Visit from Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary for Administration highlights growing relationship
The day began with a meeting between Mrs Lam and the Vice Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis, to discuss the issues of education and youth exchange between Hong Kong and Australia. Speaking at the meeting Mrs Lam made note of Melbourne at a popular choice for Hong Kong students.
"Australia is one of the most popular destinations for Hong Kong students seeking to study overseas. There are about 9,000 Hong Kong students in Australia and many are studying in Melbourne," Mrs Lam said.
Mrs Lam also said she was pleased that the University has exchange agreements with universities in Hong Kong, and looked forward to further exchanges and collaboration in more areas, such as design, technology and public administration.
The meeting was followed by a Hong Kong Student Reception at Melbourne School of Design, hosted by Professor Kvan with 50 Hong Kong students presently studying at the University in attendance. Mrs Lam was delighted to meet with Professor Kvan, whose father Professor Erik Kvan had once taught Mrs Lam at the University of Hong Kong.
A highlight for the students, the reception provided a rare opportunity to meet with and chat informally with Mrs Lam, who visited the University with the aim of promoting opportunities in Hong Kong for high achieving students. She updated them on recent developments and encouraged them to act as Hong Kong's ambassadors. She also asked them to treasure their learning experiences at the University.
Later in the day, at a luncheon organised by Asialink, attended by 100 guests including politicians, government officials, think tank representatives, academics and people from a wide range of business sectors, Mrs Lam spoke on "Hong Kong - Asia's Commercial Hub and Gateway to China".
Carrie Lam was sworn in as Chief Secretary for Administration on 1 July 2012, having been a member of the Administrative Service of the Hong Kong Government for 27 years, serving in various bureaux and departments including as Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London. Prior to her current role, she was Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs before assuming the post of Secretary for Development.
The Chief Secretary for Administration, commonly known as the Chief Secretary of Hong Kong, is the most senior principal official of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The Chief Secretary is the head of the Government Secretariat that oversees the administration of the Region to which all other ministers belong, and is accountable for her policies and actions to the Chief Executive and to the Legislative Council.