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In initiating the International Conference on Applied Education, Technology and Innovation series, THEi Hong Kong seeks to evolve a global community of practice to share case studies, engage in critical discussion and spearhead thought leadership to address the paradigm shift in new generation educational practice. Increasingly, institutions across the applied degree sector are addressing technology and innovation as the triggers to transform higher education to ensure more fit for purpose outcomes in preparing students for the world of work and life-long learning. As we engage in this transformation, what are the innovation pedagogies informing student success? How are new generation technologies shaping institutional development, curriculum refresh and student learning journeys? How are institutional leaders pro-actively shifting gears to shape the future of education? How are industry and students as partners becoming more involved in applied research? What are the impacts of Education 4.0 on applied degree education outcomes?

The Conference theme for 2019 is “Education 4.0: Applied Degree Education and the Future of Work”. The Conference aims to profile and enhance the contribution of applied educational practice and research particularly in the applied degree sector as it relates to the future of work. Selected conference papers will be included in an independent volume of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) series, published by Springer as a post-conference edited book. Contributions that show case real world outcomes with students and industry as partners are most welcome. The Conference will include keynote addresses, panel discussion, breakthrough case studies and paper presentations.