The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) joined hands with the Beijing-Hong Kong Academic Exchange Centre to organize the Hong Kong Scholars Programme Annual Symposium cum Welcome Ceremony 2016 on March 19, 2016 on CUHK campus. Guests officiating at the opening ceremony included Prof. Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK and Advisor of Hong Kong Scholars Programme; Prof. Alexander Wai, Vice-President of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and President of the Society of Hong Kong Scholars; and Prof. Nora Tam, Chair Professor of Department of Biology and Chemistry in City University of Hong Kong and Vice-President of the Society of Hong Kong Scholars.
More than 100 academic members and Hong Kong Scholars from seven Hong Kong universities (including CUHK, Hong Kong University [HKU], Hong Kong University of Science and Technology [HKUST], City University of Hong Kong [City U], Hong Kong Polytechnic University [Poly U], Hong Kong Baptist University [HKBU] and the Open University of Hong Kong [OUHK]) participated in the Symposium. Among them were Prof. Wong Yuk Shan, President of OUHK and Chairman of the Academic Committee of Hong Kong Scholars Programme; Prof. Wendy Hsiao, Professor of HKBU and academic committee member of Hong Kong Scholars Programme; and Prof. Pun Kong Pang, Professor of the University and treasurer of the Society of Hong Kong Scholars.
A total of 47 posters were exhibited on the day to demonstrate the research achievements of the Hong Kong Scholars over the past year. Seven scholars gave oral presentations during the symposium, with topics on Medicine, Legal Studies, Environmental Science and Electrical Engineering. Dr. Li Chun Jie from Li Ka Shing Institute of Health, CUHK won the 'Best Oral Presentation Award'. Two Chinese Academy of Sciences Academicians including Prof. Henry Wong, Faculty Dean of Science of CUHK; and Prof. So Kwok Fai, Chair of Anatomy, Department of Ophthalmology of HKU, also gave presentations and shared their expertise in respective research areas.
The Welcome Ceremony was held after the activities at Chung Chi College of CUHK. Prof. Li Lu, Director General of the Education, Science & Technology Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR; and Mr. Brain Lo, Deputy Secretary of Education Bureau, HKSAR, attended the ceremony to welcome all new Hong Kong Scholars to start their postdoctoral research work in the city.
Jointly launched by the Society of Hong Kong Scholars and the China National Postdoctoral Council under the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security in 2010, the Hong Kong Scholars programme aims to help academic members in Hong Kong engage quality PhD graduates on the mainland to undertake postdoctoral research work and training in Hong Kong. The stipend of the scholars is shared between the mainland government and the Hong Kong supervisors. In 2014 and 2015, 10 Hong Kong Scholars joined CUHK to undertake postdoctoral research work. This year, 27 applications from CUHK academic members for being Hong Kong supervisors are received. Since 2015, OALC has been coordinating the programme to offer administrative assistance to the scholars and their host supervisors. For details, please visit http://www.hkscholars.org and the programme proposal (please click here). Enquiries can be forwarded to Miss Jennifer Chan of our Office at 39438728 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.