CJ Koh Professorship: Seminar to NIE Staff entitled "A Bridge Too Far? Comparative Reflections on the Educational Values of Confucian and Christian Civilisation"

CJ Koh Professorship: Seminar to NIE Staff entitled "A Bridge Too Far? Comparative Reflections on the Educational Values of Confucian and Christian Civilisation"

Date & Time

30 April 2012, 00:00




Office of Education Research (OER)



Events Details

Time: 3.00pm - 5.00pm


This presentation makes a comparison between the life, ideas and values of Confucius and St Paul. Confucius laid a foundation for Chinese civilisation, through his teaching, travels and mentoring of disciples in the kingdoms of ancient China in the 5th century BC. Five hundred years later, St Paul carried the Christian message from Judea to Turkey, Greece and Italy, with Spain also in his vision. Much later, the European Enlightenment led to a widespread influence of the educational values of Christian Europe. In this present era of dialogue among civilisations, however, there is an increasing appreciation of the ways in which Confucian civilisation can contribute to global educational thought. This presentation will consider similarities and differences in the thinking and life experience of these two great teachers, also in the contexts in which they served, in order to reflect on how Chinese tradition may enrich educational global educational dialogue today.


C J Koh Professor Ruth Hayhoe is a specialist in Comparative Education and a Sinologist. From 1997 to 2002, she headed the Hong Kong Institute of Education and is now President emerita. She is also a professor in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT), where she served from 1986 to 1997, including appointments as Chair of the Higher Education Group and Associate Dean. Before that she held teaching positions at Heep Yunn School in Hong Kong, at Fudan University in Shanghai and at the Roehampton Institute of Higher Education in London, as well as holding a diplomatic post at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing from 1989 to 1991.

Professor Hayhoe is the author of about 75 articles and book chapters, as well as several books on Chinese education and East West relations in education, including China’s Universities and the Open Door (New York: M. E. Sharpe, 1989), China’s Universities 1895-1995: A Century of Cultural Conflict (CERC, University of Hong Kong, 1999) and Portraits of Influential Chinese Educators (Hong Kong: CERC, University of Hong Kong and Europe: Springer, 2006). She has also edited many books, including East West Dialogue in Knowledge and Higher Education (New York: M. E. Sharpe, 1996), Knowledge Across Cultures: A Contribution to Dialogue among Civilizations, (CERC, University of Hong Kong, 2001), and Education, Culture and Identity in 20th Century China (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001).

Professor Hayhoe holds MA and PhD degrees in Comparative Education from the University of London Institute of Education and a BA degree in Classics from the University of Toronto. She obtained a Certificate of Education (Distinction) from the University of Hong Kong in 1977 and a Diploma of Theology (Distinction) from the University of London in 1978.


Please register your attendance with the Office of Education Research by 27 April 2012.

Queries can also be directed to email: cjkoh.professorship@nie.edu.sg.

Refreshments will be served after the seminar.