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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

A 4-member delegation from the University of Sheffield (Sheffield), UK led by its President and Vice-Chancellor, Sir Keith Burnett, visited CUHK on 9 February 2018 to strengthen ties. They met with Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President; Prof. FOK Tai-fai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; and Ms. Shally Fan, Director of Academic Links, to review the current partnership and collaborations which include student exchange, as well as the ongoing research in language acquisition between the Sheffield Confucius Institute and the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre at CUHK. Besides, both universities are members of the Worldwide Universities Network and have been working closely in a number of research projects on this platform.

CUHK welcomed a 9-member delegation comprising representatives from Thonburi Healthcare Group (THG) in Thailand and Country Garden Holdings and Peking University in China led by Dr. Boon Vanasin, Founder and Chairman of THG, on 7 February 2018 whose purpose was to learn about the University’s research in regenerative medicine, genomics, and IVF and explore potential academic-private collaboration. During the visit, the delegation met with Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President; Prof. FOK Tai-fai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Cecilia Lo, Director of the Centre for Cardiovascular Genomics and Medicine; Prof. LEUNG Tak Yeung, Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Prof. Kenneth Lee, Chief of the Developmental and Regenerative Biology Thematic Research Programme, School of Biomedical Sciences (SBS)/Institute for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (iTERM); and other representatives to exchange views and information. They were also given a tour at the IVFHK and shown the research facilities in SBS and iTERM.


Dr. Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney (USyd), Australia visited CUHK on 8 January 2018. He was the first international visitor received by Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, CUHK’s new Vice-Chancellor and President who assumed office on 1 January 2018. CUHK and USyd have been partners since 2006 engaging in both student and faculty mobility, and research collaborations. In recent years, both universities have identified each other as key partners to foster deeper collaborations in teaching and research. In addition, both universities are members of the Worldwide Universities Network and have been working closely in a number of research projects on this platform. Some areas of collaborations include: medicine, environmental policy and economics, law, migration, digital media, sports science, public health, etc.

In order to keep the momentum for further developments, the CUHK-USyd Collaboration Fund will be launched to support new research initiatives of strategic importance between members of the two universities. A MOU for the joint Fund was signed by Prof. Tuan and Dr. Spence during the visit. More details of the Fund will be announced within the next few months.

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.


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.