International Strategies for Competitive Advantage


Professor John A. Spinks

Prof. John A. Spinks is currently Senior Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor at The University of Hong Kong, recently ranked as one of the top 20 universities in the world.

His roles in The University of Hong Kong have included being Pro-Vice-Chancellor, with responsibilities for teaching and learning, from 1999 to 2004, and directing undergraduate admissions to HKU for over ten years. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Open University of Hong Kong in 2007. He currently sits on the councils or advisory boards of the Open University of Hong Kong, Quest University Canada, and Raffles University Singapore.

His experience in international affairs, particularly in South- East Asia is extensive. Within Hong Kong, Professor Spinks is currently Chair of the Internationalization Subcommittee of the Heads of Universities Committee of Hong Kong, overseeing the development of international student recruitment for the Hong Kong universities. He frequently works in Mainland China, helping to set up collaborative arrangements and promoting student recruitment. HKU currently attracts over 11,000 applicants from Mainland China for the 250 places made available annually.

Professor Spinks was Co-ordinator for the universities’ liaison group for the quality assurance exercise held in Hong Kong in 2002-3, and led The University of Hong Kong’s successful presentation and response to this audit. He is particularly concerned now with the quality assurance of online education, having worked as Executive Director with U21Global, the online graduate learning arm of the Universitas21 consortium of research-led universities, since 2005. He currently leads U21Global in the areas of international, national and professional accreditation.