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SAT reform and its implications


A good examination system is of paramount importance for Hong Kong to maintain its competitiveness. The Centre’s weekly analysis reviews the deficiency of Hong Kong’s education system and ponders on the areas of improvement, by looking into the process and rationale of SAT reform in the United States.

Type II babies a liability?


Some may consider the families of ‘Type II babies’* as a liability to Hong Kong for they have not made any contributions to society. The Centre’s weekly analysis looks into ways to unleash and leverage the potential of Type II babies and their parents, by examining Hong Kong’s demographic structure, labour demand and the background of the Type II families.

*Type II babies are children born in Hong Kong whose parents are non-permanent residents.

Right policy, right people


Nurturing, retaining and attracting talents are part and parcel of socioeconomic development. It is a usual practice for governments to adjust their respective population policy in order to fit into the rapidly changing environment. By making reference to the changes in immigration policies of overseas countries, the Centre’s weekly analysis reviews the city’s situation and positioning with a view to pondering on how Hong Kong could come up with suitable manpower policies.

Talent war in a globalised world


The highly skilled people tend to have a high mobility in the era of globalisation. Hong Kong should ponder on ways to attract talents from outside so as to strengthen its human capital. Following our recent study on ‘Hong Kong’s future population and manpower needs to 2030’, the Centre’s weekly analysis examines the characteristics of the highly skilled manpower, with a view to providing inspiration for the issue.

Maids to become elderly carers


Faced with an ageing population, Hong Kong’s elderly policy is experiencing shortages of residential care homes and carers. The Centre’s weekly analysis raises the feasibility of extending the job requirements for foreign domestic helpers to fill the manpower gap in local elderly services. With reference to the Centre’s latest study on population policy, the analysis points out that foreign domestic helpers, through proper training, can become elderly carers at home, or even in residential care homes.

An economic and social vision is key to Hong Kong’s population policy


The Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre today released a study on population policy, highlighting the importance of an economic and social vision in encouraging and enabling Hong Kong’s population and labour market to achieve their optimal state.

The study examines the city’s future population and manpower needs to 2030, and maps out areas for deliberating the future direction for Hong Kong’s long-term competitiveness.

Where will students with non-permanent resident parents go?


Following our earlier commentary suggesting taking precautionary measures for the influx of students born to parents who are both non-permanent residents of Hong Kong, Bauhinia this week examines the figures of both Type II babies and cross-boundary students to project the future demand for school places in Hong Kong. The article points out that the shortage of primary school places will also threaten secondary schools and other districts in future and urges the Government to plan and prepare for the possible challenges ahead.

Unleashing the potential of workforce


The recently released consultation paper on population policy suggests encouraging female homemakers to join the job market as a means to supplement a diminishing workforce. Assessing the quality of the city’s child care services and the adoption of family-friendly employment practices, the Centre’s weekly analysis examines the feasibility of the recommendation, which is more than just a human resource issue, but also involves enhancement of public services, as well as changes in culture and workplace values.

Immigrants and development


In its recently released consultation paper, the Steering Committee on Population Policy suggested, among other recommendations, improving both the quality and quantity of the workforce by attracting talent and importing labour. Against this background, the Centre’s weekly analysis looks into the problems arising from the integration of the new and old cultures based on the demographic data of Hong Kong.

Why Hong Kong?


According to the latest World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2014, Hong Kong was second only to Singapore as the world’s best place to run a business. The Centre’s weekly analysis examines the strengths and weaknesses of Hong Kong in areas such as tax and legal systems, geographical location, language and education. It points out that Hong Kong should leverage on its advantages and get prepared for challenges in order to remain competitive.