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Launch of joint research centre with South China University of Technology

Launch of joint research centre with South China University of Technology

To monitor and study developments relating to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) initiative, Lingnan University and the South China University of Technology have teamed up to establish the “Joint Research Centre for Greater Bay Area - Social Policy and Governance”.

 

The centre facilitates exchange and research activities focusing on policy and economic issues. It is the first time local and mainland universities have agreed to collaborate in studying social policy and governance matters affecting the GBA.

 

The official opening ceremony was hosted on 18 May by Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho, Vice-President of Lingnan University, and Prof Wang Zhiqiang, Dean of the School of Public Administration at South China University of Technology. They used the occasion to release the findings of their first joint research project, entitled “Surveys on Youth and University Students’ Perceptions on Development Opportunities in the Greater Bay Area”.

 

The survey indicates that 50 per cent of the young residents and 45 per cent of the university students had a positive attitude towards development in the GBA. Nonetheless, only 35 per cent of the respondents in both groups expressed a willingness to work there. Around 20 per cent of young residents and 30 per cent of university students responded “Do not know/Cannot comment” in the survey, demonstrating a wait-and-see attitude towards working in the GBA.

 

The main research was conducted in March and April this year by means of a web-based questionnaire which obtained feedback from two distinct groups. One group was of 1,214 young Hong Kong residents aged between 18 and 35. The other group was 472 local university students who submitted replies.

 

Divided into three major parts, the research covered:

  1. Perceptions of development opportunities in the GBA among Hong Kong’s young people;
  2. Their willingness to work in the GBA;
  3. Their understanding and perception of policies which are preferential for Hong Kong residents.

 

Part I: Hong Kong youth’s perception of development opportunities in the GBA

 

Are you optimistic about the development prospect of the GBA?

 

Young residents

University students

Absolutely yes

8.6%

13.0%

Yes

42.3%

31.8%

I don’t know/ Not sure

24.8%

27.9%

No

16.4%

17.5%

Absolutely no

7.9%

9.9%

 

Do you agree that “integration between Hong Kong and the GBA, and the development of the GBA will boost opportunities for young people in Hong Kong”?

 

Young residents

University students

Absolutely yes

6.5%

12.3%

Yes

44.5%

38.7%

I don’t know/ Not sure

17.3%

20.4%

No

21.3%

16.5%

Absolutely no

10.5%

12.1%

 

Part II: Hong Kong youth’s willingness to work in the GBA

 

Are you willing to work in the GBA in the future?

 

Young residents

University students

Absolutely yes

4.7%

8.9%

Yes

31.1%

26.8%

I don’t know/ Not sure

23.1%

29.2%

No

21.8%

21.0%

Absolutely no

19.3%

14.1%

 

In which industries would young Hongkongers be competitive if they work in the GBA?

 

Young residents

University students

Innovation and technology

45.6%

18.5%

Finance

45.5%

22.8%

Professional services

35.9%

15.7%

Cultural and creative industries

34.7%

16.5%

Trading and logistics

28.5%

12.8%

Tourism

20.7%

8.1%

Manufacturing

7.2%

4.1%

(Respondents could pick more than one option)

 

Which industries would you choose if you are to work in the GBA?

 

Young residents

University students

Professional services

36.7%

14.1%

Cultural and creative industries

34.0%

20.4%

Innovation and technology

32.7%

14.2%

Finance

23.3%

14.8%

Trading and logistics

18.7%

9.7%

Tourism

18.2%

9.0%

Manufacturing

7.5%

2.3%

(Respondents could pick more than one option)

 

Do you worry about not finding suitable jobs in the GBA?

 

Young residents

University students

Absolutely yes

17.6%

19.4%

Yes

49.6%

37.5%

I don’t know/ Not sure

15.7%

20.5%

No

14.3%

16.8%

Absolutely no

2.8%

5.9%

 

What are the other concerns that discourage you from working in the GBA?

 

Young residents

University students

Unsatisfactory salary

78.2%

70.7%

Internet restrictions

76.6%

80.2%

High tax rate

65.8%

61.1%

Difficulty in getting along well with supervisors and colleagues from the mainland

65.8%

62.2%

Remote interaction with family and friends

62.4%

63.8%

Not getting used to lifestyle there

61.5%

67.4%

Education for children

60.1%

71.3%

(Respondents could pick more than one option)

 

Part III: Hong Kong youth’s understanding and perception of policies preferential for Hong Kong residents

 

Do you know the new policy about the possibility for Hong Kong residents to apply for a residence permit in the mainland with eligibility to enjoy corresponding public services?

 

Young residents

University students

Yes

58.1%

33.1%

No

41.9%

66.9%

 

Would the new policy regarding preferential income tax treatment for Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan residents working in the GBA make you more willing to work there?

 

Young residents

University students

Yes, a lot more willing to

3.1%

22.7%

Yes, more willing to

35.3%

I don’t know/ Not sure

22.7%

38.2%

No, it wouldn’t

22.8%

39.1%

No, it wouldn’t at all

16.1%

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