Plenary Speaker 專題講者

Professor Atara Sivan 蘇秀冠教授

Head, Department of Education Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University 香港浸會大學教育學系主任

Professor Atara Sivan is Head of the Department of Education Studies of Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong. She was born and raised in Israel where she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education in Bar-Ilan University. She pursued her PhD in Education at The University of Hong Kong of which she was awarded a distinguished alumnus. Her research interests are in the areas of leisure education, youth development, learning environments, learning communities and teacher education.

She is the President and Senior Fellow of the World Leisure Academy and the Editor-in-Chief of the World Leisure Journal. In her efforts to support the Hong Kong society, Prof Sivan founded the World Leisure Organization – Hong Kong Chapter and the EMDR Association of Hong Kong. Through these associations she raises the publich awareness to issues related to wellbeing and train counsellors and clinical psychologists to provide therapy for people in need. She also serves on numerous associations and boards including TREATS, Community Drug Advisory Council and Carmel School Hong Kong.

Professor Sivan has contributed internationally to the development of leisure education by being the scientific adviser of the first comprehensive leisure education curricula for schools in Israel. She has published extensively in her areas of academic endeavor. Among her co-authored books are: Leisure Education Towards the 21st Century; Leisure Education, Community Development and Populations with Special Needs; and, Leisure Education in School Systems. She is the recipient of numerous international awards including the George Torkildsen Literary Award, Hillel Ruskin Memorial Scholar Lecture Award and the 2015 Knowledge Transfer Award for her contribution to the advancement of concepts related to leisure and leisure education internationally.

Professor Atara Sivan         蘇秀冠教授