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City University of Hong Kong

Shirley Chong W100 representative City University Hong Kong

W100 Representative

Shirley Chong

Director of Communications and Institutional Research Office (CIRO)

Shirley Chong has extensive public relations, branding  and marketing experience in higher education sector. She has a strong global business network which benefits the university when promoting research excellence and building a strong academic reputation. This network is also crucial in developing employers’ perception of the university’s graduates. In addition, she has extensive data analytics and university rankings experience and provides business intelligence for high-level decision-making.

Located in the heart of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has a well-earned reputation as an innovative hub for research and professional education and for addressing global issues and empowering positive change.

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Embracing diversity - putting learning first

A campus enriched by different cultures, languages, ethnicities, genders, points of view, and learning and teaching styles is what we aim for at CityU. Our
University is in the heart of a metropolitan community with extensive global connections. We aim to reflect that cosmopolitan flavour by attracting high quality students and faculty from around the world and encouraging local students to seek academic adventures overseas. Similarly, we promote pedagogic styles that reach beyond traditional institutional learning (lectures, classroom). At CityU, we spotlight learning-centric education that builds pathways for sustainable careers; inspirational learning that presents the spark for dynamic self-motivation; interactive learning that encourages intellectual exchange and sharing; and innovative learning that emboldens the pursuit of invention and creativity.

Mission and vision

  • City University of Hong Kong aspires to become a leading global university, excelling in research and professional education.
  • Our mission is to nurture and develop students' talents and to create applicable knowledge for social and economic advancement.



CityU faculty members ranked among the world’s top 2% most-cited scientists.


Research Institutes/Centres, and 10 Applied Strategic Development Centres covering different areas of strategic importance.

CityU identifies solutions to critical global challenges by extending the frontiers of knowledge both within and beyond existing research paradigms. Our highly qualified academics are drawn from all over the world, bringing a wealth of research and professional experience to our programmes. Our world-class labs and state-of-the-art teaching facilities, as well as our state key laboratories, a national engineering centre and a suite of institutional-level research centres, enable our researchers to maintain a positive trajectory. We also pioneer new forms of expression by bringing science and the arts together.

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The University of Hong Kong

University of Hong Kong


W100 Representative

Mr Paul Lee
Acting Director of Communications

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is the oldest tertiary education institution in Hong Kong. 11 March 1912, marks the official opening of the University, with ArtsEngineering, Science, and Medicine as its first Faculties.

Today, HKU has 10 academic faculties that celebrate the spirit of knowledge with its passionate and diverse students, staff, and researchers. The faculties are namely, Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business and Economics (HKU Business School), Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science, and Faculty of Social Sciences.

HKU is celebrating 111 years of excellence in 2022 with more than 30,000 local and international students, over 12,000 academic and non-academic staff members, and its vast alumni network across the globe.

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Strong international focus
with a distinct Asian perspective

The University has a long tradition of contributing to the community and has been engaging in a wide range of knowledge-exchange activities. HKU’s deep and long-lasting friendships and connections with global strategic partners, coupled with distinct advantages in Greater China, provide exceptional opportunities for students and staff to make meaningful contributions to the building of knowledge and the advancement of society.

HKU is widely recognised by the international community for its high-quality talents, assets, and skills. HKU has established relationships with more than 380 leading universities around the world across 46 countries, carrying out various exchange activities such as academic exchanges, scientific research cooperation, and the opportunity for students to study abroad.

The University has also been proactive in establishing strategic international partnerships with universities and research institutions worldwide. The University is also committed to cultivating internationalism on campus and to supporting staff and student mobility projects and international programmes at all levels.

Mission and vision

The University of Hong Kong, Asia’s Global University, delivers impact through internationalisation, innovation and interdisciplinarity.  It attracts and nurtures global scholars through excellence in research, teaching and learning, and knowledge exchange.  It makes a positive social contribution through global presence, regional significance and engagement with the rest of China.

The University of Hong Kong will endeavour:

  • To advance constantly the bounds of scholarship, building upon its proud traditions and strengths
  • To provide a comprehensive education, benchmarked against the highest international standards, designed to develop fully the intellectual and personal strengths of its students, while extending lifelong learning opportunities for the community
  • To produce graduates of distinction committed to academic/professional excellence, critical intellectual inquiry and lifelong learning, who are communicative and innovative, ethically and culturally aware, and capable of tackling the unfamiliar with confidence
  • To develop a collegial, flexible, pluralistic and supportive intellectual environment that inspires and attracts, retains and nurtures scholars, students and staff of the highest calibre in a culture that fosters creativity, learning and freedom of thought, enquiry and expression
  • To provide a safe, healthy and sustainable workplace to support and advance teaching, learning and research at the University
  • To engage in innovative, high-impact and leading-edge research within and across disciplines
  • To be fully accountable for the effective management of public and private resources bestowed upon the institution and act in partnership with the community over the generation, dissemination and application of knowledge
  • To serve as a focal point of intellectual and academic endeavour in Hong Kong, China and Asia and act as a gateway and forum for scholarship with the rest of the world

Intellectual and Academic
Research Excellence


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peer-reviewed refereed publications

HKU is a public research university with frontier research in critical areas through knowledge creation, translation, realisation, and impact. Its research policy is formulated to strengthen its capabilities in both fundamental and outcome-driven research and knowledge exchange within a culture that enables researchers to flourish and innovate.

Staff recruited around the region and the world are of high calibre, and are eager and active in engaging with innovative researches locally, regionally, and globally. Researchers at HKU repeatedly secure competitive government research funding, including the General Research Fund, Areas of Excellence Scheme and Theme-based Research Scheme, etc. In 2022, five outstanding research projects from the University were awarded a total funding of HKD$168 million in the 12th round of the Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS). 38 HKU researchers have been named “Highly Cited Researchers 2022” as the world’s most influential with its leading research in fields like medicine, physics, and business, etc.

With its wide range of cross-field collaborations and excellence, HKU holds a leading position in Hong Kong in regards to academic research. HKU has a proud record of academic recognition through honours and awards bestowed by bodies in Hong Kong, China, and across the world, and will continue to strive to contribute for the betterment of the local and international landscape.

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The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Laurie Pearcey The Chinese University of Hong Kong

W100 Representative

Laurie Pearcey
Associate Vice-President (External Engagement & Outreach)

Laurie Pearcey commenced his appointment at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in September 2021. Laurie is responsible for expanding CUHK’s external reputation and profile with media, public policy makers, industry partners, future students and alumni locally, nationally and overseas.

Prior to his appointment at CUHK, Laurie was Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) and served as Chief Executive Officer of Australia’s oldest pathways education provider, UNSW Global Pty Ltd. Before joining higher education, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Australia China Business Council. Laurie is a fluent Mandarin speaker and is learning Cantonese.

Laurie is a non-executive director of UCAS International in the United Kingdom.

Founded in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a forward-looking comprehensive research university with a global vision and a unique mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West.

CUHK offers Hong Kong’s only collegiate system which provides students with an enriching experience to supplement their education provided by the University’s eight Faculties.

CUHK has a proud heritage of outstanding research addressing some of humanity’s major challenges with four areas of research focus spanning China studies, innovative biomedicine, information, and automation technologies, as well as environment and sustainability.

Its major research breakthroughs include liquid biopsy in prenatal testing and early cancer detection, biotechnological improvements in soybeans, molecular analysis for cancer and metabolic disease detection and treatment, drug development for rare neurodegenerative disease, network coding theory that has revolutionised data transmission and network applications, as well as artificial intelligence and robotics solutions for smart cities and biomedicine.

CUHK was the first Hong Kong university to establish a campus in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area with its Shenzhen campus formally opening its doors in 2014.

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A bridge between
China and the West

CUHK responds to the fast-changing world by enhancing its reputation, presence, relevance, and impact globally as well as embracing cultural diversity and full inclusiveness. This is demonstrated in its efforts in teaching, research, and global engagement.

In a short span of 58 years, CUHK has become a leading institution of higher learning known internationally for its dedication to education, impactful research, and global engagement.

The rapid growth of China has created an abundance of opportunities for development in higher education and collaboration between the mainland and Hong Kong universities. During the past few years, CUHK has strengthened its presence in Shenzhen and collaborations with mainland institutions, capitalizing on opportunities arising from the Greater Bay Area (GBA) Development Plan and the Belt and Road (B&R) Initiative.

Global engagement will continue to be a major focus of the University under ‘CUHK 2025’. The grand challenges facing the world require global collaboration. The jobs of the future will not be confined by borders.

Internationalization and engagement of mainland China will continue to be a priority in the University’s pursuit of excellence with purpose and responsibility.

Mission and vision

  • Mission: To assist in the preservation, creation, application and dissemination of knowledge by teaching, research and public service in a comprehensive range of disciplines, thereby serving the needs and enhancing the well-being of the citizens of Hong Kong, China as a whole, and the wider world community.
  • Vision: To be acknowledged locally, nationally and internationally as a first-class comprehensive research university whose bilingual and multicultural dimensions of student education, scholarly output and contribution to the community consistently meet standards of excellence.

From discovery to innovation


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Total research funding in 2021

Research lies at the heart of the vision and mission of CUHK. A champion of research and innovation that create value and bring benefits to society, CUHK is recognized today as a leading research university in Asia and among the best in the world. In the coming five years, CUHK will focus on integrating research, innovation and enterprise 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.

With a clear and pronounced emphasis on interdisciplinary research that crosses the boundaries of individual academic units, the University seeks to optimize opportunities to generate impactful outcomes.

CUHK’s research strategies aim to realize its vision as a centre of excellence for developing cutting-edge research and emerging interdisciplinary strengths that have global impact and significant contributions to society, through translating research findings into practical applications. Riding on our current research strengths, four major research areas have been identified in the CUHK Strategic Plan 2021–2025:

  • Strategic Area 1 — China: Tradition and Modernity
  • Strategic Area 2 — Innovative Biomedicine
  • Strategic Area 3 — Information and Automation Technology
  • Strategic Area 4 — Environment and Sustainability

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The World 100 Reputation Network is a group of the best universities in the world, delivering research that enhances reputation and offering leaders the chance to develop their own careers on a global stage. Members benefit from events and study tours, training, monthly media monitoring, and unique reputation research to provide institutional advantage.

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