Promising Future Academic Stars Gathered and Shared at the 5th Global Social Sciences Graduate Student Conference
On 21 April 2017, the Faculty of Social Sciences hosted its 5th Global Social Sciences Graduate Student Conference; the conference stimulates interesting multi-disciplinary discussions around the main theme - “Development and Polarization”. This year's conference, which featured Prof. Syed Minhaj ul Huassan from University of Peshawar as the Keynote Speaker, brought together graduate students from a variety of social science disciplines from Hong Kong and surrounding cities in Asia.
At the Opening Ceremony, Prof. Adrian J. Bailey, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences welcomed all participants to the event. He remarked that the Conference has been successfully organised for four times; and participants were given an opportunity to renew contacts and discuss problems of mutual interest with fellow graduate students from various disciplines and backgrounds. Prof. Bailey said, “Our world was never static and so, this evolving state of affairs around us cannot simply be divided into a positive or negative, black or white, we must acknowledge and explore the grey matter in between.” He encouraged participants to openly share their thoughts and to enjoy the Conference.
The Keynote Speaker, Prof. Syed Minhaj ul Hassan, shared with participants on “China Pakistan Economic Corridor: A Game Changer with Multidimensional Challenges”. Prof. Hassan said, “Under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is part of China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ project, China will invest around US$57 billion in Pakistan aiming at improving communication network, energy shortages and establishing economic zones. However, CPEC has polarized the federating units of Pakistan, each one fighting for more investment in their areas. As a result, Pakistan has prepared itself for security, political and economic challenges arising out of CPEC implementation”. Prof. Hassan’s speech enlightened participants that globalization does bring its side-effects in one way or another. In a similar way development can cause polarization.
After the keynote speech, 45 presenters presented their papers in six parallel sessions. At the end of the Conference, 7 participants were awarded with the Best Paper Award, and five received the Best Presentation Awards in recognition of their excellence in student research.