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10 Aug 2022

CUHK makes submission to 2022 Policy Address via public consultation

10 Aug 2022

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) today made a formal submission as part of the public consultation process ahead of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s (HKSAR) Inaugural Policy Address scheduled to be delivered on 19 October 2022.

CUHK’s submission outlines a range of proposals for how Hong Kong’s higher education system can further support the development of One Country Two Systems and further integration with national development. Major recommendations include:

(1)Boosting research and innovation capacity for the knowledge economy – by investing in research infrastructure in high-value areas such as quantum computing and remote sensing; research and development in areas linked to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; setting targets and increasing public research and development investment to a minimum of 1.5% of GDP; scaling up Hong Kong’s Global STEM Professorship Scheme; attracting mainland research institutions to set up in the Northern Metropolis

(2)Powering skills and knowledge for tomorrow’s prosperity – by scaling up programmes to connect undergraduates with industry; building more service learning programmes so young people develop a sense of social responsibility; boost availability of postgraduate degree places so more young people can climb the skills chain; incentivise philanthropic investments in universities which aim to harness university research and education for wider public benefit

(3)Building Hong Kong’s global reputation through international education and attracting international talent – by investing in scholarships and financial aid to promote Hong Kong’s universities in Belt & Road countries; engage and incentivise local businesses to sponsor student tuition fees; establish an elite global scholarship scheme to attract the best and brightest students to Hong Kong; benchmark immigration policies with major international education destinations to fill local talent shortages; launch landmark science and education global leaders forum to put Hong Kong back on the global map; consider a new Greater Bay Area “2+2” degree programme for students to experience the Guangdong – Hong Kong – Macao Greater Bay Area

CUHK Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rocky S. Tuan said, “Hong Kong’s development will only thrive when young people achieve well-rounded development. The education and research we provide is essential in providing Hong Kong and the nation with the skills needed to transform economies, create wealth, and supply the talent for industrial transformation. This document sets out a range of ideas for how we can build on our foundations, ensure that Hong Kong’s universities equip students with well-rounded development, and how Hong Kong’s universities can contribute further to the nation, and the critical role we can play in bridging China and the world under the framework of One Country Two Systems.”

CUHK’s submission also includes a case study of how Hong Kong’s universities successfully operate under the One Country Two Systems framework, and some suggested university sector responses to the “four proposals” for Hong Kong made by President Xi Jinping during his keynote speech to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR and the inauguration ceremony of the HKSAR’s sixth-term government.