PolyU establishes Research Centre for Chinese History and Culture
With the aim of promoting Chinese culture and history, strengthening national education, and enhancing the pride of local youth and their sense of belonging to the Nation, PolyU has established the Research Centre for Chinese History and Culture.
The establishment of the Centre represents an important milestone in PolyU’s commitment to serving Hong Kong and the Nation through education, research and social engagement. At the Opening Ceremony, Mr Kevin Yeung Yun-hung (front row, centre) and Mr Zhang Guoyi (front row, third from right) were among the distinguished guests. Standing at the back row are the members of the Centre’s Advisory Committee, as well as scholars from PolyU’s Department of Chinese Culture.
The Centre’s Opening Ceremony was held in January 2023 and was officiated by Mr Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Mr Zhang Guoyi, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Publicity, Cultural and Sports Affairs of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. They were joined by Dr Lam Tai-fai, Council Chairman of PolyU; Professor Jin-Guang Teng, PolyU’s President; Professor Wing-tak Wong, PolyU’s Deputy President and Provost; and Dr Miranda Lou, PolyU's Executive Vice President. Additionally, Professor Peng Gang, Vice President of Tsinghua University, participated via video conferencing.
The establishment of the Research Centre by PolyU will facilitate the promotion of Chinese history and cultural education on campus as well as in Hong Kong, helping our young people to learn and understand our country’s history.
~ Mr Kevin Yeung, Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism
PolyU is committed to nurturing a new generation of young people who love the Nation and Hong Kong, who are aspirational, have a global perspective and adopt positive values. We believe that one should learn and understand the Nation’s history and culture in order to love and contribute to the motherland.
~ Dr Lam Tai-fai, Council Chairman of PolyU
Partnering with the Institute of Humanities of Tsinghua University
At the same event, PolyU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Humanities of Tsinghua University. The MoU was signed by Professor Li Ping, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities of PolyU and Professor Zhong Weimin, Chairman of the Department of History of Tsinghua University.
Under the MoU, the two parties will collaborate in various areas including training teachers, editing teaching materials, conducting thematic research, and organising joint seminars, with a view to enhancing academic exchange and promoting Chinese culture together.
Aspiring to become an influential academic institution in humanities and striving to promote Chinese culture, the Research Centre has gained the support of local top historians or leading advocates of cultural development, who form its distinguished panel of advisors. Together with the Advisory Committee Chairman Dr Lam Tai-fai, they will offer guidance and recommendation on the development of the Research Centre.
Advisory Committee for the Research Centre for Chinese History and Culture
Dr Lam Tai-fai
Council Chairman of PolyU
Mr Kenneth Fok Kai-kong
Member of the Legislative Council
Dr Louis Ng
Museum Director of the Hong Kong Palace Museum
Dr Chan Man-hung
Honorary Curator of Jao Tsung-I Academy
Professor Joseph Ting Sun-pao
Adjunct Professor and Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Department of History at The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Professor Cheng Pei-kai
Former Director of the Chinese Civilisation Centre and Emeritus Professor at City University of Hong Kong
Professor Elizabeth Sinn
Honorary Professor of the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Hong Kong
Since the 2022/23 academic year, PolyU undergraduate students are required to study a subject related to Chinese history and culture to enhance their interest towards Chinese heritage and identification with the Nation through systematic education.
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