A team of students of the Master of Public Policy and Governance (MPPG) Programme of the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) won the first prize in the Eighth National Universities Mock Mayor Competition in November 2018. Organized by the Chinese Academy of Management and the Central University of Finance and Economics, this event is one of the most reputable academic competitions for Chinese students in the field of public policy and administration. Competing on a team basis, contestants are expected to identify a critical public policy problem in real-world setting, undertake solid policy analysis, and formulate innovative solutions.
Consisting of both local and mainland students, this EdUHK team focused on elderly care and public housing, two of the thorniest social policy issues in Hong Kong, and designed an integrated policy package that seeks to encourage intergenerational social solidarity in rapidly ageing Hong Kong. Their innovative policy solution and high-quality policy analysis were generously appreciated by the referees’ panel that comprised of senior public sector leaders in China.