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Dr Raymond Cheng as Keynote Speaker for 4th ICREMSS 2019, Subic Bay

Dr Raymond Cheng with participants of the 4th ICREMSS

Dr Raymond Cheng with participants of the 4th ICREMSS


Subic Bay, Philippines (November 25, 2019) – Organized by Asian Intellect for Academic Organization and Development, the 4th International Conference in Research, Education, Management and the Social Sciences (4th ICREMSS) was held at Subic Bay Travellers Hotel and Events Center from November 23 to 25, 2019. For a second time, Ms Julie Ferrer, the President of Asian Intellect and the Conference Chair, invited the highly sought-after resource speaker, Dr Raymond Cheng, CEO of Wyith Institute, to be the keynote speaker. Dr Cheng talked about the modern trends on research, and its application to education, management and social sciences. He also tackled how Industrial Revolution 4.0 could greatly affect the trends and the way people see research and how the blockchain technology can help fuel the trend. Dr Cheng wowed the audience with his wit and knowledge on different fields of research and hence, made them ask for more conferences from the Chair, and of course, just as at the 2nd ICREMSS, participants again requested Dr Cheng to be the resource speaker in the coming conference. Attended the conference were educators and experts from different colleges and universities all over the Philippines.

Dr Raymond Cheng invited to 1st National Conference in Engineering, Science and Technology 2019 hosted by NEUST and UNP in Cabanatuan
Cabanatuan, Philippines (November 23, 2019) – Jointly organized by the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST) in Cabanatuan City and the University of Northern Philippines (UNP) in Benguet Province, the 1st National Conference in Engineering, Science and Technology 2019 was held from November 21st to 23rd, 2019 at NEUST Sumacab Campus in Cabanatuan City. Dr Raymond Cheng, the President and CEO of Wyith Institute, was invited as the speaker for the conference. According to Vice President for Research, Extension and Training, Dr Rachael R Moralde, Dr Cheng was uninanimously chosen as the resource speaker and has passed with flying colors the scrutiny of the organizers of the conference. Dr Cheng talked about Wyith's award-winning blockchain technology as well as Industrial Revolution 4.0 as applied to engineering, science and technology, plus he also highlighted salient points on new mindsets as applicable to different engineering researches and how these can be utilized by engineers and academians, especially in state-owned colleges and universities which are running on meager resources and how these researches might fuel income generation. The national conference was participated in by engineering professors, professional engineers and academicians from different colleges and universities in the Philippines. The conference ended with photo taking session with the resource speaker and awarding of certificates.

Established in 1908, NEUST is located in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, and is one of the largest state universities in Central Luzon, the Philippines. It has 6 campuses and 7 off-campus programs scattered around the province with a total enrollment of over 22,000. The university has just recently celebrated its centennial year in 2008. For details about the University, please visit www.neust.edu.ph

Established in 1906, UNP is the first and oldest state university in Northern Luzon, Philippines, and is one of three state-owned educational institutions of higher learning operating in the province of Ilocos Sur. For details, please visit the University website at www.unp.edu.ph




Dr Raymond Cheng explaining the blockchain technology for streamlining university operations

Dr Raymond Cheng receiving Certificate of Appreciation from NEUST-UNP officials


Dr Raymond Cheng speaks at the 7th International Higher Education Research Forum 2019 of Philippine Higher Education Research Consortium
Dr Raymond Cheng with Hon. Rodolfo C. Garcia, Undersecretary and Chief of Staff, Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Photo above: Dr Raymond Cheng with Hon Rodolfo C. Garcia, Undersecretary and Chief of Staff, Department of Environment and Natural Resources

The seven members of PHERC are: Marikina Polytechnic College, Philippine Normal University, Technological University of the Philippines, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Rizal Technological University, Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, and Philippine State College of Aeronautics.


Quezon City, Philippines (August 27-29, 2019) – With the theme "The Future of Higher Education Research for Industry 4.0", the 7th International Higher Education Research Forum 2019 organized by the Philippine Higher Education Research Consortium was held at the Novotel Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines. This year's forum has a line up of high calibre and seasoned speakers from around the world (including Dr Joselito B. Gutierrez, IHERF 2019 Chair and SUC President of Marikina Polytechnic College; Mr Hee Joh Liang, Deputy Principal of Singapore Polytechnic; Dr Hai Dai Nguyen, Co-founder of Wow Bali Group Inc., Indonesia; as well as Dr Raymond Cheng, CEO of Wyith Institute). More than 500 academicians, mostly in the field of research, witnessed the englightening speeches by the speakers, participated in the thought-provoking Open Floor Forum (see photo below), and presented their scholarly papers as well. Dr Cheng tackled the application of blockchains in various research, teaching opportunities, as well as management and administration in higher education, wherein his expertise and invaluable insights were once again wholeheartedly shared to the audience.

IHREF 2019 Open Floor Forum

The Philippine Higher Education Research Consortium (PHERC) is a research organization managed by seven state universities and colleges in the Manila capital region. IHERF 2019 is a forum organized by PHERC and one that aims to promote, strengthen and mainstream research outputs of higher education institutions in various fields of disciplines and to provide a venue for sharing and discussing research issues, concerns, and output in a scholarly and friendly environment.

This event is endorsed by the Commission for Higher Education (CHED) as well as the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC).

Wyith CEO named Honorary Advisor for HERO Summit Series
Parañaque, Philippines (August 19, 2019) – In preparation for the 2nd year of a five-year HERO Summit Series (2018-2022) to be held in October 2019 in Ottawa, Canada, a meeting of the Board of Advisers and the prime movers of the Summit was held at Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila, Philippines. Dr Bryce Fabro, the Chairman of the HERO Summit Series invited and welcomed Dr Raymond Cheng, CEO of Wyith Institute, to become Honorary Adviser for the 2nd HERO Summit. Describing Dr Cheng as the brain behind the HERO Summit Series concept, Dr Fabro emphasized again the important contribution of Dr Cheng as the think tank of the Summit and that the HERO Summit Series wouldn't be possible without his insights and ideas. The meeting also highlighted a ceremonial signing of letters of acceptance by the consultants and advisers as pledge of support to all HERO undertakings and future activities. Dr Cheng was the Keynote Speaker for the 1st HERO Summit held in August 2018, in Singapore.

Founded in 2018 in Singapore, the HERO Summit Series is a platform that brings together universities, industries and solution providers. The Series trail blazes new opportunities for its members and create an essential engagement to address university brand ranking, in preparation for the 4th industrial revolution and the development of programs to improve the employability skills of graduates. For further details about HERO Summit Series, please visit www.herosummitseries.com


HERO Summit Series Board of Directors and Advisors

HERO Summit Series

Wyith Institute and University of the Assumption enters into Memorandum of Agreement

Maingate of University of the Assumption

UA students at the Computer Lab

UA professors and teaching staff members

University of the Assumption Logo
San Fernando, Philippines (June 27, 2019) – Committing itself to the integral development of Catholic leaders through academic excellence, Christian formation, and community service, the University of the Assumption (UA) from San Fernando, Philippines announced a collaboration with Wyith Institute from Hong Kong that will bring quality education to students from around Asia, starting with the Greater China region, Vietnam, as well as India. Initially, six undergraduate degree programmes will be launched and offered in the first stage of the collaboration, which include the following:
  • BS in Business Administration with majors in Operations Management or in Marketing Management,
  • BS in Psychology,
  • Bachelor in Human Services,
  • Bachelor in Elementary Education,
  • Bachelor in Secondary Education, and
  • AB in Communication.

The collaboration, bounded in the form of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA), was signed by Rev Fr Joselito Henson, SThD, University President of UA and Dr Raymond Cheng, CEO of Wyith Institute.

The MoA signing was simple but solemn and was witnessed by officials from both UA and Wyith Institute, including from UA: Dr Dexter Balajadia (Director for Linkages and International Relations), Dr Mediatriz D Martin (Vice-President for Academic Affairs), Mrs Belina S Katigbak (Vice-President for Finance), Mrs Leila Luz Caballa (Director of Guidance and Admissions), Mrs Precious Bernadette Estrada (Director of Student Affairs Office), Dr Arnel Sicat (Director of Research and Planning), and Ms Khriselle Castillo (Quality Management Officer); and from Wyith Institute: Ms. Irene Macapagal (Head of Research Support), see photo above.

Founded in 1963 as the Assumption College, the University of the Assumption (UA) is a private archdiocesan Catholic university in the City of San Fernando, Philippines. The college was granted University status by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports and was named University of the Assumption on March 29, 1980. For further details about UA, please visit www.ua.edu.ph

Dr Raymond Cheng welcomes Ms. Zamantha Finn from La Finns Scholastica Colleges, La Union, Philippines Hong Kong (June 10, 2019) – Ms. Zamantha Finn, Vice President for Admnistration (second from right in photo) of La Finns Scholastica Colleges, La Union, Philippines, led a delegation and visited the Office of Dr Raymond Cheng at Wyith Institute. Together with Dr Raymond Cheng, the two parties exchanged views and explored into various possibilities of offering overseas studying opportunities to students in the Province of La Union. The two parties have agreed to work toward a mutual goal in making international education more affordable and accessible to the people of La Union.

Founded as the La Union College of Nursing on May 16, 2003, the La Finns Scholastica Colleges (renamed to current name in 2012) is the home to thousands of students in the Province of La Union, Philippines. La Finns offers 9 baccalaureate degree programs, 16 short term courses under TESDA, i.e. Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, basic education program, pre-elementary, elementary, junior highschool, and senior highschool programs, all with government recognition. For further details about the College, please visit www.lafinns.edu.ph

Dr Raymond Cheng supporting UA Outreach Program 2019

Fr Raymond Mi holding Sunday Mass on the 5th Easter Sunday

Sr Marissa Figueroa leading a prayer

Dr Dexter Balajadia emceeing the event

Dean Anele Mallari giving a talk on stress management

Dr Joey Suba addressing the participants

Dr Arnel Sicat talked about happiness

Wyith-UA Collaboration Team

Participants at Wyith-UA Outreach Program
Stanley, Hong Kong (May 19, 2019) – Further to entering into an active collaboration in late 2018 in education and research undertaking with the University of the Assumption (UA) of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines, a first outreach program was eventually held at Stanley Community Hall. Through the joint efforts and dedication of both the Wyith Institute and UA, a one-day event was held aiming at reaching out to the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong to individually assess their health and mental status while giving proper counseling on how they can positively cope up with day-to-day stressors, aggravated by living away from their loved ones in the Philippines. In additional to lectures, forums and focus group discussions, participants also enjoyed free blood glucose screening, blood pressure and vital signs checking. Different activities were held to promote spiritual and health awareness among OFWs.

Rev Fr Raymond Mi, a Dominican priest, celebrated the Holy Mass while Sr Marissa Figueroa, UA-CEO Director of the UA Extension Office, provided spiritual activities and facilitated the reflection sessions. Registered nurse, UA-CONP Dean Anele Mallari, lectured on wellness and stress management and led as well the body mass index measurement, blood-pressure taking, and blood sugar testing which was given free of charge to the OFWs. UA-RPO Director, Dr Arnel Sicat facilitated a focus group discussion (FGD) centered on eliciting perceptions of the OFWs about wellness. Ms Precious Bernadette Estrada, UA OSA Director, also took the opportunity to present the most recent developments in UA and gave a rundown of its mission and vision. UA-CITCLS Dean, Dr Joey M. Suba coordinated the entire event with Dr Dexter Balajadia.

Dr Raymond Cheng with Fr Raymond Mi and volunteer workers

The entire outreach program was made possible through Wyith Institute (via Wyith Community, a registered NGO) as Wyith provided for free both the venue in Hong Kong as well as the related logistic services.

Founded in 1963 as the Assumption College, the University of the Assumption (UA) is a private archdiocesan Catholic university in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines and in Asia. The college was granted University status by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports and was named University of the Assumption on March 29, 1980. UA celebrated her 50th founding anniversary on January 13, 2013. For details about UA, please visit www.ua.edu.ph

Dr Raymond Cheng speaks at the 17th General Assembly 2019 of PSITE Region 3
Angeles City, Philippines (May 10, 2019) – Sponsored by the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators - Region 3 (PSITE R3), a Regional Conference on Information Technology and the 17th General Assembly was held at Best Western Hotel in Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga. A line-up of high-caliber speakers and experts in the field of IT and IT education highlighted the two-day activity.

Together with Dr Raymond Cheng, CEO of Wyith Institute, a number of other high profile guest speakers were present, including Dr Monchito Ibrahim, the Former Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Dr Grace Tyler from the Philippine Startup Community Champion, and also the Vice President of PSITE R3, Engr Dennis Dela Cruz, from DOST BulSU.

Dr Cheng presented the outlook of blockchain from the perspective of IT curriculum before an audience consisting of IT professionals, practitioners, mentors and those engaged in various IT businesses. The event wrapped up with raffle draws as well as oath taking sessions of newly elected officers. For details, please visit the PSITE3 website at www.psitereg3.org

Dr Raymond Cheng with Former Undersecretary of DICT, Monchito Ibrahim
Dr Raymond Cheng with organizers and participants at PSITE3 General Assembly

Dr Raymond Cheng invited to IRCITE 2019 Seminar Tour in Metro Clark
Angeles City, Philippines (March 1-4, 2019) – Dr Raymond Cheng's first Seminar Tour for 2019 successfully completed from March 1st to 4th, 2019. The first in the Seminar Tour was the International Research Conference on Information Technology Education 2019 spearheaded by the Philippine Society of IT Educators in Region 3 (PSITE 3), the Central Luzon Region, and co-sponsored by the Mabalacat City Colleges. Dr Raymond Cheng was invited as Plenary Speaker by Dr Joey Suba, PSITE 3 President and Dean of the College of Computing Technology of the University of the Assumption.

With a number of attendees reaching to almost 1,000 IT students from both private and public higher education institutions in Region 3, Dr Cheng once again shared his knowledge and expertise in the Institute's current research work on the applications of the latest theories on noticing and eye-tracking technologies as well as on the Institute's upcoming offer of its online Professional Diploma (PDip) in Noticing & Tracking Technology, through the Institute's patent-backed digital coin, BCR@W. Dr Cheng also wrapped up the day by highlighting the importance of blockcahin and cryptocurrency in the future world of IT education and digital credentialing.

In the afternoon of the same day, Dr Raymond Cheng, in high energy and spirit, wowed the crowd of IT students from Mabalacat City College. This time, focusing on global trends and cryptocurrency. The group was led by the Dean of IT, Mr George Granados.

The third in the Seminar Tour was sponsored by AMA University (AMA Computer College) Angeles City Campus, this time with the Dean of IT, Mr Jonilo Mababa. It was held at the AMA Angeles City Campus, and was attended by faculty, staff and students.

For the above series of seminars, Dr Raymond Cheng never failed to bring the house down not just by sharing valuable insights and relevant issues, but by setting a lighter mood through his approachable persona, coupled with diverse experiences and expertise. Participants were also given the opportunity to tap into the vast blockchain network of unlimited opportunities when the seminars ended with the awarding of USD343.75-worth of Bankcoin Reserve at Wyith (BCR@Ws) to each participant.

Truly, the Seminar Tour 2019 concluded with a bang!

Being the nation's largest professional IT organization, the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators (PSITE) was established to promote quality information technology education and aims to serve as a venue for the optimization and development of faculty members, curricula, projects, research resources and linkages in support of improving IT education. With more than 85 institutional members, PSITE Region 3 is one of the most active PSITE chapters in the nation. PSITE, hosting from time to time, major educational technology conventions and conferences. For details, please visit the official PSITE3 website at www.psitereg3.org

Dr Raymond Cheng meeting with Dr Joey Suba, Dean of the College of Computing Sciences and Communications Technology of University of the Assumption and Dr Roberto Dillon, Associate Professor of James Cook University in Singapore

Dr Raymond Cheng with Mr George Granados (2nd from left), Secretary of PSITE3 and Dean of Mabalacat City College, and MCC students

Dr Raymond Cheng with participants at IRCITE 2019

Dr Raymond Cheng with participants at IRCITE 2019

Dr Raymond Cheng with Mr Jonilo Mababa (right), Dean of the AMA Computer College in Angeles City, and Mr Art Cayabyab (1st left), and Ms Irene Macapagal, Head of Research Support of Wyith Institute

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Dr Raymond Cheng as Keynote Speaker for 4th iCILTER held in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Dr Raymond Cheng with participants of the 4th iCILTER

Dr Raymond Cheng with participants of the 4th iCILTER
Puerto Princesa, Philippines (December 8, 2018) – CEO of Wyith Institute, Dr Raymond Cheng, was invited as the Keynote Speaker for the 4th International Conference in Latest Trends of Education and Research (4th iCILTER 2018) held at the Aziza Paradise Hotel in the city of Puerto Princesa in Palawan of the Philippines, from December 8th to 9th. The event was attended by over 120 participants from the higher education sector, including professors and faculty members from over 22 state universities and colleges. Dr Cheng's keynote speech revolved around the various phenomena that shaped the modern world in terms of trends of learning and their perspectives. The talk also extended further to include various applications of the latest blockchain technology – the technology in which Dr Cheng co-holds nine international patents. Participants were also given the opportunity to tap into the vast blockchain network of unlimited opportunities when the seminar ended with the awarding of USD343.75-worth of Bankcoins at Wyith (BCR@Ws) to each participant.

Wyith Institute enters into MoU with University of the Assumption
San Fernando, Philippines (October 29, 2018) – Marking another milestone for the Wyith Institute, the President and CEO Dr Raymond Cheng, inked today a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of the Assumption (UA) in San Fernando City, Pampanga, Philippines. The two key officials of both parties, with Rev Fr Dr Joselito C Henson representing the UA, mutually agreed to cooperate in research, faculty immersion, and to open vast possibilities of academic undertakings which can surely help expand both the UA and the Institute in the field of research and academic instruction. The two also discussed possible education collaboration in the very near future with visits and publications. Witnessing the signing of the MOU are Dr Dexter M Balajadia, Director for Linkages and International Collaboration, Dr Joey Suba, Dean of the College of Computing Sciences and Communications Technology, and Ms Belina S Katigbak, Vice President for Finance.

Wyith and UA Officials touring the University

Founded in 1963 as the Assumption College, the University of the Assumption (UA) is a private archdiocesan Catholic university in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines and in Asia. The college was granted University status by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports and was named University of the Assumption on March 29, 1980. UA celebrated her 50th founding anniversary on January 13, 2013. For details about UA, please visit www.ua.edu.ph


Officials after signing the Wyith-UA MoU

Birdview of the entrance (Gate 5) of University of the Assumption

Dr Raymond Cheng and Dr Joey Suba touring the computing facilities at UA

Dr Raymond Cheng meets with College IT Deans,
					Dr Joey Suba (of the University of the Assumption),
					Mr Jonilo Mababa (of AMA Computer College) and Mr Jorge Granados (of Mabalacat City College)
Angeles City, Philippines (October 28, 2018) – Another fruitful meeting was held in Angeles City, Pampanga, this time with the Philippine Society of IT Educators of Region III (PSITE3). Our very own Dr Raymond Cheng, CEO of Wyith Institute is invited by the Society thru their President, Dr Joey Suba. The aim of the meeting is to formalize the invitation of PSITE3 to Dr Cheng to be the Keynote Speaker in their annual forum and conference to be held on March 1, 2019. Joining Dr Suba in the meeting are Mr Jonilo Mababa, the conference chair and Dean of the AMA Computer College in Angeles City, and Mr George Granados, Secretary of PSITE3 and also Dean of Mabalacat City College. For details, please visit the PSITE3 website at www.psitereg3.org

Dr Raymond Cheng at Wesleyan University-Philippines Visiting Lecture Series 2018

Photo with University officials

Dr Cheng with graduate students from WU-P

Dr Cheng with graduate students from WU-P
Cabanatuan, Philippines (October 27, 2018) – A dual lecture-forum on leadership trends and blockchain was held on October 27, 2018 at the Wesleyan University-Philippines JJDG Auditorium and was attended by more than 500 graduate students, faculty and staff. Dr Raymond Cheng, CEO of Wyith Institute as well as the Keynote Speaker for the event, once again brought the house down by sharing his knowledge and expertise on leadership theories from different angles and how are these are being applied to and have evolved in the modern world with new technologies.

Following his talk on leadership in the morning session were the emerging issues on blockchain and the global market in the afternoon session. Dr Cheng shared his insights and real-life experiences on cryptocurrency to armour the audience with the needed and vital information on this emerging technology. He also shared the recent scam cases that involved Bitcoin and hence, enlightened the participants with the ins and outs of cryptocurrency and shed light on the misconceptions on the virtual currency concept. The combo lecture-forum ended with a bang when Dr Cheng wrapped up the day by introducing the Bankcoin Reserve and gave out Bankcoins (BCRs) to participants free-of-charge (see our BCR seminars for details).

Photo above: Dr Cheng conducting his seminar in the morning (top-first) and the afternoon (top-second) sessions. Photos on the left (top): Dr Raymond Cheng with University officials; and (left-middle and left-bottom) Dr Cheng with graduate students from Wesleyan attending the seminar.


Cabanatuan, Philippines (October 26, 2018) – As per the invitation of the VP for Administration of the MV Gallego Foundation Colleges (MVGFC), Ms. Madel Guarin, Dr Raymond Cheng visited the MVGFC and met with the President. Dr Joseph V Gallego, as well as the college officials. The friendly visit cum joyful meeting quickly turned into a lovely brainstorming session on human resources development, college performance, as well as other useful information on forging academic endeavours in the future. Dr Cheng is tapped to deliver strategies that will surely pave the way for the College to further progress in various fields of education. The parties agreed to seek for further collaboration along various fields and the meeting was tremendously fruitful.

Manuel V. Gallego Foundation Colleges, Inc. (MVGFCI) was founded by Dr. Manuel Viola Gallego in 1963 as the Central Luzon School of Nursing. The College got it present name in 1974 and is a non-sectarian, non-profit educational foundation. MVGFC aims to offer well-designed and highly relevant programs and modules that are strongly complemented by extension projects and researches; to provide a conducive learning environment that fosters quality and holistic development of the students; to produce graduates who will contribute significantly in the improvement of the quality of life in their respective communities; and hire qualified, competent, and dedicated educators and support personnel who continuously show innovation and responsiveness in their work. For details, please visit www.mvgallego.edu.ph




Dr Raymond Cheng meets with the MVGFC President, Dr Joseph V Gallego





Dr Raymond Cheng meets
					with PMAP Nueva Ecija Chapter President Cabanatuan, Philippines (October 26 2018) – On the photo (to the right) are Dr Raymond Cheng, President and CEO of Wyith Institute, with Mrs Roxanne Sabangan, President of the People Management Association of the Philippines - Nueva Ecija Chapter (PMAP-NE), and Mrs Madel Guarin, Secretary of PMAP-NE. In light of the upcoming PMAP event in Nueva Ecija, the Association invites Dr Cheng to be the Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker on their forthcoming PMAP-NE Assembly to be held in December 2018. The parties also discussed future collaboration as to providing training and workshops for PMAP members in the region.

Founded in 1956, the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) is a not-for-profit professional organization of over 1,800 member companies and individual management executives engaged or interested in human resource management (HRM) and industrial relations (IR) work. Please see www.pmap.org.ph

Dr Raymond Cheng at 2nd IMCR 2018, 2nd International Congress in Multidisciplinary Researches 2018
Baguio, Philippines (September 29, 2018) – CEO of Wyith Institute, Dr Raymond Cheng, was invited as the Keynote Speaker for the 2nd International Congress in Multidisciplinary Researches 2018 (2nd ICMR 2018) held at the Crown Legacy Hotel, Baguio City, from September 29 to 30. The event was attended by over 100 participants from the higher education sector, including professors and faculty members from various state universities and colleges. Dr Cheng's keynote speech reviewed some of the most recent economic bubbles in the history of the United States of America as well as how value was subsequently created as innovation ride on the waves of these economic bubble bursts. He also wrapped up the day with an indepth look into the latest blockchain technologies and how it can be applied in the area of digital credentialing, hence help the higher education institutions transform and cope with the latest technologies in town. The talk was then followed by a Blockchain seminar specifically on Bankcoin Reserve (BCR), also conducted by Dr Raymond Cheng.

Photo on the right (top): Dr Raymond Cheng with the largest delegation from Occidental Mindoro State College (OMSC). Photo on the right (bottom): Dr Cheng with participants from Cebu Normal University (CNU).


Photo with the largest delegation from Occidental Mindoro State College

Photo with friends from Cebu Normal University

Wyith Institute enters into MoU with the University of Northern Philippines

Dr Raymond Cheng with UNP officials

University of Northern Philippines Logo

Vigan, Philippines (September 11, 2018) – Wyith Institute and the University of Northern Philippines (UNP), with the mutual aim of enhancing academic relationship and to develop academic and cultural interchange to the areas of education, research and other activities, have agreed to cooperate and work together towards the internationalization of higher education. Representing Wyith Institute is Dr Raymond Cheng, President and CEO, whereas for the University of Northern Philippines is President Dr Gilbert R Arce, along with Dr Erwin F Cadorna, Vice President for Research and Extension, and Dr Antonio Agustin, Director for External and International Relations. Together, the two parties inked the Memorandum of Understanding to realize a common good, which shall take effect for a period of five years.

The first and oldest state university in Northern Luzon, the University of Northern Philippines (UNP) has its roots tracing back to 1906 and is one of three state-owned educational institutions of higher learning operating in Ilocos Sur (with the Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College and the Northern Luzon Polytechnic State College, a former branch of the university). For details about the University, please visit www.unp.edu.ph

Dr Raymond Cheng at 2nd RBC 2018, 2nd Regional Business Conference 2018
Cabanatuan, Philippines (September 6, 2018) – The CEO of Wyith Institute, Dr Raymond Cheng was invited as the Keynote Speaker for the Second Regional Business Conference (RBC) held at the JJDG Auditorium, Wesleyan University-Philippines (WU-P). The event was attended by about 400 participants, including professors and business majors from the College of Business and Accountancy. This time, the title of Dr Cheng's talk was on how to create and maintain money value as well as an introduction of the latest blockchain technologies.

Established in 1946, WU-P was first founded by the Methodist Church as the Philippine Wesleyan College and was elevated to become the Wesleyan University Philippines in 1978, the same year in which the University started offering its first doctoral programme in education. WU-P was granted Deregulated Status by the Commission on Higher Education in 2003 and eventually received its Autonomous Status, also from the Commission on Higher Education, since 2009. With a student population of nearly 8,000, the private, not-for-profit university is now the premier private university in the Nueva Ecija region with its own hospital, the WU-P Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center and Hospital, as well as radio station, DWUP-FM. For further details about the University, please visit their official website at www.wesleyan.edu.ph


Photo with faculty members and participants

Snapshot of Dr Raymond Cheng speaking at the 2nd Regional Business Conference

Dr Raymond Cheng as Keynote for the HERO Summit 2018

Dr Raymond Cheng with the organizer, Dr Bryce Farbo, and other plenaries and guests
Singapore (August 26, 2018) – Invited as the Keynote Speaker for the HERO Summit 2018 – i.e. Higher Employability Results and Opportunities (HERO) – held at Changi Cove, Singapore, Dr Raymond Cheng, CEO of Wyith Institute, shared his vision in various areas, such as university branding strategy, as well as issues related to perspectives on university ranking and the latest blockchain technologies in terms of university financing and credentialing. The HERO Summit, graced and participated in by delegates from over 90 different tertiary institutions from around Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, India, and the Philippines, with presidents, vice presidents, deans, and major figureheads of the participating institutions witnessing Dr Cheng's speech, which, just like in his numerous speaking engagements, was very well received and applauded.

Organized by Ascendens Asia and led by the renowned corporate training expert, Dr Bryce Farbo, the HERO Summit is the first International Employability and University Branding Summit to ever gather education leaders to achieve Higher Employability Results and Opportunities (HERO) and start a movement that champions excellence in branding and development of higher employability skills quotient among universities and various tertiary institutions. For further details about the event, please visit their official website at www.ascendensasia.com/hero2018

Ho Chi Minh University of Education and Wyith Institute enter into MoU

Ho Chi Minh City (July 31, 2018) – Hồ Chí Minh University of Education (HCMUE), the second largest education university in Vietnam, today entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Wyith Institute. Representing HCMUE is Associate Professor Dr. Huỳnh Văn Sơn, Vice-Rector of HCMUE and representing Wyith Institute is its CEO, Dr Raymond Cheng. The HCMUE-Wyith MoU aims to enhance relations between the two parties and to develop academic and cultural interchange in the areas of education, research and other activities. The parties agreed to cooperate and work together in areas related to the internationalization of higher education.

Founded as the Saigon National Pedagogical University in 1957 and re-established by prime ministerial decree in 1976 and became the Hồ Chí Minh University of Education (HCMUE) in 1999, the university, also known as the Hồ Chí Minh City Pedagogical University (in Vietnamese: Trưòng Đ ại học Sư phạm TP. Hồ Chí Minh), specializes in tertiary-level training of teachers and lecturers. Located in District 5 of the Hồ Chí Minh City, HCMUE is one of 14 leading national universities of Vietnam and one of the two largest pedagogical universities, playing a leading role in teacher and lecturer training. For further details, please visit the official HCMUE website at www.hcmue.edu.vn

Dr Raymond Cheng welcomes WU-P Delegation Visit 2018

WU-P delegation visited the Office of Dr Raymond Cheng
Hong Kong (July 24, 2018) – As part of the requirements of the Wesleyan-Wyith Collaboration for Wyith Institute to carry and offer Wesleyan University-Philippines's graduate programmes (including its MBA, PhD in Business Administration and EdD in Educational Management) to learners across the different ASEAN countries, a delegation was sent by the University to visit the Institute from July 20 to 23. The team was led by Dr Leonita Garcia, VP for Academic Affairs, and was accompanied by Dr Michael Fronda, Dean of the Graduate School, and Dr Maria Victoria Cruz, Dean of the College of Business and Accountancy and concurrent Director of Quality Assurance. An ocular visit was conducted to the Institute's facilities and the group toured the seminar hall and the lecture theatre to be utilized for the programmes, as well as the meeting room for conducting dissertation defenses (see photo above). The delegation was also invited to Dr Raymond Cheng's administration office and paid a special tour to Dr Cheng's paint, ceramic and sculpture art as well as wood carving collection at his office.

Indeed, the visit served its purpose as to further reaffirm the readiness of Wyith Institute in delivering WU-P programmess which is targeted to kick off in September 2018 across ASEAN nations.

Established in 1946, WU-P was first founded by the Methodist Church as the Philippine Wesleyan College and was elevated to become the Wesleyan University Philippines in 1978, the same year in which the University started offering its first doctoral programme in education. WU-P was granted Deregulated Status by the Commission on Higher Education in 2003 and eventually received its Autonomous Status, also from the Commission on Higher Education, since 2009. With a student population of nearly 8,000, the private, not-for-profit university is now the premier private university in the Nueva Ecija region with its own hospital, the WU-P Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center and Hospital, as well as radio station, DWUP-FM. For further details about the University, please visit their official website at www.wesleyan.edu.ph

Dr Raymond Cheng visits CPTTM, Macao Macau (April 3, 2018) – Dr Raymond Cheng, CEO of Wyith Institute, was honored to be invited to tour the Centro de Produtividade e de Transferência de Tecnologia (CPTTM), i.e. Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Centre. He was warmly welcomed by CPTTM's Senior Manager for Creative Fashion and Image, Ms Laney Ng, and her team, Ms Miko Chao, Unit Manager for Industry Support, and Ms Liona Lei. Together, the parties reiterated their common goal to help and support enterprises by bringing in new conceptual thinking for them, as well as intuitive information and resources to enhance value of their products or services – hence promoting higher productivity and stronger competitiveness of firms.

The CPTTM, Centro de Produtividade e de Transferência de Tecnologia, or in English, Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Centre is a non-profit organization jointly established by the Macau Government and the private sector. For further details, please visit www.cpttm.org.mo

Dr Raymond Cheng at RBC2018, Regional Business Conference 2018
Cabanatuan, Philippines (March 12, 2018) – The CEO of Wyith Institute, Dr Raymond Cheng was invited as the Resource Speaker for the First Regional Business Conference (RBC2018) held at the largest shopping mall in Nueva Ecija, SM City Cabanatuan. Organized by the Wesleyan University-Philippines (WU-P), the event attracted over 400 participants, including professors and business majors in management and marketing, from six local universities in the region, namely, College of the Immaculate Conception (CIC), Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST), General De Jesus College (GJC), Araullo University-Phinma (AU), Central Luzon State University (CLSU), and, of course, Wesleyan University-Philippines (WU-P). And because the theme of the conference revolves around developing regional businesses, the title of Dr Cheng's talk was on cultural marketing, a much welcomed topic for the audience. Dr Cheng touched on cultural marketing issues related to consumer markets from the West to all across Asia.

Regional Business Conference, #RBC2018

The event was organized and supervised by Prof Antonio Jose Celis of WU-P, Dr Maria Victoria Cruz, Dean of the College of Business and Accountancy (CBA) of Wesleyan University-Philippines, Prof Kathleen Rose Yalung, CBA Governor Kimberly Valino, CBA-Local Council Adviser Prof Mary Berly Magueflor, and other CBA minor organizations. The Regional Business Conference is a highly respected, premier annual business conference in the region.

Photo on the right (top): Dr Raymond Cheng receives certificate of appreciation from Prof Antonio Jose Celis (1st from left), Dr Maria Victoria Cruz (2nd from left), and Prof Kathleen Rose Yalung (1st from right). Bottom photo: Picture with some of the organizers (in alphabetical order), Rellie Ann, Mike B Bactol, Maya Belza, Januar E de Jesus, Bea R Duatin, Jancis Melosantos, and Luisa Micaela.


Snapshots of RBC2018 held at SM Cabanatuan

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Dr Raymond Cheng at GRAEC2 2018, Baguio City

Dr Raymond Cheng at GRAEC 2017
Baguio, Philippines (March 10, 2018) – Dr Raymond Cheng, CEO of Wyith Institute, was invited as the Resource Speaker for GRAEC2 2018, the 2nd Global Research and Education Conference 2018, organized by Asian Intellect. The conference was endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Philippines and, as usual, over 100 academians attended. This time, Dr Cheng's talk focused on the perspectives of research and its associated methods of thinking and the talk was very well received by the particiapnts. Dr Cheng was also the Resource Speaker for the 1st GRAEC conference held in Cebu in November 2017 (see below).

Dr Raymond Cheng at Wesleyan University Philippines, Cabanatuan City
Cabanatuan, Philippines (February 17, 2018) – Invited as Keynote Speaker for the WU-P International Research Forum organized by the Wesleyan University Philippines in Cabanatuan, Dr Cheng gave a talk to over 700 participants, comprising of faculty members and graduate students at the WU-P University Gymnasium. The talk focused on the concepts of bringing research ideas across boundaries through collaboration, connection and linkages by studying cultural differences. The 3-hour talk was very well-received and highly commented by the audience.

Established in 1946, WU-P was first founded by the Methodist Church as the Philippine Wesleyan College and was elevated to become the Wesleyan University Philippines in 1978, the same year in which the University started offering its first doctoral programme in education. WU-P was granted Deregulated Status by the Commission on Higher Education in 2003 and eventually received its Autonomous Status, also from the Commission on Higher Education, since 2009. With a student population of nearly 8,000, the private, not-for-profit university is now the premier private university in the Nueva Ecija region with its own hospital, the WU-P Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center and Hospital, as well as radio station, DWUP-FM. For details, please see the WU-P website at www.wesleyan.edu.ph


Dr Raymond Cheng at Wesleyan University Philippines 2018


Dr Raymond Cheng signs Memorandum of Agreement with President Pacifico Aniag of Wesleyan University Philippines
Cabanatuan, Philippines (January 26, 2018) – Seizing the unique opportunity in offering quality yet affordable education to ASEAN learners, the Wesleyan University-Philippines (WU-P) from Nueva Ecija, Philippines and Wyith Institute from Hong Kong today announced a partnership that will bring WU-P's graduate programs to potential learners in the neighbouring ASEAN countries via transnational education using Wyith Institute's network across the region. The collaboration, bounded in the form of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA), was signed by President Pacifico Aniag of Wesleyan University-Philippines and Dr Raymond Cheng, CEO of Wyith Institute.

The MoA signing was solemn and was witnessed by both WU-P and Wyith's officials, including Dr Leonita Garcia, VP for Academic Affairs, Dr Michael Fronda, Dean of the Graduate School, and Dr Maria Victoria Cruz, Dean of the College of Business and Accountancy and concurrent Director of Quality Assurance (see photo).

Established in 1946, WU-P was first founded by the Methodist Church and received its Autonomous Status from the Commission on Higher Education in 2009. With a student population of nearly 8,000, the private, not-for-profit university is now the premier private university in the Nueva Ecija region with its own hospital, the WU-P Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center and Hospital, as well as radio station, DWUP-FM. For details, please visit the official WU-P website at www.wesleyan.edu.ph



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Above: Dr Raymond Cheng with approximately 2,000 undergraduate business students participating in his seminar at Central Luzon State University, Muñoz, Philippines, September 30, 2016.

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Recent and upcoming publications:

  MARKETS & CONSUMER BEHAVIOR  
Review of eyewear design and brand development: From culture to collocation to market exploration

R Cheng (2018)
Journal of Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association, Issue 2018 (February), pp.20-23

This paper provides a convenient review of how concepts on the glocalization of markets could possibly help eyewear manufacturers in Hong Kong to widen their scope in the exploration of new markets otherwise hidden from mainstream designers. The paper starts with reviewing previous literature on glocalization from various different angles and continued with looking at practical, real-life examples of how different local cultures around the world has interacted with the meaning of the eyewear and its design (and vice versa) and how these interactions have either hindered the market or could have been applied to create new markets for eyewear.
  ENVIRONMENT & SOCIETY   Water saving versus public opinion
R Cheng, FCK Wong & M Ma (2017)
Proceedings of the 3rd World Congress on Infrastructure Asset Management (INFRAASSETS3), held on October 30-31, 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This paper utilized the data recorded from the Hong Kong Tuen Mun Highway Green Roof Project (covering some 14,000 square meters – the largest green roof project in Asia completed in 2013, see above photo from contractor) in which driplines were installed (with solar wireless automatic irrigation system) and the respective water consumption was monitored for a period of 29 consecutive months. In order to understand the actual public response of the project, the paper combined corpus linguistics methods with engineering techniques to help us understand the difference between the response (in terms of public acceptance) from the perspective of corporate citizenship and the engineering facts (in terms of the actual water saving) from the angle of the pragmatic green-city conservationist.
  INFRASTRUCTURE   Infrastructure asset management review of tall residential buildings of major cities: Chicago, Hong Kong, and Singapore
R Cheng & I Ng (2017)
Journal of Built Environment, Technology and Engineering, Volume 3 (September), pp.130-172

There is only one residential skyscraper within China's top 100 tallest buildings in the crowded 24-million-population city of Shanghai, China (and eleven residential skyscrapers among the 134 tallest buildings, i.e. those taller than 150 metres), whereas there are comparatively a lot more skyscrapers used for residential purposes in equally densely populated cities like Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and, of course, Chicago and New York. This paper, hence, looked, from a historical perspective, how the development of tall buildings in Chicago, Hong Kong and Singapore have evolved to become what we see today. How does the tall building development history of a city help forge the people's view in terms of living in skyscrapers? Would such help provide explanations and hints as to the future development of skyscrapers in the other cities like Shanghai?
  MARKETS & CONSUMER BEHAVIOR   Country-of-origin, brand image, and brand loyalty of branded drugs in Ho Chi Ming City, Vietnam
R Cheng, LT Hong-Loan & LH Nguyen (2017)
Journal of Education & Social Science, Volume 7 (June), Issue 1, pp.228-243

While there has been numerous previous empirical studies investigating into a product's country-of-origin (COO) and its relationship with various factors, including but not limited to brand loyalty, brand awareness and perceived quality, etc., the findings were often inconsistent (Kaynak & Kara, 2000). This is especially true when it comes to the pharmaceutical industry in which the importance of COO seems to depend on the type medicine studied and its use in addition to the usual factors for other non-medicine products (say, perceived quality, product evaluations other than quality, affect, and purchase intentions). This paper aims to look at the pharmaceutical market of Vietnam by studying the people's brand awareness, brand loyalty, perceived quality and preferences toward COO of branded drugs available in the Ho Chi Ming City. Results show that Vietnamese, unlike Americans (as in Quelch's (1997) Aspirin experiment), tend to be biased by COO more than by brands, implying a very different market than some of its Asian neighbors.
  CRIMINAL JUSTICE   A second perspective on the sustained anti-corruption strategy in Hong Kong: A historical review
R Cheng (2017)
Journal of Education & Social Science, Volume 7 (June), Issue 1, pp.219-227
Over the years, Hong Kong has built up a clean culture and is recognized as one of the role models for fighting corruption. Syndicated and petty corruption in the public sector has become a thing of the past and irregularities in the private sector have been reduced substantially (Li, 2001). There has been radical change in the culture too, "from tolerance of corruption to clear rejection" (Chui, 2000). In fact, some of the main reasons for Hong Kong's success include (a) the creation of the unimpeachable anti-corruption agency in 1974, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) which was established with a well-planned long-term strategy that uses a three-pronged attack on corruption via investigation, prevention and education; (b) the attention to all corruption reports; and (c) the ability to maintain confidentiality (de Speville, 1999). In addition, though compelled by public criticism, the recognition of corruption as a real problem by the then British colonial government in Hong Kong and its subsequent commitment to solving it also constituted a major factor of success (Quah, 2004). This "commitment", however, is not just one single policy or legislation, but is a whole range of various complicated administrative policies, legal initiatives, and financial tactics applied consistently and strategically over a long period of time hence effectively creating an environment "suitable for fighting corruption." In this paper, we shall review from a new strategic viewpoint the "passive commitments" of the Hong Kong colonial government in terms of (a) the local economic and social statistics for a 25-year period spanning 1967 thru 1992 and (b) the behavioral patterns and theories of people. We shall also relate the above to see how these had possibly and indirectly contributed to make corruption a low gain and high risk crime and how these had fostered the effectiveness of the corresponding legislations and helped the work of the local anti-corruption agency. Last but not the least, the paper also made recommendations for the future enhancement for the current Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) in its ever on-going combat against corruption by means of using the findings.
  QUALITY RESEARCH TRENDS   Quality research and cultural trends: Is there a cultural pattern that favors service quality research?
R Cheng & C Wong (2017)
International Journal of Business, Economics and Law, Volume 12 (April), Issue 3, pp.1-10

Witell, Lofgren and Dahlgaard (2013) summarized and described the time periods for quality-related researches into three noticeable phases of development, namely, Emergence (1984-1999), Exploration (2000-2008), and Explosion (2009-2012). Such a finding aligns logically with the world cultural values taken from the Inglehart-Welzel cultural map from 1981 to 2015 during which various regions of the world, in general, were all moving away from survival values and have become more self-expressive as the world economy transformed itself from industrial to post-industrial economy (Kenney, 2010, p.215). In fact, more and more researches published during the 'Explosion' period (2009-2012) were geared toward researching into intangible services – which were found to be essential in the modern, post-industrial economics system (Andrii, 2015). This paper, hence, attempted to look at such a trend to see if there are any differences between countries that are 'strong in service quality research' (or 'SERVQUAL' research) and those that are not through determining the differences between the Pearson's correlation coefficients of Hofstede's cultural dimension values (1994; 1997; 2001; 2010) for the list of top 10 countries producing the highest number of service quality related researches as per the research of Wang et al. (2015) and that of all the 70 countries studied by Hofstede. The study revealed that differences in cultural dimensions do exist and that being strong in SERVQUAL research does not necessarily mean having weak (large power distance) or dependent (collectivistic) customers.
  LEADERSHIP & SOCIAL MEDIA   Social networks and the evolution of leadership theories in the technical environment
R Cheng & W Tang (2017)
Southeast Asia Journal of Contemporary Business, Economics and Law, Volume 12 (April), Issue 3 (Economics), pp.9-17

Historically, major over-investment bubbles and their subsequent crashes often bring about profound socioeconomic changes. Leadership style also evolved so as to adopt to such change, from the Great Man Theory (Dobbins & Platz, 1986) to Leader-member Relations (LMX)(Duchon, Green & Taber, 1986). Peer-to-peer technology further expanded the scalability of the already rapidly growing computer networks (Nguyen, 2008) and fostered the adaptation of team work in the technical environment. This paper attempts to look at the evolution of social networks from the early 1980s to the present day along with the evolution of leadership theories over the last 20 years. It is found that there are striking similarities between leadership theories in the technical environment and the advancement of social networks.
  LANGUAGE & SOCIETY   Journal paper review: "A corpus driven study of the potential for vocabulary learning through watching movies" - From incidental vocabulary learning to social development
R Cheng, R Reyes-Moralde & I Ng (2017)
Journal of Education & Social Science, Volume 6 (February), Issue 2, pp.251-262

This review paper attempts to justify and investigate from a different perspective the postulate that there is potential for significant incidental vocabulary learning by watching movies regularly over time. Our paper revealed that such a valuable and incidental learning experience could in fact be slowly fading as our forthcoming generations may no longer appreciate or become unaware of the very moments of those ad hoc, instant and intuitive learning experiences that were once known to the many past generations as incidental and natural as the newer generation's attention span shortens. Those who would, on the contrary, generally come from less developed or developing countries where contact with the English-speaking world is relatively limited.
  FREEDOM OF SPEECH   What does the Inglehart-Welzel cultural map tell us about the freedom of Hong Kong?
R Cheng, AH Yau & S Ho (2016)
Southeast Asia Journal of Contemporary Business, Economics and Law, Volume 11 (December), Issue 3 (Economics), pp.8-15
Hong Kong's press freedom score has been declining over the last 10 years, from #28 in 2005 to some #41 in 2015. Some attributed this to the 'rapidly narrowing' space for free speech since the city was returned to China in 1997. By qualitatively looking at previous landmark court cases and high profile rulings related to areas like the freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, and the right of abode, this review paper attempts to find out if the Inglehart-Welzel cultural values (recorded over the last 20 years) could help explain the current situation in Hong Kong and what insights, via this new perspective, could possibly be derived.
  PRODUCTION QUALITY   How product attributes affect KPI: A case study of a 500-worker metal stamping factory in People's Republic of China
R Cheng & P Li (2016)
International Journal of Business, Economics and Law, Volume 11 (December), Issue 2, pp.16-25
Decoene and Bruggeman (2006) suggested the use of balanced scorecard to help align business strategy with managers' motivation in measuring performance yet such an idea could only work for large enterprises because 'substantial barriers to strategic performance management' do exist for SMEs (Hudson, Smart, & Bourne, 2001) and that 'actionable knowledge' could be hard to acquire when performance for SMEs in itself can already be difficult to measure (Meyer, 2005). This paper, hence, proposed measuring a list of standardized and easy-to-measure KPIs as well as some simple attributes of the products to see if there is any relationship between them. Data were recorded from a relatively small-scale, traditional 500-worker metal stamping factory in China over a period of 9 months (involving 98 shipments of approximately 250,000 pieces of finished products). The results showed that product attributes such as size, complexity (and hence allocation of manpower and production time), pricing and order types (e.g. new vs. repeat orders, urgency of order, etc.) could affect various standard KPIs like defect rates, yield losses, productivity, worker efficiency, etc.
  PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION   A historical review of administrative thoughts from a cultural perspective
R Cheng & I Macapagal (2016)
International Journal of Business, Economics and Law, Volume 11 (December), Issue 3, pp.19-26

Administrative thought is always in a state of continuous change, evolution and adaptation as it has to 'grow' to 'catch up' with the society together with its ever-changing challenges. Dwight Waldo, the prominent American academic figure in public administration, argued in 1947 that the then current administrative theories and thoughts actually grew and evolved since the industrial revolution from the nineteenth-century (McCurdy & Rosenbloom, 2006, p.207). As the society developed from one that was generally moral-based which depended heavily on farming, that is, an agrarian society, to an industrialized nation, productivity of human beings were reorganized and a wide range of resources was redistributed on such an enormous scale never seen before and therefore corresponding updates and changes of organizational bureaucracy in the management of people and production was therefore required. But did these really contributed solely to the evolution of administrative thoughts? This review paper aims to provide an alternative historical review of the core administrative thoughts since the time of Woodrow Wilson to the heterodoxy (circa 1970) of public administration from the feminine and the media cultural perspective – perspectives that most literature review on the subject seems to have ignored.
  VOTING BEHAVIOR   Voters versus the corpus of fictional President of the United States
R Cheng (2015)
Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (JSSH), Volume 23, July 2015 (Special Issue), pp.85-112, Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Voting behaviour changes over time and voters today are no longer loyal to traditional 'political brands'. This paper, hence, try to explore, through constructing 'action corpora' using novels, movies and TV dramas from the last 50 years (1960-2012) relating to fictional US presidents to see what the mass media have been conveying to the public subconsciously over time. How did the powerful media bias right before elections could have caused vote swings?
  ENVIRONMENT & SOCIETY   Too much water or too few drops?
R Cheng & M Ma (2015)
Proceedings of the 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies (APCSEET), July 2-5, 2015, University of Seoul, Republic of Korea
This paper studied and recorded the actual implementation of the Hong Kong Tuen Mun Highway Green Roof Project in which some 14,000 square meters of greenroof was installed along the Tuen Mun Highway in Hong Kong. The project was the largest green roof project in Asia (as of 2013) and its respective water consumption, temperatures recorded above and beneath the greenroof was monitored for a period of 36 consecutive months and its effectiveness was discussed.
  LANGUAGE & BUSINESS   Business pragmatics: Why are we being polite?
R Cheng (2015)
International Journal of Business, Economics and Law, Volume 6 (April), Issue 2, pp.27-32

Politeness in business has become more of a forced phenomenon of mutual concession, a pragmatic means to an end, or even a new form of reciprocal comity resulting from the inevitable mutual co-existence and quests for sustainability of nations, let alone international trade and relations. But when did politeness escape from the self and evolved to become a business phenomenon?
  NUTRITION   Caffeine in pre-packaged tea leaves: A food labelling concern
C Wong, R Cheng & H Man (2014)
Journal of Hong Kong Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences (HKIMLS) 2013-2014, Volume 14, Issue 1 & 2, pp.59-70
This paper aims to determine the caffeine content of prepackaged brands of tea leaves available in the market via the HPLC-PDA method. Prepackaged tea leaves including white, black, oolong, green and pu-erh were examined. Using the Agilent TC-C18 column, caffeine contents in the tea leaves were studied via reversed-phase HPLC with a wavelength setting of 280 nm. Samples were isocratically eluted with a mobile phase consisting of 1% acetic acid and acetonitrile in the ratio of 8:2 with a flow rate of 1.0mL/min. Extraction of caffeine in boiling water was performed to mimic the real-life situation of tea drinking. Results showed that the caffeine content we found ranged from 13mg/g (or 13,000ppm) to 38mg/g (or 38,000ppm), way beyond the 200ppm US FDA regulatory standard.

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the HKSAR


Known as the Pearl of the Orient, the city of Hong Kong is situated at the crossroad between East and West. And hence, to celebrate its 20th anniversary of establishment as the HKSAR under the People's Republic of China, Wyith Institute is launching a series of multicultural performances and variety shows manifesting the intercultural bridge of the modern metropolis under the Belt-and-Road Initiative. Bringing together nearly 30 years of experience, ranging from backstage operations, TV series, silverscreen cinema to music production, our professional staff will be directing, with a distinct flavour and character, Wyith's stage operations projects, starting September 2017, at several different government theatres. Please stay tuned for our upcoming announcements! For other celebration, see www.hksar20.gov.hk








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