Early Career Researchers Network in
Asian Higher Education Studies

The Consortium for Higher Education Research in Asia (CHERA) (Chair: Professor Gerard A. Postiglione) and the Social Contexts and Policies of Education (SCAPE) at the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong host a series of forums for post-doc research and doctoral students in Asia who are studying in the field of higher education. The forums aim to identify common challenges in Asian higher education, build a vibrant and sustainable network, and strengthen the research collaboration among emerging scholars in higher education. The forums cover a broad range of issues in Asian higher education including higher education and science policy, teaching and learning, student experience, equity/access, quality assurance, internationalization, and privatization and finance. On-going researches (project or dissertations) and recently published works are all welcome to be presented and discussed. Both individual/co-presentations and panel discussion formats are welcome. The forums are conducted in English via an online platform.

Anyone who is interested in presenting their research, please contact the coordinators: Dr Jisun Jung (jisun@hku.hk) and Dr Alice Te (aliceteyc@yahoo.com.hk). Please send the (tentative) title, abstract (150 words), and a bio (50 words).

If you have any inquiries about the seminar/consortium, please contact us cherhku@hku.hk

Seminar 4: April 30, 2021 (Friday)  ǀ  15:00-16:00 (HKT)

Engaging Universities with the Refugee Community through Incubation Programs: Exploring Challenges and Sharing Suggestions

Presenter: Ms Aysuhan Tuba SARAL, The Education University of Hong Kong

Chair & Discussant: Dr Kevin Kester, Seoul National University

Supporting refugees through incubation programs has proven to be a successful strategy in numerous projects around the globe in terms of integration and empowerment of refugees. To connect this topic meaningfully to the aim of the CHERA/ECR series, we will argue that enhancing the efforts of higher education institutions to promote refugee entrepreneurship would contribute to universities‘ mission of community engagement and leading to social and economic development through the beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources. During the presentation, we will examine some of the challenges that refugees face regarding entrepreneurship in their new settlements and give examples from different contexts on how to tackle them. Drawing from the current fieldwork, we will also share our initial analysis of refugees‘ challenges and ideas concerning social entrepreneurship in Hong Kong, and conclude with some suggestions that could be meaningful for refugees and the city with the help of a university.