Welcome from the Provost

Thank you for visiting this page. For visitors from afar, we very much appreciate your interest in the University.

CUHK is a comprehensive research university. Founded in 1963, the University has come a long way in establishing itself as a destination of choice for both local and non-local students. With eight Faculties and a Graduate School, CUHK has strengths in diverse research fields, and is known for its commitment to achieving excellence with purpose and responsibility.

In 2023, CUHK celebrates its 60th anniversary, which holds special significance in Chinese culture. The dedication of generations past has prepared the University to scale new heights, especially in areas highlighted in “CUHK 2025,” the University’s Strategic Plan. New academic programmes aimed at preparing our students for a rapidly changing future have been developed. These include new core courses in digital literacy and understanding China. A new Co-op Programme has also been introduced. The University offers many learning and knowledge transfer opportunities in China, especially the Greater Bay Area. Strategic research areas have been identified and developed, including China Studies, Innovative Biomedicine, Information and Automation Technology, and Environment and Sustainability. Recognizing the need to address the growing climate crisis, CUHK is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2038, when we celebrate our 75th anniversary.

Talent attraction and development will form a key focus as the University embarks on a second sexagenary cycle, called a “jiazi (甲子)” in Chinese. As a small, open economy, Hong Kong is committed to investing in its people and serving as an international education hub, and CUHK plays a central part in that effort. The Hong Kong PhD Fellowships, CUHK Postdoctoral Fellowships and the CUHK Vice-Chancellor Early Career Professorships are some of the initiatives the University has taken to strengthen “team CUHK” and “team Hong Kong.” Deepened collaboration with CUHK Shenzhen, which was established in 2014 and has since become a top university in mainland China, and our international partners marks another strategic goal in our work ahead. “Combining tradition with modernity; bringing together China and the West (結合傳統與現代, 融會中國與西方)” has stood at the heart of the mission of CUHK since its inception and will continue to guide our aspirations.

In these pages, you will find a synopsis of the work of the Office of the Provost and links to other webpages that will provide a fuller view of the University. We are the only collegiate university in Hong Kong, with nine colleges providing residential and non-formal learning and pastoral care for all our undergraduate students. The work we have been doing to promote diversity and inclusion, which are core values of the University, may also be of interest.

I invite you to explore CUHK through these pages and better still, for new friends and old, to visit CUHK in person. I dare say we have the most beautiful and greenest campus among all the universities in Hong Kong. Please feel free to get in touch if we may be of help in introducing you to CUHK further.

Yours sincerely,

Alan K.L. Chan
Provost and J.S. Lee Professor of Chinese Culture

Latest Updates

[7 Aug 2023]


CUHK awards honorary doctorate of science to mRNA vaccine pioneer Professor Katalin Karikó | CUHK Communications and Public Relations Office


The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) awarded the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, to Professor Katalin Karikó at an honorary degree conferment ceremony on 4 August, in recognition of her significant scientific discoveries and life-saving achievements. After the ceremony, Professor Karikó delivered a distinguished lecture on “Developing mRNA for therapy” and talked about her research journey.


Professor Karikó is currently a Professor at the University of Szeged, Hungary, and an Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is a Hungarian-American biochemist who specializes in Ribonucleic acid (RNA)-mediated mechanisms, and is best known for her contributions to Messenger RNA (mRNA) technology and COVID-19 vaccines. She collaborated with Professor Drew Weissman in the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, finding a way to modify mRNA and developing a delivery technique to package the mRNA in lipid nanoparticles. 


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[1 Jul 2023]



CUHK holds flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) held a flag-raising ceremony to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).



The ceremony started at 10:30am at CUHK’s flagpoles. The national flag was raised alongside the HKSAR flag and the CUHK flag to a rendition of the national anthem.



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[21 Jun 2023]




To celebrate its 60th anniversary, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is partnering with Times Higher Education (THE) to host the THE Asia Universities Summit on 21-23 June 2023. The three-day summit is themed “The Asian University in 2050”.



The opening ceremony of the summit was successfully held today (21 June). Officiating guests included Secretary for Education Dr Choi Yuk-lin, CUHK’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rocky S. Tuan, and THE’s Chief Global Affairs Officer Mr Phil Baty.



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[29 May 2023]



The Chinese University of Hong Kong 21st Honorary Fellowship Presentation Ceremony

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) held its 21st Honorary Fellowship Presentation Ceremony today (29 May 2023) on campus. Six distinguished people, listed below in alphabetical order by family name, were appointed honorary fellows in recognition of their exceptional achievements within their professions and their outstanding contributions to the University, and the wider community.


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