An inauguration ceremony for the first class of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Guangzhou was held in Nansha District, Guangzhou on Sept. 1. Minister of Education Huai Jinpeng, as well as other high-ranking officials, participated in the ceremony and delivered a speech.
Huai said that HKUST Guangzhou is an integral part of the Ministry of Education’s efforts to support the Greater Bay Area. These efforts involve a central government initiative to link Hong Kong, Macao, and nine cities in Guangdong into one integrated economic and business center. MOE is supporting Hong Kong’s higher education institutions in establishing branches in neighboring cities by utilizing the constitutional principle of “One Country, Two Systems.” In addition, Huai stated that MOE is actively involved in facilitating the provision of quality educational resources and in deepening the reform of higher education in the Greater Bay Area.
Despite disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, MOE will redouble its efforts to facilitate the sharing of quality educational resources throughout the Greater Bay Area, including by leveraging technology and digitization, pledged Huai.
The minister encouraged the faculty to promote well-rounded human development and help create a modern educational system in China.
To achieve this, he requested that faculty pass on knowledge, values, and beliefs that will help adult learners make better decisions later in life, serve as an engine for technological innovation, and facilitate exchange between students in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland.
HKUST (Guangzhou) was formally established on June 14 with the approval of MOE. It is jointly run by Guangzhou University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to offers undergraduate and graduate programs. At the inaugural ceremony, the university welcomed its first 600 students.