Global Executive EdD program holds back-to-back sessions in Hong Kong

Two cohorts meet for immersive sessions with USC Rossier faculty and visit local education sites

USC Rossier is committed to improving learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally. This week, as the USC Global Conference 2015 is underway in Shanghai, China, we are focusing on what it means to study education with a global lens.

Students from the Global Executive EdD program recently gathered in Hong Kong to meet with practitioners, visit local universities and education companies and take courses taught by USC Rossier and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology professors. Students meet nine times throughout the two-year program, alternating between Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Doha for one to two-week intensive sessions; the rest of their time is spent taking online courses in their countries of origin, allowing them to maintain employment while they complete the degree.

Students from cohort 3 of the Global Executive EdD program visited Hong Kong's Won Tai Sin Temple.

Students from cohort 3 of the Global Executive EdD program visited Hong Kong’s Won Tai Sin Temple.

Students from cohort 3—who started the program in July 2014—arrived in Hong Kong on September 27 prepared for a week of courses at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology campus with Professors Shafiqa Ahmadi and Tracy Poon Tambascia. During their stay, the students had the opportunity to meet with Michael Shreve, associate vice president of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), visit the education technology company 2U and attend a presentation on educational policy priorities at the Hong Kong Education Bureau.

As cohort 3 departed, students from cohort 4—who started the program in July 2015—arrived for their week with Professors Tambascia, Ruth Chung, and Larry Picus.

Said Picus: “Dr. Tambascia and I coordinated our courses to help the students gain a broad internal perspective on funding schools from kindergarten through the university level.”

To supplement their courses, students visited Hong Kong Community College, Hong Kong Baptist University and Island School Hong Kong. They also sat in on a presentation from Susan Madon, director of USC’s Hong Kong Office, on the education system in Hong Kong.

“The Hong Kong Community College and Hong Kong Baptist University visits were incredibly enlightening on school finance, governance and organization,” says EdD student Christopher Bankston. “We were taught how to better understand and do best practice research and data analysis.”

Students returned home at the end of each whirlwind week with a new set of experiences and ideas to incorporate into both their classes and professional practices. Their sights are already set on their next cohort meeting in Los Angeles in January 2016.