SCUT strengthens ties with HK University of Science and Technology
November 02,2017 22:01:03 readCount:407

SCUT will build a stronger partnership with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) to promote cooperation in student training and scientific research, in particular leveraging opportunities created by the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area city clusters.
A delegation of HKUST including its Executive Vice President Professor Wei Shyy and Vice President Professor Nancy Y. Ip visited SCUT’s campus on October 26, and was received by SCUT’s President Professor Wang Yingjun and Vice President Professor Zhu Min.
Wang Yingjun pointed out that the initiative of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area city clusters has created favorable conditions for universities in Guangdong and Hong Kong to work together and seek for mutual development.
She expected to see SCUT and HKUST, on the basis of the previous partnership and close connections between faculties and students, exploring a diverse range of cooperative patterns in multiple fields and, for instance, deepening collaboration in scientific research and talent fostering with support of a team led by Professor Tang Benzhong, who is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and is now holding academic positions in both universities.
She also proposed cooperation in cross-disciplinary fields that are able to produce talented graduates who are strongly needed around the globe. These efforts, supported by the platform of SCUT’s Guangzhou International Campus, will serve the innovation-driven development strategy of the country and the region.
Wei Shyy agreed that the emergence of the concept of the Greater Bay Area is a rare opportunity for universities in Hong Kong and Guangdong to work together in a productive way. He looked forward to extending the partnership with SCUT in student training and scientific research, which can be based on building a joint research institute with the strengths of HKUST’s Fok Ying Tung Research Institute and SCUT.
During the meeting, Zhu Min and Nancy Y. Ip, representing SCUT and HKUST, signed an agreement on starting the program of “Global China Studies 3+X”, which will open application to SCUT’s students who major in humanities and social sciences to study China studies in Hong Kong.
First addressed in China’s 13th Five-Year Plan, the idea of building the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is an updated version of previous regional development initiatives, such as the Pearl River Delta and the Pan-Pearl River Delta, and will provide strong support for an upgraded economy in China and drive economic development in the southern China.
According to the annual government work report in 2017, the country will draw up a plan for the development of a city cluster in the Greater Bay Area, give full play to the distinctive strengths of Hong Kong and Macao, and elevate their positions and roles in the country's economic development and opening up.

Source from the Office for Hong Kong, Macao & Taiwan Affairs
Translated by Xu Peimu
Edited by Xu Peimu and Cheng Yu