4 December 2017

CUHK Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies and Global China Research Programme Jointly Present Public Lecture Series on the Belt and Road Initiative



The Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (HKIAPS) and Global China Research Programme (GCR) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) jointly organized two public lectures to facilitate communication between those from the land-based Belt and the Maritime Silk Road countries, on 14 and 22 November 2017 on CUHK campus. Prof. Wang Gungwu, University Professor, National University of Singapore and Prof. Peter Frankopan, Professor of Global History, University of Oxford were invited to give keynote speeches and have a dialogue with Prof. Leung Yuen-sang, Dean, Faculty of Arts, CUHK and Prof. David Faure, Wei Lun Research Professor of History, CUHK, respectively. Each lecture was attended by over 300 guests. Prof. Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK, delivered the introduction to both lectures. 

Prof. Wang Gungwu is the adviser of the GCR. The topic of his speech was ‘Silk Roads and the Centrality of Old World Eurasia’. Prof. Peter Frankopan visited CUHK in 2015 as the keynote speaker of the International Conference on Hong Kong and the World under the Belt and Road Initiative. This time he spoke on ‘Plotting the Future of the Belt and Road Initiative: Connections, Opportunities and Challenges’.

The public lecture series aimed to promote public engagement with and education about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and also served as a platform for scholars, think tanks and people all walks of life in the Belt and Road countries and regions to enjoy intellectual exchanges. The guests at the lectures included Honorary Senior Research Fellows of HKIAPS, Mr. Lam Woon-kwong and Prof. Wong Chack-kie; Honorary Research Fellow of HKIAPS, Dr Louie Kin-shuen; GCR Advisers, Prof. Lau Siu-kai and Prof. Wong Siu-lun and others. Representatives of consulates-general from the Belt and Road countries, including Kuwait, Pakistan and Saudi-Arabia; officers from the Education Bureau, the Principal of St. Paul College, Mr Dennis Yuen, and teachers and students from King George V School also attended the public lectures. 

It is hoped that through these lectures, public understanding of the historical development of the BRI will be furthered, and more discussion on the role of Hong Kong in the BRI will be created.

Prof. Wang Gungwu, University Professor, National University of Singapore
Prof. Wang Gungwu, University Professor, National University of Singapore

Prof. Wang Gungwu (left) has a dialogue with Prof. Leung Yuen-sang, Dean, Faculty of Arts, CUHK.
Prof. Wang Gungwu (left) has a dialogue with Prof. Leung Yuen-sang, Dean, Faculty of Arts, CUHK.

Prof. Wang Gungwu (4th right) poses for a group photo with guests attending the lecture.
Prof. Wang Gungwu (4th right) poses for a group photo with guests attending the lecture.

Prof. Peter Frankopan, Professor of Global History, University of Oxford
Prof. Peter Frankopan, Professor of Global History, University of Oxford

Prof. Peter Frankopan (left) has a dialogue with Prof. David Faure, Wei Lun Research Professor of History, CUHK.
Prof. Peter Frankopan (left) has a dialogue with Prof. David Faure, Wei Lun Research Professor of History, CUHK.

Prof. Peter Frankopan (5th left) poses for a group photo with guests attending the lecture.
Prof. Peter Frankopan (5th left) poses for a group photo with guests attending the lecture.

Each lecture was attended by over 300 guests.
Each lecture was attended by over 300 guests.

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