National studies programme resumes

May 30, 2023
Enhancing understanding
Enhancing understanding:

Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung speaks to the participants of the national studies programme.

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government is gradually resuming the national studies programme on the Mainland. The first batch of 23 directorate civil servants will soon depart for Beijing to attend a seven-day national studies programme.


The participants will first undertake studies at the National Academy of Governance to gain an in-depth understanding of the country's policies of governance and major strategies, and will then proceed to Shanghai to learn about the country's modern history and culture as well as its latest local developments.


Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung made a special visit to the Civil Service College to meet the programme participants today prior to their departure to Beijing, expressing the Civil Service Bureau's expectations for them and learning about their preparatory work.


Mrs Yeung said: “All physical training and exchange activities for civil servants on the Mainland had been suspended in the past three years due to the epidemic.


“Since the full resumption of normal travel between Hong Kong and the Mainland, this marks the first training course dedicated for directorate officers after resumption of the national studies programme, which bears remarkable significance.”


Director-General of Communications of the Office of the Communications Authority Chaucer Leung and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Management) Joe Chow are the leader and the deputy leader of the programme participants. The remaining participants are senior civil servants at the rank of Directorate Pay Scale Point 3 or above from various bureaus and departments.


Mrs Yeung added that colleagues participating in the programme possess extensive experience in public administration and they are at the highest leadership level of the respective policy bureaus and departments responsible for management and decision-making.


She hoped that the programme could enhance their understanding about the Mainland's systems and developments as well as its social and economic situation to help them stay informed about the national strategies and their implications for Hong Kong.


“We will make on-going efforts to organise programmes in Hong Kong and in the Mainland for civil servants from different ranks to let colleagues have an in-depth understanding about national affairs to cater for the Hong Kong SAR Government's active integration into the national development.”


The Civil Service College currently collaborates with nine Mainland institutions in organising national studies programmes for middle and senior-level civil servants: the National Academy of Governance, Tsinghua University, Peking University, China Foreign Affairs University, Zhejiang University, Nanjing University, Wuhan University, Jinan University and Sun Yat-sen University.


The programmes include lectures and site visits with topics covering the Constitution and the Basic Law, safeguarding national security and the country's latest policies and developments.

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