2016 Asia-Pacific Conference on Business & Social Sciences 

December 14-16, 2016
Hong Kong

Keynote Speach

Topic "Hong Kong 334 Educational Reform"

The Hong Kong 3+3+4 (334) educational reform represents a major development in the form, sequence and substance of current educational research. The Hong Kong Special Administration Region (HKSAR) decided that fundamental educational policy changes were required to ensure accountability, quality and market competitiveness. Starting from the 2009/2010 academic year, the 2+2 British education model (i.e., the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination and the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination) was completely replaced by the New Senior Secondary Curriculum. The critical analysis in this study is based on a wide variety of government documents and on 22 semi-structured, in-depth face-to-face interviews with key stakeholders involved in Hong Kong 334 educational reforms between February and March 2016. The evolution of Hong Kong 334 educational reform has been critically reviewed. Academic and managerial implications of the study are also given.


Joseph Lau
Hong Kong Community College, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Joseph Lau graduated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and received a BSc (Hons) in International Shipping and Transport Logistics in 2007. He was placed on the Dean’s List because of his outstanding academic performance during his bachelor’s degree studies. He received his Master of Science in International Shipping and Transport Logistics from PolyU in 2009.

Prior to joining HKCC, Mr Lau was working in the transport and logistics industry. His experience covers freight forwarding, third party logistics provider and air cargo terminal. He earned different professional qualifications pertaining to The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the Institute of Seatransport, and Hong Kong Sea Transport and Logistics Association (HKSTLA). On the other hand, Mr Lau has solid work experience in the education sector. He was responsible for programme registration and quality assurance system.
Mr Lau started his research life as a research assistant at PolyU in 2008. Until now, he has published more than 70 research papers in international journals and professional magazines, and contributed book chapters and presented numerous papers in international conferences. He collaborates with scholars from more than 20 countries and regions spreading over five continents on research projects. Recently, he has been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Institute of Seatransport in recognition of his outstanding performance on research and the Best Paper Award in an international leading conference. In addition, he has participated in different consultancy projects with various (inter-)governmental organisations, academic institutions and industrial associations, e.g. Trade and Industry Department, China Communications & Transport Association (CCTA), The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the Institute of Seatransport, Hong Kong Sea Transport and Logistics Association (HKSTLA), and PolyU. In 2016, he has been appointed as Associate, University of Manitoba, Transport Institute, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His research interests are Transport History, Maritime Transport, Air Transport, Port Planning, Supply Chain Management, Green Transport, Maritime Law, Public Transport, Maritime Education and Human Geography.

Mr Lau has been active in community services and scholarly activities. For example, he is an executive committee member of the Institute of Seatransport (2010-2014), an organising committee member of Wofoo Social Enterprises, Chairman of the Young Members Committee of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong (CILTHK) (2008-2010), an editorial board member of Seaview, a reviewer of Maritime Policy & Management, Journal of Shipping and Ocean Engineering and leading international conferences. He is a Conference Chairman at University of Bristol (Hong Kong Chapter) in 2017.

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