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UCL Connect Canada: Alumni Networking (Online)

27 October 2021, 7:30 pm–8:30 pm

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Connect with members of UCL’s community in Canada and hear lessons from UCL Institute of Education alumna Professor Ruth Hayhoe’s fascinating international career.

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Join the UCL Toronto Alumni Group for this excellent opportunity to get to know UCL alumni and students from across Canada in a social speed networking session.

This event will open with an informal talk by Prof Ruth Hayhoe, UCL Institute of Education Honorary Fellow and a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.

After growing up in Toronto, Ruth started her career as a teacher in Hong Kong, completed a PhD at UCL including two years’ teaching in Shanghai just after the end of the Cultural Revolution, and was then recruited to various roles in Toronto, Beijing, and HK.

Ruth told us, “I think my love of the Chinese language and culture was the thread that held everything together over the years, also an openness to opportunities that I had never imagined.” Join us to hear more lessons that Ruth learned along the way.

Any current UCL students from or in Canada are also welcome!

4.30pm-5.30pm PT | 7.30pm-8.30pm ET


About the Speaker

Professor Ruth Hayhoe

UCL Institute of Education Honorary Fellow, PhD Comparative Education 1984, MA Comparative Education 1979

Ruth Hayhoe
 Ruth Hayhoe is a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.  Her professional engagements in Asia have spanned 52 years, including Secondary School teacher at Heep Yunn School in Hong Kong (1967-1978), Foreign Expert at Fudan University, 1980-82, First Secretary for Education, Science and Culture at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, 1989-1991, Visiting Professor at Nagoya University on a Japan Foundation fellowship in 1996, and Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Education, now the Education University of Hong Kong, 1997-2002, where she holds the title of President Emerita.

Ruth has authored or edited more than a dozen books and published about 80 articles in refereed journals. She has received Honorary Doctorates from the Open University of Hong Kong and Victoria University in Toronto. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the UCL Institute of Education and the Comparative and International Education Society. Other honors include the Silver Bauhinia Star of the Hong Kong SAR Government, Commandeur dans l’ordre des Palmes  Académiques of the Government of France, the Mingyuan Prize for an Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Education Research, and most recently in 2020 she was awarded the “David Wilson Award for Distinguished Service” by the Comparative International Education Society of Canada.

Ruth has an active doctoral thesis group, whose members have done sustained field research on higher education issues in all the following jurisdictions: China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, France, Belgium, Estonia, Norway, Greenland, Tanzania, South Africa, Venezuela, Iraq and the U.A.E., as well as Canada and the USA.