The 2nd Global Innovation & Technology Summit Sets Vision for Greater Bay Area as International Education Hub


The 2nd Global Innovation & Technology Summit, organized by the Greater Bay Area Association of Academicians (GBAAA), successfully concluded at the Hong Kong Science Park on April 3.


This thought leadership event attracted over 200 participants, including representatives from renowned universities, government officials, and industry experts from Hong Kong and beyond. It provided a platform for collectively envisioning the future of higher education, fostering global partnerships, and cultivating innovative initiatives.


Officiating guests

LU Xinning, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR, FANG Jianming, Deputy Commissioner of Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the HKSAR, and SUN Dong, Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, officiated the ceremony. 

In her welcome address, Prof. Nancy IP, Council Chair of the GBAAA and President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, emphasised the importance of international cooperation and exchange in higher education, and encouraged all parties to come together and strive for excellence in education, research, and innovation to drive social progress.



Prof. Nancy IP gives a welcome address


During the keynote session, Sayasat NURBEK, Minister of Science and Higher Education, Republic of Kazakhstan, and SZE Chun-fai, Jeff, Acting Secretary for Education/Under Secretary for Education, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, delivered insightful speeches on the theme "Government Strategies to Accelerate Global Educational Partnerships".



Sayasat NURBEK, Minister of Science and Higher Education, Republic of Kazakhstan, delivers a keynote speech on accelerating global education partnerships



SZE Chun-fai, Jeff, Acting Secretary for Education/Under Secretary for Education, 

delivers a keynote speech on the Hong Kong government's strategies to promote the city's education sector


The Summit invited distinguished university presidents from across the globe to share their vision for the future development of education. Notable guest speakers included Prof. Chas Bountra, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Innovation), University of Oxford; Prof. Tony CHAN, President, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; Prof. Qihuang GONG, President, Peking University; Prof. Tan Eng Chye, President, National University of Singapore; and Prof. Yukio Yuzawa, President, Fujita Health University. They then participated a panel discussion on“Fostering Global Partnerships in Higher Education", moderated by Prof. Nancy Ip.



Panel Discussion: Fostering Global Partnerships in Higher Education


In response to last year's Policy Address, which unveiled plans for the development of the Northern Metropolis University Town, the Summit brought together university presidents from the Guangong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Their collective expertise and insights were shared to advance educational and research innovation while shaping the Greater Bay Area as a thriving international education hub.



GBA Universities Presidents’ Forum: Shaping the Greater Bay Area as an International Education Hub


The 2nd Global Innovation & Technology Summit stands as a pivotal moment in the evolution of Hong Kong's stature as a leading international education hub. The innovative ideas ignited during the Summit are poised to drive Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area towards unprecedented levels of excellence in education, research, and innovation. The event benefitted from substantial support and sponsorship from key institutions such as the Innovation and Technology Commission and the Hong Kong Institute of Science & Innovation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, underscoring the widespread recognition and commitment to advancing the region's academic and technological prowess.

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