Message from OHKF President, February 2021

    03/01/2021 - 17:00

    A Global Think Tank Worthy of Our Name

    A think tank would not be worthy of its name without doing hard cerebral work on the pandemic fight. At OHKF, we do our small part and are honoured to be named among 82 global think tanks for making the “Best Policy and Institutional Response to Covid-19” in the newest global think tank rankings.

    Overall we are ranked 112th out of 11,175 think tanks worldwide, putting us in the top 1.002 percentile in the “2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report” issued by the University of Pennsylvania last month. We are also ranked 8th globally in the “Think Tank to Watch” category, plus a number of top 100 slots in other performance indicators including policy impact.

    We are honoured to be given this global recognition, humbled by the challenges before us, and fully charged up by your trust and support. We are also proud of our Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Public Policy Institute Mr Stephen Wong and his team for their wonderful work that earned us such a lofty spot in the world league table.

    Another exciting news is that we are joining hands with two leading Chinese think tanks to do research on how Hong Kong and Shenzhen can better collaborate in sci-tech innovation. The two are the China Center for International Economic Exchanges and the China Development Institute. Under the partnership, OHKF will focus on biotechnology collaboration, while our two mainland partners will focus on the Central Government’s policies and Hong Kong-Shenzhen collaboration mechanism. I would update you on this exciting front as we engage leading scholars, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs to tap their wisdom.

    At our next “INISGHT FORUM” scheduled for Thursday, 4 March 2021, Mr Gordon Wu, Chairman of Hopewell Holdings Limited, will share his expert views on “Reclamation: Myth and Miracle”. Joining him is Secretary for Development Mr Michael Wong, who too will address the forum.

    For those of you who missed the last “INSIGHT FORUM”, you can click here to join Professor Joseph Ting Sun-pao in his historical journey “Exploring Spectacular Architecture in Hong Kong”.

    Earlier this month we welcomed Secretary for the Civil Service Mr Patrick Nip who visited the OHKF to get the latest on our member organisations including the Our China Story Online Platform, the Academy of Chinese Studies, and the Hong Kong Chronicles Institute. We look forward to working closely with the Civil Service Bureau in the years ahead.

    Ms Pamela Tin, our Head of Healthcare & Social Development of the Public Policy Institute, was invited by the Hong Kong Life Sciences Society (HKLSS) to be a mentor for the HKLSS Mentorship Scheme 2021. Other featured mentors include Professor Dennis Lo Yuk-ming, Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; and Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, Chair Professor of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Hong Kong. All mentors will share their workplace knowledge and soft skills, and help expand the networks of mentees studying life sciences and related disciplines in local and overseas universities.

    Riding on the enthusiastic response to the debut of Overview & Chronology, the first book of the Hong Kong Chronicles last December, the English and simplified Chinese versions are targeted for launch within this year. The second book, Hong Kong’s Participation in China’s Reform and Opening-Up, is now in peer review process. We are discussing with two major television broadcasters on launching a new TV series on Hong Kong’s history and influencers, aiming at nurturing public understanding of the city’s rich history.

    On the education front, our Academy of Chinese Studies has been invited by the Education Bureau to co-organise a Chinese history and culture quiz competition for local senior primary students. The preliminary contest will be held on “Fireflies Read Online” platform in April, while the semi-finals and finals will be broadcast on TV in the summer.

    Our China Story Online Platform, the online channel of the China Institute for Knowledge, has published over 1,000 featured articles since its soft launch last December. To mark the 2nd anniversary of the Outline Development Plan for the Greater Bay Area (GBA) introduced by the Central Government, the Platform has published a special coverage on the GBA to provide insights on the working and living opportunities in the area. View the articles here.

    Last but not least, I trust you will be pleased to know that OHKF Fraternity is going from strength to strength with 21 newly joined Advisors, making our coalition nearly 300-member strong. I look forward to your continued support on our work in future.

    The Year of the Ox will be a year of On and On for us as we forge ahead. Please accept my very best wishes for good health, happiness, and success in all your endeavours.

    Wishing you a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year! 

    Eva Cheng
    Our Hong Kong Foundation