General Education and University Curriculum Reform: An International Conference in HK (Organized by CityU and HKAC)

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General Education and University Curriculum Reform

An International Conference in HK


Conference Announcement

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and the Hong Kong America Center (HKAC) are pleased to announce an international conference on General Education. The conference will be held on June 12-14, 2012 at the City University of Hong Kong.


In September 2012, Hong Kong’s public universities will launch a four-year undergraduate curriculum to replace the existing three-year curriculum. This follows a significant reform featuring liberal studies in HK’s schools. A significant proportion of the new curriculum will be devoted to General Education. This conference will bring together academic leaders, innovative teachers, and advocates for reform and quality improvement in higher education in Asia, North America and Europe to discuss university curriculum reform and the enhancement of undergraduate education. The conference will share the Hong Kong experience in General Education curriculum reform and consider wider patterns of application. The first day will focus primarily on Hong Kong and the lessons learned. The focus of the second and third days will broaden to the Asian and international contexts.


Conference Themes

  1. Leadership in Curriculum Reform and Faculty Development
  2. Policy Lessons for Planning and Launching New Academic Programmes and Courses
  3. Whole Person Development and Learning Communities
  4. Integration of Undergraduate Research and Discovery into GE Curricula
  5. Enhancement of Students’ English Language and Communication Skills in GE Curricula
  6. Case Studies in Developing Interdisciplinary Curricula for GE
  7. Students and General Education in the 21st Century Economy
  8. Use of Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning in Large-Scale Courses
  9. Assessment of GE Programmes
  10. Authentic Assessment of Experiential Learning Aspects of GE
  11. Integration of the Study of Asian Cultural Heritages into GE Programmes
  12. Service and Community Based Learning

Important Dates

December 1, 2011 Early Bird Registration Begins*
March 30, 2012 Deadline for Submission of Proposals
April, 2012 Notification of Acceptance of Proposals
April 15, 2012 Deadline for Early Bird Registration
June 12 – 14, 2012 Conference Dates

*Early Bird Registration is HKD1500 or USD188; regular registration is HKD1800 or USD225: includes 3 day conference, 3 lunches, coffee breaks, 1 reception.


Details on a journal publication and web-based publication will be announced on CityU website ( in due course; expected deadline is August 31, 2012.


Some on-campus accommodation in student residence halls will be available at a moderate fee for those who register by February 15, 2012; please consult the following websites for details.


Fee Exemption

The first 200 regular UGC-institution members are eligible for fee-exempt registration for the sessions of the conference under conditions. The first round for this kind of registration is from 18 March 2012 to 15 April 2012. A second round may be announced if the conference organizers deem appropriate. Click here for more details.


Websites & Conference Email

Watch CityU website for details:
Also at the HKAC website at:


Download the conference flyer: GEConference2012Flyer.pdf
Conference email: