ICCDS Events and News
Dr. Simon Zhao, Director of ICCDS, was interviewed by NHK World 日本放送協會 on Feb 2, 2013, on China Labour Issues: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/asiabiz/latest.html
Dr. Simon Zhao, Director of International Centre for China Development Studies, was invited by Ministry of Sports of Brazilian Government to present a talk on "Beijing Olympics – Impact on Economic and Urban Development" at the International Workshop "The BRICS and Sports Mega-Events" organized by BRICS Policy Center, a Brazilian Government Thank Tank, in 7th-9th Dec 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Director, Dr. Simon Zhao, as a core Co-Principal Investigator, has successfully won the grant of $15 million HKD of the second round of Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS) funded by the Research Grants Committee (RGC) and the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The grant winning project entitles “Enhancing Hong Kong’s Future as a Leading International Financial Centre” and it is the second largest grant in all social sciences, including social sciences, arts and humanities, law and business, in Hong Kong history. The TRS objective is to encourage the prominent scholars to conduct cross-disciplinary and inter-university cooperative researches on themes of strategic importance to the long-term development of Hong Kong. It is the highest level and most competitive grant in Hong Kong as it went through HK-wide 46 preliminary proposals and 17 full proposals and reached the last 12 proposals shortlisted for final selection interviews and only 5 (the sole proposal in Social Science subjects) out of 12 finalists were funded.
Invited guest speaker, Prof. Suisheng Zhao, founding editor of the Journal of Contemporary China, to provide distinguished seminar on President Obama’s Pivot to Asia-Pacific and US-China Relations. The event jointly organized by HKU ICCDS, Centre for China Financial Research and Asian Institute of International Financial Law, at the University of Hong Kong.
Former Dutch Minister of Justice Visit: Requested by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hong Kong for a closed-door meeting with former Dutch Minister of Justice, Prof. Ernst Hirsch Ballin, and Consul-General, Mr. Robert Schuddeboom, hosted by the Centre, on Migration and Urbanization Process in the Context of Human and Citizen Rights in China.
Invited Oxford scholar, Dr. Dariusz Wójcik, co-author with Prof. Gordon L. Clark, “The Geography of Finance”, to provide public lecture on The Global Stock Market: Issuers, Investors, and Intermediaries in an Uneven World. The lecture was jointly organized by HKU ICCDS, Centre for China Financial Research and Asian Institute of International Financial Law, at the University of Hong Kong, and funded by HKU seed funding for proposal for Theme-based Research Scheme.
Keynote speech on “Strategic Planning for Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Capital Region Development” at the Inaugural Ceremony and Symposium of the Research Institute of Issue of Social Management in Contemporary China, Nankai University, Tianjin.
Invited to speak at seminar on “Prime World Cities and Strategic Planning Issues for Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Capital Region Development” at Tianjin Urban Planning & Design Institute, Tianjin.
Invited to speak at seminar on “The Future of Prime World Cities and Strategic Planning Issues for Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Capital Region Development” at China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, Beijing. This was especially for officials and planners from Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei Province governments.
Paper Presentation on “The nature of IFC studies and Hong Kong endeavors – Studies for global IFC development and their shifting trend” in Third Global Conference on Economic Geography 2011, organized by Institute of Space & Economy, Seoul National University and the Economic Geographical Society of Korea, in Seoul, South Korea
Director, Dr. Simon Zhao, was Project Coordinator for the proposal of “Enhancing Hong Kong’s Future as a Leading International Financial Centre (IFC)” in the final selection interview of Theme-based Research Scheme – First Round, hosted by Research Grants Committee, Hong Kong.
Paper Presentation on “Producer Services Industries in Hong Kong and Shenzhen: Integration or Territorization” in Workshop on China’s Changing Regional Development: Trends, Strategies and Challenges in the 12th Five Year Plan Period, jointly organized by ICCDS, the Department of Politics and Public Administration and Strategic Research Theme on Contemporary China Studies, at the University of Hong Kong.
28 Apr 2011:
Public Forum on China's Spatial Strategic Planning and Development in the National 12th Five-year Plan, jointly organized by ICCDS, HKU Strategic Research Theme on Contemporary China Studies, Department of Geography, at the University of Hong Kong. Totaling more than 30 renowned professors and scholars from the Mainland had visited our HKU and presented speeches on the public forum.
Invited Presentation on “Competitions of Global Financial Centres: Determinants and the Rise of Financial Centres in China and Hong Kong” in China Studies Research Seminar Series, organized by the HKU Strategic Research Theme, at the University of Hong Kong.
Invited presentation on “The Prospect and Opportunity of Qianhai Modern Service Industries Cooperation Zone for Hong Kong” in Qianhai Development Forum, jointly organized by the Shenzhen Special Zone Daily and Hong Kong Commercial Daily, in Hong Kong.
2010-2011 Annual Report and Events
Academic Conference on Digital Metropolitan Construction and Management Studies, co-organized by ICCDS and Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, CUHK and other three research institutes at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Invited Guest Speaker for “Mode of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Cooperation: joint development of Innovation Park in Lok Ma Chau Loop” in Hong Kong-Shenzhen Cooperation Conference, jointly organized by Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong Government and the Municipal Government of Shenzhen, in Hong Kong Government Secretariat.
24 May 2010:
Keynote presentation on “The rise of Chinese Financial Centres: Competition and Cooperation among Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong” in the section of “Financial Centres - Rising the ‘Eastern Stars’”, Regional Studies Association Annual International Conference 2010, in Pécs, Hungary.
12 May 2010:
Invited presentation on “Competitions of Financial Centers: Global Experience and the rise of financial centers in China” in the University Lecture Series at the Oxford University.
18 Apr 2010:
Chaired and organized session “China’s National Strategic Planning and Urban-regional Sustainable Development in the 12th Five-year Plan and Beyond” and presented a paper on “Competitions of Global Financial Centres: New York, London, and Hong Kong” in Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Washington, USA.
2009-2010 Annual Report and Events
17 Oct 2009:
Invited key presentation on “Global Financial Centers Competition and its impact on the formation of Mega-city Regions in China” in the section of Globalization and China’s economic internationalization, Centennial Celebration of the Geographical Society of China, organized by the Geographical Society of China, in Beijing.
25 Sept 2009:
Invited keynote speech on “Global Financial Centers Growth and Competition and Reference to Shanghai” at opening ceremony and key presentation on “Developing Shanghai into an International Financial Centre and its impact on Yangzi River Delta” in a panel section, Shanghai International Finance Forum, organized by Shanghai Municipal Government, in which Vice-Chairpersons of CPPCC, Vice Mayor of Shanghai, Deputy Governor of the PBC, District Governor of Pudong New Area are also among many distinguished guests.
08 Sept 2009:
Invited keynote speech “Global Competition of Financial Centres and the Rise of Chinese Financial centres”, Chinese Academy of Sciences International Workshop of Urban Geography, Beijing.
2008-2009 Annual Report and Events
2008-2009 Annual Report Activity Photos
2006-2008 Annual Report and Events
Powerpoint Show of Centre's Events and Activities
20-21 December, 2005:
Public Forum on Urban Development in China's 11th Five-Year Program
2005 Annual Report
During the 2004, ICCDS organized numerous distinguish events and the Director of the ICCDS and its key members were invited as keynote speaker in many national/international high profile conference/convention/expo (see below).
5-7 December, 2004:
ICCDS and Dept of Geography jointly held a high profile visiting delegation of Chinese Association of Geographers, led by Prof. Lu Dadao, President of the Association and Academician of Chinese Academy of Science. A group of
12 distinguished scholars from the Association visited HKU and HK and conduct academic exchange programs, one of which is the high ranking public geographical forum held on 6th Dec (see below).
6 December, 2004:
ICCDS and Dept of Geography jointly held a Geographical Public Public Forum of on China's Regional Development in the State 11th Five-Year Plan, in which Prof. Lu Dadao, President of Chinese Association of Geographers and Academician of Chinese Academy of Science and many distinguished scholars from both Mainland China and HK delivered key-note speeches.
ICCDS and I were invited by Beijing Municipal Government to participate in the planning and preparation the high profile 8th Beijing-Hong Kong Economic Cooperation Symposium & Olympic Market Promotion Conference, which was held in HK 1-3 Sept 2004.
2 September, 2004:
Invited by both Beijing and Hong Kong Government as one of keynote speakers and distinguish guests the 8th Beijing-Hong Kong Economic Cooperation Symposium & Olympic Market Promotion Conference held in HK, in which Dr. Zhao, Director of ICCDS, delivered a keynote speech along with Beijing Vice-Mayor, HK former Financial Secretary, and top HK Bankers and regulators.
Invited by Guanghua School of Economic Management of Beijing University as one of two key partners in the project on Evaluation and Ranking of China's Best Cities for Business. The first result will be published nationwide in Dec 2004.
12 August, 2004:
Dr. Zhao, Dirctor of ICCDS, was invited by CCTV (China's central TV) and China's Higher Education Commission as a special guest and keynote in the National Televised Inter-University Debates on China's future financial center development. The debate was televised in many channels of CCTV.
30 June-2 July, 2004:
Dr. Zhao, Dirctor of ICCDS, was invited by China Central Government as one of keynote speakers and distinguish guests in China's first "International Service Industries Convention and Expo", which held in Great People Hall and Chinese Vice-Premier, Director of State Development and Reform Commission, Bill Gate, and China and global top bankers and regulators etc attended the meeting.
3-6 June, 2004:
A group of students and professors from State University of New York at Albany visited ICCDS and Dept of Geography, HKU. ICCDS organized a field excursion to Shenzhen and Pearl River Delta region visiting local governments, IT development zone and firms, industrial district and factories, and urban and real estate development sites etc.
17-20 May, 2004:
ICCDS co-held an high profile "International Conference on China - Lijiang and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Region Glacier, Tourism and Economic Sustainable Development", The Conference was co-organized by Lijiang City Government, Chinese Academy of Science, and ICCDS of HKU. Dr. David Zhang, Program Head, and Dr. Simon Zhao, Director of ICCDS, delivered keynote speeches in the Conference, which was instantly televised on local and provincial TV shows and were widely publicized in China's major national and provincial media.
29 April, 2004:
ICCDS co-held an high profile "Beijing-Hong Kong Intercourse Conference on China's Financial Centres and Financial Industries Development" in Beijing. The Conference was co-organized by Beijing Municipal Government, Institute of Urban Development and Environment, Chinese Academy of Social Science, and ICCDS of HKU. The Director of ICCDS, Dr. Simon Zhao, delivered a keynote speech in the Conference, which was widely publicized in China's major national media.
Mid 2003-May 2004:
Chaired by Dr. George Lin, Associated Director of ICCDS, ICCDS has completed a consultancy study on "Development Strategy of Su Zhou's Manufacturing and Services Industries, for Su Zhou's city government.
14 June, 2003:
- ICCDS will hold the Official Opening Inauguration and Public Forum of International Centre for China Development Studies
Forthcoming (2004 Summer):
- ICCDS will co-organize an International Forum of "The Sixteenth CPC National Congress and the Development of West China" held in Urumqi City, Xinjiang with the distinguished and powerful organizations of PRC - the Office of State Council for West China's Development, the Development and Research Centre of State Council, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
-The forum is intended to be a biennial event that gathers experts and officials worldwide for discussion and exchange of their research findings for the development issues in West China.
28-29 June, 2003:
- ICCDS will co-organize the "Nankai International Business Forum" with Nankai University in Tianjin.
23-26 June, 2003:
- ICCDS will co-organize the "Impacts Of Economic Development and Environmental Change on Regional Sustainability and Policy Response in Yunnan Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Region" workshop with the Institute of Geographical Science and Natural Resources Research and the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment for an International Conference in Kunming
11-13 June, 2003:
- ICCDS will co-organize the "International Conference on Globalization, the State, and Urban Transformation in China" with Centre for China Urban and Regional Studies of Hong Kong Baptist University and Working Group on Urban Transformation in China and Reorganization of the State in an Era of Globalization, Urban China Research Network of State University of New York at Albany
March to July, 2003:
- ICCDS is conducting a research project focusing on Urban Managerial and Entrepreneurship for Chengdu City Government
January to February, 2003:
- ICCDS conducted the Chongqing Urban and Strategic Planning Consultancy Project for Shui On Group and Chongqing Municipal Government
27-28 June, 2002:
- ICCDS co-organized and co-sponsored the Chinese Economists Society (USA) for the International Conference 'The Integration of the Greater Chinese Economies: Causes, Consequences, and Implications'. It was held in HKUST and the participants came from all over the world, but were mainly from USA, UK, and Mainland China.