An American academic is seeking funds to promote research on educational collaboration in the Pearl River Delta. Professor Kathryn Mohrman, former president of Colorado College and now a visiting scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), aims to research the nature of current partnerships between educational institutions in the delta region. 'Each university is creating its own programme in the mainland, but there may be room for a broader strategy in higher education,' she said. 'If we are serious about regional integration, the first thing is to know what is going on in institutions on both sides of the border.' The issue of educational collaboration should be studied in line with the government's goal of achieving economic integration. Professor Mohrman suggested that a consortium of regional universities could help promote the nurturing of talent to help facilitate this initiative. In the United States, regional integration in higher education included mechanisms for credit transfers and the shared use of library and other educational resources, she said. Meanwhile, the CUHK-based Hong Kong America Centre is planning to take 14 American university professors on a field trip to the delta to study the economic dynamism there under its 'Fifth Dragon Project' in June. 'We want to educate American academics and business leaders about the new opportunities that exist for business and educational exchanges,' said Glenn Shive, director of the centre. 'People who want to study the Chinese economy should come to Hong Kong as well as the mainland. 'We want to make the case that Hong Kong is still the best way into the Chinese economy.'