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周末時事講堂—城大公共政策、政治、哲學公開講座系列(三)
alumni 新聞稿
2017年12月11日

香港城市大學公共政策學系和香港城市大學出版社於2017年12月2日(星期六)合辦「周末時事講堂」—城大公共政策、政治、哲學公開講座系列最後一講。是次講座邀請了香港特區政府前任運輸及房屋局局長張炳良教授主講,題目為「從時事評論員、議員到政策制定者:我對政治與政策的看法」,內容觸及特區管治的問題、所面對的挑戰,以及提出可改善的空間及方法。

張炳良教授本身是資深公共行政學者,曾創立政黨、擔任行政會議成員,2012至2017年中出任特區政府問責官員,以不同的身份推動社會及政策改革。在講座中,張教授分享了他在不同的角色中如何面對各種的政治難題、實踐其政治理念、以及他自身與時並進的轉變。當談及有關特區政府面臨的挑戰時,他指出除了公眾對政府不信任,形成「雞蛋與高牆」的對立感覺之外,最大原因是沒有普選的基礎支持政府推行政策,引致市民希望通過民選議員監督政府以爭取權益。另一方面,張教授也寄望現時政府能抱有反思、學習、以及敢於改正和勇於創新。過去特區政府在推行政策改革時,內部限制比較多、官員思維守舊,以致政府只可以循序漸進推行改革。其實,政府要改善支持度的不足,首先要積極調整公務員的管治思維,鼓勵跨部門合作,減少內部爭拗。然後,制定政策時實事求是,以社會大眾的福祉為出發點,才能令施政有效,獲取各界的信任。

「周末時事講堂」共分為三講,邀請不同背景人士,包括學者、從政者與學生和公眾人士分享他們對最新議題的看法。公共政策與生活息息相關,涵蓋多個學科的知識,希望讓學生從中學習、訓練他們獨立及批判性的思維,加以靈活運用以應對全球性的發展及挑戰。

alumni 與今次系列講座主題相關的《特區管治的挑戰》一書,是由香港城市大學公共政策學系的十多名學者撰寫,以中國因素、特區管治的制度和政策挑戰三大範疇,深入淺出地分析特區管治所面對的種種難題。希望透過淺白的文字,結合政治學和公共行政的知識和基本概念,帶來一點啟發,為香港往後的發展起一點作用。


Press Release
11 December 2017

City University of Hong Kong Press (CityU Press) and the Department of Public Policy of City University of Hong Kong (CityU) co-organize a series of weekend talks on latest social and political topics. The last talk was held on 2 December, 2017 (Saturday) and we were honored to invite Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung (Former Secretary for Transport and Housing of Hong Kong Special Administration Region (HKSAR) and the former president of The Education University of Hong Kong) to give a talk on politics and policy from the perspective of commentator, legislator to policymaker. He examined the challenges and problems in Hong Kong governance and recommended ways to improve the current situations base on his political experiences.

Prof. Cheung is an experienced public policy scholar, he was the Founding Vice-Chairman of Democratic Party, non-official member of Executive Council in HKSAR, and joined the HKSAR as Secretary for Transport and Housing in 2012–2017. He shared the concerns and philosophies when taking up various roles throughout his political life, from a scholar to a politician; he described his political journey as keeping abreast of the fast-changing political trend in the hope to induce social and political change. Speaking of the challenge of Hong Kong governance, he indicated that it is the distrust generated from the public due to the lack of universal suffrage. Consequently, the citizens will rely on the elected member of the Legislative Council to fight for their rights and interests, leading to a direct opposition between the public and the government when introducing a new policy or political reform.

alumni He suggested that the current administration should have the attitude to reflect and learn, as well as keen to amend and innovate. In the past, when the government implemented policy reforms, it was hindered by internal limitations and conservative political beliefs, as a result, the government could only introduce reform in step by step progress. He urged the government to actively adjust the conservative thinking of the civil servants, to encourage inter-department cooperation, to reduce internal disputes and to promote effective administration in order to strive for the best for the public.

The series of weekend talk on latest social and political topics had been held successfully with three talks on different topics. Public Policy is always important and plays a major role to influence our everyday lives, it is a multidisciplinary subject that enable you to engage creatively, think critically and independently in order to apply the knowledge to meet the policy challenges and development that facing locally, regionally and globally.

The book Challenges in Governance in Hong Kong is written by 13 scholars from the Department of Public Policy of CityU. It is divided into three main sessions: china factors, governance policy and policy challenges; describing the current issues with a combination of political and liberal studies concept to point out the major challenges that the Hong Kong government is facing.

alumni This book serves as a reference book for all the university and secondary school students. It is very useful and practical for those who are interested in politics and Hong Kong studies, and thus would inspire people who care about the future Hong Kong.

Summary of the Talk

City University of Hong Kong Press (CityU Press) and the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong (CityU) co-organized a series of weekend talks on latest social and political topics. The third, as well as the last talk of the series was held on 2 December 2017 (Saturday), We were honored to invite Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung (Former Secretary for Transport and Housing of HKSAR and the former president of The Education University of Hong Kong) to give a talk on politics and policy from the perspective of commentator, legislator to policymaker. He examined on the challenges and problems in Hong Kong governance and recommended ways to improve the current situations base on his political experiences.

Prof. Cheung is an experienced public policy scholar, he was the Founding Vice-Chairman of Democratic Party, non-official member of Executive Council in HKSAR, and joined the HKSAR as Secretary for Transport and Housing in 2012–2017. He shared his concerns and philosophies when taking up various roles throughout his political life, from a scholar to a politician; he described his political journey as keeping abreast of the fast-changing political trends in the hope to induce social and political change. Speaking of the challenge of Hong Kong governance, he indicated that it is the distrust generated from the public due to the lack of universal suffrage. Consequently, the citizens will rely on the elected member of the Legislative Council to fight for their rights and interests, leading to a direct opposition between the public and the government when introducing a new policy or political reform.

In addition, he commented on the challenges of continuity and identity in the current political situation under “One country, two systems”. It is in the crossroad that neither utilizes the economic advantages of Hong Kong under “‘One Country and Two systems” nor makes good use of the opportunities given in the rapid development of China. He stated that the system demands mutual trust, mutual respect, mutual accommodation and ‘non-zero sum’ mutual benefits with the basic law as the living constitution but not straitjacket.

He suggested that the current administration should have the attitude to reflect and learn, as well as keen to amend and innovate. In the past, when the government implemented policy reforms, it was hindered by internal limitations and conservative political beliefs, as a result, the government could only introduce reform in step by step progress. He urged the government to actively adjust the conservative thinking of the civil servants, to encourage inter-department cooperation, to reduce internal disputes and to promote effective administration in order to strive for the best for the public.

The series of weekend talk on latest social and political topics had been held successfully with three talks on different topics. Public Policy is always important and plays a major role to impact our everyday lives, it is a multidisciplinary subject that enable you to engage creatively and critically with the key policy challenges facing the contemporary world-locally, regionally and globally. Not only understanding the essential theories, principles of policy itself, but provide an opportunity to pursue a broad-based analytical thinking and professional development.

If you are interested in studying more on social issues in different dimensions, the new title Challenges in Governance in Hong Kong is written by 13 scholars from the Department of Public Policy of CityU. This book serves as a reference book for all the university and secondary school students. It is very useful and practical for those who are interested in politics and Hong Kong studies, and thus would inspire people who care about the future Hong Kong.