CUHK Fosters Partnership in Dual Degree Programme with Tsinghua
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) joined hands to establish undergraduate dual degree programmes with Tsinghua University (Tsinghua). An agreement signing ceremony was held on 26 February at Tsinghua, with Professor Rocky Tuan, Vice-Chancellor of CUHK and Professor Qiu Yong, President of Tsinghua signing the agreement on behalf of both sides. Professor Tuan, leading a team of faculty members, also met with Professor Yang Bin, Vice-President of Tsinghua, along with members of relevant units.
Both sides will first launch dual degree programmes in computer science and economics. The first batch of students for these two programmes is expected to get admitted in 2020-2021. Upon programme completion, separate bachelor degree certificates will be issued to students by Tsinghua and CUHK. Besides, both universities agreed to establish a partnership steering committee, which is to be co-chaired by the two presidents, and to hold annual meetings to further promote and expand scopes and depths of strategic collaboration.
President Qiu expressed a warm welcome to CUHK delegates, and showed Tsinghua's strong emphasis on the collaboration with CUHK, which has in the long run built the strong friendship as comrades, and made the rationales of the two universities fit with each other. Professor Tuan said Tsinghua has been one of CUHK's closest strategic partner universities in mainland China, and he has met with Professor Qiu quite a number of times to exchange ideas on future collaboration including the promotion of dual degree programmes.
The long-lasting collaborative relationship between CUHK and Tsinghua could be dated back to the establishment of partnership as early as in 1985, after which both sides have been striving together to enhance linkages and exchanges in fields ranging from teaching and research, to student and executive interflow, yielding far-reaching results. Both universities have successfully launched the Joint MBA Programme in Finance, established the Joint Research Center for Chinese Economy, and co-organised the World Philanthropy Forum (WPF). On the collaborative foundation of WPF, the two universities will jointly develop a Master of Arts programme on social service management to nurture talents of social work for the country.
CUHK Concludes Agreements with PKU on Dual Degree Programme Collaboration
To further academic links and collaboration, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Peking University (PKU) held a signing ceremony of collaboration agreements at PKU on 27 February. Professor Rocky Tuan, Vice-Chancellor of CUHK and Professor Hao Ping, President of PKU signed respective agreements on undergraduate dual degree programme and university-level collaboration on behalf of the two universities. Dual degree programmes in the two disciplines of Linguistics, and Chinese Language and Literature are expected to be launched in 2019-2020 the earliest. Students will be awarded bachelor degree certificates by CUHK and PKU upon programme completion.
Professor Tuan visited PKU together with various faculty members of the University, including Professor Isabella Poon, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor Wong Suk-ying, Associate Vice-President etc. During the visit, CUHK delegates met with PKU members including President Hao Ping and Professor Tian Gang, Vice-President. Apart from the launch of dual degree undergraduate programmes, both sides actively explored possibilities of collaboration in such areas as joint nurture and supervision of undergraduates and postgraduates, student interflow and research collaboration.
Professor Tuan thanked PKU for their warm reception, with the hope that both universities can work together more strategically by making full use of respective advantages, extending exchanges in research and education, and developing more innovative collaboration platforms. Professor Hao, treasuring the solid, valuable foundation of long-term collaboration between both sides, hoped to enhance contact and cooperation with CUHK, and explore more opportunities of development and collaboration under the promotion of the National Belt and Road Initiative and the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA).
Since the signing of the partnership agreement in 1985, CUHK has been in a close collaborative relationship with PKU in areas of research and development, talent nurture and student interflow. The two universities co-established the Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of High Confidence Software Technologies, as well as the Joint Research Centre for Language and Human Complexity with the University System of Taiwan. In terms of active student interflow, one recent example would be the successful joint performance Peony Pavilion (Students' Edition) which took place in December last year and attracted an audience of nearly 1500.