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Generative Artificial Intelligence and the Higher Education Sector: Navigating the Uncharted Waters

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Journal of Asian Public Policy


The sweeping tide of ChatGPT and similar generative artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots are shaking up education systems around the world, the higher education sector in particular.  Since early 2023, the debut of ChatGPT has prompted a variety of reactions from universities and research institutions. While some welcome it as a powerful tool that can potentially revolutionize education and research, others hold deep concerns about academic integrity, cognitive bias, and regulatory risks associated with this wave of technological innovation. 
As generative AI technologies like ChatGPT become more prevalent in higher education systems, they bring with them important policy considerations. Regulatory measures can shape the use of these technologies, influencing educational quality, equity, quality assurance, and research ethics. Policymakers face the challenge of creating an environment where the potential benefits of these technologies can be harnessed, while mitigating the risks associated with their misuse. It is important, then, to facilitate evidence-based discussions to guide these decisions. 
This special issue at Journal of Asian Public Policy (JAPP) sincerely invites scholars and practitioners to reflect upon the implications of ChatGPT and generative AI in general for the higher education sector, both in terms of teaching & learning and research.  We encourage contributors to write on one or two of the topics below. Both normative discussions and empirical studies are welcome. We expect papers to have an empirical link to Asia or offer policy implications for this region. 
1.    Academic integrity and challenges to research ethics
2.    Curriculum reform 
3.    Equity and equality
4.    Technological innovation and research productivity
5.    Pedagogical innovations
6.    Implications for teacher training and professional development
7.    Quality assurance and standard 
8.    Generative AI and special education


Guest editors:
Giliberto Capano, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna
Alex Jingwei He, Division of Public Policy and Institute for Public Policy, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Sean McMinn, Center for Education Innovation, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Published by Routledge, JAPP is a reputable international journal dedicated to policy research in the Asia-Pacific region. To facilitate this special issue, JAPP, in collaboration with the Center for Education Innovation and the Institute for Public Policy at HKUST will be hosting a symposium in Hong Kong in late 2023, where contributors are invited to present their draft papers and receive feedback. The tentative timeline of this special issue project is: 
June 2023: call for papers announced
July 15 2023: deadline for abstract submission
October 30 2023: submission of draft; symposium in Hong Kong
December 30 2023: full paper due
March 1 2024: peer review completed
June 1 2024: special issue launched
Interested researchers are invited to submit a 300-word abstract to Alex Jingwei He at no or before July 15 2023. Please include the name and affiliation of each author.