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Sharing Session: "International Rankings of Hong Kong"

  • HKIP Office Unit 201, 2/F, Prosperity Millennia Plaza, 663 King’s Road, North Point Hong Kong (map)

Date: 6 Oct 2014 (Monday)

Time: 6:45pm – 8:15pm

Venue: HKIP Premises, Unit No 201, 2/F, Prosperity Millennia Plaza, North Point, Hong Kong

- A tool for tracking Hong Kong’s performances and facilitating informed discussion

In recent years, there is no lack of pessimism among Hong Kongers on the City’s development. Is it a psychological bias or a reflection of truths? Are there resources for us to make broad judgments on claims without the need of becoming a subject matter expert in every aspect?
In this talk, Kam argues that a complete and constantly updated list of international rankings would benefit Hong Kong like a medical report for a patient and a report card for a student. For planners and city administrators who need to make holistic judgments based on an array of factors, international rankings and the analyses behind them may provide preliminary yet objective materials for understanding the full picture.
International organisations, multinational companies and academic institutions have been putting together rankings to benchmark the performances of different cities and countries. However, rankings on a similar topics are sometimes inconsistent or even contradicting. At time, the media and public figures pick or interpret these rankings in a way to fit their arguments.
Focusing on “economic competitiveness”, “innovation”, “society” and “liveability”, Kam will discuss the validity of major rankings and their interpretations, and then identify rankings that are most useful for tracking Hong Kong’s performances and issues that warrants our attention and actions. For example, while education and economic competitiveness frequently make themselves to the headline, there is no obvious decline in these two respects comparing to other regions. On the other hand, the fall in innovation ranking from 2011 to 2014, together with people’s desire to migrate (i.e. brain-drain), has revealed treats that may hamper the future growth of the City.
By making use of Wikipedia with its principles of neutrality and collaboration, Kam hopes that the “International ­Rankings of Hong Kong” page can serve as a lasting platform for informed and objective discussion on ways to make our hometown a better place, and allows planners and city administrators to fomulate development strategies with greater evidences.

About the Speaker:

Kam is currently a Lead Planner at Arup in Shanghai. Having worked in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and California and participated in projects in Taiwan, Vietnam, United States and Mainland China, he has vast exposure to planning and design for cities in different regions. He also published in professional journals and conference proceedings.
Kam is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design and the Hong Kong Institute of Planners. He holds a doctorate in environmentally responsible design from the University of Cambridge and master’s degrees in urban planning and civil engineering (transportation) from the University of California at Berkeley.

If you are interested, please contact HKIP Secretariat, Ms Monique Tai, by email ( or by phone (2915 6212) on or before 30 September 2014 for registration or enquiries. First come first served.

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