Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao University Alliance holds online forum to discuss collaborative innovation and education development in GBA

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao University Alliance today (10 July) held its fourth Annual Meeting and Presidents’ Forum online. More than 100 people from the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, including university heads and representatives from 40 universities as well as experts and scholars, participated in the online event and had in-depth discussions on how to continue to promote collaborative innovation and education development in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) during the post-pandemic period. An alliance for smart university campuses in the GBA was also established during the event.

It is the first time the alliance has held its annual meeting online. The theme of this year's meeting was ‘Marching Forward Amidst Difficulties’. At the opening ceremony, Rocky Tuan, vice chancellor and president of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, gave a welcome speech. Other distinguished guests who also spoke at the event include Xu Yongji, deputy managing director of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Office of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs, Ministry of Education; Jiang Jianxiang, director of the Department of Education, Science and Technology of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR; Zhu Chaohua, deputy director of the Department of Education of Guangdong Province; Chang Kun Hong, deputy director of the Higher Education Bureau of Macao; Choi Yuk Lin, deputy director of the Education Bureau of Hong Kong; and Luo Jun, president of the alliance and president of Sun Yat-sen University.

This year's presidents’ forum was composed of two parts. The theme of the first part, chaired by Rocky Tuan, was ‘how the alliance continues to promote collaborative innovation in the GBA during the post-pandemic period’. The theme of the second part, chaired by Yonghua Song, was ‘how the alliance continues to promote education development in the GBA during the post-pandemic period’. Rector Song said at the forum that the continued development of the alliance can not be realised without opening up to the outside world. He thanked university heads for providing suggestions for collaborative innovation and education development in the GBA.  

Established in 2016, the university alliance was initiated by UM, Sun Yat-sen University, and CUHK. Sun Yat-sen University serves as the chair of the alliance while UM and CUHK serve as the vice chairs. So far, 40 universities in the GBA have joined the alliance. Its member universities hold academic forums and exchange activities on a regular basis to promote collaboration in scientific research and technological innovation, in order to nurture outstanding talent for the area. This year’s forum was supported by the Office of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs, Ministry of Education; the Department of Education of the Guangdong province; Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, the People’s Government of Guangdong Province; the Department of Science and Technology of Guangdong Province; the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong; the Education Bureau of Hong Kong; the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Macao; and the Higher Education Bureau of Macao

Source: Global Affairs Office

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Released on 2020-07-10 18:35

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao University Alliance Annual Meeting and Presidents’ Forum

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao University Alliance Annual Meeting and Presidents’ Forum
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Yonghua Song

Yonghua Song
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Representatives from universities in the GBA attend the online forum

Representatives from universities in the GBA attend the online forum
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