Prof. Rocky Tuan, Vice-Chancellor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) led a delegation to participate in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau University Alliance Annual Meeting and Presidents Forum 2018 on July 9. CUHK delegates included Prof. Fok Tai-fai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Wong Suk-ying, Associate Vice President; Prof. Chu Ming Chung, Professor of Physics; and Ms Wing Wong, Director of Academic Links (China).
Themed "New-era Opportunities: Mission of University", the event was held at Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU), attracting over 200 participants from 28 member alliance universities and government officials across Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao. Discussions were held to explore further collaboration among the members, jointly promoting the advancement of higher education in the three regions.
As the Vice-Chairperson of the Alliance, Prof. Tuan gave a speech on behalf of Hong Kong institutions at the opening ceremony. "We should combine the strengths of each member university. Co-operation in curriculum and academic resources sharing between universities in the three regions should be encouraged, in order to create more opportunities of experiential learning, innovation and entrepreneurship activities and internships for our students. We sincerely hope that governments in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao can provide substantive support to such developments where in need." Prof. Tuan remarked. The first session of the Presidents Forum entitled "How to advance the collaboration of talent cultivation in universities of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao to serve the development of Greater Bay Area', was hosted by Prof. Tuan to facilitate discussion and share insights among university leaders.
During the event, CUHK and SYSU concluded a collaboration agreement on research collaboration in Precision Medicine and Environmental Sustainability. The partnership targets at building the "Healthy Bay 2030" framework regarding health care research in the Greater Bay Area. Inauguration ceremony of "Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Supercomputer Alliance" was also held. The Supercomputer Alliance aims at gathering talents of computational science in promoting the application and research of supercomputer in the three regions, enhancing the formation of inno-tech hub at the Greater Bay Area.
Established in November 2016 and initiated by CUHK together with SYSU and the University of Macau (UM), the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau University Alliance is a higher education platform which aspires to extend the current efforts of elite universities in promoting academic cooperation in the three regions. The partnership fosters collaboration in various areas including scientific research, student interflow, cultural and innovation exchange as well as policy study. Members of the Alliance include ten universities from the Guangdong Province, nine universities from Hong Kong, as well as seven institutions from Macau.