Belt & Road
The Belt and Road Initiative (B&R, also known as ‘One Belt, One Road’) unveiled by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 is an important strategy of the nation. The Initiative aims to promote China’s connectivity with the rest of Asia, Europe, and Africa via the land-based ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ and the seagoing ‘21st Century Maritime Silk Road’, and strengthen cooperation in policy, infrastructure, trade, finance, and cultural bonding in people, providing a visionary blueprint for global economic development in the new world order. The routes cover more than 60 countries and regions from Asia to Europe via Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, West Asia and the Middle East, currently accounting for some 30% of global GDP and more than 35% of the world’s merchandise trade. By 2050, the B&R regions aims to contribute 80% of global GDP growth, and advance three billion more people into the middle class.
In line with this national initiative, the HKSAR Government has been encouraging the education sector to strengthen relationship with institutions along the B&R regions with a view to facilitating interactions and exchanges, and bridging China and the world. The Initiative presents many opportunities for the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) to further its internationalisation effort with institutions in the B&R regions, such as student recruitment, student and faculty mobility, as well as academic and research collaborations. In particular, CUHK has set up the Global China Research Programme to lead the research effort on B&R.
The University attaches great importance in this area and is committed to strengthening its engagement through organising and promoting different programmes and activities related to B&R to the CUHK community. Some of them are highlighted below:
Global China Research Working Seminar, 13 September 2017
CUHK staff and students are invited to join the 6th Global China Research Programme Working Seminar on 13 September 2017 where Prof. WONG Kam Fai, Director of the Centre for Innovation and Technology at CUHK, will deliver a talk titled ‘A Study on E-Commerce Readiness for ASEAN Countries’. Learn more
Belt & Road Summit, 11 September 2017
An event organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council for government officials, senior representatives of international institutions, and top business executives from China and countries along the B&R Road to identify new business opportunities arising from the Initiative. Learn more
Reception for Consuls-General of the B&R Regions in Hong Kong, 6 October 2016
As part of the University’s effort in expanding connections in the B&R regions, a reception was held for the local Consuls-General of the concerned regions to provide information on CUHK’s teaching and research programmes, and promote closer academic collaborations. Eighteen guests representing Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Czech Republic, Hungary, Iran, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Turkey attended the event.
- Office of Academic Links (China) – B&R activities in China
- Hong Kong Trade Development Council – Belt & Road Initiative
To provide new or updated information on B&R Initiative, please contact Ms. Yvonne Heung of OAL.