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Leading universities come together to form the Beijing - Hong Kong Universities Alliance

Leading universities come together to form the Beijing – Hong Kong Universities Alliance

On 13 April, the Beijing – Hong Kong
Universities Alliance (BHUA) was officially
launched
to forge strong ties among universities in Beijing and Hong Kong.

Led
by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
(HKUST) and Peking University, the Alliance
is jointly initiated by multiple universities in Beijing and Hong Kong. It will
serve as a high-level platform to deepen institutional cooperation in talents
nurturing and scientific research, enhancing the quality of higher education in
two cities and contributing to the national development and global growth.

The
12 Beijing institutions attending the ceremony today are: Peking University,
Beihang University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing Institute of
Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing University of Technology,
Capital Medical University, Capital Normal University, Capital University of
Economics and Business, Renmin University of China, Tsinghua University and
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The 8
attending institutions from Hong Kong are: The Hong Kong University of Science
and Technology, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University,
Lingnan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Education
University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and The
University of Hong Kong.

Representatives
from Hong Kong and Chinese Governments, as well as university leaders from Hong
Kong and Beijing, attended the launching ceremony held at HKUST. Officiating
guests included Chinese Minister of Education Mr Chen Baosheng, Deputy Director
of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong SAR Prof
Tan Tieniu, Director-General of Beijing Municipal Education Commission Dr Liu
Yuhui, and Hong Kong Secretary for Education Mr Kevin Yeung.

This
year, the Alliance will hold sessions including a President’s Forum in the
Beijing-Hong Kong Economic Cooperation Symposium to extend such high-level
exchange to the higher education sector of the two places. The Symposium is a
major event that promotes business cooperation between Beijing and Hong Kong since
1997.

Prof
Tan Tieniu, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s
Government in Hong Kong SAR said he is delighted to see the formal
establishment of the alliance – a high-level collaboration among major
universities from Beijing and Hong Kong, which he believed will contribute to
the merging of Hong Kong into the nation’s development strategy – such as the
One Belt One Road initiative.

Mr
Kevin Yeung, Hong Kong Secretary for Education, said his bureau has always been
supportive of the strengthening of collaboration among Hong Kong, Mainland and
overseas universities. He added that Hong Kong’s higher education sector has
earned high acclaims in the global arena with its excellence in many areas and
he hoped our local universities would scale new heights through collaboration
with top-notch universities in Mainland China.

HKUST
is the coordinating university of the Hong Kong participants in the Alliance. Prof
Wei Shyy, Acting President of HKUST said the alliance encourages and
facilitates universities of Beijing and Hong Kong to learn from and collaborate
with each other.

“It
(the Alliance) can substantially help us abreast of the development of Mainland
China, while offering our Beijing partners more insight into Hong Kong
universities’ well-established international standing. Together, we can
capitalize on the new opportunities regionally and globally and further advance
our performance in education, research and knowledge transfer,” he said.

The
launch came after a meeting in Beijing last June between a delegation led by
the Hong Kong Education Bureau comprising leaders of Hong Kong universities,
and officials of the Ministry of Education and the Beijing Municipal Education
Commission, as well as representatives from Beijing universities. 

Attendees
believed the partnership will not only facilitate exchange of ideas, innovation
and technology between the two cities, it will also foster institutional and
student cooperation, as well as synergy among the alliance members through
sharing of resources.  Participating
institutions, for example, could have access to library resources and research
facilities at other member universities.

Meanwhile, the Guangdong-Hong
Kong-Macau University Alliance
, launched in 2016, has taken forward
collaborations such as a co-operation agreement signed last June to facilitate
exchanges and sharing of resources among the libraries of the leading
universities of the three places.

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