Research & Knowledge Exchange

As a research-intensive university, HKU fosters the ideal conditions and environment to attract and retain distinguished local and overseas scholars.. HKU has launched a number of research facilities in Hong Kong and Mainland China, and will continue to leverage these advanced facilities to create greater impact.


The Academician is the highest and most prestigious academic title bestowed in sciences and engineering in the nation. Among all UGC-funded institutions, HKU is home to the highest number of members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), with a total of 14 CAS members since 1995 and four 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

China launched State Key Laboratories (SKL) in 1984 to support advancements in basic and applied fundamental research. The primary mission of SKL is to focus innovative research on the frontiers of education, national economy, social development and national security.

With the approval of the Ministry of Science and Technology, HKU has set up five State Key Laboratories as below:

CAS-HKU Joint Laboratories

In order to promote research development proactively, HKU has established joint laboratories with the Chinese Academy of Sciences since 1997. HKU has established 5 joint laboratories with Chinese Academy of Sciences in Mainland China. 

  • SIAT-HKU-CUHK Joint Laboratory for Biomaterials
  • Shanghai-Hong Kong Joint Laboratory in Chemical Synthesis
  • HKU-CAS Joint Laboratory on Chemical Geodynamics    
  • HKU-CAS Joint Laboratory on New Materials    
  • Guangdong-Hong Kong Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research Centre

Shenzhen Institute of Research and Innovation

HKU-SIRI was established in March 2011. Founded on the strength of our distinguished faculties and scientific and technological resources, HKU-SIRI aims to pioneer cutting-edge research, promote innovation and development, and support advanced scientific achievements.

HKU-SIRI is committed to promoting high-tech knowledge transfer and industry incubation, introducing key laboratories, research centres and cultivating interdisciplinary research talent  to further strengthen the partnerships in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area and across the nation’s industries. 

More information can be found on HKU-SIRI Website.

Zhejiang Institute of Research and Innovation

Zhejiang is at the forefront of technology and innovation in Mainland China. Established in December 2012, HKU-ZIRI is a strategic initiative to establish a research-led, innovation-driven institute to foster closer ties between HKU and local Zhejiang enterprises. 

HKU-ZIRI provides a platform for translational research and collaboration with the tech industry under five strategic themes, namely smart materials, alternative energy, sustainable energy, biomedical interfaces, and advanced manufacturing.

As a major research institute in mainland China, HKU-ZIRI is committed to collaborating with leading universities and tech firms to develop innovative solutions, attract scientific talent, and engage in advanced research and development. 

For more information, please visit the HKU-ZIRI Website.