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2014 UniSIM Contemporary China Public Lecture: Greying Chinese Societies

The 2014 UniSIM Contemporary China Public Lecture "Greying Chinese Societies: The 'Old', the New and the Inevitable" was held on 25 October 2014 at SPH News Auditorium. The talk attracted some 200 attendees.

The first speaker, Professor Zhai Zhenwu, Dean of School of Sociology and Population Studies of Renmin University of China and President of the China Population Association, presented the demographic trends and challenges in China. He highlighted that the number of older adults above 60 years old in China is projected to reach four hundred million by 2040, larger than the current population in USA. He also cautioned that China must start preparing itself to confront the imminent "silver tsunami" or otherwise it will find itself short of infrastructure and financial resources needed to manage a greying society.

Professor Chen Kuan-jeng from Department of Healthcare Management, College of Management, Chang Gung University, Taiwan shared with the audience on the ageing issues faced by Taiwan. He used several statistical graphs to explain how the combination of decreasing fertility rate, increasing average life expectancy and mortality rate led to an ageing population. He also touched on how morbidity expansion and cure rate resulted in an increase in the financial burden of the younger population. His candid and humorous speech drew much laughter from the audience.

Professor Eddie Kuo, Director, UniSIM Centre for Chinese Studies gave a brief overview on the ageing population trend in Singapore. He noted that Singapore government has been pro-active in preparing for the ageing population. This was followed by a dialogue session chaired by Professor Eddie Kuo. 

The talk was jointly organised by SIM University, Lianhe Zaobao, Business China and sponsored by Lee Foundation.

2014新跃当代中国讲座: 人口大趋势“老”问题

2014新跃当代中国讲座的主题是“人口大趋势,‘老’问题”。今年的讲座邀请了来自中国人民大学社会与人口学院院长、中国人口学会会长翟振武教授及来自台湾长庚大学医务管理学系的陈宽政教授前来演讲。讲座于2014年10月25日假报业中心礼堂举行,吸引了约200名观众出席。

翟振武教授从中国人口大趋势与对策谈徘徊在总人口与“老”人口之间的课题。翟教授指出中国26年后人口60岁以上的老人将达4亿,比目前美国的总人口还要多。这股老龄化的趋势将无法阻挡,如中国目前还不开始为将来人口老化做好各方面的准备,到时基础设施、居家养老等体系将面临严峻的考验。

陈宽政教授就台湾的人口老化作了分享。陈教授引用了死亡率、人口平均寿命、妇女生育率等统计数字、解释了这些数据如何促成人口的老化。他也指出了疾病扩张与治愈率的改善,将提高年轻人的负担。陈教授深入浅出,妙语如珠的演说,引发了现场观众不时的笑声。

新跃大学新跃中华学术中心主任郭振羽教授则对新加坡的人口“老”问题作了简单的介绍。郭教授也对三地的老龄化趋势作了结论。他表示相比之下,新加坡政府能更早的正视老龄化问题,“抓住了适当的转机,推出了应对的措施”。郭教授接下来主持了观众提问时间。

这场讲座是由新跃大学、联合早报、通商中国联办,获得了李氏基金的赞助。

 

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 (L to R) Prof Chen Kuan-jeng, Chang Gung University, Taiwan; Prof Eddie Kuo, UniSIM; Mr Lim Jim Koon, Editor-in-Chief, 
Chinese Newspapers Division; Prof Zhai Zhenwu, Renmin University of China; Ms Susan Goh, Business China
(左至右)台湾长庚大学陈宽政教授,新跃大学郭振羽教授,新加坡报业控股华文报集团总编辑
林任君先生、中国人民大学翟振武教授、通商中国吴美兰女士

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