The University is actively promoting the 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 during 3 – 6 June 2019. A group of ten awardees of Outstanding Administrative Staff Award 2018 joined the study program to visit the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. The delegation visited two top-notch universities in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, one of the biggest Chinese high-tech companies, a comprehensive cultural industry group and appreciation of the historical and cultural heritage in the Greater Bay Area.
A series of visiting spots brought a thorough understanding of the Greater Bay Area, with the National Supercomputer Center which is located on the East Campus of Sun Yat-sen University and Sun Yat-sen University South Campus as the starting points. Our delegation comprehended about the operation of the supercomputer namely Tianhe-2 in the National Supercomputer Center. A campus tour to Sun Yat-sen University South Campus was arranged to learn about the historical background and the evolution of Sun Yat-sen University. In addition, they also gained an in-depth knowledge of Foshan and Guangzhou’s historical and cultural development by visiting the Foshan Ancestral Temple, Foshan Lingnan World, the Canton Tower and the Guangzhou Pearl River Cruise.
Another highlight was the visit to two renowned companies, namely the Huawei Shenzhen Bantian Head Quarters and Artron Art Centre in Shenzhen. The representative of Huawei Group shared about the history and milestones, explained the culture of Huawei, the global business development plan and direction for domestic enterprises, as well as the application of artificial intelligence technology in the daily life. The next stop was Artron Art Centre in Shenzhen, their delegate shared the art industry development with professional service and experience of quality products by integrated application of IT, advanced digital science and innovative crafts and materials.
The final stop Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen presented to our delegation about the curriculum and pedagogy, campus development and student life. Lastly, a tour at Cryo-electron microscope laboratory, Center for Computational Science and Engineering and Runyang Stadium were organized.
Through these visits and bench-marking exercise, the delegates have broadened their horizons and enhanced their job-related skills. The program brought them an in-depth understanding of the remarkable high-tech industries and the development of Universities in Mainland China that they believe would contribute to the development of UM in the near future.