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***¡@Press Release *** City University opens Hong Kong's first Advanced Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Studies



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[12 January 2011, Hong Kong] Globalization has increased complexity of societal problems around the world, so that a single disciplinary-based research alone is no longer sufficient to current problems. City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has established the Hong Kong Advanced Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Studies (HKAICS), the first trans-disciplinary research institute in Hong Kong to reflect on solutions to challenges facing societies around the globe and here in Hong Kong. The opening ceremony of HKAICS took place on 12 January 2011 at City University of Hong Kong.

Cross disciplinary approach to solve current problems

CityU's HKAICS encourages a culture of openness towards pure and applied sciences and collaboration between the humanities and social sciences. It aims to serve as a regional hub for trans-disciplinary knowledge transfer.

HKAICS brings together academics of various disciplines from around the world to promote the exchange of ideas through seminars, workshops and conferences. HKAICS has an International Advisory Board composed of eminent scholars and public figures to manage and advise on the development of the Institute.

The areas of research of the institute are partly inspired by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong and international research agency priorities. Area of interest includes 5 fields: sustainable development of society and human impact on the environment; risk management and representation; health and well-being in transcultural and transhistorical contexts; innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship across cultures; coloniality and its epistemological and societal consequences.

The establishment of the Hong Kong Advanced Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Studies marks a new milestone in the development of CityU. It also presents the highest research and teaching ambitions of CityU, sponsoring and encouraging creative and innovative research projects that weave together diverse disciplinary approaches. The objective is strategic academic excellence and capitalization of established strengths and links with regional and global networks. Professor KUO Way, President of CityU said.

Mr Edward YAU Tang-wah, Secretary for the Environment of HKSAR said in his remarks the establishment of HKAICS is an important step to provide international and local scholars a research platform from different dimensions. HKAICS will be a partner of the HK government on public and social policy research, to tackle social issues such as climate change, air quality and energy supply from a cross-disciplinary angle.

Professor Gregory LEE, Director of HKAICS and Dean of College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at CityU, added, one of the major objectives of the Advanced Institute is to transcend disciplinary boundaries and to show how the hard and "soft" sciences can work together fruitfully for the benefit of society in general and the local community. And what the Advanced Institute can contribute to a transdisciplinary tendency is the development of new approaches through filtering down top-level research in new emerging areas such as environmental humanities and health humanities, but also a reflection on such issues as a shifting away from the old 20th century eurocentric vision of international relations.

Opening ceremony supported by local and foreign guests

Guest of honor include Mr. Edward YAU Tang-wah, Secretary for the Environment of Hong Kong, Dr. Christine LOH Kung-wai, CEO of Civic Exchange and International Advisory Board member of HKAICS, Professor KUO Way, President of CityU, Professor Horace IP Ho-Shing, Acting Vice-President (Research & Technology) of CityU, Professor Gregory LEE, Director of HKAICS and Dean of College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, CityU.

Other guests are Mr. Ambassador Hans CORELL, Former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations and the International Advisory Board member of HKAICS, Professor Olivier CHRISTIN, Chair Professor at Neuchatel (Switzerland) University, Former President of University of Lyon (Lumiˆore) and International Advisory Board member of HKAICS, Professor Paul CRAWFORD, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Professor at Nottingham University and International Advisory Board member of HKAICS, Professor Sean CUBITT, Professor of Global Media and Communications at University of Southampton, and Professorial Fellow in Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne and International Advisory Board member of HKAICS, Professor Walter MIGNOLO, William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature at Duke University and International Advisory Board member of HKAICS, Dr. Sharon T. FREEMAN, President of Lark-Horton Global Consulting; The All American Small Business Exporters Association (AASBEA); Americans, Chinese, and Africans Connecting (ACAC) and International Foundation for Trade and Investment Skills Development, and Honorary Fellow of HKAICS, Professor ZHAO Baisheng, Professor and Director of the Institute of World Literature, Peking University and Honorary Fellow of HKAICS, Professor LI Shizheng (Duo Duo) Chinese poet, Winner of Neustadt International Prize for Literature, Professor of Hainan University and Honorary Fellow of HKAICS.

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***¡@Press Release    *** City University opens Hong Kong's first Advanced Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Studies
***¡@Press Release    *** City University opens Hong Kong's first Advanced Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Studies