Statement of Support for the Centre on China's Transnational Relations
20 November 2007

China’s successful opening to the world was one of the most important events of the late 20th century, whose impact will greatly influence the history of the 21st century. To study the increased interaction between China and the world, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at HKUST established the Center on China’s Transnational Relations (CCTR).

Though the CCTR is only four years old, it has contributed greatly to Hong Kong’s international academic stature, engaged in collaborative research projects with government bureaus in Hong Kong and on the mainland, and served the local community as well. For example, it wrote two collaborative reports with the Ministry of Education in Beijing showing the impact overseas education of mainland scholars had on China, on Sino-Japanese and on Sino-Canadian relations. The CCTR explored employment problems of returned students with the Ministry of Personnel in Guangzhou. When UC-Berkeley “New Era Foreign Policy Center” sought opinions in East Asia about US foreign policy, they chose the CCTR as their counterpart. In 2007, the CCTR received a major grant from the Hong Kong Government’s Central Policy Unit to study whether having large numbers of Hong Kongers living, working and studying on the mainland enhances Hong Kong’s integration with China. The CCTR has already published one book on China’s international political economy and the center’s director, drawing on papers from a CCTR conference, edited two issues of international journals which focused on the movement of Chinese in the Asia-Pacific region. One paper, by the center’s director, documented the key role technology transfer plays in attracting returnees. A series of workshops on China’s global linkages have been well attended and much appreciated by the business community, academics, journalists and diplomats. Finally, the Center’s director, David Zweig, comments regularly in the international media, enhancing HKUST’s global image. These programs form only a part of the center’s accomplishments.

But to continue these important programs, it needs financial support from the community. It needs to employ a first-rate Executive Officer who can administer programs, manage grant applications, handle financial matters, and liaise with the community. It needs researchers or post-doctoral fellows so it can carry out more top quality research. It needs support for its working papers series and publications. The CCTR also seeks support for a conference on the competition between the US and China over resources, as well as a research project on mainland academics who studied in the U.S.

I strongly encourage members of the Hong Kong business and professional community to support this important organization. If you would like more information about the Center, go on the Center’s website: www.cctr.ust.hk or contact its director, Professor David Zweig at 9665-1345 or sozweig@ust.hk.

 

Yours very truly,
The Hon. Daniel Fung

 

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