The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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  • #38 QS Global World Ranking
  • PublicStatus
  • Very HighResearch Output
  • 18,300Total Students
  • 2,217Faculty
  • 6,062Int'l Students

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Mission and Vision
 

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a research-oriented comprehensive university whose scholarly output and contributions to the community achieve the highest standards of excellence. Founded in 1963, CUHK has been guided by its mission to assist in the preservation, creation, application and dissemination of knowledge and a global vision to combine tradition with modernity and to bring together China and the West.  As a civic university, CUHK aspires to serve the needs and enhance the well-being of the citizens of Hong Kong, China, and the wider world community. CUHK’s new Strategic Plan seeks to capitalise on its distinct advantages and navigate challenges with a desire to pursue ‘ Excellence with Purpose and Responsibility ’.

 

Cultural Diversity
 

Home to over 70 distinct nationalities CUHK is a treasure trove of high-calibre students and professionals. Talent attracted to study, teach, conduct research or pursue a career have continuously won acclaims and respect in their respective fields with remarkable achievements. CUHK adopts a whole-university approach to solicit the active engagement of every individual on campus to foster a diverse and enabling environment for all.

 

Global Engagement


CUHK plays an active part in international academic networks and alliances, including the WorldwideUniversities Network, the Association of PacificRim Universities, the InternationalUniversities Climate Alliance, the Allianceof International Science Organisations in the Belt & Road  Region, the UK-ChinaHumanities Alliance for Higher Education, among others. Strong links have been forged with over 460 universities and strategic partners in some 40 countries and regions around the world.

 

Gateway to the Greater Bay Area


CUHK connects the world with the rapidly emerging Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, with the University the first to establish a campus in Shenzhen in 2014. CUHK hosts a range of satellites including The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen) , the CUHK Shenzhen Research Institute and the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shenzhen Municipal Government) across the Greater Bay Area ensuring the world is connected to this exciting powerhouse of innovation and technology.

 

Research Excellence


A leading research university in Asia and among the best in the world, CUHK is committed to creating a thriving ecosystem to support research and innovation to improve lives globally. Research at CUHK aims at contributing to global issues that truly matter. Among its most notable research achievements are the advances made in liquid biopsy in prenatal testing and early cancer detection, biotechnological improvements of soybean, molecular analysis for cancer and metabolic disease detection and treatment, drug development for rare neurodegenerative diseases, network coding theory that has revolutionised data transmission and network applications, and artificial intelligence and robotics for innovative technologies in biomedical and smart city applications.

 

CUHK boasts a galaxy of distinguished scholars and researchers who are highly regarded authorities in various specialities. It is unique among Hong Kong universities in having faculty members who are recipients of prestigious accolades, including the Nobel Prize, Fields Medal and Turing Award.

 

Nobel laureates in close association with CUHK:

  •             Prof. Sir Charles K. Kao, Nobel Laureate in Physics (2009), former CUHK Vice-Chancellor and Distinguished Professor-at-Large
  •             Prof. Sir James A. Mirrlees, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (1996), former Master of CUHK Morningside College and CUHK Distinguished Professor-at-Large
  •             Prof. Robert A. Mundell, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (1999), CUHK Distinguished Professor-at-Large
  •             Prof. Yang Chen-ning, Nobel Laureate in Physics (1957), CUHK Distinguished Professor-at-Large

 

Research Priorities
 

CUHK has identified four unique, yet complementary strategicareas of research which anchor the University’s research focus under its Strategic Plan:  

  1. China: Tradition and Modernity
  2. Innovative Biomedicine
  3. Information and Automation Technology
  4. Environment and Sustainability

 

CUHK is also the leader of several research projects under selected Areas of Excellence being allocated preferential funding by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong.

 

Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
 

CUHK focuses on integrating research, innovation and entrepreneurship into a dynamic and productive continuum, a superhighway that enables the translation of research into tangible benefits and the delivery of innovation to the world.

 

CUHK has seeded many start-ups and successful spinout companies. CUHK faculty members and alumni have founded four unicorns*.

 

There are also successful collaborations on professional, medical and social innovations with the government, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and private companies in China and overseas to further the goals of maximising the impact of research and innovation on the global community. 

 

*including SenseTime (founded by Prof. Tang Xiaoou, Sean), SmartMore (founded by Prof. Jia Jiaya Leo), GeneHarbor (founded by Prof. Wang Jun) and Lalamove (founded by alumnus Mr. Shing Chow)

 

Research Support
 

Dedicated teams have been set up to render practical assistance to CUHK researchers in translating research output into positive societal impact. The Officeof Research and Knowledge Transfer Services (ORKTS) provides professional services for patent filing, and recruits angel and venture capitalists for start-ups. The Office of Innovation and Enterprise (OIE) connects CUHK researchers with appropriate partners, industry and government to bring research to the market for the benefit of society. The Office for Greater Bay Area Developments works in collaboration with governments of the GBA node cities to fuel innovation development and promote collaborations between Hong Kong and mainland China.

 

Apart from generous funding and support schemes to facilitate research and knowledge transfer, CUHK faculty members can tap into grants offered by mainland China through CUHK Shenzhen Research Institute in Shenzhen wholly-owned by the University, which serves as a pivotal base for conducting research, training and technology transfer to complement national development plans for the Greater Bay Area.

 

Campus Environment
 

The 137.3-hectare CUHK main campus overlooking the beautiful Tolo Harbour is the largest, greenest and most sustainably designed in Hong Kong. It houses a comprehensive range of learning facilities as well as cultural, sports, and social amenities essential for an all-round campus experience. Conveniently located next to the University MTR station, CUHK is easily accessible to visitors from all parts of the city. The University is home to an extensive portfolio of on-campus accommodation , providing eligible students with the choice of a residential university experience.

 

Research Institutes and Centres
 

CUHK has established multiple research institutes and centres to support interdisciplinary research on a local, national and international level. There are 300+ research institutes to date. CUHK has recently founded six InnoHK Centres specialising in health, biomedicine, robotics and artificial intelligence at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks , the territory’s research incubator, under the Hong Kong Government's InnoHK initiative, combining expertise from CUHK and partners from prestigious global universities, to help position Hong Kong as a global powerhouse of innovation connecting the world with the rapidly emerging research and innovation ecosystem of the Greater Bay Area.

 

CUHK’s research quality can be further demonstrated by the establishment of five State Key Laboratories  entrusted by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China . The University has also been collaborating closely with eminent institutions for higher education and research that are helping to advance knowledge in a variety of subject areas and addressing some of the world’s challenges.

Education
 

CUHK aims to nurture students with both specialised knowledge and wisdom for life. Its bilingual and multicultural curriculum is characterised by a flexible credit unit system. Academic programmes in an array of disciplines are offered by eight Faculties , including Arts , Business Administration , Education , Engineering , Law , Medicine , Science and Social Science , and the Graduate School . CUHK future proofs its educational offerings by listening to industry and government and introducing innovative new programmes such as Biotechnology, Entrepreneurship and Healthcare Management, Computational Data Science, and Learning Design and Technology. CUHK’s robust programmes are supplemented by the provision of state-of-the-art facilities and resources to ensure students have a world-class experience.

 

Over the past decades, continual enhancement has resulted in a balanced curriculum of both breadth and depth . With the support of the Centre for Learning Enhancement and Research (CLEAR), CUHK has consistently been recognised by bodies such as Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee for achieving the highest standards of teaching and learning.

 


The College System                                                                                                                                         

CUHK is the only university in Hong Kong that offers a college system . All full-time undergraduates are affiliated with one of the nine Colleges . College programmes and activities complement the formal curriculum by offering a wide range of non-formal learning opportunities and delivering pastoral care to students, helping them build their interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity, as well as boost their confidence and sense of social responsibility. Each College is distinctive, but together, they shape the character of the University.

 

Graduates and Alumni
 

CUHK is marked by a successful and supportive alumni family with over 240,000 members reaching into all professions and sectors around the world. CUHK graduates, in great demand among local employers and multinational companies, are highly rated in government and private employer surveys. Almost 90% of respondents to the University’s annual Graduate Employment Survey secure employment within the first year of their graduation. Graduates who opt for pursuing further studies are welcomed by prestigious institutions worldwide.

 

Alumni proudly support current students with a range of mentorship opportunities and career guidance ensuring that students benefit from the experience of hundreds of thousands of alumni with diverse careers located around the world.  CUHK’s alumni have collectively formed more than 130 alumni associations ensuring a strong sense of community and connection to their alma mater continues throughout their careers.

 

CUHK Alumni Affairs Office

 

About

Mission and Vision
 

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a research-oriented comprehensive university whose scholarly output and contributions to the community achieve the highest standards of excellence. Founded in 1963, CUHK has been guided by its mission to assist in the preservation, creation, application and dissemination of knowledge and a global vision to combine tradition with modernity and to bring together China and the West.  As a civic university, CUHK aspires to serve the needs and enhance the well-being of the citizens of Hong Kong, China, and the wider world community. CUHK’s new Strategic Plan seeks to capitalise on its distinct advantages and navigate challenges with a desire to pursue ‘ Excellence with Purpose and Responsibility ’.

 

Cultural Diversity
 

Home to over 70 distinct nationalities CUHK is a treasure trove of high-calibre students and professionals. Talent attracted to study, teach, conduct research or pursue a career have continuously won acclaims and respect in their respective fields with remarkable achievements. CUHK adopts a whole-university approach to solicit the active engagement of every individual on campus to foster a diverse and enabling environment for all.

 

Global Engagement


CUHK plays an active part in international academic networks and alliances, including the WorldwideUniversities Network, the Association of PacificRim Universities, the InternationalUniversities Climate Alliance, the Allianceof International Science Organisations in the Belt & Road  Region, the UK-ChinaHumanities Alliance for Higher Education, among others. Strong links have been forged with over 460 universities and strategic partners in some 40 countries and regions around the world.

 

Gateway to the Greater Bay Area


CUHK connects the world with the rapidly emerging Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, with the University the first to establish a campus in Shenzhen in 2014. CUHK hosts a range of satellites including The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen) , the CUHK Shenzhen Research Institute and the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shenzhen Municipal Government) across the Greater Bay Area ensuring the world is connected to this exciting powerhouse of innovation and technology.

 

Research Excellence


A leading research university in Asia and among the best in the world, CUHK is committed to creating a thriving ecosystem to support research and innovation to improve lives globally. Research at CUHK aims at contributing to global issues that truly matter. Among its most notable research achievements are the advances made in liquid biopsy in prenatal testing and early cancer detection, biotechnological improvements of soybean, molecular analysis for cancer and metabolic disease detection and treatment, drug development for rare neurodegenerative diseases, network coding theory that has revolutionised data transmission and network applications, and artificial intelligence and robotics for innovative technologies in biomedical and smart city applications.

 

CUHK boasts a galaxy of distinguished scholars and researchers who are highly regarded authorities in various specialities. It is unique among Hong Kong universities in having faculty members who are recipients of prestigious accolades, including the Nobel Prize, Fields Medal and Turing Award.

 

Nobel laureates in close association with CUHK:

  •             Prof. Sir Charles K. Kao, Nobel Laureate in Physics (2009), former CUHK Vice-Chancellor and Distinguished Professor-at-Large
  •             Prof. Sir James A. Mirrlees, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (1996), former Master of CUHK Morningside College and CUHK Distinguished Professor-at-Large
  •             Prof. Robert A. Mundell, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (1999), CUHK Distinguished Professor-at-Large
  •             Prof. Yang Chen-ning, Nobel Laureate in Physics (1957), CUHK Distinguished Professor-at-Large

 

Research Priorities
 

CUHK has identified four unique, yet complementary strategicareas of research which anchor the University’s research focus under its Strategic Plan:  

  1. China: Tradition and Modernity
  2. Innovative Biomedicine
  3. Information and Automation Technology
  4. Environment and Sustainability

 

CUHK is also the leader of several research projects under selected Areas of Excellence being allocated preferential funding by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong.

 

Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
 

CUHK focuses on integrating research, innovation and entrepreneurship into a dynamic and productive continuum, a superhighway that enables the translation of research into tangible benefits and the delivery of innovation to the world.

 

CUHK has seeded many start-ups and successful spinout companies. CUHK faculty members and alumni have founded four unicorns*.

 

There are also successful collaborations on professional, medical and social innovations with the government, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and private companies in China and overseas to further the goals of maximising the impact of research and innovation on the global community. 

 

*including SenseTime (founded by Prof. Tang Xiaoou, Sean), SmartMore (founded by Prof. Jia Jiaya Leo), GeneHarbor (founded by Prof. Wang Jun) and Lalamove (founded by alumnus Mr. Shing Chow)

 

Research Support
 

Dedicated teams have been set up to render practical assistance to CUHK researchers in translating research output into positive societal impact. The Officeof Research and Knowledge Transfer Services (ORKTS) provides professional services for patent filing, and recruits angel and venture capitalists for start-ups. The Office of Innovation and Enterprise (OIE) connects CUHK researchers with appropriate partners, industry and government to bring research to the market for the benefit of society. The Office for Greater Bay Area Developments works in collaboration with governments of the GBA node cities to fuel innovation development and promote collaborations between Hong Kong and mainland China.

 

Apart from generous funding and support schemes to facilitate research and knowledge transfer, CUHK faculty members can tap into grants offered by mainland China through CUHK Shenzhen Research Institute in Shenzhen wholly-owned by the University, which serves as a pivotal base for conducting research, training and technology transfer to complement national development plans for the Greater Bay Area.

 

Campus Environment
 

The 137.3-hectare CUHK main campus overlooking the beautiful Tolo Harbour is the largest, greenest and most sustainably designed in Hong Kong. It houses a comprehensive range of learning facilities as well as cultural, sports, and social amenities essential for an all-round campus experience. Conveniently located next to the University MTR station, CUHK is easily accessible to visitors from all parts of the city. The University is home to an extensive portfolio of on-campus accommodation , providing eligible students with the choice of a residential university experience.

 

Research Institutes and Centres
 

CUHK has established multiple research institutes and centres to support interdisciplinary research on a local, national and international level. There are 300+ research institutes to date. CUHK has recently founded six InnoHK Centres specialising in health, biomedicine, robotics and artificial intelligence at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks , the territory’s research incubator, under the Hong Kong Government's InnoHK initiative, combining expertise from CUHK and partners from prestigious global universities, to help position Hong Kong as a global powerhouse of innovation connecting the world with the rapidly emerging research and innovation ecosystem of the Greater Bay Area.

 

CUHK’s research quality can be further demonstrated by the establishment of five State Key Laboratories  entrusted by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China . The University has also been collaborating closely with eminent institutions for higher education and research that are helping to advance knowledge in a variety of subject areas and addressing some of the world’s challenges.

Education
 

CUHK aims to nurture students with both specialised knowledge and wisdom for life. Its bilingual and multicultural curriculum is characterised by a flexible credit unit system. Academic programmes in an array of disciplines are offered by eight Faculties , including Arts , Business Administration , Education , Engineering , Law , Medicine , Science and Social Science , and the Graduate School . CUHK future proofs its educational offerings by listening to industry and government and introducing innovative new programmes such as Biotechnology, Entrepreneurship and Healthcare Management, Computational Data Science, and Learning Design and Technology. CUHK’s robust programmes are supplemented by the provision of state-of-the-art facilities and resources to ensure students have a world-class experience.

 

Over the past decades, continual enhancement has resulted in a balanced curriculum of both breadth and depth . With the support of the Centre for Learning Enhancement and Research (CLEAR), CUHK has consistently been recognised by bodies such as Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee for achieving the highest standards of teaching and learning.

 


The College System                                                                                                                                         

CUHK is the only university in Hong Kong that offers a college system . All full-time undergraduates are affiliated with one of the nine Colleges . College programmes and activities complement the formal curriculum by offering a wide range of non-formal learning opportunities and delivering pastoral care to students, helping them build their interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity, as well as boost their confidence and sense of social responsibility. Each College is distinctive, but together, they shape the character of the University.

 

Graduates and Alumni
 

CUHK is marked by a successful and supportive alumni family with over 240,000 members reaching into all professions and sectors around the world. CUHK graduates, in great demand among local employers and multinational companies, are highly rated in government and private employer surveys. Almost 90% of respondents to the University’s annual Graduate Employment Survey secure employment within the first year of their graduation. Graduates who opt for pursuing further studies are welcomed by prestigious institutions worldwide.

 

Alumni proudly support current students with a range of mentorship opportunities and career guidance ensuring that students benefit from the experience of hundreds of thousands of alumni with diverse careers located around the world.  CUHK’s alumni have collectively formed more than 130 alumni associations ensuring a strong sense of community and connection to their alma mater continues throughout their careers.

 

CUHK Alumni Affairs Office

 

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University highlights

QS World University Ranking

  • 2012
    #40
  • 2014
    #39
  • 2015
    #46
  • 2016
    #=51
  • 2017
    #44
  • 2018
    #46
  • 2019
    #49
  • 2020
    #46
  • 2021
    #43
  • 2022
    #39
  • 2023
    #38

Ranking criteria

80.6
Overall
87.3
Academic Reputation
49.6
Employer Reputation
60.9
Faculty Student Ratio
92.9
Citations per Faculty
100
International Faculty Ratio
90.5
International Students Ratio
74.9
International Research Network
79.4
Employment Outcomes

Student & Staff

Total students
18,300

15%
85%

International students
6,062

30%
70%

Total faculty staff
2,217

1187
1030

Total students
18,300

15%
85%

International students
6,062

30%
70%

Total faculty staff
2,217

1030
1187
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