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KWKen Wong, Head of Learning and Participation PA, WKCDA 

 

 

Biography

Ken Wong is Head of Learning and Participation at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA), responsible for formulating and leading the vision, strategy and delivery model for learning and public engagement programmes across the performing arts, and contribute to one of the largest cultural projects in the world from an advocacy perspective.  

Ken has had his vision set on practising education with a ‘glocal’ synthesis and nudging internationalisation in higher education. At HKU SPACE, he had responsibility for leading, promoting and implementing a global network of collaborations with academic and business organisations, as well as managing the strategic, academic, financial and branding aspects of the International College. Translating his entrepreneurial skills nurtured from his family’s business to a non-government-subvented educational context, Ken grew the College from 300 full-time undergraduate students to a community of about 2,000 undergraduate, postgraduate and executive students enrolled to a range of niche programmes. 

During his tenure with HKU SPACE between 2000 and 2017, Ken had developed several key initiatives in partnership, learning and community engagement. Ken led the University of Western Australia joint BA programmes, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama executive education and more recently, two joint master’s programmes in collaboration with the University of the Arts London (UAL). The HKU SPACE-UAL (Central Saint Martins) programme in Arts and Cultural Enterprise is the first and the only overseas PG presence outside the UK in Central Saint Martins' 160 years of history.  

Graduating with a first class in English and starting his advertising career in Leo Burnett Worldwide, Ken moved onto graduate studies in media and cultural economy in the UK in the late 1990s. He has published papers, articles, journal reviews and book chapters on gender studies, cultural politics, arts/media consumption and lately, transnational education, creative industries and Hong Kong's positioning. His publications appear in Who’s Who in Contemporary World Theatre (London and New York: Routledge 2000, 2003), The Encyclopedia of GLBT Contemporary International Cultures (Oxford: Routledge, 2006) and International Dimensions of Mass Media Research (Athens: ATINER, 2007). Since 2004, Ken has given guest lectures and talks to a wide range of audiences in universities, institutes, think tanks and professional associations in HK, China, S. E. Asia, Australia and the UK. Recently, he hopes to elicit the collective brain power of young leaders, through a co-founding organisation, to propel Hong Kong onward to its full potential.

Positions

Head of Learning and Participation (PA), West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (March 2017- ); Head of HKU SPACE International College (December 2015-March 2017); Head of Centre for Degree Programmes (2013-2015); Deputy Head (2011-2013); Head of Arts, Media and Culture (2011-2013; 2015-); Associate Head (2008); Principal Lecturer (2007-); Senior Programme Director (2007); Visiting Lecturer (September 2004, UniSA); Programme Director (2004); Senior Lecturer (2003); Lecturer (2000); Visiting Lecturer (1999-2002; General Education Centre, HK PolyU)

Academic Interests

  • Arts and creative industries
  • Cultural politics and policy
  • Global cities (narrative, positioning and connectedness)
  • Media and gender consumption
  • Transnational education (its strategies, operation and sustainability)

Teaching

  • Contemporary Media Studies [AD]
  • Corporate Art Collecting [Executive]
  • Gender and Media [AD]
  • Global & Local Culture [AD/HD]
  • Globalization [PG]
  • Hong Kong & Chinese Societies in Transition [AD]    
  • Humanities Core Skills [UG] 
  • Introduction to Media and Communications [AD/HD]      
  • Making of the Modern World [UG]
  • Media and Cultural Studies: Single Weight Proposition/Dissertation [UG]  
  • Media and Information Management [UG]
  • Media Practices [UG]         
  • Media, Society and Consumer Culture [AD/HD]   
  • Representation of Gender and Sexualities [UG]  
  • Traditional Chinese Culture [AD]

Expertise and Public Engagement

Since 2000, Ken has sat on various committees and over 40 validation and accreditation panels within HKU SPACE and externally for other institutions, as a panel chair, a subject specialist and a programme team member.

2017- : Fellow, IIM Hong Kong

2015- : Advisor, HKU SPACE Art Collecting Alumni Association

2014-2017: Council Member, HKU SPACE Stanley Ho Po Leung Kuk Community College

2014: Chair, Organizing Committee, Comparative Education Society Hong Kong Annual Conference

2013- : Director, NarrativeHK

2012- : Member, Oxford Education Society

2010-2011: Member, Television and Broadcasting Consultation Panel, Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority [now Hong Kong Communications Authority]

2009- : Editorial Consultant [Liberal Studies Textbook Project], Aristo Educational Press Limited, Hong Kong

2004-2005: Advisory Panel Member, 1st International Queer Asian Studies Conference, Mahidol University, Bangkok

2002-2006: Setter and Marker [HK Advanced Level Examination - Literature in English], Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority

2002-2004: Consultant Editor [Gender Studies Book Project], Routledge, London

Awards (Individual) by HKU SPACE

2016: Long Service Award

2006: Outstanding Teacher Award (Inaugural award)

2004; 2002: Outstanding Staff Performance Award

Selected Press Interviews (English)

A New Creative Hub for Hong Kong  Hong Kong Trade Development Council | Hong Kong Means Business (6 May 2016)

How to Collect  Art Basel Year 46: Official annual publication (23 March 2016)

Exercise in Aesthetics  THE PEAK Magazine (Issue March 2016)

Being Human  SCMP (8 January 2016)

Forward Movement  SCMP (12 October 2015)

Global Citizens  HOME JOURNAL (1 June 2015)

Brushing Up  Hong Kong Trade Development Council | Hong Kong Means Business (5 March 2015)

Art Collecting 101  HK Magazine (12 March 2015)

Art Collection 101  The List (Issue 233, 1 March 2015)

New Art Collecting Course Launches in Hong Kong  Private Art Investor (27 October 2014)

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