University Extension in Shenzhen

The implementation of the PRC government's Framework for Development and Reform Planning for the Pearl River Delta Region (《珠三角洲地區改革發展規劃綱要》) will provide exciting new opportunities.  CUHK has seized the opportunity with an aim to deepen its educational and research involvements in mainland China and plan to further expand its presence.  Many commendable efforts are already ongoing in CUHK.

Funding Opportunities for Substantial Funding Initiatives

The University’s research strategies and policies are formulated by the Research Committee, a committee chaired by Professor Fanny Cheung, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for research matters.

The Office of Research and Knowledge Transfer Services identifies funding opportunities, such as the National Basic Research Programme (973 Programme)the National High-Tech Development Plan (863 Programme), the Joint Research Scheme of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), etc.

CUHK’s Shenzhen Development Office (SZDO)

Provost oversees the SZDO and promotes CUHK's educational and research involvements in Shenzhen. The SZDO is the liaison on the policies and applications for national grants through the CUHK Shenzhen Research Institute (CUSZRI, 中大深圳研究院) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT, 中國科學院深圳先進技術研究所).  For instance, it coordinates the applications for the Thousand-Talent Plan sponsored by the Central talent working coordination unit (中央人才工作協調小組), and coordinates the use of premises of the CUSZRI.

Establishment of CUHK (Shenzhen) Approved by the State Ministry of Education

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) started planning for a Shenzhen campus – The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen [CUHK(SZ)] – some five years ago, with the staunch support of Shenzhen University (SZU) and the Shenzhen Municipal Government. In October 2012, the State Ministry of Education (MoE) approved the establishment of a provisional body to take forward the planning of this collaborative initiative with SZU. Since then, the University has been working closely with relevant parties to prepare for the operations of CUHK(SZ). After all these years of thorough planning and preparation, CUHK is now pleased to receive formal MoE approval for the establishment of CUHK(SZ). With the approval, CUHK(SZ) will further implement faculty recruitment, planning and development of academic curriculum, student admission in 2014 and other key strategic plans.

The establishment of CUHK(SZ) is an initiative to help nurture future generations of university graduates who are international in outlook, learned in the disciplines they follow, upright in their character, and committed to serving the needs of society, all of which will have profound impact on educational reform in China. It is an initiative that will capitalize on the strengths of Hong Kong and Guangdong Province, and by means of collaboration in the areas of education, technology and culture, it will promote the long-term social and economic development of the PRD region. (See the central government's Framework for Development and Reform Planning for the Pearl River Delta Region.

The approved CUHK(SZ) is a non-profit-making higher education institution with the status of an independent legal entity, operating with a high degree of autonomy within the framework of the law and the CUHK(SZ) constitution. The governing body of CUHK(SZ) is its Governing Board, which comprises eight members each nominated by CUHK and SZU, and is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, who has a casting vote. Four Governing Board meetings have been held so far to formulate major policies and strategies for the development of CUHK(SZ), and to approve the University management structure, the appointments of the President and Vice-Presidents, the University mission and vision, the constitution and the emblem, etc.

CUHK(SZ) is located in the Longgang District of Shenzhen, encompassing a campus area of around one million square metres, and will be constructed in phases. The renovation of the eight existing buildings on the site has been completed, which shall support the operational, teaching and learning activities of CUHK(SZ) in the initial years. Phase one campus development has also commenced, including the construction of major teaching blocks, the library, the university administration building, a conference centre, a student centre, colleges and staff quarters, and is expected to be completed in 2016 and 2017. A wider range of facilities and resources in the campus shall be available by then.

There are three schools in CUHK(SZ), namely the School of Management and Economics, the School of Science and Engineering, and the School of Humanities and Social Science. Student admission will be phased, with an ultimate student population of 11,000, of whom 7,500 will be undergraduates and 3,500 postgraduates. CUHK(SZ) will first introduce three undergraduate degree programmes in fall 2014, including Marketing and Communication, Global Business Studies, and Economics, and later phase in various programmes in Science and Engineering, Management and Economics, and Humanities and Social Science, including innovative and inter-disciplinary subjects. CUHK(SZ) will draw upon CUHK's traditions of academic excellence. No effort will be spared to ensure that the high teaching quality of CUHK is maintained at CUHK(SZ) which will become a preferred research university located in Shenzhen, firmly rooted in China, and endowed with a global vision.


News on Development:

  • With the staunch support of the Shenzhen Municipal Government and the Shenzhen University (SZU), CUHK has started the planning of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. After rounds of deliberation, CUHK signed two Final Agreements with SZU and the Shenzhen Government respectively to fine-tune details of the collaboration, inaugurating the development of various areas of CUHK(SZ).
  • The Senate considered the framework proposal of undergraduate degree programmes to be offered by The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (CUHK(SZ)), jointly established by the University and the Shenzhen University, China, pending the final agreements to be signed with the SZ Municipal Government and with SZ University, noting that the University would be responsible for academic quality assurance of CUHK(SZ), including the approval of degree programmes and the award of degrees to students. There would be consultation with Faculties on the various areas of concern as expressed by members, including the roles and core values, governance and management structures, programme offerings and medium of instruction of CUHK(SZ), as well as the mission and vision of individual schools, and the possibility of including Social Science and Humanities disciplines in its initial years of operation.
  • The State Ministry of Education announced on 11 October 2012 its approval for the planning of CUHK (SZ).
  • Update on the Development of the CUHK (SZ) Campus consultation sessions (October 2012), engagement forums (October and March 2012), retreat meetings (May 2012), staff-student consultative forum (April 2011), Faculty open forums (April to December 2010), Convocation sharing session (March 2010)
  • CUHK Signed Collaboration Agreement in Shenzhen to Establish The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen) on July 4, 2011.
  • CUHK Signed Framework Agreement with Shenzhen Municipal Government to Establish CUHK Shenzhen Institute on March 12, 2011.
  • CUHK set up a second Task Force to study the options and, where appropriate, conduct a feasibility study in the light of the non-binding Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Shenzhen Municipal Government in February 2010.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Shenzhen Municipal Government in 2010. On many occasions the University has engaged its staff, students, alumni and academic faculties for consultation and exchange of information, to report on progress, and the valuable views gathered have been useful for the University planning.
  • CUHK formed a Task Force in October 2009 to explore the possibility of establishing a campus in Shenzhen.

Widespread consultation with the CUHK publics is already underway. All staff, students, and alumni will be updated from time to time through the Webpage: University Extension in Shenzhen. Views and opinions are most welcome. Your participation is essential to the success of this initiative.

This page was last updated on November 18, 2014.


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