Research & Impact
14 Oct 2021
Vice President presents at the 5th ASEAN + 3 Rectors Conference
Professor Joshua Mok, Vice President and Lam Man Tsan Chair Professor of Comparative Policy presented at the 5th ASEAN + 3 Rectors Conference on 14 October 2021. Representing the research team for an international collaborative project led by Coventry University in the UK examining the UK partnerships with ASEAN + 3 Universities, Professor Mok presented a paper entitled “Mapping UK-East Asia Research Collaboration Partnerships”. He highlighted major findings regarding research collaboration and partnership between universities in the UK, ASEAN, China, Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong SAR, etc. The findings show strong collaboration between UK institutions with universities in Asia, particularly revealing UK-EA top trilateral co-authorships. Research productivity is further enhanced when institutions working trilaterally across institutions in the UK, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and China. Research findings also show the research collaborations focus on hard sciences disciplines like Medicine, Physics and Astronomy, Engineering rather than studies in humanities and social sciences. Some useful implications being drawn from the research is to support more female researchers and early career researchers to get involved in these regional / international research partnerships. The project is funded by the British Council with research partners from the UK, China, Hong Kong and other Asian countries. The conference was well attended by Rectors or Senior Colleagues from ASEAN + 3 universities, around 100 participants joined the discussion, exploring future collaboration among universities in Asia.