DAB on course in hunt for talent to rule HKLocal | Wallis Wang 3 Mar 2021
The pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong will launch a course featuring guest speakers such as former chief executive Leung Chun-ying and former Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing to train political talent to run Hong Kong.
The six-month course will start in June and have up to 50 students.
It will focus on political theory and regional analyses, rather than practical issues like how politicians should answer media inquiries, vice-chairman Gary Chan Hak-kan said.
Those wanting to join must have a bachelor's degree or higher and at least three years' work experience. Candidates will be notified in early May following an interview.
Students will have to pay HK$5,000 in fees and attend classes on Saturday mornings at Jao Tsung-I Academy.
Chan said the DAB welcomes Hongkongers from all sectors - especially those with experience in politics or achievements in their professional fields.
"Pro-establishment party members and government officials are all welcome. Even pro-democracy members can join after selection as well, as long as they love Hong Kong and China," he said.
Students will learn more about political management, with topics, including China's international position and Hong Kong's future, the DAB said.
It has invited at least more 10 speakers, including Basic Law Committee deputy director Maria Tam Wai-chu, Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies vice-president Lau Siu-kai, and former mainland affairs chief Raymond Tam Chi-yuen.
Mainland scholars, like former central government liaison office legal chief Wang Zhenmin, will be invited too.