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Belt & Road

The Belt and Road Initiative (B&R, also known as ‘One Belt, One Road’) unveiled by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 is an important strategy of the nation. The Initiative aims to promote China’s connectivity with the rest of Asia, Europe, and Africa via the land-based ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ and the seagoing ‘21st Century Maritime Silk Road’, and strengthen cooperation in policy, infrastructure, trade, finance, and cultural bonding in people, providing a visionary blueprint for global economic development in the new world order. More than 100 countries and regions around the world are involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.

In line with this national initiative, the HKSAR Government has been encouraging the education sector to strengthen relationship with institutions along the B&R regions with a view to facilitating interactions and exchanges, and bridging China and the world. The Initiative presents many opportunities for the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) to further its internationalisation effort with institutions in the B&R regions, such as student recruitment, student and faculty mobility, as well as academic and research collaborations. In particular, CUHK has set up the Global China Research Programme to lead the research effort on B&R.

The University attaches great importance in this area and is committed to strengthening its engagement through organising and promoting different programmes and activities related to B&R to the CUHK community. Some of them are highlighted below:


New ideas and paradigms are needed in research in the field of China studies to keep up with the pace and expanding scale of China’s links to the rest of the world. The multidisciplinary Global China Research Programme was founded in 2015 to promote research work relevant to China’s global engagement. It has a particular focus on tracking the implementation of the B&R Initiative and on Hong Kong’s roles and contributions in serving the Initiative. Learn more




HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund
Supports outstanding non-local students to pursue undergraduate studies in Hong Kong, with targeted scholarships made available to first-year full-time students from ASEAN countries, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and Korea. Learn more

CUHK Scholarships
The University offers scholarships to non-local students from any country according to their academic merits on a competitive basis. Learn more

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme
Students from the B&R regions interested to pursue their PhD studies at CUHK may apply to the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme which provides monthly stipends and conference travel allowances for a period of three to four years. Learn more

Fung Graduate Fellowship Programme at Koç University, Turkey
Supports students from China/Hong Kong to pursue PhD studies at Koç University. Learn more

Brunei Darussalam Government Scholarships for Foreign Students
Supports students from countries in ASEAN (including Hong Kong), Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the Commonwealth to pursue postgraduate studies in Brunei. Learn more

Student Exchange
CUHK has established numerous student exchange programmes with institutions in the B&R regions, including China, Austria, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, and UAE. Learn more

Summer Study Abroad Programmes
A range of summer school programmes are offered by overseas universities, including those located in the B&R regions such as Austria, Israel, Malaysia, and Poland to CUHK students who are looking for short-term overseas experiential learning opportunities. Most of these programmes offer cultural and language courses or research projects, as well as field trips and social programmes. Learn more

Education Bureau Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange to ‘B&R’ Regions for Post-secondary Students
Supports financially needy students to participate in outbound exchanges at institutions in the B&R regions (for at least 5 days). Learn more

Student Interflow Programmes
Encourages students to gain a better understanding of the B&R policy and experience the cultural heritage by taking part in programmes hosted by Mainland universities located on the Silk Road. Learn more


Global Internship Programme
Provides offshore internship opportunities, including those in the B&R regions, to full-time non-final year CUHK students during the period of May to August every year. Learn more



To be updated

  • Belt and Road Summit (organised by the HKSAR Government & Hong Kong Trade Development Council), Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, 30 November 2020 Learn more
  • 2nd Belt and Road & Greater Bay Area Chinese Medicine Training Programme, 17-19 August 2020 Learn more
  • Bridging Sound and Culture Concert Series – Music of Turkey, CUHK, 9 and 11 October 2019 Learn more
  • Belt and Road Summit (organised by the HKSAR Government & Hong Kong Trade Development Council), Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, 11-12 September 2019 Learn more
  • Global China Research Working Seminar: Environmental Policy and Governance: A Dialogue between China and India, 7 May 2019 Learn more
  • Global China Research Working Seminar: More Than One Trap: Problematic Interpretations and Overlooked Lessons from Thucydides, 27 February 2019 Learn more
  • Global China Research Working Seminar: Envisioning the Future Global Order: Evidence from the BRI, 16 January 2019 Learn more
  • 2018 ASAIHL Conference ‘Higher Education for Diversity and Global Citizenship’, 11-13 December 2018, Qazvin Islamic Azad University, Iran Learn more
  • Global China Research Working Seminar: India and China’s Belt and Road Initiative, 27 November 2018 Learn more
  • International Conference on Belt and Road Initiative: New Insights from the Perspective of Transnational Chinese Migration, 3 August 2018, University of Westminster, UK Learn more
  • 一帶一路和粵港澳大灣區經濟建設學術研討會, 26 July 2018, CUHK Learn more
  • Global China Research Working Seminar “Rethinking Global Development: China’s BRI, Geo-developmentalism & the Challenge of a New Order”, 29 June 2018, CUHK  Learn more
  • Belt and Road Summit (organised by the HKSAR Government & Hong Kong Trade Development Council), Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, 28 June 2018 Learn more
  • International Conference on Global Sustainability and the Belt and Road Initiative: Engaging the World from Hong Kong, 27 April 2018, CUHK Learn more

To see more upcoming events organised by the Global China Research Programme, please click here.



CUHK participates in various B&R networks/alliances with an aim to foster greater links with universities in the regions. They include:

  • Alliance of International Science Organizations in the Belt and Road Region
  • University Alliance of The Silk Road
  • University Alliance of Belt and Road

For more information, please click here.


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To provide new or updated information on B&R Initiative, please contact Ms. Yvonne Heung of OAL.