The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Mar 01, 2018 Volume 142
Office of Academic Links(China)
Academic Exchange Activities

1. Three CAS Academicians Visit CUHK for "Academicians Lecture Series"
2. Invitation to Lecture Series by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Scholars (21 March)
3. Professor of CUHK Joins China-Pakistan Expedition to Indian Ocean



Three CAS Academicians Visit CUHK for "Academicians Lecture Series"


The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) held the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Academicians Visit Programme from 27 February to 2 March on campus, inviting three distinguished academicians, namely Prof. Li Yadong, Division of Chemistry; Prof. Chen Xiaofei, Division of Earth Sciences; and Prof. Xu Zongben, Division of Information Technological Sciences, to visit CUHK.  The academicians shared their latest research findings on areas of nanomaterials, seismology, applied mathematics and artificial intelligence technologies in lecture, and discussed future collaboration plans with CUHK members during their stay.

The delegates were warmly received by CUHK senior management members including Prof. Rocky Tuan, Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Fanny Cheung and Prof. Isabella Poon, Pro-Vice-Chancellors;
Prof. Samuel Sun, Master of S.H. Ho College; Prof. Wong Ching-ping, Faculty Dean of Engineering; Prof. Henry Wong, Faculty Dean of Science and Prof. Xie Zuowei, Associate Dean; Prof. Shao Qiman, Department Chairman of Statistics; and Prof. Wong Teng-fong, Director of Earth System Science Programme.  The delegates visited relevant CUHK units including the Department of Chemistry, Department of Statistics and Earth Systems Science Programme, alongside the various laboratories and research centres.  They were introduced to the latest development and research plans of the University.  Interactive meetings were arranged with faculty members to discuss collaboration opportunities in a range of fields.


The three academicians delivered public lectures for the Lecture Series by Academicians on 28 February, sharing their research expertise and insights with members of CUHK and of the public.  The lectures attracted an audience of around 300 people.  Details are listed below:  


Lecture Topics

Prof. Li Yadong

Metallic Nano, Cluster, and Single Atom Catalysis

Prof. Chen Xiaofei


Prof. Xu Zongben

Model driven Deep Learning

CUHK has been in close collaboration with CAS in academic exchange and joint research projects since the partnership establishment in 1986.  Apart from the two state key laboratories and a number of joint laboratories, the two institutions joined hands with Shenzhen Municipal Government to found the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology in February 2006.  The Academicians Visit Programme, first held in 2008, invites academicians of CAS annually to visit CUHK and host academicians' lectures, with aims of promoting further academic exchange between CUHK and CAS in research fields, building up collaboration platforms and enhancing academic and research standards of both institutions.  Programme details can be found here.


Invitation to Lecture Series by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Scholars (21 March 2018)


The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) will organize the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Scholars Lecture Series on 21 March 2018.  The details are as follows:


Lecture 1

Speaker:           Prof. LI Pei Lin, Vice President of CASS

Time:                1000-1100

Venue:              Cho Yiu Hall, University Administrative Building

Topic:               消費和中國發展的新階段

Moderator:        Prof. Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Language:         Putonghua


Lecture 2

Speaker:           Prof. WU Yao Wu

                         Institute of Population and Labor Economics of CASS

Time:                1600-1730

Venue:              Tse Chiu Kit Room, Chung Chi College

Topic:               信號還是人力資本:來自中國學制改革的證據

Moderator:        Prof Ou Dongshu

                         Department of Educational Administration and Policy

Language:         Putonghua


Lecture 3

Speaker:           Prof. FANG Mei, Institute of Linguistics of CASS

Time:                1630-1800

Venue:              Room 101, Leung Kau Kui Building

Topic:               敘述語境與漢語篇章連接成分的浮現

Moderator:        Prof. PAN Haihua

                 Chairman, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages

Language:         Putonghua


For online registration and programme details, please visit our webpage at  Enquiries can be forwarded to Ms. Mable Law of our office at 39438725 or via email to


Professor of CUHK Joins China-Pakistan Expedition to Indian Ocean


Professor Yang Hongfeng of Earth System Science Programme of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) participated in a joint initiative of the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Pakistan National Institute of Oceanography.  It is the first time that scientists from China and Pakistan joined hands to conduct integrated marine inspection near the Makran Trench.  About 40 scientists from China and Pakistan launched a two-month-long cruise to the Makran Trench in the northern Indian Ocean near southern Pakistan on the research vessel Shiyan 3 and carried out a joint survey to investigate the geological structure and risks of potential seismic hazards in the area since the end of last year, tackling and responding to such hazards as earthquakes and tsunamis.  Professor Yang is the only Hong Kong member joining the team.


A total of 21 Ocean Bottom Seismometers (OBS) were deployed in the sea to scan the Earth's shallow structure and identify the active faults that may generate earthquakes in the future.  The OBS system succeeded in recording two major earthquakes during the period, including one with a magnitude of 8 in Alaska on 24 January 2018. Scientists have also carried out a range of experiments in the trench zone and conducted data analyzes to estimate conditions of the shallow crustal structure.  Professor Yang, who was responsible for designing the seismic survey using the state-of-the-art OBS and locating the active earthquake faults in this expedition, said he felt honoured to be a member of the expedition team, especially for there are not many previous studies on this area.  He added that the investigation could provide important information which can enable scientists to enhance the understanding of the earthquake risks in the area, while addressing some of the most important scientific questions which are still unanswered by now.


The study has great academic and strategic significance as Gwadar, a deep-water port situated near the oil production zones in the Middle East, is an important strategic and economic base on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Prof. Fanny Cheung (sixth from left), Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK, and other faculty members welcome the academician delegation from CAS

Delegates attend the Academicians’ Luncheon

Prof. Li Yadong exchanges ideas with CUHK staff and students

Prof. Chen Xiaofei shares his research insights on seismiology

Prof. Chen Xiaofei (middle at front row) poses for a group photo with CUHK staff and students

Prof. Shao Qiman (right), Department Chairman of Statistics, presents a souvenir to Prof. Xu Zongben after the Academician’s Lecture

Prof. Xu Zongben shares his research interests with CUHK staff and students

All are welcome to the Lecture Series by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Scholars on 21 March

Researchers launch the cruise to Indian Ocean on the research vessel Shiyan 3

Prof. Yang Hongfeng is responsible for the design of seismic survey in this expedition

Prof. Yang Hongfeng discusses details of the expedition with scientists from Pakistan

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