Faculty Highlights

July 16, 2021

Linguistic and Paediatric researchers from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have developed a test to predict infants’ future language ability by electroencephalography (EEG). It could indicate to parents at the earliest possible time that intervention may be needed to reduce the severity of potential language impairment as well as to optimise language learning for all children.


The team led by Professor Patrick Wong, Stanley Ho Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Professor of Linguistics, along with Professor Ting Fan Leung and Professor Simon Lam of the Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK (CU Medicine), has devised a method which uses a simple EEG test to forecast language developmental outcomes. The team enrolled 118 infants up to 12 months of age from Chinese-speaking families, and administered an EEG test to measure how an infant’s nervous system responded to different Chinese speech sounds while...

July 15, 2021

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to announce the results of the Research Grants Council’s General Research Fund (GRF) and Early Career Scheme (ECS) for 2021-22.

The GRF aims to supplement the eight UGC-funded universities’ own research support to researchers who have achieved or have the potential to achieve research excellence, while the ECS is intended to nurture junior academics and to prepare them for a career in education and research.

This year, a total of HK$ 9.5 million is awarded to 23 projects under the Faculty of Arts. Besides the 16 GRF projects from various disciplines, the Faculty is pleased to note a record breaking 80% success rate in our ECS applications, which reflects the remarkable academic and research potentials of junior colleagues. Professor Gladys Tang, Associate Dean of Arts (Research), congratulated all awardees for their success in grant application. She looks forward to hearing about the fascinating research outcomes. As she says,...

July 9, 2021

Professor Zhao Zhenkai (Bei Dao), Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Arts, was awarded the 2nd Yakamochi Medal in Japan, on 3 July 2021.


The Yakamochi Medal was founded in 2017, on the occasion of the 1300th anniversary of the birth of the 8th century Japanese poet Otomo no Yakamochi, to recognise the achievements of the world’s greatest poets. The selection committee consisted of six literary experts, and Professor Zhao was selected as the winner from 109 candidates recommended by national literary scholars, poetry experts and poets across 24 countries and regions.


Susumu Nakanishi, the Chairperson of the Yakamochi Medal Selection Committee, wrote, “Bei Dao is an expert user of metaphors and an expert at commanding language on a large scale. In his poems, there are often two "I"s in dialogue. One is the "I" that exists as a flesh body, which is expressed as a "melody" composed of history, background, and landscape; one is the "I" that...

June 18, 2021

We are delighted to announce that Dr Cai Xuanhui, Lecturer of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, has received the Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award 2020 in recognition of her commitment and contributions to the teaching of Chinese language and literature.

Dr Cai is deeply honoured to receive the award. She said, “We teachers should treat our students like our own children. Our job is to serve as a stepping stone to help our students’ development, leading them the way for a bright future.”

Dr Cai shares her teaching philosophy. “I always apply different instructional strategies to promote deeper learning,” said Dr Cai. “When I teach the development of Chinese literature, I use literature as the starting point to encourage students to rethink social developments. Reading articles from different perspectives can also facilitate students’ understanding of the diversity of thoughts,” said Dr Cai. “Young people with broad knowledge base and...

April 21, 2021

Professor Lai Chi Tim, Professor of the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies and Associate Director (Executive) of Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), has received the Second-class Thesis Award for his work “Cultivating the Mind and Refining the Inner Nature: Lüzu’s Commentary on the ‘True Scripture of the Marvelous Wonder for the Supreme Mysterious Merit’《修心煉性 ── 〈呂祖疏解無上玄功靈妙真經〉白話註譯》” in the 8th Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards (Humanities and Social Sciences) from the Ministry of Education (MoE).


The Award is to recognize outstanding research projects and is presented to individuals who have made remarkable contributions in the areas of humanities and social sciences. Professor Lai is a scholar in religious studies, specializing in Daoism, history of religions, and social scientific theories of religion.


A brief summary of the book “Cultivating the Mind and...