Working in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area: Hong Kong Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Undergraduates' Intention and Concerns

Project: Research project

Project Details


The Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme (YES) was announced in the Chief Executive’s 2020 Policy Address, which aims to support the cross-border companies recruiting fresh local graduates to work in other cities of the Greater Bay Area (GBA). Different from other schemes, the YES spares the considerable quotation for Innovation & Technology (I&T) talent and sets up a specific higher salary standard. To date, the major strategy adopted in this scheme is to provide subsidy to companies. The intention of Hong Kong STEM graduates will be a crucial condition for the success of this scheme and other similar schemes in the future. Therefore, it is compelling to investigate their intention to work in I&T companies in the GBA and the influencing factors. Based on the well-established Theory of Planned Behaviour, this project will conduct in-depth interviews and a large-scale survey to explore the intention of STEM undergraduates to work in I&T companies in the GBA and the major factors influencing their intention. The interviews will be conducted with STEM undergraduates, university career consultants, STEM academics, and Hong Kong I&T professionals working in GBA. Stratified sampling will be adopted to identify approximately 700 STEM undergraduates to complete the survey. This study will systematically reveal the following: (i) the status of STEM undergraduates’ intention to work in the GBA; (ii) the major factors that influence the undergraduates’ intentions; (iii) the differences in their intention and influencing factors in terms of STEM majors, universities, and social-economic backgrounds of their families. All these findings will be of value to provide the government and the public a useful reference for designing policies and strategies to facilitate the implementation of the YES and strengthen the bilateral flow of I&T talent in GBA.

Funding Source: HKSAR Govt - Public Policy Research Funding Scheme (PPR)
Effective start/end date16/02/2215/05/23


  • STEM
  • Great Bay Area
  • Career Aspiration


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