Chair of keynote address I:
Dr. Catherine Ka-ki CHAN, Principal Assistant Secretary and head of the Curriculum Development Institute of the Education and Manpower Bureau, HKSARG

Chair of keynote address II:
Professor Anthony Bing-leung CHEUNG, BBS, JP, Professor, Department of Public and Social Administration, and Associate Director, Governance in Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong

Chair of keynote address III:
Dr. William Y. WU, Director of the Thinking Qualities Initiative Project (TQI), Office of Student Affairs, Hong Kong Baptist University


Dr. Catherine Ka-ki CHAN

Principal Assistant Secretary and head of the Curriculum Development Institute of the Education and Manpower Bureau, HKSARG

As Principal Assistant Secretary and head of the Curriculum Development Institute of the Education and Manpower Bureau, Catherine Chan is responsible for formulating policies related to curriculum development of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong. Before joining the government in 1998, Dr. Chan was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. She started her career as a secondary school teacher, school inspector and then curriculum developer. Her areas of research interest include curriculum policies, design and evaluation as well as teacher education. In her current official capacity, Dr. Chan has played a key role in leading the curriculum reform, the design and strategies to implement the new senior secondary academic structure that will start in 2009.


Professor Anthony Bing-leung CHEUNG, BBS, JP

Professor, Department of Public and Social Administration, and Associate Director, Governance in Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong

Anthony Cheung is Professor of the Department of Public and Social Administration, City University of Hong Kong, and Associate Director of the University’s Governance in Asia Research Centre. From 1995 to 2001 he was Head of Department.

Prof. Cheung received his PhD degree in Government from The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He has written extensively on privatization, civil service and public sector reforms, government and politics in Hong Kong and China, and Asian administrative reforms. His recent books are Governance and Public Sector Reform in Asia: Paradigm Shift or Business As Usual? (co-edited, RoutledgeCurzon, 2003), and Public Service Reform in East Asia: Reform Issues and Challenges in Japan, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong (edited, Chinese University Press, 2005). His recent article published in Governance examines “The Politics of Administrative Reforms in Asia: Paradigms and Legacies, Paths and Diversities” (Vol. 18, No. 2, April 2005).

An ex-civil servant (1974-86) and a former legislator (1995-97), Prof. Cheung is now a Non-Official Member of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He also sits on several government advisory bodies including: the Housing Authority, Standing Commission on Civil Service Salaries and Conditions and Service, Steering Committee on Civil Service Pay Adjustment Mechanism, Pay Trend Survey Committee (as chairman), Operations Review Committee of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, and the Consumer Council.

He was the founding chairman of the policy think-tank SynergyNet and sits on the board of directors of the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute.


Dr. William Y. WU

Director of the Thinking Qualities Initiative(TQI), Office of Student Affairs, Hong Kong Baptist University

 

William Wu, a counseling and educational psychologist by training at UCLA, is Director of the Thinking Qualities Initiative Project (TQI), Office of Student Affairs, Hong Kong Baptist University. He is also a faculty member of the Department of Education Studies of Hong Kong Baptist University teaching educational psychology courses and supervising master and doctoral students. He has been experimenting with the direct teaching of higher order thinking skills, problem-based learning, and the infusion of thinking skills into the school curriculum in Hong Kong. The current TQI initiatives included the provision of student leadership training program in higher education and the study of Philosophy for Children in early childhood education. Besides serving as editor or associate editor of journals in education and psychology, he is also a consultant on career development and training for educational organizations.