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媒体专访 | 刘宁荣教授: HKU SPACE, Shenzhen to foster talents for Bay Area

26 Feb 2019

HONG KONG - The University of Hong Kong’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE) is to work jointly with Shenzhen to produce high-end talents with global horizons and fuel the transition of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area into a professional services hub.

“A growing number of talents in the Bay Area will be a boost for the development of the professional services industry.” —— Liu Ningrong, Principal of the HKU SPACE Institute for China Business (ICB) and the Executive Academy (SEA)

The move, revealed by Liu Ningrong, principal of the HKU SPACE Institute for China Business (ICB) and the Executive Academy (SEA), comes a week after the release of the much-awaited blueprint for the Bay Area’s development.

The two academies are in discussions with the government of Shenzhen’s Futian district -- the city’s central business district – about long-term cooperation plans, Liu told China Daily.

The Futian government will provide permanent teaching venues for the ICB and SEA in Shenzhen, and the first step is expected to be taken this year, he said.

At present, the HKU SPACE is already conducting some teaching activities in Shenzhen at temporary venues.

“The move will make the academies’ programs more accessible to those not only within the Bay Area, but also beyond it,” said Liu.

For the long term, the two institutions and Shenzhen will also work together to set up an affiliated school in the city to provide more professional-orientated programs and courses to meet the community’s growing needs.

The two academies currently offer more than 20 postgraduate programs in various fields, including human resources management, marketing, finance and innovation management. So far, about 12,000 Chinese mainland students have graduated from the ICB and SEA -- 4,000 of them from the Bay Area.

The HKU SPACE is an extension of the HKU, providing full and part-time courses ranging from short and professional courses to certificate, bachelor and master programs in various subjects.

Liu reckoned the HKU SPACE’s plan is in line with the objectives listed in the Bay Area blueprint, which outlines support for higher education institutions from Guangdong province, Hong Kong and Macao in jointly operating education institutions, and encourages the joint development of academic programs, laboratories and research centers in competitive fields.

The development outline also stresses the nation’s plan to develop a talent pool within the area.

The two academies are ready to serve as a cradle to nurture more talents in various professional fields, such as business, medical management, as well as the cultural and creative industries, Liu said.

“A growing number of talents in the Bay Area will be a boost for the development of the professional services industry,” he stressed. Such joint work will accelerate the flow of personnel and talents in the region, and help keep the region's vitality.

In addition, a new three-month program for fresh graduates -- the Mentor and Apprentice program -- is expected to be rolled out in September, according to Liu.

In classes and workshops, experienced experts will guide young students in exploring the industries they’re interested in, helping them to pass on what they’ve learned in future.

“This will enable young people to adapt to their pursuits in careers, and enrich the Bay Area’s talent pool,” Liu remarked.

To date, a number of universities in Hong Kong have set branches or research centers in the mainland cities covered in the Bay Area, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong Baptist University. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology also plans to set up a new campus in Guangzhou.

From: China Daily Hong Kong | 2019-02-25 | By Kathy Zhang