Opening and Panel 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.

Prof. Ian Holliday

Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), The University of Hong Kong

Professor Holliday has been Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) since 2015. He assists the HKU President in setting the direction and policy of HKU teaching and learning, and oversees quality assurance for undergraduate and postgraduate curricula. Previously he was Dean of Social Sciences at HKU, and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at City University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on Myanmar politics and governance.

Dr. Susan Bridges

Director, 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 latest book on “Interactional Research into Problem-based Learning” (co-edited with R. Imafuku) is with Purdue University Press.

Dr. Albert Chau

Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), Hong Kong Baptist University

Albert Chau is Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) of Hong Kong Baptist University. He is responsible for the University’s teaching and learning activities including curriculum development, quality assurance, student recruitment, student support, internationalization of students’ learning experience, etc.
Prior to HKBU, he taught at the Department of Psychology and served as Director of General Education and Dean of Student Affairs at The University of Hong Kong.

Prof. Anirban Mukhopadhyay

Associate Provost (Teaching and Learning), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Anirban Mukhopadhyay (PhD, Columbia) is the Associate Provost (Teaching and Learning), Lifestyle International Professor of Business, and Chair Professor of Marketing at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Consumer Psychology. He has previously served as the Associate Director of the HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies, Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies), and Acting Director and Associate Director (PhD/MPhil Programs) of the School of Business and Management, HKUST. Professor Mukhopadhyay has published in leading journals in Marketing, Psychology, Economics, Nutrition, and Corporate Strategy. He is a past winner of the Early Career Award of the Society for Consumer Psychology, and has been recognized as a Young Scholar and an MSI Scholar by the Marketing Science Institute.

Prof. Xu Xuemin

Vice President for Education and International Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Dr. Xu received her Ph.D. degree in 1991 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. She was on the faculty of The City University of New York, and promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1996. She then moved to Purdue University and took the tenured associate professor position in Mechanical Engineering in 1997 and a joint faculty position in Biomedical Engineering in 1998. Dr. Xu became the “Chang Jiang Scholar” Distinguished Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University awarded by Chinese Ministry of Education in 2003, and received the “Outstanding Youth Award” by Chinese Natural Science Foundation (CNSF) in 2007. She was the recipient of Natural Science Award from Chinese Ministry of Education (2nd place) in 2010. Her research interests encompass fundamental study of bio-thermal physics, cancer thermal therapy, and medical device supported by NCI and NSF in US, and Chinese NSF, key national center grants from Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. She has published more than 150 peer reviewed journal papers and conference proceedings, and five book chapters. She is an elected ASME Fellow, AIBME Fellow and a senior member of IEEE EMBS. She is currently serving as vice president of Shanghai Association for Science & Technology and vice president of Shanghai Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese. She was the technical program chair for The 2005 EMBC in Shanghai, China and the AdCom Member of EMBS (2011-2013). She has served as the President of Shanghai Society of Biomedical Engineering (2010-2018).

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