Professor Chris Brink served as Vice-Chancellor (President) of Newcastle University in the UK from 2007 till 2016, as Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University in South Africa from 2002 until 2007, and as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) of the University of Wollongong in Australia from 1999 until 2001. Before that he was Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town, and served as the University’s Coordinator of Strategic Planning. Other positions include a Senior Research Fellowship at the Australian National University in the 1980s. Before moving into management he held the prestigious A-rating of the National Research Foundation, which ranked him as one of South Africa’s leading scientists.
Chris Brink is known as a champion of the idea of a civic university, which he has articulated in two key questions: ‘What are we good at?’ and ‘What are we good for?’. For his work with the city he was awarded the Freedom of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. During his tenure as Vice-Chancellor, Newcastle University twice won the national THELMA (the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award), as well as the Athena SWAN Silver Award for the advancement of gender equality. He is the author of The Soul of a University: Why excellence is not enough (Bristol University Press, 2018).
Currently he serves on the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong, where he chairs the implementation of the sector-wide 2020 Research Assessment Exercise. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg and a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa. He has served in an advisory or assessment capacity for various universities and organisations.
Professor Angelina Yuen-Tsang, MSW, MEd, PhD. was Vice President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in charge of student and global affairs before she retired in 2018, and is now Hon. Professor of its Department of Applied Social Sciences.
She has been actively involved in the development of social work and higher education in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the international arena. She was President of the International Association of Schools of Social Work from 2008 to 2012 and Founding Chair of the University Social Responsibility Network. In Hong Kong, she is Chairman of the Executive Board of the Keswick Foundation, Co-Chair of the Hong Kong Social Service Professional Alliance of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Hon. President of the Hong Kong Social Workers Association and Hon. Advisor of the Hong Kong Academy of Social Work.
She was a member of the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong from 2012 to 2018. In the Chinese Mainland, she is Hon. Advisor of the China Association of Social Work Education and World Vision (China), Hon. Professor of Peking University, Sichuan University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Xian Jiaotong University and China Women’s University. She was awarded Justice of Peace in 2002, and Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2008 by the Hong Kong SAR Government.