The University actively promotes upward mobility and horizontal development opportunities for outstanding staff. For this reason, the University continued to organize the Professional Development and Enhancement Program for the Outstanding Administrative Staff this year. A group of 22 UM staff (including 15 awardees of Outstanding Administrative Staff Award 2017) joined the study program to visit Shanghai and Hangzhou from 11 to 15 June 2018. The delegation visited the government offices of Hangzhou Smart City Project, two campuses of Zhejiang University and a well-established public-funded University in Shanghai.

Led by the Office for Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Overseas Chinese Affairs and the Foreign Affairs of the Hangzhou Municipal Committee of the CPPCC (Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference), the delegation visited the Hangzhou City Information Storage, the Hangzhou City Digital Urban Management System, the Alibaba Group, the Dream Town, the West Bridge Historical District and the Grand Canal Museum. The Hangzhou Public Security Bureau and the Hangzhou City Data Resources Administration introduced the concept and operation process of the Hangzhou City Information Storage and the Hangzhou Digital Management System. The Alibaba Group explained the culture of Alibaba and the global business development plan for domestic enterprises. Our delegation learned about the transformation process of the most favorable national internet entrepreneurship and concentration of innovative capital – the Dream Town. They also gained in-depth knowledge of Hangzhou’s historical and cultural developments by visiting the West Bridge Historical District and the Grand Canal Museum.

Another highlight was the visit to two campuses of Zhejiang University, namely the Zijingang Campus and International Campus (Haining International Campus). Welcomed by Ms. Li Min, Director of Office of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Affairs, the delegates learnt about the development, administration, research and academic structures, as well as the future planning aspects of Zijingang Campus. In addition, Administration Service Center, History Museum and Innovative Design Exhibition were introduced. At the International Campus, accompanied by Prof. He Lianzhen, Dean of International Campus, their delegates shared about the history and milestones, talents cultivation, exchanges and cooperation.

The final stop was East China Normal University in Shanghai, who shared to our delegation about their areas of curriculum and pedagogy, human resources, campus development and student life. A tour at the University’s History Museum, Numismatic Museum and Historical Heritage Museum were also organized.

Through these visits and bench-marking exercise, our delegation has broadened their horizons and enhanced their job-related skills. The program brought the delegates an in-depth understanding of the development of Universities in Mainland China that they believe would contribute to the development of UM in the near future.