Over 60 faculty members, researchers, administrators and students from APRU universities and invited institutions across the Asia Pacific came together at the 3rd APRU University Museums Research Symposium, hosted by The University of Hong Kong (HKU).
Participants and speakers were warmly welcomed by HKU President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Mathieson, Deputy Director (APRU International Secretariat) Christina Schönleber and Dr Florian Knothe, Director, HKU University Museum & Art Gallery. The theme of this year’s Symposium was centered on museum teaching beyond traditional faculty courses and classroom settings.
The programme featured two keynote speeches by Dr Heather Gaunt, The University of Melbourne and Peng-Fan Chen, National Taiwan University (NTU). Topics presented were on the use of art to foster ethics development in health professional students and on NTU’s History Gallery’s changing role in becoming a facilitator of pedagogical evolution of museology.
(L-R) Peter Mathieson, Florian Knothe, Christina, Peng-Fan Chen, Heather Gaunt
Over the two-day event, participants attended presentations and engaged in lively discussions on areas such as challenges faced by university museums, object based learning, the benefits from intersecting teaching and museum collections, evolving curatorial practices of university museums, and educational and scientific museum as base of a practical training of students.
Visit at the Stephen Hui Geological Museum, coffee and lunch networking
Delegates used coffee and lunch breaks for networking and discussions on how to take forward the development of the APRU University Museums network. Participants and speakers were all invited to a Chinese welcome dinner in the Sai Ying Pun district at the end of day one. This provided an excellent platform to make new connections, continue conversations and facilitate building a stronger network.
The opening ceremony of the new HKU Library Foyer and Exhibition Space, hosted by Peter Sidorko, marked the conclusion of a very successful event.
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