Cross-Strait Partners Witness Installation of CUHK's New Vice-Chancellor
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) installed Professor Rocky S. Tuan as its eighth Vice-Chancellor and President on 17 April. Over 800 members of the CUHK faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community were in attendance to witness this memorable moment. Many representatives of leading institutions from the mainland and abroad came specially to join the celebration Hong Kong. In his installation address, Prof. Tuan laid out his vision for CUHK, by building upon the university's distinctive tradition of excellence to take on both opportunities and challenges. He envisions CUHK as a fountainhead of outstanding basic, applied and translational innovations as well as breakthroughs, and also the training ground for informed, knowledgeable and responsible citizens of the world.
Cross-strait distinguished guests attending the ceremony included President Lin Zhongqin of Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Party Secretary Hu Ming of China University of Political Science and Law; Vice President Xiao Haipeng of Sun Yat-sen University; Deputy Party Secretary Hai Wen of Peking University; Vice President Wang Zhilin of Nanjing University; Deputy Party Secretary Wang Xiaoli of Xi'an Jiaotong University; Vice President of Administrative affairs Chang Ching-Ray of Taiwan University; President Jenny Su of Taiwan Cheng Kung University; President Song Yonghua of University of Macau; President Chen Shiyi, Southern University of Science and Technology; Mr Zhang Zongming, Deputy Inspector of Department of Education, Science and Technology of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government (LOCPG) in HKSAR; Ms. Cui Ying, Director of International Division, Office of the Commissioner of the State Ministry of Foreign Affairs in HKSAR; Mr. Li Jinjun, Director of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Office of the Education Department of Guangdong Province; Prof. Pei Duanqing, Director General of Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Prof. Yang Jianhua, Party Secretary of Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Mr. Li Nai-yiu, President of Beijing-Hong Kong Academic Exchange Centre.
A luncheon was hosted by Prof. Tuan, who was accompanied by Prof. Benjamin Wah, Provost of CUHK; Prof. Fok Tai-fai and Mr. Eric Ng, Pro-Vice-Chancellors; and Prof. Wong Suk-ying, Associate-Vice-President. All the guests joined in for toasts to Prof. Tuan and CUHK. The cross-strait guests also paied visits and held meetings with relevant partners of the University during their stay in Hong Kong to strengthen collaborative efforts. Details of the installation ceremony can be found here in the University's press release.
CUHK Convenes Partnership Steering Committee with SJTU
The annual meeting of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) Partnership Steering Committee was held in CUHK on 17 April. Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor of CUHK co-chaired the meeting with Prof. Lin Zhongqin, President of SJTU. More than 40 representatives from the two universities joined the meeting to update one another on joint projects and discussed future plans and directions. Participating CUHK members included Prof. Fok Tai-fai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Andy Wong, Associate Dean of Business Administration; Prof. Wong Kam-fai, Associate Dean of Engineering; Prof. Philip Chiu, Assistant Dean of Medicine; Prof. Lai Ming-chiu, Department Chairman of History.
Fields of collaboration between CUHK and SJTU include high confidence software technologies, robots, diabetes, digestive diseases, history, sports medicine, Asian Business Studies programme and massive open online courses (MOOCs). Apart from reports on project progress in the previous year, discussions were held on respective challenges and the opportunities to expand the scope of collaboration. Both presidents raised comments on the various teams' effort and hoped faculty members will grasp the opportunities brought by the nation's recent development initiatives for more and wider collaborations. Project representatives also arranged individual visits and meetings for further exploration.
SJTU has been a close partner of CUHK since the establishment of partnership in 1990. Collaboration projects between the two universities range from academic exchange, joint programmes, student activities and research collaboration. The Partnership Steering Committee was set up by the two universities in 2015 to oversee and monitor the collaboration with comprehensive planning and direction. The first meeting was held at SJTU.
CUHK Joins Beijing-Hong Kong Universities Alliance
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) joined hands with local and Beijing universities in establishing the Beijing–Hong Kong Universities Alliance (BHUA) to forge stronger ties among universities across Hong Kong and Beijing. The Alliance was founded in Hong Kong on 13 April. Officials from Hong Kong and mainland government departments, as well as leaders of 20 universities from Hong Kong and Beijingattended the launching ceremony. Officiating guests included Mr. Chen Baosheng, State Minister of Education; Prof. Tan Tieniu, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in HKSAR; Dr. Liu Yuhui, Director-General of Beijing Municipal Education Commission; and Mr. Kevin Yeung, Secretary for Education of HKSAR. Prof. Fok Tai-fai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Ms. Wing Wong, Director of Academic Links (China) attended the ceremony on behalf of CUHK.
CUHK has been in close academic links and exchange with various universities in Beijing, especially Peking University, Tsinghua University, Beihang University, Beijing Normal University and Renmin University of China. Fields of collaboration include joint research projects, partnership alliances, student interflow and faculty exchange activities. The establishment of the alliance will deepen institutional collaboration in nurturing talents and scientific research, consolidating resources for driving initiatives that incorporate efforts to enhance the quality of higher education in both cities.