Chairman of the UIC Council
Professor Xu Jialu
Prof. Xu Jialu is the former Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress. He graduated from Beijing Normal University in 1959 and remained as staff member and, later, Chairman of the Faculty of Chinese Language until 1987. From 1987-1994 Prof. Xu was Vice-President of Beijing Normal University and a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress. Subsequently, he was named Chairman of the Working Committee on Language and Linguistics under the NPC and Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of NPC. With numerous publications on language and linguistics, Prof. Xu is an authority in the field. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Hong Kong Baptist University.
President of UIC, Chair Professor
Professor Tang Tao
Professor Tang Tao obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Peking University in 1984, followed by a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Leeds in 1989. Widely known for his expertise in computational mathematics, high-order methods and adaptive grid methods, Professor Tang belongs to the winner’s circle in mathematics, many times over.
Among his numerous honours are the Feng Kang Prize for Scientific Computing, First Prize in the Natural Science category of Tertiary Institutions Science and Technology Awards courtesy of China’s Ministry of Education, and Second Prize in the National Natural Science Award.
Among his various influential leadership positions, he was proud of having served as President of the Hong Kong Mathematical Society, and as a seasoned editor of numerous peer-reviewed journals.
Professor Tang’s honours are as international as they are multiple. They include election as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). In 2017 came his crowning glory when he was elected as Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. A year later, he was an invited speaker at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM). Being asked to address the ICM is considered one of the highest honours for a mathematician.
Long a faculty member at Simon Fraser University, Canada, between 1990 and 1998, he subsequently served at Hong Kong Baptist University from 1998 to 2015, in a variety of key roles, from Head of the Department of Mathematics, Dean of Science, Director of Graduate School, to Associate Vice-President. Before joining UIC, Professor Tang was the Vice-president and Provost at the Southern University of Science and Technology as well as its Chair Professor of Mathematics.
Present at the creation of the College, as a founding member of the UIC Council, Professor Tang helped guide the fledgling institution to its maturity. It could be said that his history with the College has come full circle, beginning service on its Council at its infancy and culminating in its Presidency when it has reached full-fledged status.
Provost, Chair Professor
Professor Chen Zhi
Prof. Chen is an internationally acclaimed scholar and researcher in Chinese Studies. His diversified interests in Chinese Studies include classical studies and early Chinese culture and history, historical writings, traditional Chinese poetry, excavated documents and paleography: bronze inscriptions and bamboo and silk writings, and intellectual history of the Ming and Qing dynasty.
In addition to his remarkable scholarship, Prof. Chen is also an experienced university administrator. Apart from being the Head of Department of Chinese in HKBU between 2010 and 2013, Prof. Chen was Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts between 2015 and 2017, held the Associate Directorship of Institute of Creativity between 2011 and 2017 as well as the Directorship of Mr. Simon Suen and Mrs. Mary Suen Sino-Human Institute between 2011 and 2014. Between 2012 and 2014, Prof. Chen was appointed Acting Director of Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology and became the Director from 2014 to present.
Vice President (Academic), Dean of Division of Science and Technology
Professor Huang Huaxiong
Prof. Huang received his BSc in mathematics from Fudan University and PhD from the Institute of Applied Mathematics at the University of British Columbia. He was a full professor at York University before joining UIC.
Prof. Huang is one of the leading industrial applied mathematicians in Canada with an international reputation. His research covers a wide range of topics, including fluid mechanics and scientific computing, with applications in finance, biology, physiology and medicine. He has published over 100 papers and serves on the editorial board of several academic journals.
Prof. Huang was a JSPS visiting fellow at the University of Tokyo, a three-time Erskine Visiting Fellow at the University of Canterbury, and a visiting professor at the University of Paris VI. He was a recipient of the Canadian Industrial and Applied Mathematics Society-Fields Institute Industrial Mathematics Prize, and a lifetime fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in the Mathematical Sciences, where he served as the Deputy Director between 2016-2019.
Party Secretary of the College Party Committee, Vice President (Administration)
Professor Mao Yaqing
Professor Mao Yaqing is an education expert who received his PhD Degree from Beijing Normal University. He is the Deputy Head of the National Working Group of Experts on the Training of Primary and Secondary School Principals, and Vice Chairman of the National Association for the Training of Primary and Middle School Principals. He is also the Director of the Research Centre of Principal Leadership at the Beijing Normal University, and a senior visiting scholar of London University as well as the University of Michigan. Professor Mao’s research mainly covers education leadership, school management improvement and quality of higher education and management. He has published over 10 books and more than 100 papers on recognised periodicals. In 2005 and 2010 respectively, both from Ministry of Education of China, Prof Mao received The New Century Excellent Talent Award and Outstanding Research Award of China Academic Humanities and Social Sciences.
Vice President (Research and Development), Chair Professor, Dean of Graduate School,
Director of Research Development and Knowledge Transfer Office
Professor Jia Weijia
Prof. Jia Weijia obtained his Doctorate of Science from the Polytechnic Faculty of Mons, Belgium. He was a Professor at the Department of Computer Science in City University of Hong Kong. Between 2014 and 2017, he served as the Zhiyuan Chair Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Shanghai Jiaotong University, China. From 2018 to June 2020, he served as Chair Professor of the University of Macau and the Deputy Director of State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City.
In acknowledgement of his scientific achievements, Prof. Jia was elected as a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a National Distinguished Professor and a distinguished member of China Computer Federation (CCF). He is also a Member of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Prof. Jia has long been engaged in the research of computer science, enjoying a high reputation in areas such as AI and Big Data, Men-Machines-Things Knowledge Graph Completions, Smart City and IoT Designs, Next Generation Networking and Communications, and Fog Computing. With 14 books/chapters and over 500 top-tier journal/conference papers to his credit, he received over 9965 citations with an H-index of 54. As a successful fund-applicant, Prof. Jia had obtained substantial research funding as Principal Investigator (PI). He also took on a number of journal editorships, including IEEE Transactions on Parallel & Distributed Systems, Computer Communications etc.
Associate Vice President (Student Development)
Professor Stella Cho
Prof. Stella Cho is a seasoned accounting academic. She earned her Ph.D. degree from the University of Hong Kong. Prof. Cho’s teaching and research interests are in taxation and corporate governance. She has published several books in her profession-related areas and her research papers were widely published in many internationally referred journals as well. Prof. Cho was a member of the editorial board of the Asia Pacific Journal of Taxation. Between 2008 – 2020 academic years, she served as the first Dean of the Division of Business and Management, UIC. Prior to joining UIC, she taught at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for years. She has rich experience in university management, teaching, research, and professional & public services, both in Hong Kong and the Mainland.
Prof. Cho is renowned for her contribution in the accounting profession in both the HKSAR and the Mainland. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a fellow member of a number of professional accountancy bodies including HKICPA, ACCA, TIHK, HKSI, SCAA, just to name a few. Prof. Cho has served the HKICPA as an elected Council Member for ten terms and the President of HKIAAT for three terms. She was elected as a member of the HKSAR Election Committee (Accountancy Sub-sector) for three terms. Prof. Cho was appointed by the HKSAR Government to serve in many government committees, review panels, appeal boards. Currently, she is an appointed member of the Panel for Public Interest Entities Auditors Review Tribunal, and the Deposit Protection Appeals Tribunal. In 2016 and 2019, she was appointed as a member of the 1st and the 2nd Advisory Board of Accounting Standards for Business Enterprises, Ministry of Finance, P.R.C. respectively. In 2017, she was appointed as the Vice President of Accounting Society of Zhuhai. She was elected as a member of the 4th Council for the Promotion of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Cooperation in 2018, and the Deputy Director of its Accounting Profession Committee in 2019.
Associate Vice President (Internationalization), Dean of Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chair Professor
Professor Adrian Bailey
Prof. Bailey was Chair Professor of Geography and Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences in Hong Kong Baptist University before joining UIC. He is a distinguished geographer, acquiring his PhD in Geography from Indiana University, USA in 1989 and was elected as the Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) in 2013. Over the last five years, the broad research agenda of Prof. Bailey has focused on migration, health and well-being, and life course theory.
Previously, Prof. Bailey was Associate Professor of Geography (with tenure) at Dartmouth College, USA between 1989 and 1999, and Professor of Migration Studies at the University of Leeds, UK between 1999 and 2010. He joined the Department of Geography in Hong Kong Baptist University in 2010.
In addition to his scholarship, Prof. Bailey also has a wealth of experience in university administration at a senior level. Apart from his current deanship, he has taken on diverse roles of importance, including Head of the Department of Geography, Head of the School of Geography, Director of Center for Advancement of Social Science Research and Acting Director of the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI).
Professor Li Jianhui
Prof. Li Jianhui received his Bachelor’s Degree from Jilin University and MPhil Degree from Beijing Normal University. He was conferred a PhD by Peking University. Prior to joining UIC, Prof. Li was Deputy Director of the Office of Graduate Training of the Graduate School and has served as Vice Dean of the College of Philosophy, Beijing Normal University for two years. Since 1996, Professor Li has been invited as visiting scholar to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Harvard University, the University of California Berkeley, the University of Oxford, Needham Research Institute of Cambridge and Utrecht University.
Prof. Li’s research is in the area of philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of biology, and social studies of science. His research was supported by the National Social Science Foundation as major programme, key programme, and general programme, respectively. He published over 8 books and more than 60 papers. Two books were awarded as excellent achievements of Beijing Philosophy and Social Science Award, and another book was awarded as excellent achievement of University Research Award of Ministry of Education (Humanity and Social Science).
Managing Director for Finance and Administration
Mr Nelson Chan
Mr Nelson Chan completed his Higher Diploma in Accountancy at HK Polytechnic in 1977. After graduation, he worked in KPMG Peat Marwick and then the Asia Headquarter of Reader's Digest for a total of 27 years until 2004, rising to the rank of Regional CFO for the latter's Asian operations. Since 2004, he has been a business and financial consultant providing services to joint venture deals in China, business mergers, US reporting and IPO, etc. When time permitted, Nelson also lectured in universities in a number of cities in China and participated in mentoring programmes for accountancy students in Hong Kong.
Nelson is a fellow member of the HK Institution of Certified Public Accountants and also a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in UK.
Dean of Division of Business and Management, Chair Professor
Professor Steve Wenbin Liu
Prof. Steve Liu earned his Ph.D. degree from University of Leeds, England. He began his academic career at Central South University, China, and taught successively at Imperial College, England from 1991 to 1994, followed by the University of Kent, England since 1995. With a wealth of experience in administration and management, he was appointed as the Head of Management Science Sector of Kent Business School and the Director of Joint Research Centre for Anglo-Chinese Business and Management.
Besides his deanship and Chair Professor position at DBM, Prof. Liu is serving as a Professor of Beijing Normal University, the Chair Professor in Management Science and Computational Mathematics, Kent Business School, University of Kent, the Overseas Professor in Evaluation Centre, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and the Overseas Assessor for management and mathematics, CAS.
Prof. Liu’s main research areas are in Management and Computational Mathematics, specifically in productivity and performance analysis, scientometrics and research evaluation, numerical partial differential equations, and computational optimal control. Over 200 of his research papers have been published or accepted for publication, mostly in major international journals. He has also taken up the Editorships of several journals, including Omega - The International Journal of Management Science, Information Process Management, and Journal of Research Management, etc.
Dean of Division of Culture and Creativity
Professor Holger Briel
Professor Holger BRIEL is Dean of the Division of Culture and Creativity. He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Theory from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University Michigan, Ann Arbor and a B.A. in English and German from Eberhardt-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany. A portion of his graduate studies was also undertaken at the Université de Paris, Sorbonne. Previously, Dr Briel has taught at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, the University of Innsbruck, New York University Skopje, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Surrey, Indiana State University and Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University . He has held numerous Visiting Professorship positions and lectured at Oxford, UC Berkeley, Ateneo de Manila, the National University of Malaysia, the National University of Singapore, Universität Rostock and many others. He has been Vice-Rector and Dean at New York University Skopje and is the recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships. He is also a well published academic with several books, book chapters and peer reviewed articles on Media and Cultural Studies, the Social Sciences, Tourism and Management Studies to his name. He is the Editor of the IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies and sits as Editor and Joint Editor on several journal boards. He is a member of the EU Council for Higher Education and has supervised several Ph.D. dissertations and numerous Master level theses.
Assistant to President, Director of Institutional Development Office
Ms Lilian Li
Ms Lilian Li graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in China and the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in New Zealand, and got her dual Master's Degrees in Western Music Theory and Art Management.
She used to work for the Chinese National Academy of Arts and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. In 1998, she established a piano school in Zhuhai and has developed it into a famous local piano training organization.
In 2010, Lilian achieved recognition as a Prominent Educational Worker by the Zhuhai Municipal Government, and was elected as the Chair of Zhuhai Female Intellectuals Association in 2013.
Assistant to President, Head of President and College Office, Administration Director of Graduate School
Ms Ashura Lam
After obtaining her Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Ms Ashura Lam furthered her studies and fields of research across multiple disciplines. She was awarded a Juris Doctor degree as well as a Master of Science in New Media by The Chinese University of Hong Kong, in addition to becoming a Master of Arts in Language Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Ms Lam possesses extensive experience in administration and committee servicing in universities of Hong Kong and Mainland China. Before assuming her current responsibilities, she served as the Director of UIC's Academic and Administrative Quality Assurance Office and Assistant to Vice-President (Academic).