The First Joint Symposium on Education was co-organized by the Department of Education Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and the Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University (HU), Japan. It was held at HKBU on 17 March 2018 with an attendance of more than 100 education researchers, teacher educators, postgraduate students, school teachers and alumni.
This Symposium was an outcome of the Agreement of Academic and Educational Exchange signed between HKBU and HU in March 2017. The theme of this Joint Symposium was “Educational Practices and Innovations: Experiences of Japan and Hong Kong”. It aimed to provide a platform for scholars, research students and front-line practitioners to share and exchange their knowledge and practices, and to imagine new solutions to global educational problems.
The Symposium was a great success in promoting academic partnership, internationalization and teacher professional learning. The one-day event was kicked off with welcoming remarks from Professor Adrian Bailey (Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences). The participants took pleasure in the keynote speeches delivered by Professor Atara Sivan (Head of Department of Education Studies) and Professor Sandy Li (Associate Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences) of HKBU, and by Professor Masataka Koyama (Dean of Graduate School of Education) and Professor Kazuhiro Kusahara (Vice Dean of Graduate School of Education) of HU. The colloquium on “Experience Sharing of STEM Education in Hong Kong” was well-received in tune with global educational development. The Symposium left the participants with a sense of enthusiasm through the variety of paper and poster presentations in the areas of teacher preparation, professional learning, students’ development, education and curriculum reforms, as well as cultural diversity in education. The fruitful weekend exchange was followed by an educational visit to Hong Kong Baptist University Affiliated School Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School in Shek Mun on 19 March 2018.
1. HKBU-HU Symposium – Group Photo
2. HKBU-HU Symposium – Interested Audience
3. HKBU-HU Symposium – Engaging Minds
4. HKBU-HU Symposium – Contemplative Minds