CY plays up HK connection

HONG Kong’s universities and professionals could serve as ‘super connectors’ to one belt, one road participating countries, the chief executive said.

“Our world-class universities and use of English as the teaching language draw overseas students,” Leung Chun-ying (梁振英) told a summit on 18 May.

“We welcome and encourage cultural exchanges and interactions of our young people through scholarships and exchange programmes.”

A special belt and road office will be set up, he said.

The ‘belt’ and ‘road’ refer to the Silk Road Economic Belt (絲綢之路經濟帶) and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (21世紀海上絲綢之路), respectively.

Leung was speaking at the inaugural Belt and Road Summit (一帶一路高峰論壇) held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (香港會議展覽中心) in Wan Chai (灣仔).

In his policy address in January, Leung said HK$1 billion will be earmarked for one belt, one road scholarships to fund 100 overseas students to come and study in Hong Kong.

Critics have slammed the plan, saying it will reduce undergraduate places for locals.

The government’s Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education (公民教育委員會) set out guidelines last month, enabling locals wanting to pursue studies in the mainland, the Middle East (中東) and western Asia (西亞) to be funded.

Apart from education, Leung also spoke about the SAR’s ‘world-class’ professional services which can become a ‘super connector’ for the mainland and other belt and road participating countries.

“Hong Kong’s accounting, legal, dispute resolution, risk assessment, engineering, consulting, project management and many other services are highly regarded for their professional ethics, competence and global outlook,” he said.

(This article is published on The Student Standard on 23 May 2016)

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