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Established under the Constitution and By-laws of Chinese International Education Foundation (formerly known as Confucius Institute Headquarters) and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), the Confucius Institute of Hong Kong (CIHK) shall adopt a system in which the Director, appointed by and under leadership of the Council, shall assume the main responsibility for the Institute’s overall operation and administration. CIHK is governed by the Council, PolyU and the professional and cultural sectors in Hong Kong.

Currently the Chair of the Council of CIHK is Professor Chu Hung-lam, Chair Professor of Chinese Culture at PolyU. Professor Chu was appointed in April 2018. The incumbent Director of CIHK is Professor Han Xiaorong, Head of Department of Chinese Culture, PolyU. Professor Han took up the directorship in November 2019.

CIHK established two research centres, namely the Research Centre for Chinese History and Culture and the Research Centre for Chinese Language Teaching, in March 2013 to enhance its research capability. The Directors of the above two research centres are Professor Chu Hung-lam and Dr Li De-chao respectively.

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