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Delegation Visits

The Office of Academic Links (OAL) receives some 150 international delegations that visit CUHK every year to network and build partnerships. OAL develops programmes for the visitors according to their interests, connecting them with their counterparts at the University for the purposes of sharing experiences and information, as well as developing sustainable collaborative relationships.

OAL coordinates visit requests from representatives of international universities, research organisations, and government bodies. Intending visitors are asked to complete the Visit Request Form at least one month prior to the day of the visit. Upon receiving the request, OAL will liaise within the University to match the request and then advise the sender of the eventual outcome. All requests will be considered carefully.


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Recent Delegation Visits

On 13 November 2017, Prof. Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Exeter (Exeter), UK led a delegation to CUHK to discuss a proposed joint centre tentatively named ‘CUHK-Exeter Joint Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Resilience (ENSURE)’. The new endeavour was initiated earlier in June when Prof. Joseph Sung, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, visited Exeter. Leveraging on the common interest and complementary strengths of the two universities, it was proposed that a joint platform will be created to bring together researchers from different disciplines to embark on large, impactful interdisciplinary collaborations with a view to tackling emerging issues related to human health and wellbeing and ecological impacts in a changing environment (e.g. climate change, air and water pollution, land degradation). A Letter of Intent was signed between the vice-chancellors in the presence of Prof. FOK Tai-fai and Prof. Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellors of CUHK, Prof. CHIU Chi-yue, Dean of Social Science at CUHK, Prof. Clive Ballard, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Exeter Medical School, and other representatives of both universities. Further details of the proposed joint centre will be discussed and finalized by mid-2018.

Exeter is a public research university in the southwest of England, UK. It is a member of the Russell Group and has in recent years risen to become one of the top universities in the country. CUHK and Exeter share similar academic aspirations and have complementary research strengths in environment, climate, and health. The two universities desire to pursue a long-term partnership that would increase the visibility and impact of their research.

Separately, CUHK has partnered with Exeter for the first in a series of international roll-outs of Exeter’s innovative and large-scale PROTECT Project which aims to understand how the brain ages and investigates factors in mid-life that affect the risk of dementia through an online platform. The study in Hong Kong targets to recruit 500 local participants initially, joining a 25,000+ people cohort. For more information, please click here.


A 13-member delegation from the University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland led by its President Prof. Michael Hengartner and comprising Prof. Christian Schwarzenegger, Vice-President for Law and Economics; Prof. Harald C. Gall, Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics; ageing researchers from the University Research Priority Program “Dynamics of Healthy Aging”; and colleagues from the International Relations Office, visited CUHK on 24 October 2017 to explore opportunities for teaching and research collaborations. The delegation was in town to take part in the “Zurich meets Hong Kong – A Festival of Two Cities” event, which is part of a global celebration series connecting Zurich with other cities in the world in productive dialogues supported by the Canton of Zurich. Representatives welcoming the delegation included Prof. FOK Tai-fai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Prof. WONG Suk-ying, Associate Vice-President; Prof. Kalok Chan, Dean of Business Administration; Prof. Christopher Gane, Dean of Law; Prof. Jean Woo, Director of the CUHK Jockey Club Institute of Aging; Prof. Justin Wu, Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Integrative Medicine; and a number of senior representatives and researchers.

Dr. Jun Liu, Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Dean for International Academic Programs and Services, and Dr. Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Stony Brook University, USA visited CUHK on 24 October 2017 to strengthen ties and discuss potential teaching collaboration in biomedical engineering. The delegation was hosted by Prof. WONG Suk-ying, Associate Vice-President; Prof. Irwin King, Associate Dean of Engineering (Education); and Prof. Raymond Tong, Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

A 3-member delegation from the University of Sussex (Sussex), UK led by Prof. Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor, visited CUHK on 18 October 2017 to learn more about the University and its collaborations with Sussex, particularly the new initiatives related to migration and sustainability. This was Prof. Tickell’s first visit to the campus since he has become Vice-Chancellor in September 2016.

A 4-member delegation led by Dr. Thomas G. Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost, University of Notre Dame (ND), visited CUHK on 10 October 2017 to strengthen ties and share about the recent launch of the Greater China Collaboration Grant programme which provides funding for ND faculty to build research links with selected universities in China, including CUHK. The delegation was hosted by Prof. WONG Suk-ying, Associate Vice-President; Prof. Angela Ng, Associate Dean of Business Administration (Global Engagement and External Relations); and Ms. Shally Fan, Director of Academic Links.

CUHK and ND have a student exchange programme in place which is supported by the Lanson Exchange Scholarships established by Dr. Edgar Cheng, an alumnus of ND and Senior Adviser to the Council of CUHK. Over the years, over 70 students have benefited from the Scholarships.

A 3-member delegation led by Dr. Joanna Regulska, Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor for Global Affairs, University of California, Davis, visited CUHK on 6 September 2017 to learn about the University’s interdisciplinary research with a view to strengthening collaboration between the two universities. The delegation was welcomed by Prof. WONG Suk-ying, Associate Vice-President; Prof. CHAN Wai-yee, Director of the School of Biomedical Sciences and Deputy Chairman of the Research Committee; Prof. Gabriel Lau, Director of the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability; Prof. LAM Hon-ming, Director of the Center for Soybean Research and State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology; and other representatives.

A 3-member delegation led by Prof. Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester (UoM), visited CUHK on 4 September 2017 and was hosted by Prof. Joseph Sung, Vice-Chancellor and President; Prof. Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; and other representatives. The purpose of the visit was to follow up on Prof. Sung’s recent visit to UoM in June, continuing the dialogue on strengthening teaching and research collaborations in areas such as business and digital health, and to review the achievements of the CUHK-UoM Research Fund.

CUHK hosted a 5-member delegation from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa led by Prof. Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor, CUHK on, 25 August 2017. The delegation was in town to explore collaboration opportunities with universities in Hong Kong and the Mainland. With CUHK, there was particular interest in biomedicine, public health, and environment and urban planning. The delegation was welcomed by Prof. Joseph Sung, Vice-Chancellor and President; Prof. FOK Tai-fai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; and other representatives.

Prof. Christopher M. Yip, Associate Vice-President, International Partnerships, University of Toronto (UofT) visited CUHK on 22 August 2017 to learn about the collaborations between the two universities, particularly the CUHK-Utrecht University-UofT  strategic partnership on public health, cities, and migration. Prof. Yip met with Prof. WONG Suk-ying, Associate Vice-President, the respective champions for the tripartite partnership (Prof. Shelly Tse from the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, Prof. LEUNG Yee from the Institute of Future Cities, and Prof. Eric Fong from the Department of Sociology), and other representatives to discuss the current status and future directions of the collaborations.


Upcoming Delegation Visits

A list of incoming visits is updated regularly on a weekly basis. To view the latest list, please click here.


Survey on Departmental Linkage Activities

OAL maintains a database of international delegation visits and linkages between CUHK and overseas institutions. CUHK departments and staff may find such information useful when exploring own partnership opportunities. In order for OAL to maintain an up-to-date record, CUHK departments and staff are invited to provide details of any visit or exchange activity by filling in the Record Form for International Delegation Visits and returning it to OAL by fax (2603 5402) or email (oal@cuhk.edu.hk).

For more information, please contact Ms. Athena Wong of OAL.