College to roll out PPP Training Course at United Nations in Geneva

The College of Business is gearing up to launch its 10- day Training Programme on Public- Private-Partnerships (PPPs). The first phase of the programme will be delivered at the College of Business CityU campus in Hong Kong, followed by a second phase at the Palais de Nations, United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

"This is an exciting prospect where One Belt One Road policy can be studied in international contexts," said College of Business Dean, Professor Houmin Yan.

"Where better place to go than Geneva, which has been closely associated with the advancement of international understanding for the past 100 years?"

The programme will combine classes on topics such as Globalisation Strategy, Eastern and Western cultural values, Business laws in One Belt One Road, and perspectives on Public-Private-Partnerships, along with various field studies. In Geneva these will include meetings with Ambassadors to the United Nations, visits to the Olympic Headquarters, the World Trade Organization, as well as leading corporations.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) seeks to benchmark quality in the PPP field, and established an International PPP Centre of Excellence in 2012.

The International PPP Specialist Centre of Excellence for Public Transport Logistics aims to galvanise PPP development in China. An initial MoU was signed between the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the National Development and Reform Commission of China (NDRC) in August 2015.

The centre is a non-profit entity, jointly established by CityU and Tsinghua University, and housed both in the College of Business of CityU and the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University. Faculty experts from the CityU PPP Centre will contribute to this training programme, which is expected to roll out early next year.