2019 Keynote Address (2)
Joseph Lau (MSc, BSc, FSTLA, CMILT, Member of Institute of Seatransport)
Lecturer and Assistant Programme Leader (AD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management)
Introduction of Mr. Joseph
Mr Lau Yui Yip, Joseph graduated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and received a BSc (Hons) in International Shipping and Transport Logistics in 2007. He was placed on the Dean List because of his outstanding academic performance during his bachelor degree studies. He received his Master of Science in International Shipping and Transport Logistics from PolyU in 2009.
Until now, Mr Lau has published more than 130 research papers in international journals and professional magazines, and contributed book, book chapters and presented numerous papers in international conferences. He has collaborated with scholars from more than 20 countries and regions spreading over five continents on research projects. He has also secured over HK$ 5.7 million research grants. Recently, he has been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Institute of Seatransport in recognition of his outstanding performance on research, the Best Paper Award in international leading conferences and Dean Award for Outstanding Research-Scholarly Performance by College of Professional and Continuing Education, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In addition, he has participated in different consultancy projects with various (inter-)governmental organisations, academic institutions and industrial associations, e.g. Trade and Industry Department, China Communications & Transport Association (CCTA), The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the Institute of Seatransport, Hong Kong Sea Transport and Logistics Association (HKSTLA), and PolyU. In addition, he has been appointed as Associate, University of Manitoba, Transport Institute, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Visiting Scholar at East China Normal University; Researcher at Constanta Maritime University. His
research interests are Transport History, Maritime Transport, Air Transport, Port Planning, Supply Chain Management, Green Transport, Maritime Law, Public Transport, Maritime Education and Human Geography.
Topic: Higher Education in a Transdisciplinary World – Hong Kong Case
Hong Kong higher education stemmed from the late 19th century. Hong Kong has undergone different waves of educational reform in response to the transition of political sovereignty, the alignment with international higher education development, the knowledge economy, societal developments, accountability and globalization. Prior 1st July 1997, Hong Kong was under a colony of the British Empire. To this end, the higher education system was then completely based on the English model. Thanks to globalization, Hong Kong higher education institutions introduced neo-liberal market model. Through marketization and privatization concept, Hong Kong higher education institutions fundamentally changed education policy and governance in higher education sector. Consequently, regional education hub, self-financing tertiary education and quality assurance system arise in a transdisciplinary world. The study provides important insights to educators to explore the ways in developing effective adaptation plans and practice for higher education institutions and other sectors. Academic and managerial implications of the study are also given.