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UW’s Apple receives honorary degree from Education University of Hong Kong

November 24, 2016

UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple received an honorary degree from the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) during a ceremony Nov. 18.

The award is Apple’s 12th honorary degree or equivalent. These honors are among the highest in academia, and usually are conferred as a way of recognizing a distinguished visitor’s contributions to a specific area of study -- or to society as a whole.

According to this news release from EdUHK it was the first time the institution had conferred honorary doctorates. The news release explains how the honorary degrees were bestowed upon “two distinguished individuals in recognition of remarkable contributions to their fields in advancing education and social progress.”

Michael Apple
Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies.

“This honor says something very important about the growing commitment to more critically democratic educational theory, policy and practice in places throughout the world,” Apple said of receiving his honorary doctorate from The Education University of Hong Kong.

Earlier this fall, Apple received similar recognition from the Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul and he is to receive another honorary doctorate next month from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.

Apple is regarded as one of the most important and influential education scholars of our time, and has made significant contributions to the development of critical educational theory, research and practice.  His books, “Ideology and Curriculum,” and “Official Knowledge,” were listed as being among the 50 most significant education books during the 20th century.

Also being recognized by EdUHK on Nov. 18 was Eric Li Ka-cheung, an adjunct professor at the School of Accountancy of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the School of Business of Hong Kong Baptist University.

Honorary doctorate in Hong Kong
The Education University of Hong Kong confers honorary doctorates on two distinguished
individuals in recognition of remarkable contributions to their fields in advancing education
and social progress. (Left-to-right): EdUHK President Stephen Cheung Yan-leung,
UW-Madison’s Michael Apple, EdUHK Council Chairman Pang Yiu-kai, Eric Li Ka-cheung, and
EdUHK Council Treasurer Susanna Chiu Lai-kuen. (EdUHK photo)

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