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The 3rd Conference for Higher Education Research – Hong Kong 2020

(CHER-Hong Kong 2020)


Innovations of Higher Education Amid the Pandemic:

Institutional Management, Teaching, and Research Perspectives



13-14 November 2020
Lingnan University, Hong Kong



Held at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, The Conference for Higher Education Research – Hong Kong is a multidisciplinary conference co-organised by Lingnan University (Hong Kong) and the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP), and in collaboration with University of Bath and Durham University. (Note: All programmes are to be held online unless otherwise stated.)


The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in school or university closures all across the world, triggering unprecedented challenges for education systems. According to UNESCO, 1.5 billion learners are out of the classroom globally, from pre-primary to higher education. Of the 195 countries that had closed schools in April 2020, 128 have yet to announce plans for their reopening.


It is clear that the future of higher education needs rethinking in many ways amid the pandemic. The International Association of Universities (IAU) Global Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education finds, among other things, that (i) COVID-19 has had an impact on international student mobility at 89% of HEIs; (ii) at almost all HEIs, the shift from face-to-face to distance teaching did not come without challenges; and (iii) 80% of HEIs reported that research has been affected by the pandemic at their institutions.


The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world’s higher education will be long lasting. We in higher education must accept the reality of a paradigm shift. The crisis situation created by the horrible pandemic has served to jolt us out of the trap of yesterday’s status quo and make necessary changes.


The CHER – Hong Kong 2020 aims to foster dialogue on the staggering impact of COVID-19 on the future of higher education and the innovations required to meet the global challenges, with special focus on the following topics:


  • Institutional Management
  • Teaching and Learning Innovations
  • Emerging Higher Education Research Directions
  • Impact on Finance and University Governance



Keynote Speakers

Andrea Abbas, Professor of Sociology of Higher Education, University of Bath, UK

Angela Yung-chi Hou, Professor of Education, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Joshua Ka Ho Mok, Vice-President and Lam Man Tsan Chair Professor of Comparative Policy, Lingnan University, Hong Kong SAR

Catherine Montgomery, Professor of Education, Durham University, UK

Susan Robertson, Professor of Education, University of Cambridge, UK

Jandhyala BG Tilak, Former Professor & Vice Chancellor, NUEPA, India



Abstract submission and Registration
Researchers, faculty members and postgraduate students are welcome to participate in this conference. If you wish to be a presenter in CHER-Hong Kong 2020, please submit your abstract in MS WORDS (no more than 300 words) at the online submission system by 12 October 2020.

Abstracts submitted will undergo a double-blind review process before inclusion in the programme and accepting for oral presentation. Acceptance decision will be informed by the Conference Secretariat via e-mail.


Abstracts will be arranged for presentation and publication ONLY if at least one of the authors registers for the Conference by the registration deadline, 25 October 2020.


An individual author may not appear on more than two manuscripts.



Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission: 12 October 2020 (Hong Kong time)
  • Notification of acceptance: Within 2 weeks after abstract submission
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: 25 October 2020 (Hong Kong time)
  • Registration Deadline for Audience: 30 October 2020 (Hong Kong time)




The registration system is now open. Please click here to register.

Fee for online presentation and participation: Free of charge*

(*The conference fee this year will be waived but registration must be completed in order to have online access to the sessions. Participants in Hong Kong will be invited to attend the Opening Session on campus of Lingnan University on the first day of the conference if health-conditions permit.)



Conference Proceedings

Accepted abstract will be published in the Online Conference Proceedings.



Organising Committee

Andrea Abbas, University of Bath, UK

Joshua Ka Ho Mok, Lingnan University, Hong Kong SAR

Catherine Montgomery, University of Durham, UK

Ada Hiu Kan WONG, Lingnan University, Hong Kong SAR



For enquiries, please contact:

CHER-Hong Kong 2020 website: