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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.

 

Practical Tip for Visitors

 

Recent Delegation Visits

Prof. Ole Petter Ottersen, President of Karolinska Institutet (KI), Sweden visited CUHK on 19 June 2018 and met with Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President, and Prof. FOK Tai-fai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, to discuss ways to forge closer collaborations in medical technologies, particularly through KI’s Ming Wai Lau (MWL) Centre for Reparative Medicine.

CUHK has been collaborating with KI in regenerative medicine research for a number of years. The Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at CUHK and the Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology at KI established a Joint Research Programme in Musculoskeletal Research and Regenerative Medicine in 2013. In addition, KI is a member of the Musculoskeletal Regeneration Research Network which was inaugurated by the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology. There have also been joint projects between the School of Biomedical Sciences at CUHK and the MWL Centre.


A 4-member delegation led by Prof. Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter, visited CUHK on 5 June 2018 to launch ‘The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)–University of Exeter Joint Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Resilience’ (ENSURE). Officiating at the launch ceremony were Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK and Prof. Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter.

The first of its kind in Hong Kong, the HK$20m ENSURE aims to embark on large, impactful interdisciplinary collaborations to tackle emerging issues related to a changing environment and human health and wellbeing and address sustainable development challenges. Drawing on the complementary strengths of the two universities, CUHK and the University of Exeter enter into this long-term partnership to strengthen research impact and visibility globally. The joint research effort reflects their common vision in promoting interdisciplinary research excellence which delivers benefits by tackling grand challenges and fulfilling societal needs globally.

Prof. Rocky S. Tuan said, ‘We are proud to establish ENSURE with the University of Exeter, a member of the elite Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities in the UK. With strong expertise from both universities, I am confident that we will be able to find solutions to sustain a liveable environment and to ensure safe access to food, water, and air in the coming century.’

Prof. Sir Steve Smith added, “The University of Exeter is world-leading in the fields of climate, environment and health research. ENSURE is pioneering, and brings together our strengths with the wealth of expertise at CUHK. Together we have a unique opportunity to provide transformative solutions and make a real difference worldwide.’

A workshop was recently held at the University of Exeter, bringing together over 30 researchers from a wide range of disciplines to discuss the forming of large-scale collaborative projects in the coming years. This was led by Prof. Gabriel Ngar-cheung Lau and Professor Gavin Shaddick, Co-Directors of ENSURE. Prof. Lau is excited about the new collaboration opportunities ahead, ‘Capitalising on the strengths and interests of the investigators from CUHK and the University of Exeter, ENSURE will conduct innovative and collaborative research on various environmental issues of strong social relevance to advance global sustainable development.’

For more information on the launch ceremony, please click here.

 


Prof. Timothy O’Brien, Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway paid a visit to CUHK on 17 May 2018 to explore collaboration opportunities in medicine, particularly in biomedicine. Prof. O’Brien was welcomed by Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President; Prof. Francis Chan, Dean of Medicine; Prof. Juliana Chan, Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Diabetes and Obesity; and other representatives from the School of Biomedical Sciences and the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes.


On 8 May 2018, an 8-member delegation from Stellenbosch University (SU), South Africa led by Prof. Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, visited CUHK to explore collaboration opportunities. The delegation was received by Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President; Prof. FOK Tai-fai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Prof. WONG Suk-ying, Associate Vice-President; and representatives from the Faculties of Business, Engineering, and Medicine, School of Life Sciences, and the Department of Anthropology. Taking this opportunity, the two vice-chancellors signed an agreement that will allow the exchange of undergraduate students during the summer.

SU’s International Summer Programme comprises a General Programme which covers a variety of fields of study, including art and media, botany, Chinese studies, economics, history, international relations, linguistics, marketing, philosophy, political science, etc. There are also three Specialized Programmes in business, public health, and sustainability and community engagement. A social programme is designed to provide an introduction to the cultural diversity of Stellenbosch and the Western Cape to students.


A 3-member delegation from Cornell University, USA led by Prof. Lance R. Collins, Joseph Silbert Dean, College of Engineering visited CUHK on 2 May 2018 to explore collaboration opportunities in engineering, particularly in biomedical engineering. During the visit, the delegation met with Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President; Prof. C.P. Wong, Dean of Engineering; and other representatives from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the School of Biomedical Sciences (SBS). Prof. Yadong Wang, McAdam Family Foundation Professor of Heart Assist Technology, part of the delegation, was invited to give a talk titled ‘Synthetic and Natural Materials for Tissue Regeneration‘ at SBS.


CUHK welcomed a 4-member delegation from the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan led by Lt Gen (R) Muhammad Asghar, Consultant for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor on 28 March 2018. The purpose of the visit was to exchange information on the education system in Parkistan and Hong Kong and to explore collaboration opportunities. The visitors were received by Prof. Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Prof. WONG Suk-ying, Associate Vice-President; and other representatives.


CUHK has established its first exchange partnership in Malaysia with the University of Malaya (UM). The University is committed to increasing and diversifying student mobility opportunities in the Belt and Road regions and has endeavoured to identify quality and attractive programmes for students. On 16 March 2018, Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President, welcomed a delegation from UM led by Vice-Chancellor Datuk Ir. Dr. Abdul Rahim Hashim to exchange information and explore opportunities for collaborations. The two vice-chancellors also took the opportunity to sign a general collaborative MOU and a student exchange agreement. Commencing in 2018–19, CUHK students will have the opportunity to study at the top and oldest university in Malaysia, experiencing the country’s rich cultural diversity and heritage, as well as its beautiful natural landscape.

Founded in 1905, UM is one of the five research universities in Malaysia. It is located in the capital city Kuala Lumpur. Comprising 12 Faculties, the University offers a comprehensive range of subjects to some 20,000 students. For more information, please click here.


A 3-member delegation from the University of Exeter led by Prof. Mark Goodwin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), comprising Mr. Sean Fielding, Director of Innovation, Impact and Business, and Mr. Richard Foord, Deputy Head, Global Partnerships, visited CUHK on 6 March 2018 to continue the discussion on setting up a joint research centre for environmental sustainability and resilience research, as well as exchanging views on optimizing research impact. The delegation was received by Prof. Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Prof. C.Y. Chiu, Dean of Social Science; Prof. Gabriel Lau, Director of the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability; Dr. C.M. Lee, Director of Knowledge Transfer, Office of Research and Knowledge Transfer Services (ORKTS); and other representatives from the School of Life Sciences, Department of Geography and Resource Management, and Office of Academic Links.


On 6 March 2018, a 6-member delegation from The University of Queensland led by Prof. Peter Høj, Vice-Chancellor and President, visited CUHK to explore collaboration opportunities in the areas of medicine, China studies, and biomedical engineering. The delegation was welcomed by Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President; Prof. FOK Tai-fai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Prof. WONG Suk-ying, Associate Vice-President; Prof. David Chan, Director of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management; Prof. Raymond Tong, Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering; and other representatives. On this occasion, the two universities also reaffirmed their commitment in promoting academic and student exchange by renewing two agreements to continue their partnership.


Prof. Damir Shynybekov, Rector of the International Information Technology University (IITU), paid a visit to CUHK on 5 March 2018 to explore collaboration opportunities and to learn about the University’s campus development. During the visit, Prof. Damir Shynybekov met with Prof. Michael Lyu, Chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering; Mr. FUNG Siu Man, Director of Campus Development; Ms. Amy Chan, Senior Programme Manager, Office of Academic Links; and other representatives.


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.

 

 

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.