The transformations in Mainland China more than three decades ago have had profound economic, political and social consequences, of which the impact on Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao) and the World is still unfolding.
After the financial crisis in recent years, academics are increasingly alert of the weakness of the world order and the uniqueness of Greater China’s government and politics in meeting various challenges. Typical MA programmes in China usually offer a broad spectrum of courses about China, ranging from humanity to social science, even include fine arts. What is distinctive of our proposed programme is our social science perspectives and comparative methods on contemporary Greater China’s government and politics.
The Department of Government and Public Administration in CUHK (GPA Department) is uniquely positioned to offer such a program because (a) It is the oldest and one of the best departments of its kind in Hong Kong; (b) Most of its current faculty members are comparativists with a focus on Greater China, and they have collectively built an impressive track-record; (c) It has a traditional partnership with the Universities Services Centre for Chinese Studies (USC), a world-known research center on post-1949 China.
The study of politics and public administration is not only intellectually interesting, but it is crucial in building a strong and successful community. Providing a taught master programme on Greater China is a way to achieve GPA Department’s mission and serve societal needs.