The Office of Academic Links (OAL) serves as the international relations arm for the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). It promotes and supports the University’s internationalisation strategy in research and education, with a view to strengthening its impact and visibility on the global stage, and enriching the international exposure and inter-cultural experience of students.
OAL comprises dedicated teams working in the University’s international engagements and student exchange programmes. Some of its key functions include:
Drive and develop academic initiatives in line with the University’s internationalisation strategy.
Build and coordinate partnerships and agreements with institutions and organisations worldwide.
Represent CUHK and promote its presence in a number of international networks and associations, and engage the CUHK community in their activities.
Establish, manage, and promote regular term-time exchange and short-term study abroad programmes to shape CUHK students into tomorrow’s global citizens.
Host incoming exchange and study abroad students at CUHK, ensure their wellbeing, and facilitate their integration with the CUHK and Hong Kong communities.
Provide guidance, care, and assistance to both outgoing and incoming students. Administer financial aids to support CUHK students on exchange and work to secure funding for this cause.
Plan for and host international delegation visits to foster collaborations.
Develop and administer visitorship and fellowship schemes for faculty members and research students to support teaching and research collaborations.
The Office of Academic Links provides secretariat support to various committees, serving the University in steering internationalisation strategies, driving engagement in the Worldwide Universities Network, setting policy guidelines for academic links development, devising institutional policies and practices pertinent to student exchanges, and facilitating faculty and PhD student mobility. These committees include:
Steering Committee for Global Engagement
Committee on Academic Links
Committee on Student Exchange
Worldwide Universities Network Steering Committee
For enquiries on these Committees and their mandates, please contact Ms. Shally Fan, Director of Academic Links.
According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second leading cause of global death. Standing at the forefront of cancer research in Asia, CUHK is a leader in the combat against the most lethal and prevalent cancers in the region, including gastrointestinal, nasopharyngeal, lung and liver cancers. Please click here to learn more.
Hong Kong is transforming itself into a global hub of innovation and technology (I&T). CUHK, recognized as one of the most innovative universities in the city and the region, has been supporting the city’s evolution into a diversified, knowledge-based economy, propelling an innovative future in Hong Kong and beyond. Please click here to learn more.
Every year OAL publishes the Annual Report on International Linkage and Education Activities to reflect CUHK’s progress in fostering internationalisation. The Annual Report provides detailed statistics in the following aspects:
Incoming and outgoing exchanges
International summer school
Student exchange financial aid and scholarship scheme
Short-term study and internship programmes outside Hong Kong
The CUHK eNews provides the latest updates about the University to international partners, featuring its teaching and research achievements, student accomplishments, ongoing developments and key events.
Ms. Shally Fan is Director of Academic Links at CUHK. She promotes and supports the University’s global engagement strategy in research and education with a view to strengthening its impact and visibility on the global stage and enriching the international exposure and intercultural experience of students. She oversees all aspects of global engagement at the University, including teaching and research partnerships, strategic alliances and networks, collaborative agreements, as well as student and faculty mobility, among other programmes and initiatives.
Ms. Fan received her BA from The University of Adelaide and MCom from the University of South Australia. She joined the Office of Academic Links at CUHK in 2001 to manage the University’s student exchange programmes. Since then, she has expanded the scope and number of the global engagement programmes for faculty and students. Ms. Fan is a frequent speaker in international education forums and served on the Board of Directors of the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education during December 2015 to June 2017.
Hong Kong is a vibrant and convenient city to live. The cost of public transportation is affordable and efficiently connects all parts of the city. Several means of transportation will take you to the CUHK campus from the Hong Kong International Airport.
The trip from the airport to the CUHK campus is about 45 minutes. The fare is around HK$300. Most taxi drivers in Hong Kong understand some English. The following text will come in handy:
“The Chinese University of Hong Kong (香港中文大學)”
By Airport Bus and Taxi/MTR train
Take airport bus route number A41 from the airport to Shatin Station. The bus runs from 06:00 to 24:00 at 20-minute intervals. The Shatin Central Bus Terminal is not the terminal stop for the bus, so ask the driver where to get off or pay attention to the announcement. The bus ride takes 65–70 minutes depending on traffic conditions. The fare is currently HK$22.3 payable on boarding bus in exact change.
From Shatin Station, you can take a taxi to the University. The fare is about HK$50. It will take about 15 minutes.
MTR train (not recommended if you have bulk luggage)
Alternatively, from Shatin Station, you can take the train to the University Station (second stop from Shatin). The trains run every 5 to 10 minutes from 06:00 to 24:00. The train ride takes about 9 minutes. The fare is HK$4.5 (using a Single Journey Ticket). There are three exits at University Station—two to the CUHK campus and the other to the public bus terminus and taxi stand. Click here for the CUHK campus map. The University shuttle bus stops are located between the two exits to CUHK. There are different shuttle bus routes stopping at various locations within the campus. Click here for detailed information.
CUHK is situated in the New Territories, away from the business districts of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Reaching CUHK campus by taxi costs about HK$250 from the central business district of Hong Kong Island and costs about HK$180 from Kowloon.
The following links provide information on how to get to and get around CUHK: