Education will remain a priority in an effort to foster a creative culture, Mr Tung said. He promised continued support for education reforms and backed recommendations made in a recent report on improving language education and proficiency. Mr Tung also called for the development of areas including performing arts, film and television, publishing, digital entertainment, computer software, fashion and product design. Tai Hay-lap, a member of the Education Commission and the Culture and Heritage Commission, said Mr Tung's pledge for continued investment in education could also be a sign of limited cuts in government funding in the sector. He and other educators think Hong Kong is in a far better position than mainland cities to develop creative industries. 'The multiple cultures in Hong Kong provide a strong basis for creativity. But it will be helpful if Hong Kong people can develop a stronger understanding of Chinese culture,' Mr Tai said. Mr Tung also proposed a cultural and arts, sports and youth network in the Pearl River Delta. The associate head of the School of Design at Polytechnic University, Eric Wear, sees room for collaboration between academics and their counterparts and industries in the Pearl River Delta. 'Hong Kong can have a big role to play in developing knowledge needed for making new products. The many new firms emerging in the next five years will be hiring people from the region.' But in the area of design, there were limited educational opportunities. 'In South Korea and the UK, the number of university places in design relative to the population are 10 times that of Hong Kong,' Mr Wear added. Mark Green, from City University's School of Creative Media, agreed there was not adequate creativity training at university level. 'There has been a greater push for training on the technological side than the creative side,' Professor Green said.