Delving into the GBA: Policy forum on education reform and workforce mobility in the GBA debates the big issues

Group photo of presenters and discussants on Day 1.

CUHK’s Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research organised a major forum focused on the educational needs of the Guangdong – Hong Kong – Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). Held over two days in June, the Forum attracted over 150 people both face-to-face and online, with the event providing attendees with a platform for in-depth discussion on a range of issues concerning education policy in the emerging southern Chinese megapolis.

Dean of Faculty of Education Professor Xitao Fan (left) and Director of HKIER Professor Heung Sang Stephen Wong (right) delivering welcoming speeches.

The Forum formed part of the Research Consortium on Education Policy and Development in the GBA, which brings together 16 leading international researchers. The Forum attracted speakers from scholars representing a diverse range of institutions in the GBA as well as elsewhere in mainland China, Australia, and the United States.

Opening the Forum, CUHK’s Dean of Education Professor Fan Xitao said he hoped the event would play a key role in strengthening CUHK’s links with the GBA, and that the University to be an important research hub for education policy across the region. Similarly, Director of the Hong Kong Institute for Educational Research (HKIER) Professor Stephen Wong Heung Sang said he hoped the event seeded stronger communication and collaborations between researchers from different regions, and that it would lead to deeper research to contribute to the GBA’s education policy needs.

Speakers presented on a range of issues including higher education development, education and labour market outcomes, youth development, wellbeing, and national identity.

The Forum was co-organised by Professor Kenneth K. Wong from Brown University and Professor Dongshu Ou, Associate Director of HKIER, CUHK and was co-sponsored by the Tin Ka Ping Foundation and the CUHK Guangdong – Hong Kong – Macao University Alliance Symposium’s GBA Fund.

More details of the Forum are available here.


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