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Bay Area education institutions vow closer cooperation

Nine education institutions across the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area signed a letter of intent on youth education cooperation on Thursday, vowing to promote the exchange of educational resources within the 11-city cluster.

 

During the first Belt and Road and Greater Bay Area Education Forum in Hong Kong, nine educational institutions from Hong Kong, Macao, Shenzhen, and Foshan officially established educational partnerships.

 

These included Hong Kong international school Han Academy, Kao Yip Middle School in Macao, Guangdong Country Garden School in Foshan, and a vocational education school, Shenzhen Polytechnic.

 

In the letter of intent, they proposed uniting universities, middle schools, primary schools, and various other educational institutions across the Bay Area for the purpose of sharing high-quality educational resources through diversified exchange platforms.

 

They also pledged to organize regular education forums, carry out more cross-border exchanges, and initiate interactive training among schools in a bid to increase the quality of education and nurture outstanding students.

 

In light of the accelerated development of information technology, the institutions also suggested building an integrated smart education, management and service platform by utilizing new technologies such as 5G, big data and cloud services.

 

While addressing the forum, Xu Li, school supervisor of the Han Academy, said that education plays a vital role in the country’s development of the Belt and Road and the Bay Area, as excellent talents depend on quality education.

 

Agreeing with Xu was Enoch Young Chien-ming, vice president of the UNESCO Hong Kong Association, who said he believes Hong Kong will become a regional education and talent hub in the Bay Area because of the city’s mature learning system in professional, continuing and life-long education.

 

He said there is much room ahead for the cross-border cooperation in education across the Bay Area, to nurture a more-educated workforce and build the region into a competitive world-class city cluster.