Walter King Yan HO , PhD /

ADDRESS: 4-1-1, Tokyo Gakugei University, Nukui-Kita Koganei, Tokyo, 184-8501, Japan

Walter Ho received his Master and Ph.D. (in physical education, (PE)) from Sydney University, Australia. His research interests focused on Quality Physical Education (QPE), sports sociology, health development in children, physical activities, exercise psychology, and gender issues. Before joining the University of Macau, he worked as a PE teacher (primary and secondary schools) and served as Sport / Curriculum Development Officer (Sports Development Board and Curriculum Development Institute), in Hong Kong SAR for almost 12 years. While working in these two institutes, he helped to manage projects such as the GO! Sports Program, Fitness Award Scheme for school children, Wushu curriculum development, and the curriculum reform works of Learning to Learn in PE in Hong Kong SAR. Walter joined the University of Macau (UM) (Faculty of Education) in 2003 as Assistant Professor and finished his 20 years’ service at UM in 2023. Dr. Ho is now serving as the Research Fellow at Tokyo Gakugei University and headed the research project in improving the quality development of PE.

When he served in the University of Macau, he was appointed as program coordinator (2003 to 2008), to coordinate the development of new Bachelor Program for Primary and Pre-Primary Education, and the Postgraduate Program in PE and Sport Studies in 2005. In addition, he also served as Associate and Interim College Master (Choi Kai Yau College) from 2016 to 2019. Furthermore, Walter is associated with several international sports organizations. He was the President of the International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sports (ISCPES) and Vice-President (Education) of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) from 2009 to 2016. The ICSSPE has partnerships with UNESCO, WHO, and Olympic Organization. Before he was elected as President of ISCPES, he served as the secretary for the 16th Biennial Conference of ISCPES in 2008. Due to his link to sports promotion, he served as the secretary of the 7th National University Rock Climbing Championship in 2009 in Macau.

Walter is an active researcher and has successfully conducted several global projects. Currently, he is the principal investigator of the global research work in Quality Physical Education. This project spans over >35 countries/regions from four continents. He has published >80 research papers/articles, presented papers in >80 conferences/seminars, supervised >60 thesis research, and author/editor in 3 books (“Social Perspectives in PE”, “Research Methodology in Sport and Exercise Science”, and “Current Issues in Contemporary Comparative PE and Sport”).