Research & Knowledge Exchange

As a research-intensive university, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) is one of the most prestigious institutions internationally recognized for its academic excellence, receiving a wide variety of awards bestowed by bodies in China and around the globe. HKU will continue to make positive and far-reaching difference in the world with its research facilities in both Hong Kong and China.


Among all UGC-funded institutions, HKU is home to the highest number of members of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), with a total of 14 CAS members since 1995 and 4 CAE members since 1997.

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Members

Year ElectedNameDepartment
2019Professor Zhao GuochunEarth Sciences
2015Professor N. MokMathematics
2015Professor Xiang Zhang
(as Foreign Member)
President's Office
2009Professor L.C. Tsui
(as Foreign Member)
Vice-Chancellor's Office
2003Professor A.G.O. Yeh

Urban Planning and Design

2003Professor A.T.Y. ChwangMechanical Engineering
2001Professor D.S.Y. TongPhysics
2001Professor V.W.W. YamChemistry
2001Professor J.C.Y. Leong

Orthopaedics and Traumatology

1999Professor Y.C. Cheng

Vice-Chancellor's Office

1999Professor K.F. So

Anatomy Professor

1999Professor H.F. KungInstitute of Molecular Biology
1999Professor Y.K. Cheung

Civil Engineering

1995Professor C.M. CheChemistry
Note: The above list gives the title and the Department of academicians at the time of initial membership or appointment in HKU.

Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) Members

Year ElectedNameDepartment
2007Professor K.Y. Yuen


2005Professor S.T. FanSurgery
2003Professor C.F. Lee

Civil Engineering

1997Professor C.C. ChanElectrical and Electronic Engineering
Note: The above list gives the title and the Department of academicians at the time of initial membership or appointment in HKU.

State Key Laboratories

HKU also has the largest number of State Key Laboratories of any local institution as approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China.

Shenzhen Institute of Research and Innovation

With the support of the Shenzhen Municipal Government, the University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Institute of Research and Innovation (HKU-SIRI) was established in March 2011 and has played an indispensable role since then in elevating research at HKU and expanding research efforts China. It is the mission of HKU-SIRI to transfer science and technology from Hong Kong to the Mainland to foster industry research and development for greater impact.

HKU-SIRI endeavours to promote hi-tech knowledge transfer and industry incubation. It is also keen to introduce key laboratories, research centers and cultivate interdisciplinary research talents to strengthen the partnerships in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area and the entire Chinese industry. 

More information can be found on HKU-SIRI website.

Zhejiang Institute of Research and Innovation

The University of Hong Kong Zhejiang Institute of Research and Innovation (HKU-ZIRI) is a tactical initiative of HKU to establish research-led, innovation-driven enterprise fostering ties between HKU and local enterprises in Zhejiang, the technology development frontier of Mainland China. 

HKU-ZIRI provides a platform for translational research and collaboration with industry in five strategic themes, namely smart materials, alternative energy, sustainable energy, biomedical interfaces, and advanced manufacturing. The institute also brings tremendous breakthroughs to the academic domain to convert research of world-class setting into intellectual property that drives the knowledge-based economy and bridges the gap between typical academic research in the universities and corporate R&D.

More information can be found on HKU-ZIRI website.