Preliminary Program

SIFCUL 2014 Program Agenda

November 16-18, 2014

Working Languages: Mandarin, English

Sunday, November 16
Wuzhou Guest House
5:00-6:00pm SIFCUL Business Meeting
2nd Fl. Bldg. A, Yangtse River Room

led by
Ming Li
Chair, SIFCUL2014 Organizing Committee & Secretary of CPC Committee, Acting President, South University of Science and Technology of China

6:10pm Welcome Banquet hosted by SIFCUL Organizing Committee
2nd Fl. Bldg. A, Yellow River Hall
Monday, November 17
Huaxia Hall, 2nd Fl. Bldg.B, WGH
8:15-8:20am Moderator
Ming Li
Chair, SIFCUL2014 Organizing Committee & Secretary of CPC Committee, Acting President, South University of Science and Technology of China
8:20-8:23am Announcement of the SIFCUL Declaration
Qingquan Li
President, Shenzhen University
8:23-8:28am Remarks
Zapryan Kozludzhov
Chancellor, Plovdiv University & Representative of SIFCUL Member Institutions
8:28-8:36am Qin Xu
Mayor, the People’s Government of Shenzhen
8:36-8:44am Official
Ministry of Education
8:44-8:55am Signing Ceremony and Group Photo
8:55-9:05am Coffee Break
Innovation and Transformation: The Future of Higher Education
in the Network Society
9:05-10:25amSession I
9:05-9:45am Moderator
Yangsheng Xu
President, Chinese Hong Kong University (Shenzhen)

Invited Speakers
Giuseppe N. Colasurdo
President, the University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston
Wei Zhao
Rector, the University of Macau
10:25-10:45am Coffee Break
10:45am-12:05pmSession II
10:45am-11:25am Moderator
Yangsheng Xu
President, Chinese Hong Kong University (Shenzhen)

Invited Speakers
Jun Li
Vice President, Shenzhen University
Curtis J. Bonk(video)
Professor, Indiana University & Author of The World Is Open
in collaboration with
Jianli Jiao
Professor, South China Normal University & Chinese Translator of The World Is Open
12:05-1:30pm Buffet Lunch
Redbud Court Cafeteria, 1st Fl, Bldg.A
1:30-2:50pm Session III
1:30-2:10pm Moderator
Paul David Feigin
Vice President for Strategic Projects, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Invited Speakers
Wenhua Xi
Director-General of International Solar Energy Center (ISEC), United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Ming Li
Secretary of CPC Committee, Acting President, South University of Science and Technology of China
2:50-3:10pm Coffee Break
3:10-4:00pm Session IV
Yifan Chen
Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, South University of Science and Technology of China
Feng Xing
President, Shenzhen Institute of Information Technology
Eva TSANG Yuen Mei
Deputy Director ( Learning and Teaching), the Educational and Publishing Unit, the Open University of Hong Kong
Rainer Fink
Professor of Physical Chemistry, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
4:00-5:20pm Session V
Barbara Fennell
Dean of Chinese Affairs, University of Aberdeen King’s College
Yurong Guo
Director-General of Shenzhen Education Bureau
Barbara Fennell
Dean of Chinese Affairs, University of Aberdeen King’s College
Paul David Feigin
Vice President for Strategic Projects, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Guangzhi Xia
Associate Dean, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University
Pawel Kowalski
Director of International Affairs Department, University of Humanities and Social Sciences (Poland)
5:20-5:30pm Closing Remarks
Ming Li

Chair, SIFCUL2014 Organizing Committee & Secretary of CPC Committee, Acting President South University of Science and Technology of China
6:00pm Dinner hosted by Shenzhen Municipal Government
2nd Fl. Bldg. A, Pearl River Hall
Tuesday, November 18
8:30-11:50am Visit Tencent, Inc., China International Hi-Tech Fair and the SIFCUL Exhibition
Departure at Bldg. B Entrance, WGH
12:00-1:30pm Buffet Lunch
Redbud Court Cafeteria, 1st Fl, Bldg.A, WGH
1:30-5:30pm Visit HUAWEI, South University of Science and Technology of China and meet with SUSTC faculty members
Departure at Bldg. B Entrance, WGH
5:30-7:00pm Dinner
SUSTC Dining Hall

Giuseppe N. Colasurdo

President, University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston

An internationally known researcher and pediatrician, Professor Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D., was appointed president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the Alkek-Williams Distinguished Chair Oct. 22, 2012.

Born in Morrone Del Sannio, Italy, Dr. Colasurdo completed his undergraduate education at The Liceo Scientifico “Galileo Galilei” in Pescara, Italy. He earned his medical degree summa cum laude from G. D'Annunzio School of Medicine in Chieti, Italy. Determined to achieve the best medical training in the world, Dr. Colasurdo decided to come to the United States in 1988. He completed his residency at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and his fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Science Center and the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver.

Dr. Colasurdo joined the Medical School's faculty in 1995 as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. He became the division head in 1997 and started directing the fellowship training program in pediatric pulmonary medicine in 2001. He was named chair of the Department of Pediatrics in 2005.

His numerous awards include the Dean's Excellence Awards, the David W. Smith Trainee Award from the Western Society for Pediatric Research, and the Basic Scientist Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. In 2008, he received Houston's Executive Communicator of the Year Award from the International Association of Business Communicators; the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Pediatrics at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB); was elected to faculty membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society-Houston Delta Chapter; received the Facolta di Medicina e Chirurgia Award from the G. D'Annunzio School of Medicine in Chieti, Italy; and received the Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, presented by the Consul General of Italy.

In addition to publishing more than 120 manuscripts, abstracts, book chapters, and review articles, Dr. Colasurdo holds editorial reviewer positions on several scientific journals, including The American Journal of Physiology, The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, and Pediatric Pulmonology.

Wei Zhao

Rector, University of Macau

Professor Wei Zhao completed his undergraduate studies at Shaanxi Normal University, China, in 1977, and then received his MSc and PhD degrees in Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA in 1983 and 1986, respectively. Before joining the University of Macau, Professor Zhao served as the Director of the Division of Computer and Network Systems at the US National Science Foundation, the Dean of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Senior Associate Vice President of Research at Texas A&M University.

An IEEE fellow, Professor Zhao is internationally acclaimed for his research in the areas of Internet of Things, distributed computing, and cyber-physical systems. His research team has won numerous awards from international research community. He was the Associate Editor for the "China Science Bulletin" and has served on editorial boards of technical journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Computers and the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. He is the chair for the IEEE Technical Committee of Real-Time Systems. He has chaired more than ten international conferences including the IEEE Real-Time Technology and Applications Symposia, the IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposia, and the IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems. In 2011, he was appointed by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology as the Chief Scientist of the Internet of Things -a national 973 project.

In 2008, Professor Zhao was appointed as the 8th Rector for the University of Macau and he was also named the first Chair Professor of the University of Macau. In recognition of his outstanding achievements in scientific research and contributions to higher education, he has been conferred honorary doctorate degrees by twelve world- renowned universities. In 2012, he was elected to be an Academician of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences. In 2014, the University of Macau (UM) has been ranked among the world’s top 300 universities according to the annual Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2014-2015.

Jun Li

Vice President of Shenzhen University

Female, B.L., M.L. at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, PhD in Law at Peking University. She did her post-doctoral research at Chinese National Academy of Social Sciences. Currently, She is a law professor, Vice President of Shenzhen University, and leads the university's Hong Kong and Macau Basic Law Research Center. Previously, she was the deputy director of the Law Office of the municipal government. Professor Li Jun has devoted many of her career years to the administrative law research and practice and she has been the leading professor for many national or ministerial research projects. Her publications include two books and over 40 research papers published in the journals such as Chinese Law and Administrative Law. She was awared many social sciences prizes of provincial and the municipal levels.

Curtis J. Bonk

Professor, Indiana University

After five uninspiring years as a corporate controller and CPA, Curt Bonk received his master’s and PhD degrees in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin. He is now Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University (IU) and adjunct in the School of Informatics. Curt is also a founding member of the Center for Research on Learning and Technology (CRLT) at IU which opened in the late 1990s. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology.

Curt has received the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association, the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association, and the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana. In 2003, Curt founded SurveyShare, which he sold in 2010. More recently, he was selected as one of 24 presenters for a special NSF Cyberlearning Research Summit on “Transforming Education” held at National Geographic in Washington, DC. In early 2012, 2013, and 2014, Bonk was listed by Education Next and Education Week among the top contributors to the public debate about education from more than 20,000 university-based academics. In 2014, he also was named the recipient of the Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education.

A well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning, Curt has given nearly 1,400 talks around the globe related to online teaching and learning. In addition, he has over 300 publications on topics such as online and blended learning, massive open online courses (MOOCs), massive multiplayer online gaming, wikibooks, blogging, open source software, collaborative technologies, and synchronous and asynchronous computer conferencing. Curt taught a MOOC on online teaching in the spring of 2012 to nearly 4,000 people that was hosted by Blackboard in CourseSites. Curt Bonk is author of the Handbook of Blended Learning: Global Perspectives, Local Designs (2006) as well as Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing (2008), and The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education (2009). His latest book, Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online (2014), is freely available to download as an eBook at All of his recent keynote talks and myriad Web resources are posted at and (see

Jianli Jiao

Professor, Interim Dean of the School of Information Technology in Education at South China Normal University

Dr. Jianli Jiao is a professor of educational technology and a well-known active blogger in the field of Information and Communication Technologies in Education in China. He is the Interim Dean of the School of Information Technology in Education at South China Normal University (SCNU), where he teaches courses on Foundation of Educational Technology, Social Networking in Education, Learning Sciences and Technologies, and Technology-Enhanced Teachers' Professional Development.

Dr. Jiao is also a well-known blogger in the field of education and technology in China. In the past 10 years, he updated his weblog ( regularly, there are more than 1700 posts by now, and Dr. Jiao and his weblog earned lots of followers and fans. He is the co-founder and the vice president of the Guangdong Associate for E-Education (GDAEE).

Dr. Jiao received his Ph.D. from SCNU in 2005 in Educational Technology with a concentration on theory perspectives of educational technology. His research interests include e-Learning, online courses, technology-enhanced teachers' professional development, social media and networking in education, instructional design in traditional, blended, and online learning environments, as well as one-to-one teaching and learning with mobile devices.

Dr. Jiao has published a couple of books and more than 80 journal and conference proceeding papers. He is an active speaker and presenter in local, national as well as international forums, conferences, symposiums, seminars in the field of educational technology, new media and social networking in education, mobile learning etc., Such as International Conference on Information and Communication Technology in Education (ICICTE) at Corfu, Greece, Arab Education Summit at Jordan, Global Chinese Conference on Computer in Education (GCCCE) etc.. He has been invited to visit to UK, Sweden, Italy, Greece, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, as well as Hong Kong, Macau etc., to give presentations and cooperate and collaborate in research in the past few years.

Wenhua Xi

General Director, UNIDO International Solar Energy Center (ISEC)

XI Wenhua, Professor, is currently Director-General of UNIDO International Solar Energy Center (ISEC), Director-General of Gansu Natural Energy Research Institute (GNERI), Director-General of Asia-Pacific Research and Training Center for Solar Energy, Chairman of Solar and Wind Energy Association of Gansu Province, Chairman of China Strategic Alliance of Green Energy & Industry Technology Innovation, Vice Chairman of China Renewable Energy Society, Vice Chairman of China Energy and Environment Technology Association, Senior Technical Adviser, International Scientific Centre for Britain, UN Expert on Renewable Energy & International Coordinator, Professor or chief advisor of universities and provinces, National Best Science and Technology Worker, etc.

Since 1978, Prof. XI Wenhua dedicated at the research of new and renewable energy, especially in the field of energy economy, energy education, low-carbon economy and global climate change as well as energy development strategy and international cooperation and communication etc. He is one of the founder on setting up first professional research institute on solar energy and also set up the unique “UNIDO INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ENERGY CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY PROMOTION AND TRANSFER”. He has abundant of experiences and suggestions on development and application of renewable energy in China and in Africa. He presided over more than 40 international cooperation projects as well as Programme 863 and Programme 973. He has been awarded 17 national and provincial prizes. He owns 6 patents, over 110 papers and 13 monographs and has been invited to deliver over 160 speeches and presentations to more than 130 countries or regions, which speed up the application, training and technology transfer of solar energy in African countries. He received the honor of “Silver Award for China Foreign Aid Dedication. In the 3rd Vienna Energy Forum held on May 28-30, 2013, Prof. XI Wenhua was awarded Outstanding Contribution Prize by UNIDO for his persistent efforts in setting up the technology transfer and exchange, -global sustainable development, addressing climate change, eliminating poverty. It is also unique individual prize issued by United Nations in the field of solar energy up to now. For 30 years, Prof. XI Wenhua, with his heart and soul, devoted on the solar career on chasing the sunlight to warm the world and win the honorary title of Energy Giant.

Ming Li

Secretary of CPC Committee, Acting President, South University of Science and Technology of China

Li Ming is currently Secretary of CPC Committee and Acting President of the South University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTC). He has the qualification of associate professor and a doctoral degree in management from the School of Management, Xi’an Jiaotong University. From July 1982 to May 1992, Li Ming was a lecturer and then an associate professor (December 1988) in the Program of Political Economics, Department of Social Sciences in Xi’an Jiaotong University, with research interest in policy studies of macro-economics.

In May 1992, he moved to Shenzhen. For the two decades after that, he worked in many important government positions, which include Division Chief of the Policy Research Office of the Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPC, Director of Luohu District Economic Development Board of Shenzhen, Deputy District Head of the Shenzhen Luohu District People's Government, Director of Longgang District People’s Congress Standing Committee, Vice Mayor of the Shenzhen People's Government, Director of the Shenzhen Public Security Bureau, Deputy Secretary of Shenzhen Politics and Law Committee, and member of the Shenzhen CPC Standing Committee. Through his long and distinguished career in government and on many different positions, Dr. Li has gained rich experiences in economic policy-making and public administration, acquired in-depth knowledge about the society and economy of Shenzhen, and developed a keen understanding about the critical role that higher education can play for his second hometown Shenzhen.

In January 2014, Ming Li was appointed the Secretary of CPC Committee of SUSTC, and in September, the acting president during SUSTC’s presidential search. Excited to return to his beloved field of higher education, Dr. Li is committed to the mission and goals of SUSTC and dedicated to leading SUSTC to become a globally recognized excellent research university.

Yurong Guo

Director-General of Shenzhen Education Bureau

Yurong Guo, the Han Nationality, was born in Chaozhou, Guangdong Province in November 1963. Comrade Guo holds a master degree and is a member of the Communist Party of China (CPC). She started work in July 1988, and now she is the Secretary of the Education Working Committee under CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee, Director-General of Shenzhen Education Bureau, and Secretary of the Leading Party Members' Group.

  • Sept.1981—Jul.1985 Bachelor, Department of Geography, Sun Yat-Sen University
  • Sept.1985—Jul.1988 Master, Department of Geography, Sun Yat-Sen University
  • Jul.1988—Dec.1990 Staff Member of Planning Department, Environmental Protection Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality
  • Dec.1990—Jun.1994 Deputy Director-General and then Director-General of Comprehensive Technical Office, Environmental Protection Monitoring Station of Shenzhen Municipality
  • Jun.1994—Jan.2001 Principal Staff Member, Deputy Director-General and Director-General of Project Approval Division, Environmental Protection Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality (period: Aug., 1994 – Dec 1994: selected to attend the " Training course in Canada for the open cities of China" jointly organized by the Special Economic Zones Office of the State Council and the Development Agency of Canadian Government; 1996.08 -- 1997.08, selected by the Organization Department of CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee to attend the first overseas training course for cross-century cadres and studied in Australia and the United States)
  • Jan.2001—Aug. 2005 Deputy Director-General of Shenzhen Longgang District People's Government, Member of the Leading Party Members' Group
  • Aug.2005—Aug.2009 Director-General of Environmental Protection Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality, Secretary of the Leading Party Members' Group
  • Aug.2009—Nov.2010 Deputy Secretary of the Education Working Committee under CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee, Director-General of Shenzhen Education Bureau
  • Nov.2010—now Secretary of the Education Working Committee under CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee, Director-General of Shenzhen Education Bureau, Secretary of the Leading Party Members' Group, and Member of the CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee