The Hong Kong-Shenzhen Finance Research Centre is co-founded by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School and the Shenzhen Finance Institute (SFI) of CUHK-Shenzhen. It is the only research unit in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area that focuses on cutting-edge finance research.
The Greater Bay Area is an area created under the Chinese government’s “Road and Belt” initiative. Its goal is ambitious – it will combine Hong Kong, Macau and major cities in Guangdong (e.g. Shenzhen), to create a region with the economic heft comparable to Greater San Francisco, New York or Tokyo Bay Areas. This Centre will support top researchers in the Greater Bay Area to conduct closer collaboration to tackle challenging questions ranging from financial technologies (FinTech), financial innovation to financial policy-making.
While the Greater Bay Area initiative is a great opportunity, it also presents many challenges due to the fact that Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland Chinese cities have different social, political, legal and financial systems. These issues need to be addressed by future research, so that relevant infrastructure, policies and regulations can be put into place to ensure frictionless flow of products, labour, information and capital in this region.
In view of these challenges, our Centre – the first research centre of this nature in the world – was established to act as a bridge between academics, industries and governmental organisations, and to provide a collaborative space for top researchers, major financial market players and regulators to conduct and apply cutting-edge finance research.
Through inviting leading scholars, hosting international conferences, recruiting top researchers, data scientists and PhD students, as well as interacting with other research centres within the SFI at CUHK-Shenzhen, including the FinTech Research Centre and the Big Data Centre, our Centre will generate synergies between the two CUHK campuses and facilitate collaborations between CUHK and other research institutes in China and around the world.
In addition, our Centre will provide an interdisciplinary platform for collaborations among researchers with different backgrounds – economics, finance, information science, marketing and operation management – who share the same goal. These collaborations will generate comprehensive datasets, train academic and industry talents, support rigorous research, empower companies and government agencies, and ultimately contribute to intellectual exchanges and financial activities in the Greater Bay Area.
Professor Zhenyu Gao, Department of Finance, CUHK
Professor Wenxi Jiang, Department of Finance, CUHK
Professor Jing Wu, Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics, CUHK
Professor Shuai Ye, Shenzhen Finance Institute, CUHK (SZ)
Professor Hongqi Liu, Shenzhen Finance Institute, CUHK (SZ)
Professor Pengfei Sui, Shenzhen Finance Institute, CUHK (SZ)