GBA is essential to HK’s being international schooling hub


Liu Ningrong says Guangdong”s efforts to increase its studying and enterprise alternatives provide a chance to work with SAR

Once I got here to the town and joined the College of Hong Kong on the flip of the twenty first century, mass larger schooling was nonetheless not the norm. Whereas the Hong Kong Particular Administrative Area authorities made super efforts to extend the chance of upper schooling for school-leavers, it has been making an attempt to remodel the town into the area’s schooling hub, however the inspiration as of right this moment has not been fulfilled.

A number of the key causes embrace however usually are not restricted to the next (three) components:

The dearth of a transparent schooling coverage. The Hong Kong authorities acknowledged its objective to change into an schooling hub and created a coverage framework to assist initiatives to attain this objective, however this has not materialized due to unclear insurance policies, and didn’t drive Hong Kong to change into an schooling hub.

The land scarcity and stress have threatened the education-hub standing of Hong Kong. Due to the land scarcity in Hong Kong, a lot of the universities within the metropolis have restricted area for enlargement. In contrast with Singapore, which can also be dealing with challenges to safeguard tutorial freedom when establishing campuses for world-renowned universities, Hong Kong is entrenched with many disadvantages.

Fewer job alternatives and profession stagnation for college graduates. Whereas Hong Kong has loved financial development over the past 20 years, solely restricted alternatives lie in choose sectors comparable to monetary companies and banking. The state of affairs has worsened, with recorded drops in beginning salaries in numerous industries.

The gloomier prospects of driving Hong Kong to be Asia’s international schooling hub, nonetheless, may very well be overcome. The dream begins to loom massive on the horizon because of nearer integration throughout the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Higher Bay Space, which is able to present a lot broader benefits that Hong Kong alone can’t provide.

First, the Guangdong provincial authorities and native governments within the GBA have been closely concerned in establishing the area as a vacation spot for larger schooling.

Not like Silicon Valley and the New York Metropolis metropolitan space, the GBA cities in Guangdong, together with Shenzhen, lack top-notch universities. Thus, the Guangdong provincial authorities and native governments endeavor to draw extra world-class universities. They’ve been very supportive of establishing campuses for Hong Kong establishments, as they supply land and a supporting coverage to allow the establishments to settle in easily. The federal government throughout the border clearly sees the massive advantages of such an funding in larger schooling.

Second, the GBA is positioned to change into the high-tech powerhouse in China’s efforts to constantly stimulate financial development and higher take part within the international economic system. Thus, it’s going to present alternatives to draw new industries and entice each native and worldwide corporations to arrange operations.

Because the GBA’s economies proceed to drive China’s transformation to innovation, in comparison with Hong Kong alone, the GBA has edges to draw extra Chinese language mainland residents to check at universities within the GBA and supply them with extra job alternatives. There isn’t any doubt that economies within the GBA will dominate the world, and future development might be sustained as one of the crucial essential areas in China to combine with the world within the post-pandemic period.

Third, the GBA can host each home and overseas larger schooling suppliers to strengthen its tutorial alternate and collaboration.

Along with the Shenzhen College and the Southern College of Science and Know-how, a brand new college — the GBA College —might be in-built Dongguan. Moreover the colleges from Hong Kong, the GBA may also have interaction with many abroad universities, which might additionally improve the alternate of cutting-edge data within the GBA. Hong Kong ought to and may play a way more essential function in selling such tutorial collaboration and analysis with abroad universities within the GBA.

Nevertheless, Hong Kong, as the most important participant driving the GBA to be Asia’s larger schooling powerhouse and entice extra abroad college students, wants higher recognition. The celebrated rating of the colleges in Hong Kong among the many high tutorial establishments on the planet has empowered Hong Kong to be better-positioned as the tutorial hub for Asia. Academic cooperation have to be intensified in Asia. This contains convertible instructional credentials, which ought to begin from cities crossing the border to the north. And Hong Kong can contribute to this growth with its present greatest practices. Following the Belt and Highway Initiative, the GBA universities might additionally make efforts to recruit college students from Southeast Asia and different BRI nations, which is able to make Hong Kong Asia’s really international schooling hub.

The creator is deputy director of the College of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Skilled and Persevering with Training.

The views don’t essentially mirror these of China Every day.