The Faculty of Humanities of PolyU launched the Yuen Ren Chao Prize in Language Sciences to honour scholars and researchers who have made distinguished contributions to language sciences and to inspire future generations of scholars and students in language science research.


This international award is named after the late Professor Yuen Ren Chao, widely regarded as the father of modern Chinese language studies. His significant academic contributions have left an indelible mark on humanities research and education, influencing scholars in China, Asia and around the world.


The launch ceremony of the Prize


The launch ceremony of the Prize

Renowned artistsDr Warren Mok andMs Bing Bing Wangperformed thesongs composedby Prof. Chao.

Renowned artists Dr Warren Mok and Ms Bing Bing Wang performed the songs composed by Prof. Chao.

PolyU central management team, joined by Professor Li Ping, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities; and Professor William Wang Shi-yuan, Chair Professor of Language and Cognitive Sciences; officiated the launch ceremony along with distinguished guests including Dr Louis Ng Chi-wa, Director of Hong Kong Palace Museum; Professor Ovid Jyh-Lang Tzeng, Academician of Academic Sinica; Dr Warren Mok, Artistic Director of Opera Hong Kong and renowned tenor; Ms Bing Bing Wang, renowned soprano; and Professor Xu Jie, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Macau.


The ceremony opened with a welcoming remark by Professor Jin-Guang Teng, President of PolyU, saying that “the Prize will serve as a crucial catalyst in fostering greater linguistic and cultural understanding in the years to come.” Dr Louis Ng, Professor William Wang, Professor Ovid Tzeng and other distinguished academics gave their insights and sharing on Professor Chao’s academic achievements and contributions.

Two awards are to be given biennially

During the event, Professor Li Ping announced that two awards under the Prize will be presented biennially, starting in 2024. They are the Lifetime Achievement Award and Early Career Contribution Award, to senior and junior scholars who have made distinguished contributions to research and education in language sciences, respectively.


Click here to learn more about the Chao Prize.