in Internationalizing Research Universities: A Multi-Logic Analysis (Xiaguang Shi, Peking University)
  • The Promotion of the International Mobility of Students (Akiyoshi Yonezawa, Tohoku University)

2. New National or Regional Policies on Higher Education

  • Transnational Higher Education and Global Citizenship Education (Miki Sugimura Sophia University, Japan)
  • Regional Alliance Strategy and the Emerging Global Network Universities in Asia (Zhou ZHONG, Jinghuan SHI, Shuangmiao HAN-  Tsinghua University;
    Tsinghua University; University of Oxford)
  • The true meaning of internationalization of education (Chunhua QIN Peking University, China)
  • Indicators of Internationalization of Higher Education in Asia/Pacific: ASEAN +6 (James H.Williams, George Washington University, USA)
  • The Transnational Capital and the Construction of Professional Development Space of Thousand Youth Talent Scholars in China (Mei LI, East China Normal
    University, China)

3. Institution Change or Reform in Governance for New Higher Education

  • Governing diversity in Australian Universities: the regulatory State and ‘critical thinking’ (Greg McCarthy, Xianlin SONG University of Western Australia)
  • An Exploration in Reform of Application-Audit System in Admission to Doctoral Program (Ruoling ZHENG,  Xiamen University, China)
  • How to Recognize and Evaluate World-Class Disciplines? (Juan HU Renmin University of China)
  • Research on the Relationship Between the Internal Power Structure and Performance in Universities —From a Social Network Analysis Prospective (Hua JIANG Dalian University of Technology, China)

4. New Providers on Higher Education for Mass Higher Education

  • Higher Education across European Countries: Convergence or Persistent Variety? Cooperation or Persistent Individual Policies? (Ulrich Teichler, Kassel University)
  • Education Governance System of China with Society as an Important Player: An International and Comparative Perspective (Baocun LIU Beijing Normal University)
  • Demographic Portraits of University Presidents in Japan: A Comparison between National University Corporations and Private Universities (Futao HUANG Hiroshima University, Japan)
  • Accommodating Project- Based Professionals in Higher Education Institutions in Japan (Kokei Takagi Sophia University, Japan)
  • An Empirical Study on the Employability of College Students in China: A Study Based on Self-assessment of NCSS (Qiuheng SHI Xiamen University, China)
  • Academic Culture in Transition: A Local or Global Phenomenon? (Chuing Prudence Chou, National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
  • The Quest for Quality Higher Education in China: Retrospect and Prospect (Wei HA, Peking University, China)
  • Analysis on the Breakthrough of Moral Education Oriented University Talent Cultivation Mechanism (Kongzhen LI, Capital Normal University, China)

For more details on the presentations, please download HERA_5th program

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The 4th HERA conference (University of Hong Kong/Lingnan University, 2016)

General information

  • Theme: Equity, Employability and mobility
  • Date: May 27-28, 2016
  • Venue: University of Hong Kong/Lingnan University (HongKong, SAR)
  • Keynote Speaker:  Prof.Ulrich Teichler

Conference Theme

  1. World-Class University in Asia

  • The Quest for Asia World-class University Status: Implications for Sustainable Development of Asian Universities
    (Ka-Ho Mok, Lingnan University, Hong Kong)
  • Higher Education Development in East Asia: Challenges and Signs of Hopes (Rui Yang, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • The Global Research Assessment Regime and the Reconfiguration of Higher Education: Comparative Case Studies in China, Hong Kong and Japan
    (Jun Li, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • Institutional Responses to the Assessment-based Funding in Korean Higher Education (Jung Cheol Shin, Seoul National University, South Korea)

2.  Governance of Global Excellence Initiatives

  • The Role of the State in Global Competition in Higher Education: Is There an Alternative Model of the World-class University? (Igor Chirikov, The National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia)
  • Challenges and Possibilities for China’s Higher Education System: The Effects of Excellence Initiatives (Gerard Postiglione, The University of Hong Kong)
  • State Initiatives on Globalizing Higher Education in Japan: From an ODA Provider to Regaining the Competitive Edge (Satoshi P. Watanabe, Hiroshima University)

3. Mobility I: Academics

  • Foreign Faculty Members in Japanese Universities: Changes and Challenges (Futao Huang, Hiroshima University)
  • Mobility, Formation and Development of the Academic Profession in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in East and South East Asia (Akiyoshi Yonezawa, Hugo Horta, Aki Osawa- Tohoku University, Japan; The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Bangkok Office, Thailand)
  • Integrating International Faculty into the Local Academic Context: the Case of Two Universities in Hong Kong and China (Ailei Xie, Gerard Postiglione, The University of Hong Kong)
  • A Empirical Study on Adaptability of Oversea College Teachers under Chinese University Culture Context: the Case of Shandong Province (Xiaoguang Shi, Lijuan Wang Peking University, Shangdong University of Finance and Economic)

4. Mobility II: Students

  • What Matters to International Students Academic Success: A Malaysian Case Study (Ahmad Nurulazam Md Zain, Universiti Sains Malaysia)
  • Chinese Exchange PhD Students in EU: Experience and Gains (Wenqin Shen, Peking University, China; Dong Liu, Renmin University, China;Hongjie Chen, Peking University)

5. Access/Equity

  • The Development of Gender Parity in Higher Education: A 64-Year Trajectory in Taiwan (Dian-Fu Chang, Tamkang University)
  • Malaysia’s Higher Education Policies: Impact on Access, Quality and Equity Issues (Molly Lee, Former Programme Specialist in Higher Education, UNESCO)
  • Moving Beyond Access: Educational Experience of First Generation College Students in China(Jinghuan Shi, Fei Guo, Yan Luo, Huafeng Zhang, Tsinghua University)
  • Is China’s College Entrance Examination System Partial to Girls?: An Empirical Study based on CEPS (Juan Hu, Renmin University, China)

6. Employment I

  • Does Higher Education Expansion Relate to Increasing Unemployment rate? A Comparative Analysis of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan (Cheng-Cheng Yang, Sheng-Ju Chan- National Chiayi University; National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan)
  • The Policy and Politics of the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Universities: the Case of Singapore and “Skills Future” (Loke Hoe Yeong, S. Gopinathan, The HEAD Foundation, Singapore)
  • Determinants of Pursuing Master’s Degree among University Graduates in Korea (Jisun Jung, The University of Hong Kong)

7. Employment II

  • Preparing for the Labour Market: Findings from a Pilot Study of Undergraduate Students in China and the UK (Ewan Wright, The University of Hong Kong)
  • Gender Differences in the Job Search Process of Graduates from Higher Vocational and Professional Colleges (Yiwei Chen, The University of Hong Kong)
  • Graduate Employment in China: Inter-group Inequities and Policy Responses (Ying Ma, The University of Hong Kong)

8. Learning and Curriculum

  • STEM Undergraduate Education Reform in the United States (Keiichiro Yoshinaga, Kanazawa University, Japan)
  • Variance Analysis on Learning Experience and Development of Global Competency (Lijie Li, Xi`an Jiaotong University, China)
  • An Unprepared Battle: Banning Sexual Harassment in Chinese Universities (Ran Zhang, Tianyi Ouyang, Peking University, China)

For more information, please download  HERA 4th program

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The 3rd HERA conference (Tamkang University, May 2015)

General Information

  • Theme: Contemporary Higher Education policy and Finance
  • Venue: Tamkang University, Taiwan
  • Date: May, 2015
  • Keynote speaker: Prof. Simon Marginson (UCL)

Conference Theme

University reform is proceeding rapidly in a number of countries in Asia. The deluge of reform initiatives suggests that the increasingly unpredictable and vulnerable context will require well-educated and innovative workers to give nations crucial economic advantages. The responses are varied but in general, higher educational institutions are having to comply with effective management principals and enhanced efficiency to maximize the value.

In addition, total higher education enrollment has increased substantially in Asian countreis in recent years. Many educators and policymakers may utilize financial analysis to determine the ‘appropriate’ or ‘sufficient’ funding for higher education; but sufficiency is meaninful only in the context of a particular objectives and circumstances. Money is always an issue in improving higher education systems. With additional resources, educators can serve more students at higher levels of quality. While additional spending does not necessarily yield proportional increases in quantity or quality, the question, ‘how much funding is enough for higher education’? has no easy answer at institutional or national level.

This conference provides a comprehensive picture of higher education systems in Easit Asia. Specifically, presentations address one or a combination of following key questions:

  1. What kind of higher education policy do we want?
  2. How do we, given our circumstances, implement such a higher education policy?
  3. Are we making effective use of current investments?
  4. How would incremental or reallocated dollar lead to improved outcomes and help meet institutional or national goals?

For more details on the presentation topics, please download HERA 3rd_program

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The 2nd HERA conference (Seoul National University, Oct.2014)

General Information

  • Theme : Governance and Academic Culture in Asia-Pacific Higher Education
  • Date : 16-17, 2014 (PhD student workshop: Oct. 15)
  • Venue : Hoam Faculty House, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Keynote speaker: William Tierney(University of Southern California, Georg Krücken(INCHER, Germany)

The 2nd HERA conference looks at how higher education governance and academic culture has been changing under neo-liberal reforms. The conference provides a comprehensive picture of higher education governance in the region and its impacts on the academic culture as well as government initiatives for changing higher education governance. Specific discussions will be held under following issues:

(1) The policy designs that governments in the region have initiated to reform higher education governance
(2)  How the governance has changed with the corporatization of Asian universities
(3)  Whether the governance reforms lead to any change in academic culture
(4)  How the governance differs between public and private sectors

For more information on detailed program list, please download HERA_2nd Program_


Invited participants (in Alphabetical order)

Ahmad Nurulazam Md Zain  (Director, National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN), Malaysia)
Akira Arimoto   (Professor and Director, Kurashiki Sakuyo University, Japan)
Akiyoshi Yonezawa   (Associate Professor, Nagoya University, Japan)
Bruce Macfarlane (Professor, The University of Hong Kong)
Chuing Prudence Chou   (Professor, National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
Dian-fu Chang  (Professor, Tamgang University, Taiwan)
Futao Huang   (Professor, Hiroshima University, Japan)
Gerard A. Postiglione   (Professor, The University of Hong Kong)
Hideto Fukudome   (Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Jinghuan Shi  (Professor, Tsinghua University)
Kazunori Shima (Associate Professor, Hiroshima University, Japan)
Keiichiro Yoshinaga (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology)
Martin Hayden   (Head, School of Education, Southern Cross University, Australia)
Molly Lee  (Professor Emeritus, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia)
Reiko Yamada   (Professor, Doshisha University, Japan)
Rui Yang (Professor, The University of Hong Kong, China)
Sheng-Ju Chan  (Professor, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan)
Tsukasa Daizen  (Professor, Hiroshima University Japan)
Xiao Guang Shi   (Professor, Peking University, China) 

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The 1st HERA conference (Hiroshima University, Feb.2014)

General Information

  • Theme: Building research universities: Balancing quality and quantity in Asia Pacific region
  • Date: Sunday, January 26, 2014
  • Host University: Hiroshima University, Japan
  • Venue: Hiroshima Garden Palace


  1. Prof. Akira Arimoto(Kurashiki Sakuyo University): “Declining Symptom of Academic Productivity in the Japanese Research-University Sector”
  2. Prof.Futao Huang(Hiroshima University): “Changes in the Academy of Japan’s Research Universities: 1992-2011”
  3. Prof.Akiyoshi Yonezawa(Nagoya University): ““World-Class Research and Education in a Matured Economy: Challenge of Research Universities in Japan”
  4. Prof.Jung Cheol Shin(Seoul National University): “Research Collaboration across Disciplines in a Research Focused Korean University”
  5. Prof.Dianfu Chang(Tamkang University): “The Way of Balancing Quantity and Quality to Build Research Universities in Taiwan”
  6. Prof.Wanhua Ma(Peking University): “Multiple Approaches to Internationalizing Chinese Higher Education”
  7. Prof.Gerard Postiglione(The University of Hong Kong): “Balancing Quantity and Quality in Hong Kong Higher Education: Having it Both Ways?”
  8. Prof.Simon Marginson(IoE, University of London): “State, Socialism and the Transformation of Higher Education Systems: A Comparison of China and Russia”
  9. Prof.Ahmad Nurulazam MD. ZAIN(University of Sains Malaysia): “Challenges of Research Universities in Malaysia”

For more information on 1st HERA conference please download HERA_1st program

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