Visit by Bao'an District Committee and MICAFA

UTAR warmly welcomed the delegates from the Communist Party of China (CPC) Shenzhen Bao’an District Committee and Malaysia International Commerce, Culture and Art Facilitation Association (MICAFA) at Sungai Long Campus on 11 August 2017.

Visiting on behalf of CPC Shenzhen Bao’an District were its Member of Standing Committee cum Minister of Organisation Department Wu Jing, Vice-Minister of Organisation Department Zhong Yanni, Section Chief Talent Nurse for Education and Training Wang Wei, Shenzhen Bao’an Vocational Technical School Schoolmaster Hu Long, Shenzhen Municipality Bao’an District People’s Hospital Deputy Director Deng Ying, Shenzhen Bao’an District Enterprise Service Center Leading Official Zhao Hui, Shenzhen Futian Tourism Association Secretary-General Zhang Bingbing, and Shenzhen Artistic Talent Base The Center of Cultural and Artistic Talents of the Ministry of Culture Director Gary Huang Lichun.

Representing MICAFA were its Legal Advisor Phang Chui Fei, President Law Pau Ching, Deputy President Jeffrey Kee, Vice President Zhang Yue Kui, Treasurer-General Choo Kong Poh and Secretary-General Chua Yin Pying.

Welcoming them were UTAR President Ir Prof Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, Vice President for Internationalisation and Academic Development Prof Ir Dr Ewe Hong Tat, Vice President for R&D and Commercialisation Prof Ir Dr Lee Sze Wei, Institute of Management and Leadership Development Director cum Division of Community and International Networking Director Prof Dr Cheng Ming Yu, Lee Kong Chain Faculty of Engineering and Science Dean Prof Ir Dr Goi Bok Min, Institute of Chinese Studies Dean Assoc Prof Dr Chong Siou Wei, Faculty of Accountancy and Management Dean Dr Sia Bee Chuan, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Postgraduate Programmes Head cum Centre for Cancer Research Chairperson Prof Dr Lim Yang Moo, and Faculty of Creative Industries Deputy Dean for Student Development and Industrial Training cum Centre for Immersive Technology and Creativity Chairperson Aloysius Yapp.

During his speech, Prof Chuah said, “Conceived as a university “by the people, for the people”, UTAR was founded in 2002 as a not-for-profit private higher education institution in Malaysia providing affordable quality education to all. UTAR is now operating in two permanent campuses, the Kampar Campus and the Sungai Long Campus. Currently, UTAR has about 26,000 students and more than 50,000 alumni. The University has also established formal collaborations to facilitate international exchanges, research and training with foreign and local partners. We believe international exposure is one of the keys to success for a university.”

Wu remarked, “Adjacent to Hong Kong and Macau, Bao’an District is situated in the northwest of Shenzhen Municipality and on the eastern shore of the Pearl River Estuary. Bao’an District is predominantly a secondary sector economy as industrial centres are famous for having a concentration in electronics factories. The transportation accessibility in Bao’an is also very high due to the comprehensive planning of the city. It is a rare administrative district, which has an airport and seaport together in Mainland China. On behalf of the district committee, I would like to extend my warmest welcome to UTAR students and staff to visit Bao’an District in the future.”

Prof Chuah (front row, second from left) presenting a token of appreciation to Wu (front row, second from right)

MICAFA presenting a mock cheque to UTAR

Prof Chuah (second from left) presenting a token of appreciation to Law (second from right)

The visit continued with a discussion and introduction session on Bao’an District Talent Policy and Industrial Policy. Wu, Hu, Deng and Zhao were invited to share the policies with the students and the staff. In their discussion and introduction session, they mentioned that Bao’an District can provide a full range of administrative services, thanks to a fully established “Top Ten Service Center”. The “a door, a window, a network” policy included online and offline services from a government office that can minister to all types of businesses.

Zhao said, “Enterprises are the main bodies of the market, basic cells of the economy and pillars of urban development. Currently, Bao’an is in a significant strategic opportunity to accelerate its transformation and upgrade. We’ll simplify the related procedures for the foreign experts who come to China to work for a short term.”

The visit ended with a photography session.

Group photo session

Bao’an District is located on the coast of the South China Sea and on the eastern bank of the Pearl River, with a land area of 397km2 and 10 sub-districts. The district enjoys an advantageous regional location, which is the centre of the Pearl River Delta, linked with the gold corridor of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau. It is the core area for Shenzhen’s development and also the key node on the “Maritime Silk Road”, and it is closely connected with Hong Kong and Qianhai.

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