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        Senior Seminars

        Archive of Past Seniors Seminars

        APHERP senior seminars are interactive research seminars organized around 14-17 invited participants to explore an issue of interest and importance to Asia Pacific Higher Education.

        From the inception of APHERP’s predecessor institution, the International Forum for Education 2020, these senior seminars have produced on average a book (and/or a special journal issue) a year on a range of issues deemed critical to Asia Pacific Higher Education.

        With the formation of APHERP in early 2013, two senior seminars were scheduled for the year, one in Hong Kong, September 24-26, 2013 on the subject of “Research, Development and Innovation in Asia Pacific Higher Education” and the other for Shanghai November 14-16, 2013 on the subject of “Twenty-First Century Learning Competencies and Workplace Skills.”

        The output from each of these seminars is being submitted for publication by major publishing firms and the resulting books are expected in mid-2014.

        Two senior seminars are being held in 2014. The first was held at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University from March 24-26, 2014 on the subject of “Changing Aspects of Graduate Education” in the Asia Pacific Region. The published volume of these participant papers will appear in early 2015.

        A second senior seminar is scheduled to be held at the Hong Kong Institute of Technology October 16-19, 2014. This event will be held in conjunction with the meeting of the Asian University Leaders Program. The overall subject matter of both events will be an investigation of the complex aspects of massification of higher education throughout the Asia Pacific Region. The papers for the APHERP senior seminar will be published in the spring of 2015.

        The seminars are conducted on a simple but effective dialogical model. Some three to four months prior to the projected event, prospective participants are provided with an 8-10 page concept paper designed to outline a subject and provide it with an effective context. Invited participants are then asked to engage the subject matter of the concept paper in a manner that best reflects their views. In practice this invites some to enlarge upon various themes, where others may seek to challenge these and provide alternative views. The seminar is organized such that each paper is presented and discussed in a seminar format by participants. Notes are taken on all discussions and provided to participants to be used in subsequent revision of papers.

        By design, presenters are requested to provide papers that in some way are “unfinished” and thus open and subject to desired revision based on seminar discussions. Following the 2.5-day event, participants are contacted by the person designated to be the volume or journal’s editor to discuss paper revisions and to move submissions along the publication track.

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