Breaking Boundaries, Building Bridges — The Role of EducationVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Asia Society Global Education Series
Education has a role that goes beyond the development of knowledge and skills. Education also has an important role to play in shaping the attitudes and values in society. The question is to what extent is Hong Kong developing a mindset that is open to new ideas and different cultures? How are attitudes being developed in young people so they consider how to make a positive impact in Hong Kong and the wider world? With the onset of the Belt and Road initiative, what opportunities are there for young Hong Kong people to explore opportunities and cultures along the Belt and Road?
Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong, a panel of distinguished speakers will gather to explore what they are undertaking on the theme of Breaking Boundaries, Building Bridges and to allow the audience through discussion to explore what else is possible for Hong Kong.
Opening Speech | Mr. Anthony Tong, Chairman of Board, Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong
Official Welcomes | The Hon Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBM, GBS, The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Ms. S. Alice Mong, Executive Director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Closing Speech | Mr. Arnett Edwards, Principal, Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong
Presentations and panel discussion by:
Panel One │ Breaking Boundaries
Vic Lee is the founder and managing partner of Virtus Inspire. Vic is one of the founders and former senior executive vice president of Tencent. He joined Tencent in 1999 and was responsible for planning, construction and managing the operation platforms, including technical architecture, information security, online payment, business intelligence, sales channel connection, fundamental IT, applications maintenance and customer services. From 2010 to 2012, Vic was also in charge of the company’s online search businesses. After leaving Tencent in 2012, he began to invest in technology companies in U.S., Israel, and China. Vic was recognized as the "China Top CIO” by CEO & CIO magazine in 2010.
Arnold Chan is the Founder and CEO of Teach4HK, a non-profit organization that trains exemplary university graduates to teach at Hong Kong’s underprivileged schools for one year. By 2017, Teach4HK has recruited 41 graduates as teaching fellows and served over 6,000 students. He has raised over U.S.$1million to support the future development of the organization. He won the Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Award and Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups’ Hong Kong Youth Service Award in 2016. Arnold earned 10 distinctions in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination in 2006. He holds a BBA in Global Business Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Before studying at Harvard, he worked as Institutional Sales in Goldman Sachs, covering the Greater China’s institutional clients.
Panel Two │ Building Bridges
Shirley Man is the Executive Director at Summerbridge Hong Kong. She first joined Summerbridge in 1999 and she is honored and humbled to have witnessed the transformative journeys of its students and student teachers year after year. She has a background in social work and prior to joining Summerbridge, Shirley worked as an Outreach Counselor at another non-profit. Her passion for serving youth and educational equity grows as she experiences the city’s widening disparity over the years. However, Shirley remains hopeful for the next generation and gets re-inspired when she meets changemakers in our beautiful city of Hong Kong.
Nick Cotton moved to Asia 20 years ago to found the Head of Outdoor Education department at UWCSEA, Singapore. Nick moved to Hong Kong and into school leadership, most recently as Director of Studies at Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong, as well as serving in a number of roles for the International Baccalaureate Organisation. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Outward Bound Hong Kong, a not-for-profit providing transformative outdoor learning experiences for a range of participants.
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