Academic and Professional Bodies
Our faculty members engage in a wide spectrum of community service on different platforms. They hold leading positions in academic and professional bodies. To name a few:
- Professor Chen Yongqin of the Department of Geography and Resource Management has been elected as the next President of the Professional Association for China's Environment (PACE) for a two-year term in 2011-12.
- Professor Catherine A. McBride of the Department of Psychology was elected in 2010 to be the Vice President (and then President-Elect, President, and Past President, each for 2 years) of the Society for the Scientific Studies of Reading, an organization made up of over 1000 people interested in reading-related research around the world.
- Professor Cheung Yuet Wah, Chairman of the Department of Sociology, has been elected as the President of the Hong Kong Sociological Association (HKSA) for a two-year term from December 2010.
Some of our faculty members play significant roles in advising the Hong Kong SAR Government on a wide range of policy issues. For instance:
- Professor Chen Yongqin of the Department of Geography and Resource Management has been appointed by the Director of Hong Kong Observatory as a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee for a period of two years for 2011-12.
Many of our faculty members make remarkable contributions to the community, and have received prestigious honours or recognitions. For example :
- A research team led by Professor Zhu Jingxiang of the School of Architecture developed an integrated light-structure system for the reconstruction of New Bud Primary School at Xiasi village in Sichuan's Jiange County. Since the old buildings suffered from serious damage in the earthquake, the students had to walk for an hour to attend classes in another school. With the support of the Hong Kong Dragon Culture Charity Fund and the CUHK New Asia Sichuan Redevelopment Fund, the new school was established in just two weeks and has been in operation since September 2009.
- Professor Cheung Yuet Wah of the Department of Sociology was awarded a Medal of Honor by the Government of the HKSAR on 1 July 2008 for his contribution in the study of the substance abuse problem in Hong Kong.