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CUHK campus services gradually resumes

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) will be aiming to gradually resume campus services and operations over the coming weeks, with the expectation that full-service delivery and operations will resume on April 25, 2022. In a message issued by the CUHK authorities it said: The University has sought to broadly align this decision with the progressive resumption of government services announced on 25 March 2022, and its desire to resume as much of campus life as possible as Hong Kong transitions from its COVID-19 infection peak.

From April 4, 2022, staff members are allowed to work on shifts (e.g., staggered work and/or lunch hours, rosters for onsite work/work-from-home) while the University prepares for a broader resumption of campus services.

All other academic arrangements including examinations previously announced remain unchanged.

The notice said, “all members will be required to adhere to strict infection control measures while on campus. This includes using the Leave Home Safe app to enter all buildings, wearing a mask at all times, and maintaining sound social distancing”.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a public research university in Shatin, Hong Kong, formally established in 1963 by a charter granted by the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. It is the territory’s second-oldest university and was founded as a federation of three existing colleges – Chung Chi College, New Asia College and United College – the oldest of which was founded in 1949.

CUHK is organized into nine constituent colleges and eight academic faculties, and remains the only collegiate university in the territory. The university operates in both English and Chinese, although classes in most colleges are taught in English. Four Nobel laureates are associated with the university, and it is the only tertiary institution in Hong Kong with recipients of the Nobel Prize, Turing Award, Fields Medal and Veblen Prize sitting as faculty in residence.

Construction of the new campus continued throughout the 1960s to a development plan produced by W. Szeto and Partners. Above the valley occupied by Chung Chi College, on two plateaux formed by granite quarrying for the Plover Cove dam, the quarters for the other two colleges would flank the Central Campus housing administrative buildings and other shared facilities. Some of the most iconic buildings on campus, like the University Library, were built in this period along the monumental axis of the University Mall in the subdued concrete aesthetic for which the school is known. The School of Education, which would later become a faculty, was founded in 1965. The Graduate School, the first in Hong Kong, was founded in 1966 and the first batch of master’s degrees were awarded the following year.

CUHK ranks 49th in the newly released Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022, leaping forward seven spots from last year and breaking into top 50 for the first time. The table is based on 13 performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance in five pillars including teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and industry income. The University also shines in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021, where it takes the joint first place in the list of Hong Kong’s universities, a testament to its excellence in teaching and research.

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