My Reflections on HEDW Conference 2019  – Jane Hu, NYU Shanghai

Second in a series from the recipients of the Cathy Lester grant, that funded their attendance at the  conference

“As a first-time attendee, the first shock after several sessions was how it is possible that everything being discussed is so relevant to what is happening back in my institution. Coming from a newly-established joint venture, I used to think what we encountered were not existing elsewhere, so we might need to figure out solutions from scratch. However, in this community where attention is focused, minds are similar, efforts are never spared, the experience shared by other institutions not only gave us confidence in addressing these challenges, but also ideas, enlightenments, solutions, and even lessons to avoid.

Another essential takeaway is the importance to approach the goal step by step. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is the transformation towards a data-informed institution. Despite having a list of a hundred things I would like to go back and implement, I also learned to prioritize certain efforts, which as generously shared by other participants, would be key to the success of such data initiatives and projects.

This has been an incredible experience for me, and would definitely inform the data warehousing efforts at my institution.”

Best regards,


Jane Hu 胡吉

Head of Institutional Analytics

Chancellors’ Office 校长办公室

NYU Shanghai 上海纽约大学