Professor Rocky S. Tuan, a biomedical scientist, has been named the new vice-chancellor and president of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He will serve for six years, starting Jan. 1 next year.
His appointment was unanimously approved by the CUHK Council at a meeting on Tuesday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
He will replaced Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung, who has occupied the post since July 1, 2010. Sung will continue to serve as professor of medicine and therapeutics at CUHK’s medical faculty.
Tuan served as a member, and then chairman, of the Biology and Medicine Panel of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. He is currently working as a biomedical scientist at the University of Pittsburgh in the US state of Pennsylvania.
Tuan, born in Hong Kong, has also been serving as a distinguished visiting professor and director of the Institute for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at CUHK.
He shared his vision for the university with CUHK students, staff and alumni in meetings earlier this month. He said he expects to hold sincere and constructive discussions with various parties.
He aims to accomplish 3Es – education, excellence in research and engagement – during his term.
He also hopes to promote research that is beneficial to society, and make CUHK an influential university.
Tuan also said he envisions CUHK as a “home outside home”, where CUHK members who leave the university will still consider it their hometown.
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