Dr Yeow-Tong Chia is Senior Lecturer in History Curriculum Education, where he teaches History Curriculum units in the combined degree with the Master of Teaching programs. He is also the Country Coordinator for Singapore with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre as well as co-convenor of the Comparative and International Education Research Network. Additionally, he was an elected General Councillor of the Asian Studies Association of Australia from 2015-2016.
Dr Chia is active in the fields of comparative, international and development education, history of education and Asian Studies. His research interests include history education and citizenship education in Singapore and Australia, the teaching of Chinese history in Ontario (Canada) and New South Wales high schools, Chinese Canadian history in Canadian history education, and the use of Confucianism in China, Taiwan and Singapore. He is the author of the book Education, Culture and the Singapore Developmental State – World-Soul Lost and Regained? (Palgrave Macmillian, 2015).
Currently, Dr Chia is involved in a research project titled “Exploring Hybrid Universities in Asia: Culture, Value and Change”. This is a cross-country study consisting of China, Hong Kong SAR, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore. It is a three-year study aiming to theorise the notion of hybridization in higher education in the Asian context.