Experts Gather at HKIEd
to Discuss Social Policy and Governance in Asia
Nearly 50 scholars, researchers and experts from mainland China, the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Macau, Southeast Asia and Europe gathered at The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) today (5 December) for the first day of the 2nd International Conference on Social Policy and Governance Innovation: Policy Learning and Policy Transfer in Asia.
The two-day conference, aiming to address the policy challenges that Asia has been facing over the last decade, was co-organised by the Department of Asian and Policy Studies (APS) and the Centre of Greater China Studies (GCS) at HKIEd, in collaboration with the School of Public Administration at the South China University of Technology and the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York.
Over the two days of the conference, participants will discuss a range of themes, including policy learning and transfer in Asia, social policy and reforms in China, education policy in Greater China, social policy and governance in Hong Kong, and governance and public administration in China, among many others.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, HKIEd President Professor Stephen Cheung Yan-leung welcomed the opportunity to host the conference, one of the key events to celebrate the Institute’s 20th anniversary, and was confident that the ideas that would emerge would be invaluable to inform policy learning and transfer in Asia. “Policy learning and transfer have been increasingly crucial in modern societies given the daunting challenges to policy-making and implementation”, he said. “Policymakers in Asia are also struggling to find out right solutions for various policy challenges including sustainable economic development, health, education, environment, immigration and social cohesion.”
Professor Joshua Mok Ka-ho, Associate Vice President (Research and International Exchange) and Director of the Centre for Greater China Studies also commented that “The conference, aiming to pool the efforts of academics and practitioners from across disciplines to examine critical policy challenges confronting Asia and good policy responses, will certainly stimulate discussions on new approaches for the enhancement of policy development in Asia by sharing of scholarly insights.”
Ten panel discussions and three plenary sessions will be held during the conference to address the governance and public administration of Asian countries. The speakers will include Dr John Hudson, Deputy Head of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York, UK; Professor Wendy Thomson, Director and Professor of the School of Social Work at McGill University, Canada; Professor Huang Chien-chung, Professor of the School of Social Work at Rutgers University, US; Professor Joshua Mok Ka-ho of HKIEd, Professor Chou Kee-lee, Associate Head of the Department of Asian and Policy Studies at HKIEd, and Dr Raymond Chan Kwok-hong, Associate Professor of the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the City University of Hong Kong.
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