Prof. Cheng Yin Cheong (EdD, Harvard)

The Education University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Keynote Title: ” Towards the 3rd Wave Education Reforms for the Future “


Professor Yin Cheong CHENG is Emeritus Chair Professor of Leadership and Change and Academic Advisor, The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). Previously he was Vice-President (Research and Development) and acting President, The Hong Kong Institute of Education. He was also the President of World Educational Research Association (WERA) (2012-2014) and the President of Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA) (2004-2008). He had served as a full member of the University Grants Committee, a panel member of Research Grants Council, and a member of the Quality Education Fund Steering Committee of the Hong Kong SAR Government. He is also the chairman of the Tin Ka Ping Foundation’s advisory board.

Prof. Cheng holds a doctorate from Harvard University. His research interest includes education reform, leadership, paradigm shift, teacher education, higher education, and school management reform. Prof. Cheng has published 25 academic books and over 250 book chapters and journal articles in Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, Mainland, Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia, Israel, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, and UK. Some of his publications have been translated into Chinese, Hebrew, Korean, Spanish, Czech, Thai and Persian languages. He was the editor in chief of the Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education and Development (1998-2003). He is at present serving on the advisory boards of 17 international journals. He is also the associate editor of the International Journal of Educational Management (UK). He has a H-Index of 42.

In past years Prof. Cheng has also been invited to give over 125 keynote/plenary presentations by national and international organizations such as APEC, UNESCO, UNICEF, ICER, ICSEI(Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, & China), International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), Ford Foundation (US, Africa), World Bank, SEAMEO RIHED (with Chulalongkorn University), AIAER, NIEPA and NCERT (India), ONEC/OEC (Thailand), AERA (USA), ACEA (Australia), NIER (Japan), Ministry of Education of Israel, Ministry of Education of Malaysia (with University of Malaya), iAPED (Korea), Scandinavian-Pacific Conference (Sweden), International Seminar (Erfurt, Germany), ICTED (Philippine), International Society of Teacher Education, Singapore Educational Research Association, Japanese Society for the Studies on Teacher Education, and Chinese Educational Research Association (Taiwan).

Prof. Cheng’s research has won him a number of international awards and recognition including the Awards for Excellence from the Literati Network in UK from 1995 to 2008. In 2008, he was awarded as the Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association in recognition of his excellent contribution to educational research in the Region. He has served as panel member, external examiner or reviewer for local and international universities and research institutions. He has been invited to provide consultancy services to national and international projects in Brunei Darussalam, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Korea, Mainland China, Netherlands, Macao, and Thailand.

Prof. Cheng has very fruitful experiences in organizing and conducting leadership development programs, seminars and workshops for local and international principals and education leaders particularly to implement educational reforms in the past decades. He has been very interested in watercolor painting since the end of 1960s and had five invited personal exhibitions in 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2014. He was invited by the Hong Kong Museum of Art to conduct art seminars.