Staff profile

Li Ka Shing School of Professional and Continuing Education (LiPACE) People People (Key Staff) Staff profile
Dr Benjamin CHAN Tak-yuen 曾德源博士
BS Santo Tomás, MPhil HKPolyU, EdD Durham, PGDip(PH) Staffordshire
Li Ka Shing School of Professional and Continuing Education


Dr. Benjamin TY CHAN is Dean of the Li Ka Shing Shool of Professional and Continuing Education.

Dr. CHAN obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas (Manila), Master of Philosophy from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Doctor of Education from Durham University in the United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of various professional bodies including the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Society for Public Health and the College of Teachers, UK.

Dr. CHAN held the office of Deputy Director (LiPACE) in 2010 after serving various academic positions in HKU SPACE. He left OUHK in 2012 and subsequently worked in Lingnan University (Head of Research Office), Vocational Training Council (Assistant Deputy Director of Academic Services, Founding Director of Research Support Unit, Academic Director of Applied Science Discipline) and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts  (Assistant Deputy Director (Undergraduate Studies). Dr. CHAN is a seasoned academic administrator with 30 years of extensive experience in all sectors of postsecondary education in Hong Kong ranging from continuing education, higher education, vocational education to performing arts  education.

Dr. Chan is an ardent advocate of extra- and co-curricular learning in the postsecondary curriculum to enrich the student learning experience.  In addition, he also considers it necessary for postsecondary education to take up the role of developing graduate career readiness as well as promoting socio-emotional learning.  He also encourages reflection and writing about teaching practice to contribute actively to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).  He writes about various topics in higher education teaching and learning in the Times Higher Education Campus (THE Campus) and cultural dimensions of Chinese learning in the Weiterbildung (Further Education).  He also writes in the EvoLLLution and MedHealth Outlook about impacts of educational technology. His opinion pieces can be found in major regional media such as China Daily (HK), Jakarta Post, Taipei Times and East Asia Forum (Australia).     

His research interests are in adult education, international education, vocational education and training and public health education.  He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Training Research (Taylor and Francis) and an editorial board member of the Australian Journal of Adult Learning (SSCI indexed).  His publications can be viewed here:


Teaching Areas & Research Interests

  • Adult and continuing education
  • Lifelong learning
  • Higher education policy and management
  • Technical vocational education and training
  • Curriculum internationalisation
  • Global health
  • Pharmaceutical policy

Academic & Professional Experience

•  Dean of LiPACE, OUHK (2020 - present)

•  Director of LiPACE, OUHK (2018 - 2019)

•  Assistant Deputy Director (Undergraduate Studies), HKAPA (2016-2018)

•  Assistant Executive Director, VTC (2014-2016)

•  Head of Office of Research Support, Lingnan University (2012-2014)

•  Deputy Director of LiPACE, OUHK (2010-2012)

•  Senior Programme Director I and Assistant Professor, HKU SPACE (1993-2010)

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Driving the career readiness agenda in Hong Kong higher education. Frontiers in Education. DOI: 10.3389/feduc.2023.1325592 (SCOPUS indexed)
  • Chinese culture and adult learning: between tradition and experiment. Weiterbildung. 2023, 5: S42-45.
  • Research priorities to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in low- and middle- income countries. 2022. Journal of Global Health. DOI: 10.7189/jogh.12.09003 (SCI indexed)
  • Interrogating values of adult education practice in Hong Kong. 2021. RUDN Journal of Philosophy. 25(4): 613-625. DOI: 10.22363/2313-2302-2021-25-4-613-625 (SCOPUS indexed)
  • Educating for Chinese politeness, a lifelong learning pursuit. Weiterbildung. 2021, 4: S38-41.
  • Chinese concepts of learning, a break from tradition? Weiterbildung. 2020, 4:S36-39.
  • Addressing conflicting views on wearing of facemask by the public to combat COVID-19: experiences from the East Asia region. Journal of Global Health Reports. 2020; 4:e2020049. (SCOPUS indexed)
  • Postgraduate Transnational Education in Nonbusiness Subjects: Can It Fit Conceptualizations of Curriculum Internationalization? (2011). Journal of Studies in International Education, v15 n3 p279-298. (SSCI indexed)
  • The Changing Roles of Adult and Continuing Education Practitioners in Hong Kong: Analysis from a Historical Perspective (2010). Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, v16 n1 p4-20. (ESCI indexed)
  • Conceptualising Adult and Continuing Education Practice: Towards a Framework for Research (2009). Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v49 n1 p9-33. (SSCI indexed)
  • Pharmaceutical policy in Hong Kong: defining an evolving area of study. Presented in the First Conference in Pharmaceutical Policy, Zeist, Netherlands, September 19-21, 2007.

Selected Professional & Community Services

  • Member (Co-opted) of the Executive Committee, Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education (FSTE) (2019 to 2025)
  • Member, Cantonese Opera Development Fund Advisory Committee (2023 to 2025)
  • Member, Council of the HK Academy for Performing Arts (2018)
  • Member, Joint Committee on Student Finance (2014-2016)
  • Honorary Lecturer in Paramedic Science, Victoria University (Australia) (2002-2003)
  • Special Lecturer, School of Education, University of Nottingham (2007-2010)
  • Editorial Board Member, Australian Journal of Adult Learning (SSCI indexed)
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Training Research (ESCI indexed)
  • Honorary Associate Professor in Education, HKU SPACE (2012 to present)
  • External Examiner, BEd (Hons) Professional and Vocational Education, Education University of Hong Kong (2021 to present)

Further Information

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Modified Date: 02 Dec, 2023
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