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Lingnan University hosts International Symposium on Managing Youth Transition: Comparative and Multidisciplinary Perspectives

23 Mar 2016



Scholars and experts from the United Kingdom, Singapore, Mainland China and Hong Kong gathered at Lingnan University on 23 March for the international symposium entitled “Managing Youth Transition: Comparative and Multidisciplinary Perspectives”.  The event is co-organized by the Centre for Asian Pacific Studies at Lingnan University and the School of Government at Sun Yat-Sen University.
In the opening speech, Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho, Vice President and Chair Professor of Comparative Policy of Lingnan University welcomed the opportunity to co-host the symposium and pointed out that the event aims to bring international scholars to discuss issues on youth from comparative and multidisciplinary perspectives, and to develop joint research projects and promote further collaborations.
During the symposium, Prof Ngok King-lun, Professor in School of Government at Sun Yat-Sen University presented his study on “Boosting Employment through Entrepreneurship: A Preliminary Study of the Graduate Entrepreneurship Policy in Guangzhou”. Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho discussed his recent research on “Maintaining Global Status, Rapid Urban Change and Social Mobility: The Hong Kong Story”.  Prof Ho Lok-sang, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Economics at Lingnan University discussed the issue on building up mental health and acquiring mental capital for the youth.  Dr Stefan Kühner, Senior Lecturer in Department of Social Policy and Social Work at University of York, shared his idea on “Youth Transitions in Global Cities: From Research Idea to Research Question”.  Dr Qian Jiwei, Research Fellow in East Asian Institute at National University of Singapore used the evidence from Mainland China to examine the massification of higher education and labour market.  Dr Alfred Wu Muluan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian and Policy Studies at The Hong Kong Institute of Education questioned whether there is an intergenerational conflict in terms of redistribution to the elderly and children in Hong Kong.  Dr Jiang Jin, Postdoctoral Fellow in Department of Sociology and Social Policy at Lingnan University presented her recent research on “Subjective Wellbeing of Post 80s Generation in China”.
Well attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students and academics, the international symposium enriched student learning experiences, offering them a platform to exchange ideas with leading scholars in the field of social and public policy studies.