The 2018 Public Affairs Paper Presentation Conference was held at the College of Social Sciences on January 16. The conference was jointly organized by NTU’s Graduate Institute of Public Affairs and the Department of Public Policy of the City University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
The conference commenced with opening remarks by Director Tsai-Tsu Su of the Graduate Institute of Public Affairs and Prof. Chih-Wei Hsieh of CUHK’s Department of Public Policy. Both speakers expressed the hope that this rare opportunity for cooperation between these two institutions would help broaden the outlooks of the participating Taiwanese and Hong Kong students, as well as provide a platform for mutual growth.
Six graduate students from the Graduate Institute of Public Affairs presented papers during the morning session, which was moderated by Profs. Chwen-Wen Chen and Thomas Ching-Peng Peng of the Graduate Institute. The students presented their research findings on a number of major issues in public administration, such as the controversial dismissal of junior high school teachers, representative bureaucracy, tax expenditures, deliberative democracy, collaborative governance, and energy policy.
The students and faculty members in the audience were impressed by the breadth and depth of the student presentations. The moderators praised the students’ research and critical thinking, but also suggested that they take the thoughts and suggestions of the commentators and audience members into consideration in order to improve the depth and quality of their Master’s theses.
In the afternoon session, the visiting CUHK students presented their perspectives on the differences between Taiwan’s and Hong Kong’s governmental approaches to developing smart cities. The Graduate Institute of Public Affairs’ Profs. Mei-Jen Hung and Hsini Huang provided commentary on the presentations. The professors commended the students for moving beyond the theoretical issues and taking on the concrete issues and challenges faced by city planners.