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About SHI

About SHI

Welcome Message

Mr. Simon Suen and Mrs. Mary Suen Sino-Humanitas Institute (SHI) has been founded with generous support from many sources. First of all, we are extremely grateful to the donation of Mr. Simon Suen and Mrs. Mary Suen, whose donation allowed Hong Kong Baptist University to create the institute, and supported all its activities for the sake of Chinese studies and Sinology: holding international academic conferences, on ongoing publishing series, inviting prominent visiting scholars to HKBU, and more. Second, we are grateful to Prof. Jao Tsung-i, who has offered his precious guidance and support as well. Finally, we thank Prof. Albert Chan Sun-chi, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU; Prof. Chung Ling, Dean of the Faculty of Arts; and the numerous other members of the HKBU community who have provided encouragement and advice.   

Their support has allowed us to create this new institute, which we hope will do much to further international Sinology. We hope to use this institute as a new forum for communication and exchange among both our own researchers and scholars of Chinese culture throughout the world. Thank you.


Chen Zhi
Director of 
Mr. Simon Suen and Mrs. Mary Suen Sino-Humanitas Institute (2011-14)
(Speech at the Founding Ceremony of SHI on 2011) 
 

 

History

Since Jesuit missionaries began translating Confucian classics into Latin and modern European languages in the 17th century, there has been a rich tradition of scholarship on traditional Chinese culture in Europe. International Sinology, encompassing the Chinese scholarship of other East Asian countries like Japan and Korea, is now flourishing throughout the world. The Sino-Humanitas Institute aims to promote Sinological research and exchange between Chinese and foreign scholars throughout the world.  

With the generous support of a donation from the chairman of the SML Group, Mr. Simon Suen, and Mrs. Mary Suen, HKBU has been able to establish the “Mr. Simon Suen and Mrs. Mary Suen Sino-Humanitas Institute Development Fund,” which will sponsor the activities of the institute and related research activities. To commemorate the Suens’ gift, the university has named the institute in their honor, and appointed Mr. and Mrs. Suen as honorary directors of the institute.

Missions

There is an urgent need for greater exchange between Western Sinology and traditional Chinese learning in the global academic community. The Sino-Humanitas Institute (SHI) aims to promote international Sinological research and exchange between Chinese and foreign scholars. With the generous support of a donation from the chairman of the SML Group, Mr. Simon Suen, and Mrs. Mary Suen, a development fund was set up to sponsor the activities of the institute and related research projects.

SHI was established in 2011 with the following objectives:

1. To promote Sinological scholarship at Hong Kong Baptist University;

2. To collaborate with academic and cultural institutions in mainland China and throughout the world, to promote the values of traditional Chinese civilization and establish a forum for scholarly dialogue;

3. To increase understanding of Chinese civilization in Hong Kong society.

In order to bring together world distinguished scholars at HKBU and provide a platform for academic exchange, SHI organizes international symposiums and public lectures by prominent researchers and promising young scholars, inviting them to share their valuable views, experiences and findings with our fellow staff and students. SHI also supports publication plans to help to promote classical Chinese studies and Chinese civilization within the community.

Our People

Honorary Adviser Prof. JAO Tsung-i, GBM
Honorary Directors

Dr. Simon Suen, JP

Mrs. Mary Suen

Director Prof. Zhang Hongsheng
Research Associate Dr. Chang Jui-Lin
Visiting Scholars

Dr. Li Rui (2011)
(Beijing Normal University, China)


Prof. Zhu Yuanqing (2012)
(Shanghai University, China)

 

International advisers
(in alphabetical order by surname)

Prof. David R. Knechtges
(University of Washington, U.S.A.)

Prof. Li Xueqin
(Tsinghua University, China)

Prof. Lin Ching-chang
(Academia Sinica, Taiwan)

Prof. Michael Loewe
(University of Cambridge, U.K.)

Prof. William H. Nienhauser Jr.
(University of Wisconsin, U.S.A.)

Prof. Yu Ying-shih
(Princeton University, U.S.A.)

Prof. Yuan Xingpei
(Peking University, China)

 

Curriculum vitae of Prof. Zhang Hongsheng


Last updated on 16/11/2016