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School leaders learning together across the GBA
APCLC's Inaugural 'School Leadership across the GBA' Forum
and Launching Ceremony of Trading Placesord

The ‘School Leadership across the GBA’ Forum cum Launching Ceremony of Trading Places, jointly organized by the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change (APCLC) and the Department of Education Policy and Leadership (EPL), was held at EdUHK's Tai Po campus and via Zoom on 26 November. The Forum was opened by Associate Prof. Qian Haiyan, Centre Director, and leader of this exciting GBA initiative. The Forum - 'Leading Future Schools in the GBA' - was the first in a series designed to enact APCLC's Greater Bay Area strategy. The strategy is intended to engage school leaders across the GBA in learning from each other.

Professor Stephen Y. L. Cheung (the President of the EdUHK), Dr Choi Yuk-lin (the Secretary for Education in Hong Kong), and Ms Yang Jun (the Director of the Education Bureau of Nanshan District in Shenzhen) opened the Forum. Principals and policymakers from Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Macau, presented papers to over 250 principals and other educators across the GBA.

Professor Cheung praised APCLC's GBA strategy and hoped that 'EdUHK would collaborate with fellow educators to address the challenges in educational practice, to lead the enhancement of education in the GBA and build a world-class education together'. Dr Choi applauded the event, stating, 'We need gatherings like today to facilitate further dialogue and reciprocal learning between schools in the GBA. More integrated learning will help us better understand each other and provide two-way knowledge exchange to allow us all to grow as leaders.' Ms Yang introduced Nanshan District as the third largest expat centre in Mainland China and the first experimental zone for educational internationalization in the basic education sector. She appreciated EdUHK, APCLC and EPL for 'setting up a great platform to learn from the peers across the GBA'.

Professor Lee Chi Kin and Professor Chan Che Hin attended the forum and presented the hard copies of Trading Places to the contributors of the first issue. Participants believed that the forum and Trading Places would facilitate greater mutual understanding among school leaders in the GBA and build exciting bridges for further collaboration. They looked forward to more opportunities for exchange and cooperation in the future.