Venturing in the Greater Bay Area for Development: Citizens’ Perceptions and Graduates’ Experiences

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In the last year or so, the Chinese Government has called for active participation of Hong Kong and Macau, the two Special Administrative Regions of the Mainland, to engage in deep collaboration with sisters cities in the Greater Bay Area of Guangdong province. International research related to global city and urbanization has suggested the success and continual development of global cities depends upon their collaboration with the hinterland. Capturing the golden development opportunities of the Greater Bay Area seem to be appealing to citizens in Hong Kong. This paper sets out this policy context to examine how Hong Kong citizens perceive and evaluate the opportunities given and what actual experience that students from Hong Kong and Macau graduating from university education in the Mainland found. This paper would offer perspectives and insights in understanding policy ideals and policy realities when different levels of governments (especially local governments) implement the policies orchestrated by central government at a highly macro level.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2018
EventThe IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research - Hong Kong: Innovation Entrepreneurship and Value - Lingnan University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 19 Oct 201821 Oct 2018


ConferenceThe IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research - Hong Kong
Abbreviated titleCHER-HongKong2018
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
OtherIn recent years, governments in East Asia have called for a university-industry-business collaboration to support innovation and entrepreneurship. With the growing importance of technology advancement and its potential impact on social and economic changes, different strategies have been adopted to promote a smart city, innovation and entrepreneurship across different countries. The IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research – Hong Kong (CHER-HongKong) sets out against the wider political economy context to examine how governments, universities, industries and businesses, and the community at large in Asia, work together to nurture innovation and entrepreneurship not only for reasons of economic growth, but also for social development and cultural enhancement.

The HKSAR Government has realised that innovation, information and technology, and entrepreneurship are important drivers for new economic growth. Thus, the HKSAR has proactively supported innovation and creativity for economic development and knowledge transfer activities. In order to capture the development opportunities given by the Big Bay Area in South China and the strategic development directions under the “Belt and Road Initiatives” rolled out by the Chinese Government, the HKSAR Government has actively called the university sector to engage with the industries and businesses, as well as the local, regional and international community to work together to promote innovation-centric entrepreneurship. The Conference organised in Hong Kong against the regional development context outlined above will provide stimulating conversations and dialogues for conference participants.

This conference offers the international platform for higher education researchers, senior university administrators, government officials, policy analysts, and professionals working across industries and education to explore new strategies/measures in support of innovation-centric entrepreneurship. Meanwhile, this conference also engages presenters and participants to examine policy, management and governance, ethical and value issues when promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and value.
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