Emeritus Professor Kwong Lee Dow

Honorary Professorial Fellow

Melbourne CSHE

Kwong was born and educated in Melbourne.

After brief periods as a school science teacher and a College lecturer in Chemistry, in 1966 he joined the University of Melbourne as a founding senior lecturer in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, beginning a career in the University which formally finished at the end of 2004. He was appointed Professor of Education in 1973, was Dean of the Education faculty from 1978 to 1998, then Deputy Vice- Chancellor to 2003, and Vice-Chancellor through 2004.

Over the years he held Victorian government appointments as chair of the Victorian Institute of Secondary Education 1976-84, and chair of the Victorian Board of Studies, later Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, from 1997 through 2003. Among other things, these bodies had responsibility for year 12 examinations, curriculum and other assessments. In 1997 he led a review of the Victorian Certificate of Education.

Nationally, he was a member of the Higher Education Council of the National Board of Employment, Education and Training 1988-94, which included involvements with the Schools Council, the Employment and Skills Formation Council, and the Australian Research Council. He led reviews of Special Research Centres and of Key Centres for Teaching and Research, and chaired a review of what now is Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education during this period. Separately, but within the NBEET structure, he was a member of the Australian Language and Literacy Council 1992-95.

Later he was a member of the Australian government Review of Higher Education Financing and Policy ( West Review- 1997-98), and in 2002-03 he chaired a Commonwealth Review of Teaching and Teacher Education. Through its existence from 2004 to 2009 he was Deputy Chair of Teaching Australia- the national institute for quality teaching and school leadership.

Internationally he was from 1992 a member of the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation, being the longest serving member when he departed in 2003. He was Advisor to the Provisional Governing Council of the Hong Kong Institute of Education  served on its Council from 1994 to 1998, and remained involved with this Institute in different ways over the following decade. He participated in an international Review of the National Institute of Education in Singapore (2001), and has been an audit member of three New Zealand universities (Waikato 1999, Otago 2002, Victoria University in Wellington 2005).In 2008 he was member of an informal accreditation panel for King Saud University, and early the following year advised the Ministry of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia on national accreditation issues.

For six months in 2006 Kwong was appointed Vice-Chancellor (pro-tem) in the University of Ballarat. In that year he also advised the University of New England on a plagiarism matter, and in the following year he undertook an investigation for the Victorian government on issues relating to the Melbourne campus of Central Queensland University. In 2008 he conducted a review of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for DEEWR to contribute to the Bradley Review of Australian Higher Education. Also in that year he chaired an independent panel which advised the Australian Minister for Education on funding universities from the Learning and Teaching Performance Fund. He was a member of the equivalent panel in 2007.

In 2009 Kwong chaired an expert panel established by the Victorian government which delivered a 'Report advising on the development of Victorian Tertiary Education' in late December. Also in 2009 he chaired a small selection committeefor awarding the undergraduate and postgraduate Prime Minister's Asia-Australia Endeavour Awards.

From 2010 Kwong has become a member of the Council of Bond University. Presently, he is advising the Victorian government on a tertiary education provision plan for south- east Melbourne.


Kwong was appointed Member of the Order of Australia in 1984, received the Sir James Darling Medal of the Australian College of Educators in 1994, and has received honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Melbourne (2004), the University of Ballarat (2007) and the Hong Kong Institute of Education (2009). In 2005 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, and in 2007 a Career Achievement Award from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.