2014 Higher Education Symposium

In 2014, 155 delegates from 20 countries gathered on the University of Hong Kong campus this past October to discuss pertinent issues in providing pathways for IB students into tertiary studies.

At the two day event IB World Schools joined higher education institutions to take part in a series of robust sessions designed to engage and enlighten as well as provide opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking.

The event kicked off with an inspiring speech by Prof. Kai-Ming Cheng on the meaning of education in today’s evolving society. The keynote was followed by a panel on IB assessment and research. These sessions gave attendees material to consider and discuss at the evening’s reception and sessions the next day.

On day 2 attendees heard from a wide range of panellists including universities from both the ‘West’ and Asia-Pacific region, experienced counsellors from the region, IB staff, and one of the world’s foremost experts on higher education in China, Prof. Ka-Ho Mok.

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List of speakers

The full list of speakers and panelists is as follows:

  • Andrew Arida, Associate Registrar, Undergraduate Admissions, The University of British Columbia
  • Brad Shrimpton, Research Manager, the IB
  • Cheng Kai-Ming, Chair Professor of Education, University of Hong Kong
  • JimBock, Vice President and Dean of Admissions, Swarthmore College
  • John Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Tertiary Admissions Center
  • John Spinks, Senior Advisor to the President, The University of Hong Kong
  • Ka Ho Mok, Chair Professor of Comparative Policy, Vice President (Research and Development) and Director of the Centre for Greater China Studies, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • Kalpana Balan-Seitz, Universities Guidance Counsellor, Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong
  • Matt Glanville, Head of Assessment Principles and Practices, the IB
  • Michael Hayes, Director of University Counseling, Changchun American International School
  • Moosung Lee, Centenary Professor, Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics, University of Canberra
  • Paul Teulon, Director of Admissions, King’s College London
  • R Rajaram, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid, National University of Singapore
  • Stephen Andrews, Dean of Education, The University of Hong Kong
  • Tannaz Daver, Head of University Counseling, SJI International School
  • Zareen Chiba, IB alumnus, LPC UWC, and student, The University of Hong Kong student.

Other agenda items included:

  • issues, challenges and best practices in recognizing IB students
  • the shifting landscape of higher education
  • IB assessment and programme impact research 
  • IB services and support to schools and universities
  • school and university fair and networking sessions.