The Annual Postgraduate Research Symposium 2015 was held on 26-27 May 2015. It was organised by the CUHK-Nankai Joint Research Centre of Social Policy and the Department of Social Work, CUHK. The two-day Symposium aimed at providing an opportunity for research students from different parts of the world to share their research with one another. More than 55 research students from Ireland, India, Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong presented their research projects on different important fields of social welfare and social work on 26 May 2015. The fields included poverty, social security and employment, social care, migration, and social exclusion, elderly and disability, as well as child, youth, and family policy. Ten research students obtained the Best Paper Award. The speakers then visited two social welfare agencies in Sha Tin and Ma On Shan on 27 May 2015.
The Centre is an inter-university Joint Research Centre, founded together with Nankai University in September 2008.
- To conduct research on social policy issues relating to social needs, and social problems at the local, regional and national levels in Chinese societies.
- To enhance academic collaboration and exchange among local and overseas social policy scholars, and to encourage the mutual learning and information exchange between all levels of Mainland China Government and HKSAR Government
The Centre is equipped with an Academic Committee and an Administrative Committee, responsible for overall development, academic activities and administrative work; and there will also be a Guest Researcher in the Centre.
The areas of activity for the above mentioned committees and researcher are as follows:
- The Academic Committee: responsible for the academic planning and execution of the Centre, setting development strategy, and exploring and conducting research projects. The committee implements a dual chairperson and vice-chairperson system.
- The Administrative Committee: Nankai University designates an executive director for the Administrative Committee, to assist the director of the Centre with administrative work. Research assistants needed for conducting research projects will be hired when necessary.
- The Guest Researcher: well-known scholars will be invited as Guest Researchers of the Centre, responsible for providing professional advice to the Centre, conducting joint research with the members of the Centre and participating in various activities.
Research and academic activities
The Centre achieves its objectives through the following specific activities:
- Carrying out various types of social policy studies, including comparative research and specific policy research, as well as social policy research for central and local governments;
- Publishing academic study reports, consultancy reports, papers, policy recommendations and books;
- Organising conferences and seminars;
- Organising the exchange of scholars and students and visits between the two Universities;
- Other academic activities.
CUHK-Nankai Joint Research Center of Social Policy
Room 504, T. C. Cheng Building, United College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong