Bi-Annual Report 2017-2019


During the two-year period from July 2017 to June 2019, the HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies continued to build upon its established reputation for providing thought leadership on the key challenges facing businesses and policy-makers in emerging markets by pursuing an active agenda of research projects and events.

During this period, the Institute provided 16 competitive research grants to its Faculty Associates to study a range of topics relevant to businesses and policy makers in emerging markets.  Starting in 2017, the Institute established a research program on China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The research program is supported by a three-year Strategic Public Policy Research grant from Hong Kong’s Central Policy Unit to study trade and investment under the Belt and Road Initiative, and a collaboration with United Overseas Bank to study the Belt and Road in Southeast Asia.  

Over the two-year period the Institute organized or co-organized 9 conferences and forums, 7 policy and business talks, and 31 academic seminars. To disseminate the research of Faculty Associates, the Institute published 12 Thought Leadership Briefs and posted 23 academic papers in its online working paper series.

 It has completely revamped its website, substantially increasing its video content, and maintain an active presence on major social media platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Weibo). IEMS Faculty Associates were featured over 180 times in the media.  It has also continued its collaborations with research institutions worldwide.

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