According to the report, Hong Kong is increasingly contributing to Greater Bay Area research in strategic areas such as AI and biomedicine

The GBA has seen the region’s total research output almost double between 2018 and 2022, as the number of publications reached 142,663 by the end of the period, according to a report released on Monday by information analytics firm Elsevier, which was commissioned by the GBA. Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). The number of active researchers in the region also doubled over the same period, with 207,800 scientists in 2022.
“As an engine for our country’s future growth, the region must strengthen the deep integration of academic research, innovation and entrepreneurship,” CUHK Vice Chancellor Sham Mai-har said at the launch of the report in the Southern Technology Hub. Shenzhen.

Sham said the Elsevier report’s findings show that the region’s research output is beginning to reflect the size and scale of this dynamic area.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong is one of the top 100 universities in the world. Photo: Shutterstock
The GBA is Beijing’s plan to integrate Hong Kong. Macau and nine cities in the south Guang Dong province transformed into a new powerhouse – with a combined population of more than 86 million people – which is expected to surpass the economic strength of the New York Metropolitan Area and the Tokyo Bay region by 2035.

The Elsevier report highlights the GBA’s efforts to become a world-class information and technology center, and what Hong Kong has done to date to help achieve that goal.

According to Lynn Li, president of Elsevier Greater China, Hong Kong’s universities were collectively described as the main “pulling force” in the international and industry collaborations within the GBA.

For example, CUHK made its largest contribution to AI with 1,244 publications between 2018 and 2022, the report said. This accounted for 5.8 percent of the GBA’s total research output of 21,432 publications in this area in the same period.

In biomedicine, CUHK provided the largest research output of the five strategic areas with 3,265 publications in the five-year period, which accounted for 5.3 percent of the GBA’s total output of 61,548 publications in this field.

Research initiatives at the Chinese University of Hong Kong are contributing prominently to supporting technological advancements in the Greater Bay Area, according to a report from information analytics firm Elsevier. Image: Shutterstock

According to the report, CUHK also contributed 5.1 percent, 3.4 percent and 2.6 percent of the GBA’s total research output in quantum technology, environmental sciences and clean energy, respectively, during the five-year period.

Hong Kong is home to five of the world’s top 100 universities, namely CUHK, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and City University, according to the QS World University Ranking 2024 .

The city’s overall contribution to the GBA’s research output was strongest in computer science and engineering, disciplines that have laid the foundation for the development of AI and roboticsaccording to the Elsevier report.

It also indicated that researchers in Hong Kong are more productive than their counterparts in the GBA, producing twice as many publications per active author as those in the rest of the region.

Yet Hong Kong’s major academic institutions lagged behind Sun Yat-sen University in Canton, capital of Guangdong province. According to the report, the 100-year-old public research university contributed the largest number of publications within the GBA.
Elsevier thought so too Huawei technologies, Tencent Holdings and the state-owned China Southern Power Grid were the enterprises that led the academia-industry collaboration in the GBA.