CUHK - History and Mission

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The Birth of a World Class University

The Chinese University of Hong Kong originated from three private post-secondary colleges - Chung Chi College, New Asia College and United College, which were all established after 1949 to carry on in Hong Kong the Chinese tradition of learning.

In 1959, the Hong Kong government announced plans to create a new university through the integration of these three colleges. A panel of distinguished educators headed by the Rt. Hon. Lord Fulton of Flamer, then Mr. John Scott Fulton, was appointed in 1962 to follow up on the plans.

The Report of the Fulton Commission was published in 1963, recommending the establishment of a new university with the three colleges as foundation colleges. The Chinese University of Hong Kong Ordinance was subsequently passed in September the same year, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong became a legal entity on October 17, 1963.

The fourth college, Shaw College, came in to being in 1986 with the enactment of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Declaration of Shaw College) Ordinance.

Over the years, CUHK has developed into a comprehensive research university. It now has an enrollment of over 16,000 students and offers more than 1280 postgraduate and undergraduate programmes through its graduate school and eight faculties: namely, Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science and Social Science.

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Student Exchange and Study Abroad at CUHK

CUHK was the first university in Hong Kong to have student exchange and study abroad programmes. The University's first exchange students came from the University of California in 1965. With increasing interest from many institutions abroad to study at CUHK and in Hong Kong, CUHK's International Asian Studies Programme was launched in association with the Yale-China Association in 1977.

Over the years, CUHK has established and maintained relationships with a large number of institutions over the world. Student exchange programmes have developed rapidly at the department-level, college-level and university-level. The University now has close to 110 exchange partners and is sending some 300 students abroad each year. In return, CUHK receives about 400 exchange and study abroad students every year.