Guests officiate at the launch ceremony of the OUHK Public and Social Policy Research Centre.
Deputy Head of Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office Ms Joyce Ho delivers a speech at the launch ceremony.
Addressing the ceremony, Chairman of Task Force on Land Supply Mr Stanley Wong talks about the report the Task Force has submitted to the Government last year as well as the recommendations on overall land supply strategy.
Following the ceremony was a Distinguished Professor Lecture entitled "Housing - What's the Problem?" given by Prof. Ray Forrest.
The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) yesterday (13 February) launched a new Public and Social Policy Research Centre which will serve as a platform for global and local experts to gather and exchange ideas on important public and social issues and foster cross-disciplinary knowledge exchange and collaboration.
Housed under the School of Arts and Social Sciences, the newly-established Public and Social Policy Research Centre will mainly focus on Housing and Aging policies. Socioeconomic-relevant policy research on Hong Kong issues from social science perspectives will be conducted to generate and disseminate innovative thinking, policy analyses and advice. It is believed that the research outputs generated will offer policy analyses and advice to public policy decision-makers, and inform the Hong Kong general public the implications of alternative policy options.
Officiating at yesterday's ceremony were the Deputy Head of Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office Ms Joyce Ho Kwok-shan, Chairman of Task Force on Land Supply Mr Stanley Wong Yuen-fai, , Chairman of the OUHK Council Mr Michael Wong Yick-kam, President Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong, Distinguished Professor of the Public and Social Policy Research Centre Prof. Ray Forrest, Vice President (Academic) Prof. Reggie Kwan Ching-ping, Vice President (Administration & Development) Prof. Tong Chong-sze, Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences cum Director of Public and Social Policy Research Centre Prof. Charles Kwong Che-leung, and Head of Social Sciences of the School of Arts and Social Sciences cum Deputy Director of the Public and Social Policy Research Centre Dr Michael Ng Chi-man.
Addressing the ceremony, Chairman of the OUHK Council Mr Michael Wong Yick-kam said, "Even though the OUHK's main mission is teaching, we consider research an inseparable part of our academic activities as research informs and complements teaching. With the establishment of the new Public and Social Policy Research Centre, the research capability of OUHK academics could be enhanced particularly in the disciplines of economic policy, public policy and social policy."
He added that the new Research Centre was established with the funding of HK$5.8 million from the Research Grants Council under the Institutional Development Scheme (IDS), and the OUHK is the only institution that has successfully received the IDS grants in five consecutive years.
Following the ceremony was a Distinguished Professor Lecture entitled "Housing - What’s the Problem?" given by Prof. Ray Forrest. Prof. Forrest is the Emeritus Professor of Urban Studies of the School for Policy Studies of the University of Bristol, UK, and Research Professor in Cities and Social Change of the Department of Sociology and Social Policy of Lingnan University. At his lecture, Prof. Forrest shared his views on the housing challenges faced by Hong Kong people and some possible solutions to the problem.
In the next three years, the Centre will organize academic conference and a series of research seminars to address the key and emerging public and social policy issues. Besides, renowned scholars and experts in the respective fields from all over the world will be invited to share and exchange views with OUHK members, offering valuable opportunities for cross-institutional and international collaborations. Mentorship from distinguished professors will also be arranged to boost the research capability of academic staff. It is hoped that the initiatives will help enhance the quality and effectiveness of public policy formulation and implementation and contribute to Hong Kong’s long-term stability and development.
About the OUHK:
Established by the Government in 1989, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) has developed into a full-fledged university providing high quality and flexible university education at various levels to secondary school graduates and working adults. As a dynamic and innovative university, the OUHK currently offers about 220 programmes to nearly 10,000 full-time students and about 9,000 part-time students. Our mission is to advance learning, knowledge and research that meet students’ learning aspirations and society’s talent needs, focusing on practical and professional programmes.
OUHK comprises five Schools, i.e. School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, School of Education and Languages, School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Science and Technology. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education (LiPACE) provides lifelong learning opportunities by offering full-time sub-degree programmes, community learning and professional programmes. OUHK website: www.ouhk.edu.hk.