CUHK Senior Members Attend University Leaders Exchange Meeting in Beijing
Dr. Norman Leung, Council Chairman of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Prof. Benjamin Wah, Provost of CUHK, together with leaders of the other seven universities funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC), joined with a team of officials led by The Mr. Eddie Ng, Secretary for Education of HKSAR, to visit Beijing from 31 May to 2 June. During the visit, they met officials of the State Ministry of Education (MOE) and Beijing Municipal Education Commission (BMEC), as well as senior members of 12 renowned Beijing universities, to exchange ideas on higher education.
The delegates met with Mr. Chen Baosheng, Minister of Education and Dr. Liu Yuhui, Director of BMEC during the visit. Discussion was held among the participating Hong Kong and Beijing universities regarding various collaboration opportunities between the two regions, especially those arising from the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Mr. Chan said in the meeting that MOE affirms its support to Hong Kong's development of teritiary education and the deepening of realistic collaboration between Beijing and Hong Kong universities to enable "upgraded" education exchange and collaboration. He hoped Hong Kong institutions can lead young people to understand the country better, and to contribute to Hong Kong's development by exerting themselves and matching with national strategies.
The delegates also attended the Beijing-Hong Kong University Leaders Exchange Meeting held at Peking University. In the meeting were around 70 representatives, including representatives of Beijing government and universities. Members discussed ways to prompt collaboration and exchange among Beijing and Hong Kong universities under BRI, and to establish such platforms. Apart from giving an update of CUHK's development plans and activities regarding the Initiative, Prof. Banjamin Wah pointed out that Beijing and Hong Kong universities shall be able to enhance sustainable partnership in academic research, student interflow and collaboration network based on established links so as to exert greater influence in the international academic sector. The exchange meeting has also reached concensus to establish Beijing-Hong Kong University Alliance with the aim of fostering collaboration in the two regions in any aspects. Participating universities will shortly discuss the preparation work for the Alliance.
CUHK Joins the Mainland-Hong Kong-Macau Law Education Alliance
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) joined hands with mainland and Macau partner institutions to establish the Mainland-Hong Kong-Macau Law Education Alliance. An establishment meeting of the Alliance was held on 2 June at the China University of Political Science and Law. CUHK is appointed Vice-Chairman Institution of the Aliance. Over 80 representatives, which include Prof. Wong Suk-ying, Associate Vice-President of CUHK; Prof. Christopher Gane, Faculty Dean of Law; Prof. Xi Chao, Assistant Dean; together with participants of 15 member universities from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, attended the meeting in Beijing.
In her opening speech, Prof. Wong congratulated on the establishment of the Alliance. CUHK is honored to be one of the initiating universities and she hoped that member universities will be able to enhance cooperation and exchange, and launch new collaborative projects under this framework in order to maximize the strengths and advantages of the regions.
The first Forum on Mainland-Hong Kong-Macau Law Education was held after the inauguration, with the theme of "Communication and Mutual Benefits". Delegates had discussions on topics relating to law theories, talent nurture mechanisms and alliance cooperation. Prof. Christopher Gane gave a presentation at the forum on the mode of supervision to combine theory and practice.
Enriched by the intellectual and cultural heritage of the University and connected to a wide variety of collaborations, the Faculty of Law of CUHK continues to bring together common law and Chinese law with other great legal traditions to promote justice and safeguard the rule of law. The establishment of the Alliance provides a cross-border platform for the profession of law education and signifies the new stage of law education collaboration among the three regions. Members joining the Alliance included Tsinghua University, Peking University, Wuhan University, Renmin University of China, Fudan University, Sun Yat-sen University, China University of Political Science and Law, The University of Hong Kong and Macau University.
Associate Vice-President of CUHK Visits Tsinghua University
Prof. Wong Suk-ying, Associate Vice-President of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) visited Tsinghua University in Beijing on 2 June together with Prof. Leung Yuen-sang, Faculty Dean of Arts and Ms. Wing Wong, Director of Academic Links (China). They met with Prof. Gao Hong, Associate Registrar of Tsinghua University; Prof. Yan Haiping, Director of the Institute of World Literatures and Cultures; and Ms. Yang Qingmei, Deputy Director of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Office to discuss issues related to the China-UK Humanities Alliance for Higher Education.
Representatives actively discussed ways to promote academic exchange among Chinese and British universities under the Alliance through various activities. Both sides believed they should consider this issue from the perspective of sustainability for member universities, so that the Alliance can fully serve as the right platform and exert greater influence. They suggest initiating joint research projects, taking turns to organize academic symposia, constructing collaborative teaching degree programmes and summer schools, and enhancing academic links through visiting scholar schemes. Both universities hoped that there can be breakthroughs in terms of multicultural and inter-disciplinary research.
Initiated by Tsinghua University, the China-UK Humanities Alliance for Higher Education was established in December 2016, with the aim to increase and consolidate academic exchanges between Chinese and British universities via cross-cultural dialogue and collaboration in the field of humanities and humanitarian education. Founding members comprise 12 Chinese and British universities, with CUHK as the only local member university.
CUHK Participates in the First China Universities Reserach Achievement Fair
The first China University Research Achievement Fair took place at Huizhou from 22 to 24 June. Coordinated by Office of Research and Knowledge Transfer Services and Office of Academic Links (China), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), a delegation of over 20 members was formed to participate in this event. Members include Prof. Wong Kam-fai, Associate Faculty Dean of Engineering and Director of Centre for Innovation and Technology; Prof. Christopher Cheng, Director of Shenzhen Research Institute (SRI); Prof. Feng Bo, School of Biomedical Sciences; Prof. Carmen Poon, Department of Surgery; as well as CUHK student representatives.
CUHK delegates showcased their latest research projects and technological breakthroughs in the fields of smart equipment, microelectronics, big data and communications, typical case studies and winning projects on innovation and entrepreneurship by university students, comprising a number of more than 20 projects. During the Fair, Mr. Du Zhanyuan, Vice Minister of Education of the People's Republic of China and Ms. Li Yu Mei, Director of the Standing Committee of Guangdong Provincial People's Congress, visited the booth of CUHK to understand the latest research development of the University. An International Summit on Technology Transfer in Tertiary Institutions, coorganized by the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau University Alliance initiated by CUHK, was also held, during which delegates shared their experience in knowledge transfer and explored new modes and directions for its development in China. Participants also took part in academicians' seminars, sharing sessions and the Annual Meeting of the China Universities Technological Transfer Alliance to exchange views among scholars and research members.
C9+HK3 Universities Forum on Research Management
The Sci-Tech Academy of Zhejiang University organized its first "C9-HK3 Universities Forum on Research Management" on 5 June. The event aims to promote technological exchange and collaboration among mainland and Hong Kong institutions, enhancing mutual understanding. Ms Carmen Tang, Research Grants Manager and Ms Cissie Yeung, Assistant Research Administration Manager from the Office of Research and Knowledge Transfer Services in the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), attended the Forum on behalf of the University.
With the theme of "Join Hands for Mutual Benefits", the Forum has the participation of senior members and heads of research management units from CUHK and eleven other institutions in Hong Kong and mainland China, who held discussions on devising plans for common research areas and possible policy suggestions to enhance the joint project developments.