Looking Outwards to the Global World: The Drive for Internationalizing Universities in Hong Kong and Asia

Ka Ho Mok
Associate Dean and Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Hong Kong

Gerry Postiglione
Professor and Head, Policy, Administration, and Social Sciences
University of Hong Kong

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street
This program is free and open to the public
Coffee and light refreshments will be provided

This presentation is part of the Ideas and Universities International Video Seminar Series, which is made available on the UW–Madison campus thanks to funding and support from the UW-Madison Division of International Studies, the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol (UK), the Worldwide Universities Network, and WISCAPE in cooperation with the UW–Madison Department of Educational Policy Studies.

The program theme for the spring 2008 semester is “Universities as Organizations: Looking Inwards, Looking Outwards.”

The rise of the knowledge-based economy has considerably transformed higher education systems as well as the underlying values and design of curricula in higher education. In order to enhance the global competence of university graduates, universities across different parts of the globe have begun comprehensive reviews of their curricula and introduced new strategies for transforming their teaching and learning approach from teacher-centered to student-centered. Universities in the East and West have also acknowledged the growing need to better prepare students for living and working in an increasingly culturally diverse and socially complex world by developing new teaching and learning strategies to promote multiculturalism and internationalization of curricula.

In this context, this presentation examines what major values underly the design of new curricula in coping with globalization challenges and the major curriculum changes that have been made at the University of Hong Kong and its counterparts in other Asian societies. The presentation will conclude with a critical reflection on globalization and curriculum changes.