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Chinese Name : 鄧希恒

A sociologist, Dr Hayes Tang is interested in the fields of education policy, higher education, academic profession and youth studies. He is committed to create new knowledge in application for enhanced alignment between education and the world of work/ professions in East Asia's entrepreneurial societies, and for better education governance in the age of citizen activism. Currently he conducts academic researches on graduate entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial intentions and Hong Kong research-intensive universities, as well as youth engagement, higher education and global citizenship. He aspires to build lifelong partnership with students and professionals so as to enlighten his analysis on educational development and policy anew with fresh perspectives, along with greater social and professional relevance. The notions of democratisation in education, scholarship of application and academic entrepreneurialism inform his current research projects. Currently involving in two GRF projects (General Research Fund by Hong Kong Research Grants Council), he is now Assistant Professor of Department of Education Policy and Leadership at the Education University of Hong Kong. A hard problem in social science that Hayes has been engaging in is possible solution to educating a meaningful citizenship for Hong Kong young generations, in the era transformed by ever advancing digital technologies. 

On top of scholarly research, he considers education a commitment imperative to an academic life. Championing the spirit of liberal arts education, Hayes was presented at the start of his academic career the Outstanding Teacher Award by the School of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong in 2012. On issues about Hong Kong-Mainland China dynamics, he was interviewed by journalism including ARTE (Association relative à la télévision européenne) (Franco-German channel), The Straits Times and China Daily. Upon invitation, he delivered a Fulbright-Hays seminar entitled "Seeing China's Governance from Hong Kong Youth Perspective" for a delegation of American school teachers during their visit to The University of Hong Kong in August 2015. The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad are hosted by the National Committee on United States-China Relations, USA.

In service of knowledge exchange and transfer, Dr Hayes Tang welcomes media consultation, external membership, community/professional seminars and commissioned R&D projects. He can be contacted at hhhtang@eduhk.hk

Research interests

  • Sociology of Education (especially Education and Society in East Asia
  • Higher Education
  • Youth/Graduate Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century
  • Alignment between Higher Education and Work/Professions
  • Academic Entrepreneurialism, Scholarship of Application and Impact of Universities
  • Academic Profession and Its Connections with Teaching Profession/ Schools
  • Nationalism, Internationalism and Global Citizenship in Education
  • Youth Engagement and Hong Kong Post-90s Generation
  • Education Governance in the Age of Citizen Activism (including Hong Kong Higher Education Policies)
  • Democratisation and Education

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Research Outputs 2002 2019

  • 21 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 17 Paper
  • 13 Article
  • 10 Chapter
  • 3 Creative and Literary Works, Consulting Reports and Case Studies

World-class universities and female leadership in the academic profession: Case studies of East Asian higher education

TANG, H. H. H., 2019, Gender and the changing face of higher education in Asia Pacific. NEUBAUER, D. E. & KAUR, S. (eds.). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 41-56

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Hong Kong

Democratizing higher education through internationalization: The case of HKU SPACE

TANG, H. H. H. & TSUI, G. C. P., 2018, In : Asian Education and Development Studies. 7, 1, p. 26-41

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hong Kong
innovation policy

Globalization, policy borrowing and education governance: Taking stock of the higher education policies of China’s Hong Kong in the first two decades

DANG, B. Y. Y. & TANG, H. H. H., Dec 2018, Asia pacific education: Leadership, governance and administration. FERNANDES, V. & CHAN, P. W. K. (eds.). Charlotte: Information Age Publishing, Inc., p. 113-126

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Massification and the Creation of Community Colleges in Hong Kong

TANG, H. H. H., Apr 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper