The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) joined the China-UK Humanities Alliance for Higher Education as one of the founding members, signifying the University's closer partnership with both Chinese and British partner institutions for cross-cultural collaboration. An opening ceremony was held on 6 December 2016 in Shanghai. Prof. Wong Suk-ying, Associate Vice-President of CUHK; and Prof. Leung Yuen-sang, Faculty Dean of Arts attended the ceremony and participated in the China-UK Dialogue on Humanities Forum on behalf of the University.
The China-UK Humanities Alliance for Higher Education was initiated by Tsinghua University 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. Founding members joining the Alliance comprise 5 Chinese universities (including Tsinghua University, Peking University, Fudan University, Wuhan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) and 7 British universities (including University of Oxford, The Needham Research Institute of University of Cambridge, School of Oriental and African Students of University of London, King's College London, University of Reading, The University of Manchester and The University of Warwick).
The establishment ceremony was officiated by Mr. Chen Baosheng, Minister of Education; Ms Weng Tiehui, Vice Mayor of Shanghai; Sir Ciaran Devance, Chief Executive of the British Council for Education and Culture; Ms Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK; Professor Chen Xu, Party Secretary of Tsinghua University and Ms Jiao Yang, Party Secretary of Fudan University. China-UK Humanities Dialogue Forum was held after the opening ceremony with participation of representatives from member universities of the Alliance. Chinese and British academics discussed how to focus university's humanistic education on cross-cultural knowledge production and communication via keynote speeches, dialogues and round table discussion. AVP Professor SY Wong delivered a talk at the dialogue session, giving a brief introduction of the humanistic education in CUHK.
The Alliance will serve as a platform for cross-cultural and cross-ethnic dialogue and cooperation in the field of humanities and to deepen exchanges between the universities in China and UK. Activities under the Alliance will comprise student programmes ranging from language, culture to sports activities, and academic exchange including joint forum, workshop and research projects.