Higher Education Research Association (HERA) 2022 Conference

Mass Higher Education After Pandemic in East Asia:

Policy, Diversity, and Social & Human Contribution 

Date: 27-29 April 2022
Venue: Online Conference (Zoom)

Keynote speakers:

Professor Gerard A. Postiglione (University of Hong Kong)

Professor Futao Huang (Hiroshima University)

Professor Anthony Welch (University of Sydney)

The upcoming 8th HERA conference aims to focus on discussing how the changes in the current global political economy, especially under the ongoing pandemic crisis have impacted higher education in East Asia. The higher education sector has expanded rapidly in many countries in the recent three decades. The rapid growth was strongly supported through policy initiatives as well as market demands in the knowledge society. Although higher education receives political support with these policy initiatives, we also witness how national and international politics are deeply involved in higher education institutions. In this regard, higher education institutions as social institutions are suffering from an “identity crisis” with the growing political involvement. The political regime prefers to reduce public funding to higher education and increase the share of competitive funding in most countries. These changes have accelerated with neoliberalism and globalization since the 1990s. However, policy mechanisms often become altered along with the change in political regime and socio-environmental factors because national politics are increasingly becoming populism and strategic. These socio-political and economic changes accompany various issues and challenges. In addition, the Pandemic caused by the COVID-19 has enormous impacts on higher education including massive use of online education, and the internationalization of higher education is experiencing transformative changes. These socio-political and economic changes accompany various issues and challenges.

Based on this theme, the HERA2022 conference covers various topics related to theory, policy, and practices in the fields of higher education. These issues are:

  • Policy and politics
  • Funding and finance
  • Governance, organization, and reforms
  • Research and development
  • Institutional management and research (IR)
  • Academic profession, students
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Graduate education
  • Internationalization
  • Global rankings
  • Other topics related to higher education

We welcome all scholars, researchers, and practitioners from around the world to share their expertise and knowledge in the topic of higher education at the HERA2022 conference. The organizing committee highly encourages and welcomes scholars to organize various panel sessions for a more in-depth discussion on their research topics.


Call for papers: Dec 20, 2021 – Jan. 31, 2022
Decision letter: Feb 14, 2022
Early registration: Feb 14, 2022 – Mar 14, 2022
Regular registration: Mar 15, 2022 – April 20, 2022

Session type

Session management

1. Individual research session

(For published papers or paper in progress)

  •  15 minutes for each presentation
  •  Session chair will be appointed by members from the steering committee or organizing committee
2. Panel session

(Organized by a group of researchers)

  • The theme and presenters of the panel session should be organized by the session group members
  • Session chair to be invited by session organizers  
3. Book workshop session

(For published book or Book design working group)

For more information about HERA2022, please visit http://www.hera-research.org

Please submit the proposal form to hera.research@gmail.com by Jan 31, 2022.

Thank you very much!

Best regards,
HERA2022 Organizing Committee
– Web: http://hera-research.org/hera-2022-conference/
– E-mail: hera.research@gmail.com