NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
PhD Student joined the Salzburg Global Seminars Program at Austria
Our PPOL PhD student Mr Athar MANSOOR joined the Salzburg Global Seminars program in Austria on childhood obesity with scholarship and formed a working group with other participants to continue their research beyond the program.
Professor Naubahar Sharif Was Awarded Teaching Excellence Award 2019/20
Prof. Naubahar SHARIF, the Program Co-director of Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Associate Professor of the Division of Public Policy (PPOL), is awarded Teaching Excellence Award 2019/20 at postgraduate category.
Launch of Master of Public Management (MPM) program
Even before the Covid-19 outbreak, plans were taking shape for a new master of public management (MPM) program at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). But the pandemic gave those preparations an extra sense of urgency, and everything is now ready to welcome a first intake of around 30 students starting in September 2021.
G20 GLOBAL SMART CITIES ALLIANCE
Model Policy - Privacy Impact Assessment
G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance on Technology Governance has released the Global Policy Roadmap, which provides a baseline for cities to use for policy development and a means of identifying gaps in existing city policies. Five key principles have been identified for model policies, and PPOL Prof. Masaru YARIME has contributed to Privacy Impact Assessment.
East Asian Green Pledges Hailed
PPOL Prof. Masaru YARIME’s comments were cited in an article on East Asia’s commitment and confidence in the battle against climate change, saying there are many opportunities available for mutually beneficial cooperation among countries, for example, decarbonization in smart cities will be important for China, Japan and South Korea to reach their goals.
Aging need not be a threat to China's future
China could take advantages of her institutional system, her unique style of governance on nation-wide strategic plans, and the young generation who value traditional traits and virtue, as to overcome the challenges of aging, Stuart says.
Policy Brief Published by World Obesity
Mr. Athar MANSOOR , our PhD student, being part of a team of researchers from the Institute of Health Transformation (Australia), Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health (USA), Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland), HKUST and the European Association for Research on Obesity in Childhood. A Policy Brief is produced which was supported by Salzburg Global Seminar, Austria and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, USA. Mr. MANSOOR was sent by HKUST to Salzburg on a scholarship in December 2019 and with his teammates produced this Policy Brief as a deliverable.
Exec: Innovative IQOS sits at the top of PMI’s sustainability efforts
IEMS Director/PPOL Senior Lecturer Prof. Donald LOW joined an online conference on “Sustainability: The New Norm of Innovation and Sustainability” as a panelist, where he said companies should follow the lead of Philip Morris International in allowing disruption to take root in their business for the sake of sustainability.
Maskopedia 2020 : a year of denial, U-turns, and Covid controversy
IEMS Director/PPOL Senior Lecturer Prof. Donald LOW’s earlier comment on mask-wearing was quoted in an article, he said for Asian, “putting on a mask every day before they go out is like a ritual, like putting on a uniform”.
Study: Hong Kongers Value Environment But Lack Smart Tech To Track Energy-Saving
A recent HKUST study conducted by PPOL Assoc. Prof. Masaru YARIME, Postdoctoral Research Fellow of PPOL Dr. Constantine SPANDAGOS, SOSC Prof. Emeritus Erik BAARK, and former CIVL Assist. Prof. NG Tze-Ling has found that smart technology tools could facilitate energy-saving in HK households.
China needs a more compact, connected and cleaner urbanization development model
PPOL Prof. YE Qi shared his insights in a seminar on China’s urbanization, saying the government should create opportunities for sustainable fund flow for infrastructure investment and financing, as well as strengthening urban planning in the long run.
Limited impact on US sanctions in response to China imposing National Security Law in Hong Kong
PPOL Professor/ECON Chair Prof. Albert PARK said in an article that the US’ decision to revoke HK’s preferential trade and financial status will not have a major impact on Mainland China’s trade as its export through HK has declined gradually.
An Insights into Sino-US Trade War under COVID-19
ECON Head/SOSC Chair/PPOL Professor Prof. Albert PARK’s insights were quoted in an article about the Sino-US trade war, saying the relationship between China and the US will almost certainly deteriorate regardless of who wins the US presidential election later this year. He added that given the current economic crisis brought by COVID-19, the US may choose to de-escalate the trade war for short-term economic considerations, though the US is likely to continually blame China due to political reasons.
THE ONLINE CITIZEN
Beyond the Pandemic: What We Have Learned, and Have Still to Learn – A Roundtable of Singaporean Social Scientists
IPP Senior Lecturer Prof. Donald LOW was among the speakers of a webinar hosted by Academia.SG on the "COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath". He said the crisis has highlighted that we live in an increasingly globalized economy and society, however, we have not yet developed global shared norms or cooperative institutions to ensure sustainable use of our the world's resources.
A flood of low-quality patents might result from Chinese subsidies, experts warn
In an article on low-quality patents, PPOL/ SOSC Associate Professor Naubahar SHARIF said the reason why Chinese patents are deemed less valuable than those in Japan or the US is that they receive fewer citations by non-Chinese researchers.
Real lessons from Covid-19: Singaporeans must embrace diversity
IPP Senior Lecturer Prof. Donald LOW was quoted in an article on the lessons Singaporeans should learn from the COVID-19 outbreak, with one being they must embrace diversity and their government should be open-minded about dissenting perspectives, as that would facilitate flexible decision making in a rapidly evolving crisis.
How Singapore can draw the right lessons from the coronavirus crisis
IPP Senior Lecturer Prof. Donald LOW shared his thoughts on how Singapore can learn lessons of diversity and humility from the COVID-a9 crisis, and take note of the stoic resilience and adaptability of the Hong Kong people.
THHE ONLINE CITIZEN SINGAPORE
Prof Donald Low on COVID-19 situation: Singaporeans should not be boastful or “haolian” when they are doing well
IPP Senior Lecturer Prof. Donald LOW’s comments were cited in an article about lockdown life amid the Covid-19 pandemic, saying that asking people to work from home and minimize socializing has a big cognitive and behavioral burden as it requires people to give up existing habits. Separately, his Facebook post was quoted where he said Singaporeans should not be boastful when they were coping well with the COVID-19 situation in the early stage, and that the Singaporean government should have done more about the wretched living conditions of their foreign workers.
Three ways Asia can beat the coronavirus: take early action, be nimble, learn from others
Prof. Xun WU (Head of PPOL) co-wrote a column article with Professor Liang MA, discussing what lessons can be learnt from the successes and failures in containment efforts across different localities (specifically from East Asia countries) and analyzing the factors that may influence the effectiveness of government's polices and measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
THE KOREA HERALD OPINION
How big virus crisis will become is up to us
Professor Xun WU's and Professor Donald LOW's thoughts on how the pandemic crisis will alter the current political system and global economy. How governance system and societal factors may minimize the negative impacts of the pandemic.
THE ONLINE CITIZEN
Govt should “exercise restraint” in deploying “institutional prerogatives” when wanting to call for early general elections, says Prof Donald Low
Prof. Donald LOW’s Facebook post on why the Singapore government wanted to hold an early election was cited in an article about the election, saying that people in power should exercise restraint in deploying their institutional prerogatives.
CREDERE MEDIA (信傳媒)
Professor Donald LOW said in an article on the Covid-19 outbreak that the anti-Chinese sentiment in the western countries stems from a lack of understanding of China but the same sentiment in Asian countries is the result of years of disputes.