CUHK Hosts the World Philanthropy Forum 2020 Special Symposium Jointly with CPAFFC, Tsinghua and HKU
Jointly hosted by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), Tsinghua University and The University of Hong Kong (HKU), the World Philanthropy Forum (WPF) 2020 Special Symposium was held online and onsite at Beijing on 12 November. Professor Rocky S. Tuan, Co-Chair of WPF and Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, Ms. Chen Xu, Co-Chair of WPF and Chairperson of the University Council of Tsinghua University, Professor Zhang Xiang, Co-Chair of WPF and Vice-Chancellor and President of HKU, and Mr. Lin Songtian, President of CPAFFC delivered remarks at the opening ceremony. Two keynote speeches were given by Mr. Gong Puguang, Vice Chairperson of the Social Development Affairs Committee of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC), President of the China Charity Federation, and Mr. Qiao Wei, President of the Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation of China, Consultant of the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese respectively. Around 60 guests from the United Nations (UN), government ministries, enterprises, social organizations, research institutions and media attended the symposium onsite, and more than 3,200 guests joined the event via the bilingual online platform.
With the theme of “International Public Welfare and Philanthropy Cooperation in the Post-Pandemic Era”, the symposium focused on “Global Economic Integration”, “Global Philanthropy Connection and Leadership” and “Life in Community. Professor Tuan said in his opening speech that the COVID-19 pandemic posed unprecedented challenges for all sectors over the world. It was clearly illustrated by the pandemic that the world has to work together. CUHK had been devoting every effort to react, adapt and innovate to respond to the challenges to ensure the safety and well-being of their members, while fulfilling its primary responsibilities on education, research and serving the community. Collaborations between universities, charities, social services, and public institutions should be strengthened, so that universities could serve the global society more effectively. Through the platform of the WPF, it is hoped that all parties can continue to work together in facing the challenges posed by the pandemic, strengthen social cohesion and promote the peaceful development of the country and the world.
Invited speakers joining the symposium included Mr, Getachew Engida, Former UNESCO Deputy Director General and current Co-President of China-Africa Leadership Development Tsinghua University, Mr. He Changchui, IEAS Academician and Former Director at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of UN, Ms. Fan Li, President of Chinese Geriatrics Society, and Former Vice President of the 301 Hospital, Mr. Cheung Leong, Executive Director of Charities and Community of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Professor Shi Kang, Deputy Director of The CUHK - Tsinghua University Joint Research Center for Chinese Economy, Professor Samuel Wong, Director of the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care of CUHK, and Ms. Xu Honglan, Vice Mayor of Wuhan Municipal People's Government. The speakers exchanged views with participants in thematic sessions concerning global cooperation and leadership, food security, poverty alleviation governance and human welfare, community funding and development, and community mental health.
Since 2016, the World Philanthropy Forum has been held annually with commitment to promotion and implementation of philanthropic services, academic exchange, policy advocacy and experience sharing of charities worldwide. Previous forums were held in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen with respective themes on "New Ecology and New Public Welfare", "Collaboration", "Building a Sustainable Community of Shared Future for Mankind" and “Philanthropy in the Bay Area for Better Life”.
Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao University Alliance for Accounting Holds Its First Summit
Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao University Alliance for Accounting (GHM-UAA) organized the 1st Accounting Summit - Accounting and Corporate Governance online on 21 November 2020. More than 650 participants from all over the world attended this event and exchanged opinions online. Prof. Gu Zhaoyang of Faculty of Business Adminisration in The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) joined the Summit as one of the keynote speakers to share his insights on analysts and corporate governance.
Prof. Gu gave a key note speech entitled "Analysts and Corporate Governance: Roles and Challenges". He opined that the intermediary role of analysts in the capital market has critical impact on market fluctuations, which affects the decision-making and operation of companies, with further influence on corporate governance. Prof. Gu also discussed the factors restricting the role of analysts in governance and the challenges they may face. The Summit provided a high-end cooperation platform for accounting research and innovation, academic exchanges for universities in the Greater Bay Area, facilitating the communication among scholars in the field.
In order to implement the spirit of the "Outline Development Plan for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area " and enhance the level of cooperation in accounting concerning academic research and talent training among universities in the regions, CUHK joined hands with Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen), Sun Yat-sen University, University of Macau and Macau University of Science and Technology, to initiate GHM-UAA. The alliance was formally established in July 2020. For more information of GHM-UAA Summit, please visit the website.
Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao University Alliance Organizes Young Scholars Forum
Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao University Alliance (GHMUA) 2020 Young Scholars Forum was held on 27 November 2020 at Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU). This year, the Forum was themed " Bay Area’s Responsibilty for Healthy China” and drew around 200 experts and scholars. Participants included guests from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs of the Ministry of Education (MOE), Department of Education of Guangdong Province, Higher Education Bureau of Macao, Department of Education, Science and Technology of the LOCPG in HKSAR, as well as representatives from member institutions of GHMUA.
Renowed academic members from the three regions were invited to share and exchange their views and ideas in contributing to the developments of the Greater Bay Area at the opening ceremony. Prof. YU Jun, Assistant Dean (Mainland Affairs) of the Faculty of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), delivered a keynote speech entitled "Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Cooperation in Scientific Research and Innovation – Opportunities and Challenges for Young People". An agreement-signing ceremony for 3 new professional sub-alliances was organized, including the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Univeristy Alliance for Engineering Disciplines, Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao University Alliance for Quality and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Univeristy Alliance for Material Science and Engineering. The establishments remarked further growth of the multipartite cooperation among the members of GHMUA, to scale new improvements of the academic and research collaboration. The Forum held nine sub-forums to promote exchanges and enhance the interflow in cultivation of young scholars from a range of sub-alliances.
Initiated by CUHK, SYSU and University of Macau, GHMUA was established in November 2016 as a higher education platform which aspires to extend the current efforts of elite universities in promoting academic cooperation in the three regions. The partnership fosters collaboration in various areas including scientific research, student interflow, cultural and innovation exchange as well as policy study. There are now 40 alliance members including 24 universities from the Guangdong Province, 9 universities from Hong Kong, as well as 7 institutions from Macau. Details of the alliance can be found here.
CUHK Participates in Annual Academic Meeting of the Cultural Psychology Professional Committee of the Chinese Psychological Society
The Cultural Psychology Professional Committee of the Chinese Psychological Society (CPS) held the " Annual Academic Conference 2020" from 7 to 8 November 2020 online and attracted nearly 40,000 viewers accumulated. Professor Chiu Chi-yue, Dean of Social Science of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), was invited to give a talk at the event.
With the theme of "Promoting Cultural Understanding and Communication in the Age of Dramatic Change", the Conference invited Prof. Shinobu Kitayama, President of the U.S. Association for Psychological Science (APS), and Prof. Chiu of CUHK together with other internationally renowned cultural psychology experts and professors to join. Scholars and experts gathered to discuss the consensus and differences of diversified cultures, and how to promote the development of psychological mechanisms for cultural understanding and communication on the basis of respecting cultural differences. Prof. Chiu delivered a speech at the meeting to share his views on the importance of growth mindset to individual as well as to the social and political stability.
CPS was founded in 1921 and is one of the earliest academic organizations established among the existing national societies.The Cultural Psychology Professional Committee of CPS was initiated by varoius universities and scientific research institutes across the country in 2019.
CUHK Joins Immune Health Forum cum Seminar Summit
"2020 Mainland and Hong Kong Young Scientists Dialogue, Immune Assessment and Immunotherapy Forum cum Ningbo Elderly Immune Health Seminar Summit" was held in Ningbo on 28-29 November 2020. Prof. Lan Hui Yao, Associate Dean (Mainland Affairs) of the Faculty of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and Prof. Yu Jun, Assistant Dean (Mainland Affairs) of the Faculty of Medicine of CUHK, were invited to give talks at the Forum
The Forum cum Summit was jointly organized by China High-tech Industrialization Association, Hong Kong Scientist Association, Ningbo Science and Technology Association, and Ningbo University. With the aim of enhancing further development of immune assessment and immunotherapy, and promoting the awareness to the immune health of the elderly, the event was held with participation of experts and scholars from mainland China and Hong Kong to strengthen academic exchanges in the field. Prof. Lan and Prof. Yu Jun gave presentations entitled "The Role and Mechanism of Macrophages in Renal Fibrosis" and "Intestinal Microecology, Immune Regulation and Colorectal Cancer" respectively for the Forum.
The activities invited a number of scholars in immunization and geriatrics in Hong Kong and the Mainland to discuss on key issues in immune assessment, immunotherapy and immune health for the elderly. Young scientists were able to exchange views via the interflow platform to contribute to the scientific basis for the management of senile diseases, prevention and control of sudden epidemics, as well as the development of immune drugs and precision of individualized management.
CUHK Professor Speaks at Conference on International Collaboration in New Generation Information Technology
Co-organized by the Chinese Institute of Electronics, Shenzhen Association for Science and Technology, Shenzhen Nanshan District Government and Industry and Information Technology Bureau of Shenzhen Municipal Government, “2020 Conference on International Collaboration in New Generation Information Technology” was held in Shenzhen on 28-29 November 2020. Prof. Wong Kam Fai, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, was one of the invited speakers at the Conference.
Prof. Wong delivered a keynote talk at the "Young Scientist Summit on Cross-Strait and Hong Kong-Macao Artificial Intelligence” of the Conference with the topic of "Shenzhen-Hong Kong dual-engine driving for international science and innovation center in the Greater Bay Area". Prof. Wong opined that Hong Kong should seize the collaboration opportunity with Shenzhen to contribute to the country's future development in the region. Shenzhen and Hong Kong have their respective advantages in innovation and technology industry, which can be utilized in building the "Greater Bay Area International Technology Innovation Center" with implementation of "Research in Hong Kong and Production in Shenzhen " model.
The Conference is aimed at promoting international exchange of new-generation information technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, quantum information, block chain, 5G communications and industrial Internet, not only to bolster industrial development and academic exchanges in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, but also to nurture the innovative growth of international young scientists, and to strengthen cooperation among countries along the Belt and Road in science, technology and humanities.