New research centre advances China Studies The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has established a Centre on China's Transnational Relations. Officially opened on November 30, the creation of the centre was motivated by the impact around the world of the mainland's open-door policy, its 'dramatic economic growth' and its 'assertive foreign policy', according to David Zweig, centre director and professor of social science. In particular, the new centre should serve as 'a means of focusing on the increasingly intensive interaction between China and the rest of the world', Professor Zweig said. The chief aim of the centre is to advance research and discussion of issues on the mainland that have implications beyond the country's borders. Its upcoming programme includes a range of public lectures, international conferences and policy workshops. A unique school is born The ceremonial foundation stone for Hong Kong's first university-affiliated primary-cum-secondary school was laid this week at Shek Mun, Sha Tin. Scheduled to open in September 2006, Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School will be operated by the Hong Kong Baptist University with a mission to nurture outstanding students through a liberal education. The university aims to provide a comprehensive study ladder, educating students from kindergarten, primary and secondary to university level. 'Baptist University's education studies department will take the lead in preparing, operating and developing the school, which will allow the university to put into practice new education theories, research results and its whole-person education ethos,' said the university's president and vice-chancellor Ng Ching-fai. Correction: The co-ordinator for the City University of Hong Kong's Korean programme featured on December 11 is Julia Han Ji-yeon.