Dr. Vijay Arora
Professor Vijay K. Arora, Engineering and Physics, was a keynote speaker at the 5th International Conference on Postgraduate Education (ICPE-5 2012), December 18-19, 2012, held in Skudai, Malaysia, across the border from Singapore. The conference theme was “Current and Future Trends in Postgraduate Education.” The title of his keynote was, “How to stay alert and active in the publication game? Tips for planning postgraduate studies.” Starting from the benefits of staying active in research, Professor Arora expanded research to scholarship that starts at the undergraduate level and propagates to postgraduate level through propagation/promulgation, engagement, discovery, and synthesis (PEDS). Scholarship in each of PEDS category requires problem solving and project-based learning (PBL) in advancement of life journey through search and re-search. The education for the scholars should be relevant to 30-40 years of working carriers as professions embrace change, be attractive for a healthy mind-body connection for internalization as well as for staying healthy during the life journey, and it should be connected to the problems and opportunities of the community at large with a strong service component. Ned Herman theory of the Creative Brain was invoked to activate right side of the brain for entrepreneurship, innovation, and global outlook as one progresses to higher level of training, education, and responsibility. The conference was the initiative of Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), equivalent to the U. S. Department of Education, with a goal of producing postgraduates who will be world leaders for years to come. Brain circulation was often cited as opposed to brain-drain/gain as people of the planet earth exchange information and resources in search for creativity and innovation and in strategic planning for the university, state, and the world. The trend is to move away from rigid British pattern of education that originated in the colonial times to flexible open-ended American system with strong foundation in the liberal arts. In September, universities in the Chinese territory switched from three-year, English-style degree programs to four-year, US-style degree programs. Hong Kong (which was handed over to China by Britain) entered the 21st century with its government concluding that the education system it inherited from the British was too rigid, narrow, and elitist to produce an elite workforce. After concentrating on one subject for three years, students graduated from university with a bachelor’s degree but without being taught the knowledge and skills they might need to navigate the complexities of a modern, globalized society (Physics Today, December 2012, vol. 65(12), p. 23 (2012)). In enacting the reforms, the Hong Kong government’s principal goal was to improve education, but another goal was to make the territory into the pre-eminent higher-education hub in the South China region. Hong Kong is already attractive to international students. Half of humanity lives within a five-hour plane trip. English is the language of instruction and Hong Kong itself, offers a vibrant, accessible mix of Chinese and Western cultures.
Debra Hockenberry has had a chapter entitled, "Alchemy -- the Entrepreneurial Antenarrative" accepted in the book, "Quantum Ontological Storytelling for Organizations," Published by Cambridge University Press. The book will be available in June.
She also has had a chapter entitled, "Using SEAM (Socio-Economic Approach to Management) to engage an Ontological Theory of Strategic Futuring within Entrepreneurial Outliars" in a book "Bringing SEAM to the U.S.", published by St. Thomas University Press which will be available in May.
Debra Hockenberry has been accepted as a finalist for 2012-13 Innovative Entrepreneurship Education Competition at the USASBE Conference in San Francisco, CA.