HKU Speakers

Prof. Xiang Zhang

President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Hong Kong

Professor Xiang Zhang is currently the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong.

Prior to joining HKU in July 2018, he was the Ernest S. Kuh Endowed Chair Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

In 2008, Professor Zhang’s research was selected by Time Magazine as one of the “Top Ten Scientific Discoveries of the Year” and “50 Best Inventions of the Year”, Discover Magazine’s “Top 100 Science Stories” in 2007, and R&D Magazine’s top 25 Most Innovative Products of 2006. More recently, his research team’s work on ‘Casimir effect’ at UC Berkeley was selected as one of the Top 10 Breakthroughs for 2019 by Physics World.

Dr. Susan Bridges

Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), The University of Hong Kong

Dr. Susan Bridges is the Director at the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Education, Honorary Associate Professor with BIHMSE at the LKS Faculty of Medicine at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and Adjunct Professor at the Australian Catholic University. She is an award-winning educator (HKU 2012; QS Wharton 2016) and leads curriculum re-design and staff development projects in higher education. She chaired the Faculty of Education’s Task Force on e-learning, devised the Faculty’s first e-learning policy, initiated and led the Faculty’s award winning E-learning Team. She chaired the curriculum reform of the UGC-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and led the successful launch of a cross-faculty Masters of Education specialism in ‘Health Professions Education’ with the LKS Faculty of Medicine. In 2016, Dr. Bridges joined the U21 Education Innovation cluster Steering Group to further support innovation across the network, including internationalization of the curriculum. She collaborates with researchers in the US, Finland, Japan and Australia to explore the ‘how’ of effective pedagogy and clinical communication through interactional and ethnographic approaches. She is the principal investigator of 4 HKSAR General Research Fund (GRF) grants and in 2020 was awarded a HKU Theme-based Research seed grant to lead a new research initiative with the Faculty of Science. In 2020, she was elected Chair, Problem-based Education Special Interest Group for the American Educational Research Association. Her forthcoming co-edited book with R. Imafuku on “Interactional Research into Problem-based Learning” is with Purdue University Press.

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