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1 South East Asian Regional Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (5 – 8 December 2011) Measuring R&D in Hong Kong, China Joseph Y.C. WONG Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong, China

2 22 Topics covered in this brief Background Data collection of R&D statistics for the business, higher education and government sectors Analysis of R&D activities in Hong Kong

3 33 Development of STI Indicators in Hong Kong In Hong Kong, the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) is responsible for compilation and dissemination of STI statistics R&D statistics for the business, higher education and government sectors introduced since 1998 R&D statistics for the business and government sectors are survey-based R&D statistics for the higher education sector are based on administrative data Innovation statistics produced as from 2001with the implementation of the innovation survey Other STI indicators include: Human resources in science and technology Research output in the higher education sector Patents External technology flow

4 44 C&D adopts international statistical guidelines for compilation of internationally comparable STI Indicators of Hong Kong R&D statistics: Frascati Manual (OECD) Innovation statistics: Oslo Manual (OECD and Eurostat) Other STI indicators: concepts and definitions promulgated by OECD

5 55 Development of the data feeding system of R&D statistics for business sector 1998 to 2000: basic R&D statistics based on supplementary data collected through the annual survey of economic activities (mainly designed as the data feeding system for industry statistics) As from 2001: comprehensive R&D statistics compiled from data collected through the dedicated Survey of Innovation Activities, which also collects innovation data from business firms

6 66 Coverage of the Survey of Innovation Activities Frequency: annual survey conducted under the Census and Statistics Ordinance as a mandatory survey Coverage: an economy-wide survey covering all major industries in Hong Kong, except agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining and quarrying industries (insignificant, accounting for 0.06% of GDP) Sampling frame: Central Register of Establishments (CRE), an computerised database containing records of all companies and organisations operating in Hong Kong; private non-profit organisations are not separately identified in the CRE

7 77 Sampling design of the Survey Industry classification: Hong Kong Standard Industrial Classification (HSIC) Version 2.0, modeled on the UNs International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities Revision 4,with local adaptations Population size: around business firms in Hong Kong Sample size: around business firms in each survey round Sampling method: stratified sampling; business firms are stratified by industry group, and within each industry group, further by firm size (in terms of employment) – construction firms with less than 10 employees are not covered

8 88 Data collection method Data collection method: mainly personal interviews (including face-to-face interviews and telephone interviews) A typical survey cycle of the Survey (2010 reference year as an illustration) is as follows: Review of changes in data requirements and finalisation of questionnaire: November to December 2010 Preparation and printing of survey documents: January 2011 Training of interviewers: February 2011 Fieldwork period: February to September 2011 Response rate: over 95% Data quality assurance measures: computer validation and field verification of dubious cases throughout the data collection process Data tabulation and analysis: October to November 2011 Dissemination of survey results: end December 2011

9 99 Concepts and definitions of R&D adopted in the Survey In the Survey, R&D activities are defined as creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of man, culture and society, and the use of this knowledge to devise new products / services / applications and improve existing products / services / applications R&D activities include: Basic research and applied research in natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical sciences, social sciences and humanities (the latter two research areas are rare in the business sector) Experimental development work leading to new products / services / processes Challenge: what is R&D and what is not R&D may not be clear to some respondents; overcome by including practical examples in explanatory notes accompanying the questionnaire e.g. development of a new drug is treated as R&D whereas clinical trials of a new drug approved overseas for using locally is non-R&D

10 10 Major R&D data collected in the Survey R&D personnel: direct employees engaged directly in R&D activities, with the following breakdowns: By occupation – researchers / scientists / engineers, technicians and other supporting staff (usually staff of R&D department or R&D project team providing direct support to R&D activities such as R&D managers, administrators and clerical staff) By level of educational attainment - university degrees at Ph.D. level, university degrees below Ph.D. level, other post-secondary diplomas / certificates and level lower than post-secondary diplomas / certificates By gender R&D personnel are measured in terms of: Head count Full-time equivalent, calculated as total man-months (unit of measurement in the Survey) of R&D personnel divided by 12

11 11 Major R&D data collected in the Survey (contd) R&D expenditure: expenditure on in-house R&D performed by business firms, with the following breakdowns: Use of R&D - R&D for own use of the R&D performer and R&D performed for other organisations Type of expenditure – current (e.g. cost of labour, materials and supplies) and capital (e.g. plants and equipment) expenditure on R&D as well as payment for royalties and license fees Nature of research – basic research, applied research and experimental development Research area – natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical sciences, social sciences and humanities Source of funds – business enterprises, government and abroad Expenditure on R&D contracted out to other parties, with the following breakdowns: Contracted out to local parties in Hong Kong Contracted out to parties in the Mainland of China Contracted out to other parties outside Hong Kong

12 12 Major R&D data collected in the Survey (contd) Collaboration arrangement on R&D with other parties, with the following breakdowns: Local parties and parties outside Hong Kong (cross-boundary collaboration on R&D with parties in the Pearl River Delta Economic Zone in the Mainland China, other places in Mainland China and other countries/territories) Nature of partners – public research institutes, higher education institutions, affiliated business firms, non-affiliated business firms etc.

13 13 Data collection of R&D statistics of higher education sector In Hong Kong, Government is a major source of funding for higher education institutions, including the financing of R&D projects performed by universities Statistics of R&D activities in the higher education sector are based on administrative data provided by the University Grants Committee (UCG), the Government funding agency for higher education institutions R&D data cover all the seven universities in Hong Kong Basic R&D statistics include R&D personnel (in terms of both head count and full-time equivalent) and expenditure on R&D (including natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities) performed by universities in Hong Kong

14 14 Data collection of R&D statistics of government sector In Hong Kong, public research institutes perform high-quality R&D to facilitate technology transfer to industry for commercialisation: Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (established in 2000) Automotive Parts and Accessory Systems R&D Centre Hong Kong R&D Centre for Information and Communication Technologies Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel Hong Kong R&D Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Hong Kong Jockey Club Institute of Chinese Medicine Hong Kong Productivity Council For the government sector, data on R&D personnel and expenditure are collated through annual statistical returns from individual public research institutes and government departments

15 15 Dissemination of R&D statistics and STI indicators of Hong Kong R&D and innovation statistics of Hong Kong are published in the annual publication Hong Kong Innovation Activities Statistics Hong Kong Innovation Activities Statistics 2009 was published in end December 2010 The 2010 edition will be published in end December 2011 More comprehensive analyses of science and technology statistics and other knowledge-economy statistical indicators are published in the biennial publication Hong Kong as a Knowledge-based Economy The 2011 edition was published in September 2011 Feature articles on R&D, innovation activities and KBE published in Monthly Digest of Statistics All C&SD publications and their back issues can be free downloaded from C&SD website:

16 16 For the business sector, R&D has been intensifying over the years with increasing number of business firms being R&D performers Number of business firms having undertaken R&D

17 17 R&D personnel (full-time equivalent) Business firms intake of R&D personnel has been on the rise during 2000 to 2007, and the number has consolidated in recent years Higher education institutions have the largest intake of R&D personnel Public research institutes mainly play a supporting role and employ a smaller number of R&D personnel

18 18 R&D personnel comprise mainly researchers (83%), technicians (11%) and other supporting staff (6%) Researchers (83%) Technicians (11%) Other supporting staff (6%) Researchers (72%) Technicians (18%) Other supporting staff (10%) Business sector All sectors

19 19 R&D personnel (full-time equivalent) In the business sector, the number of R&D personnel at Ph.D level is gradually picking up (the proportion of R&D personnel with PhD degree increased from 5.5% in 2001 to 9% in

20 20 GERD US$ Mn Business firms expenditure on in-house R&D consolidated in recent years after a period of rapid growth Expenditure on R&D in the higher education and government sectors continue to increase Gross domestic expenditure on R&D (GERD) increased from US$ 0.7 Bn in 1998 to US$ 1.7 Bn in 2009, with an average annual growth rate of 8% US$ 1.7 Bn US$ 0.7 Bn

21 21 In the business sector, large firms taken together account for 40% of the total R&D expenditure, followed by medium-sized firms (35%) and small-sized firms (25%) Large firms (40%) Medium-sized firms (35%) Small-sized firms (25%)

22 22 GERD US$ Mn Ratio of gross domestic expenditure on R&D to GDP is relatively small, as Hong Kong is a service-oriented economy with a small manufacturing base (value added of manufacturing industry account for 1.8% of GDP) GERD as percent of GDP (%)

23 23 US$ Mn Business firms have been increasingly outsourcing R&D to parties outside Hong Kong, in particular the Mainland of China amid the growing economic integration between the two places

24 24 Business total investment expenditure on R&D US$ Mn For the business sector, the amount of domestic expenditure on R&D (US$ 0.7 Bn) and R&D outsourced to parties outside Hong Kong (US$ 0.4 Bn) taken together, stood at US$ 1.1 Bn in 2009 In 2009, over 490 local firms collaborated with parties outside Hong Kong (mainly Mainland China) in R&D projects US$ 1.1 Bn US$ 0.3 Bn

25 25 Other STI indicators Human resources in science and technology (defined according to OECD guidelines) Stock: Population aged >15 with post-secondary education or working as professional/associate professionals (based on the data from Population Census/By-Census) In 2006, there were 27% of the population aged 15 and over in Hong Kong with post-secondary education or working as professional / associate professionals, significantly higher than the corresponding figure of 19% in Flow: Student enrolment in post-secondary education (based on the administrative statistics on student enrolment of post-secondary education obtainable from the Education Bureau) The no. increased considerably from some persons in 2000/01 to around persons in 2010/11.

26 26 Other STI indicators (contd) Research output in the higher education sector Number of scientific articles, publications, patents, assignments, prizes and awards relating to R&D (based on the statistical records of UGC which cover 8 UGC-funded higher education institutions in Hong Kong) No. of research output items was over each year Patent statistics Including statistics on patent applications and patents granted in Hong Kong and relevant statistics for Hong Kong residents in other economies (based on administrative records from Intellectual Property Department and other statistical records from patent offices of other countries No. of patients granted in Hong Kong doubled, from around in 2000 to around in 2010

27 27 Other STI indicators (contd) External technology flow External trade in high technology products (e.g. telecommunications equipment, data processing machines, scientific instruments etc.), based on merchandise trade statistics compiled from data recorded in import/export declarations The share of high-tech products in Hong Kongs total merchandise exports increased from 23% in 2000 to 45% in 2010 Technology balance of payments (TBP) - measures receipts and payments for the use of patents, licenses, know-how, trademarks, design, patterns, technical services, and for the financing of R&D activities carried out abroad (based on data collected through the Annual Survey of Imports and Exports of Services) In 2009, payments for international technology amounted to US$ 1.1 Bn, compared with the receipts of US$ 0.3 Bn, reflecting Hong Kongs businesses utilising international technology for technology upgrading and enhancing their competitiveness

28 28 Thank you

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