CUHK Pro-Vice-Chancellor Attends the 14th meeting of Mainland and Hong Kong Science and Technology Co-operation Committee
The 14th meeting of Mainland/Hong Kong Science and Technology Co-operation Committee was held on 3 December in Shenzhen. Professor Huang Wei, Vice Minister of Science and Technology and Mr. Nicholas W Yang, Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR co-chaired the meeting. Prof. Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) attended the meeting on behalf of the University.
Mainland committee members attending the meeting included representatives from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the China Association for Science and Technology, the Shenzhen Municipal People's Government, the Department of Science and Technology of Guangdong Province and the Guangzhou Municipal Science and Technology Bureau. The Hong Kong delegation comprised representatives from the Innovation and Technology Bureau, the Innovation and Technology Commission, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, the Research Grants Council, as well as universities and scientific research institutes.
At the meeting, Prof. Cheung reported to the members the recent developments of scientific collaboration between CUHK and the mainland partners, with information of CUHK's Strategic Plan and China Engagement Strategy as well as the University's recent research achievements. She expressed aspiration that CUHK will continue its efforts to help establish Hong Kong as the international hub of science and innovation via participating in active academic exchange and linkage between Hong Kong and the mainland.
Since the 1980s, CUHK has been developing strategic relationships and cooperation with universities and research institutions in mainland China. The meeting allowed CUHK to understand more of the recent scientific development and strategy in Mainland China, promoting in-depth research cooperation and academic exchanges between the two regions.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK Attends Signing Ceremony of Co-establishment of Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory (Zhuhai)
Prof. Chan Wai Yee, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) attended the Signing Ceremony of Co-establishment of Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory (Zhuhai) at Sun Yat-sen University on 3 December. CUHK participating member included Prof. Joe Lee, Director of Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability.
On behalf of the University, Prof. Chan concluded the collaboration agreement at the meeting with other participating institutions. With the participation in the laboratory for scientific research in ocean science and engineering, CUHK aspires to contributing to the Guangdong-Hong Kong cooperation by drawing together resources and talents and fostering research in relevant fields. Prof. Lee was invited to share with other laboratory members the recent achievements of CUHK's research in ocean science, though which enhanced communication with the partner institutions and paved the way for further collaboration.
To gather innovative talents pioneering the establishment of advanced marine laboratories, the Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory (Zhuhai) was founded in 2018 jointly by the Zhuhai Municipal Government and the Sun Yat-sen University. CUHK was invited to participate as a co-establishment partner, with continuous effort to increase research strength and enhance research development between Guangdong and Hong Kong in ocean science.
CUHK Associate-Vice-President Joins 2019 China-UK Humanities Alliance Annual Forum
The China-UK Humanities Alliance hosted the 2019 Alliance Annual Forum at the Peking University on 13 – 14 December. The Forum drew together around 50 scholars and senior members of 17 universities in China and the UK. Prof. Wong Suk-ying, Associate Vice-President and Professor of Department of Sociology; and Prof. Hoyan Hang Fung, Vice Chairperson (Student Affairs) of the Department of Chinese Language and literature participated in the meetings on behalf of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
Focused on the theme of "Re-Imagining the Global: Cross-cultural Communities/Other Cosmopolitans", delegates took turns to share insights on topics including "Early Modern Period: Past and Present", "The 1940s: China and the world as a Cross-Cultural Reference" and "City and Society: Form and Content of Community". Prof. Wong Suk-ying delivered a keynote speech entitled "The Dynamics of Local-Global Identity: World History Teaching in Chinese Mainland 1949-2005", exchanging views with audience her research on major forces that steer the school curricular content. Prof. Hoyan Hang Fung, gave thematic talk subjected "Reading Eileen Chang as a World Literature Author", to examine the notion of "world literature" and its applicability and limitations. The meeting served successfully as a platform to share views and facilitate in-depth cross-cultural exchange and cooperation in humanities among Chinese and British universities.
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 (Tsinghua University, Peking University, Fudan University, Wuhan University, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong) and 7 British universities (The University of Oxford China Centre, The Needham Research Institute of Cambridge University, SOAS, University of London, King's College London, University of Reading, The University of Manchester and The University of Warwick). New members include Shanghai International Studies University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, University of Exeter, Loughborough University and University College London. CUHK is the only member from Hong Kong.
CUHK Members Attend Joint Meeting of CUHK-XJTU Joint Research Centre on Migration
A joint meeting of "The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) – Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU) Joint Research Centre on Migration" was held on 9 December in Xi'an. Participating members from CUHK included Prof. Wong Suk-ying, Associate Vice-President, Prof. Chiu Chi Yue, Faculty Dean of Social Science; Prof. Tony Tam, Department Chairman of Sociology; and Prof. Eric Fong, Professor of Department of Sociology. Participants at the meeting discussed the difficulties and challenges faced in the past year. Direction and focus of future cooperation plan of the joint centre were derived after rounds of discussion.
The joint research centre was established in 2018 with focus on relevant research covering an extensive range of topics to include international immigration and emigration and internal migration in China, as well as relevant social policies and economic impact. The integration of international and internal migrants in China, the social and economic impact of emigration and return migration on households and communities in China, and talent migration in the Greater Bay Area in China are also included. It has been serving as an exchange platform for researchers all over the world to conduct cross-disciplinary research, to develop as a leading base globally on migration.
CUHK Participates in 2019 Greater Bay Area STEM Education Forum
Hosted in Dongguan, the 2019 Greater Bay Area (GBA) STEM Education Forum was held on 7 – 8 December with the theme "Technology Innovation and STEM Education Curriculum Development and Implementation in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area". Over 400 scholars and veterans, government officials and principals from secondary and primary schools joined the meeting. Prof. Wong Kam Fai, Associate Dean (External Affairs) of Engineering of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), participated in the forum.
Prof. Wong shared with the participants the progress and strategic development of STEAM education, as well as the application of Artificial Intelligence in STEAM curriculum and education, with the motif "Engineering for STEAM Education". Directions and ideas towards STEAM education in tertiary, secondary and primary schools in the Greater Bay Area were discussed at the Forum. Participants took reference to the insights and experience shared by professionals and scholars to enhance quality of education in the Greater Bay Area. The meeting contributed to bolster linkages in STEM education among schools in the area, which fosters future plans to cultivate talents and expand collaboration.
CUHK Attends Annual Meeting of SHUA cum Executive Workshop
The Annual Meeting of Shanghai-Hong Kong University Alliance (SHUA) cum Executive Workshop was held at Fudan University on 15 – 17 December. Delegates from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) included Ms. Wing Wong, Director of Academic Links (China) who attended the activities on behalf of the University.
Around 30 representatives from government officials and alliance members in Shanghai and Hong Kong jointed the alliance council meeting to conclude the alliance contribution over the past year and devise blueprint for future development. After the meeting, participants exchanged ideas to develop exchange mechanism between Shanghai and Hong Kong young scholars and witnessed the launch of SHUA's website. The annual meeting was followed by an executive workshop on human resources management. Representatives from the human resources units attended the workshop and shared views on personnel management at the universities.
Shanghai-Hong Kong University Alliance (SHUA) was founded by 16 universities in Shanghai and Hong Kong, with the aim to establishing a closer linkage among member universities, fostering talent nurturing and scientific research collaboration. Member universities include 8 institutions in Shanghai, namely Fudan Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tongji University, East China Normal University, Shanghai University, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai Normal University, East China University of Political Science and Law; and 8 institutions in Hong Kong, including The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Lingnan University, The Education University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and The University of Hong Kong.