Academic Symposium on the Theory and Application of Smart City Research Jointly Organized with NSFC
The Academic Symposium on the Theory and Application of Smart City Research co-organized by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the Beijing-Hong Kong Academic Exchange Centre (BHKAEC), was held in CUHK from September 25 to 29. Guests officiating at the opening ceremony included Prof. Fanny CHEUNG, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK and Chairman of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Symposium; Dr. HE Minghong, Vice President of NSFC; Mr. ZHANG Zongming, Deputy Inspector of the Department of Educational, Scientific and Technological Affairs, Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR; Mr. LI Nai-yiu, President of BHKAEC; and Prof. LEUNG Yee, Co-Director of the Institute of Future Cities (IOFC) and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Symposium. The three renowned keynote speakers are Ir. Allen YEUNG, JP, Government Chief Information Officer, HKSAR; Prof. LIU Zhiyong, Professor of the Institute of Computing Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Prof. SHI Yong, Director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Research Center on Fictitious Economy and Data Science.
The symposium attracted more than 150 participants. Over 60 scholars and postgraduate students came from mainland China for the event. Apart from the 3 keynote presentations, a total of 24 academic presentations were delivered to enhance intellectual exchange between scholars, experts and students in the field. Local universities including the University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong Baptist University joined the activities of the symposium. Among CUHK speakers are academic members from the IOFC, Department of Electronic Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management and the Stanley Ho Big Data Decision Analytics Research Centre. Alongside the remarkable talks, poster exhibition was first introduced this year, which allowed non-speakers to showcase their latest research achievements with all participants for academic exchange, The event successfully brought together experts and scholars to share ideas and formulate a blueprint for future development of smart city research.
Since 2007, CUHK and NSFC have co-organized annual academic symposia with different themes, providing platforms for intellectual exchange between scientists and scholars in the mainland and Hong Kong, while exploring collaboration opportunities. Previous topics included Bio-informatics and Its Applications, Chemical Biology, Condensed Matter and Optical Physics, Developmental Studies in Health and Diseases, Control and Automation, Climate Change, Digestive Disease, Big Data, Adolescent Mental Health and Disorders and Big Data Driven Management and Decision. Details of the symposium this year can be found from our official webpage here. For information of previous symposia, please click here.
The Cross-Strait Forum on Humanities and Social Sciences 2017
The Cross-Strait Forum on Humanities and Social Sciences, a joint academic initiative of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), developed with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Fudan University (FDU), Nanjing University (NJU), National Central University (NCU), National Taiwan University (NTU) and Peking University (PKU) was held in Guiyang from 15 to 16 September. The fifth Board Meeting of the Forum was convened during the event. Prof. Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK, led a delegation of CUHK to participate in the event and join the Board Meeting. CUHK delegates included Prof. Leung Yuen-sang, Faculty Dean of Arts; Prof. Chiu Chi-yue, Faculty Dean of Social Science; Prof. Cheng Chung Yi, Department Chairman of Philosophy; Dr. Victor Zheng, Assistant Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies; Dr. Shi Yuanyuan of the Faculty of Social Science.
The theme of the Forum this year was "Confucian Traditions and Modern Society: Realizing Creative Transformation and Innovative Development of Chinese Traditional Culture". Nearly 50 scholars from Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan attended the event. Participants presented their research papers at the Forum to discuss the relationship between the Confucianism and Civilization, exploring the impact of the Confucianism on the development of education, religion, politics, rule of law and ethics in modern society. Prof. Leung Yuen-sang chaired the keynote session whilst Prof. Cheng Chung Yi gave a keynote presentation on modern significance of Confucianism education. Prof. Leung Yuen Sang, together with Dr. Victor Cheng and Dr. Shi Yuanyuan also gave talks at respective sessions to share thoughts and ideas with participants.
The fifth Board Meeting was held before the event with senior members from the seven institutions, comprising Prof. Chen Zhimin, Associate Vice President of FDU; Prof. Zhu Qingbao, Vice Party Secretary of NJU; Prof. Lii Kwang-hwa, Vice President of NCU; Prof. Xing Taotao, Associate Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences of PKU and Prof. Hsu Fu-chang, Associate Dean of College of Liberal Arts of NTU. During the meeting, members exchanged views on further direction and development of the Forum, as well as devised plans to enhance collaborative efforts and reported on collaboration progress.
The cross-strait forum was first convened by CUHK, NJU and NCU in 2007. In order to fully utilize this platform and create greater impact for closer connection across the regions, CUHK took the initiative to expand the Forum by inviting more member universities and research organizations. Since 2014, board members have been increased to seven to include CASS, FDU, NTU and PKU. Please click here for information of the past forums.
Associate Vice-President of CUHK Participates in 2017 Ningbo-Hong Kong Cross-border Interactive Forum
Prof. Edwin Chan, Associate Vice-President and University Dean of Students of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), joined the "2017 Ningbo-Hong Kong Cross-border Interactive Forum" on 27 September. The Forum was hosted by the People's Government of Ningbo Municipality, co-organized by the Education Bureau, HKSAR and the Vocational Training Council (VTC). Guests joining the Forum included Mr. Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, JP, Secretary for Education; Prof. Li Lu, Director of Department of Education, Science and Technology of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government (LOCPG) in HKSAR; Mr. Chu Yin Liang, Vice-Mayor of Ningbo Municipal People's Government; Mr. Zhu Da, Secretary of Ningbo Municipal Education Committee; Prof. Shen Manhong, President of Ningbo University and Prof. Chris Rudd, President of the University of Nottingham Ningbo China.
The forum, with the theme "Internationalization and Students' Mobility", invited government officials and university leaders from both Ningbo and Hong Kong to share thoughts and ideas. A number of education collaboration agreements were concluded at the Forum, with the aim of furthering collaboration between Ningbo and Hong Kong for forward development. Prof. Chan gave a keynote presentation titled "Internationalization and Mobility of Students at CUHK" during the Forum, sharing the University's internationalization strategies and experience with participants of the forum.
CUHK has developed links with Ningbo University since 2011, when a memorandum of understanding on establishing the Li Dak Sum Academic Exchange Fund for Collaboration was signed to start academic and student interflow, as well as research and training between the two universities.