XU Jialu, Professor
Chairman of the UIC Council
Professor 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 Professor Xu Jialu 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, Professor Xu Jialu is an authority in the field. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Hong Kong Baptist University.
TANG Tao, Chair Professor
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. 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 roles, from Head of the Department of Mathematics, Dean of Science, Director of Graduate School, to Associate Vice-President. Before joining UIC, Professor Tang Tao was the Vice-president and Provost at the Southern University of Science and Technology as well as its Chair Professor of Mathematics.
The awards and honours that he has received include the Membership of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2017, Fellow of American Mathematical Society in 2017, Fellow of SIAM in 2012, the State Natural Science Award (2nd class) of China in 2016, the Changjiang Chair Professorship by the Ministry of Education of China in 2005, Feng Kang Prize in Scientific Computing in 2003, and the Leslie Fox Prize for Numerical Analysis in 1988. He gave an invited lecture at International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in 2018.
CHEN Zhi, Chair Professor
Professor Chen Zhi 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, Professor Chen Zhi is also an experienced university administrator. Apart from being the Head of Department of Chinese in HKBU between 2010 and 2013, Professor Chen Zhi 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, Professor Chen Zhi was appointed Acting Director of Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology and became the Director from 2014 to present.
HUANG Huaxiong, Chair Professor
Vice President (Academic)
Professor Huang Huaxiong 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.
Professor Huang Huaxiong 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.
Professor Huang Huaxiong 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 and 2019.
MAO Yaqing, Professor
Party Secretary of the College Party Committee, Vice President (Administration)
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 Yaqing’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, Professor Mao Yaqing received The New Century Excellent Talent Award and Outstanding Research Award of China Academic Humanities and Social Sciences.
JIA Weijia, Chair Professor
Vice President (Research and Development), Dean of Graduate School
Professor 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 Jiao Tong 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, Professor Jia Weijia was elected as a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a distinguished member of China Computer Federation (CCF).
Professor Jia Weijia has long been engaged in the research of computer science, enjoying a high reputation in areas such as AI Algorithm, Men-Machines-Things Knowledge Graph Completions, Smart City and 5G IoT, Next Generation Networking and Communications, and Edge Computing with 14 books and over 600 top-tier journal/conference papers to his credit. As a successful fund-applicant, Professor Jia Weijia has obtained substantial research funding as Principal Investigator (PI) and has received several prizes including First Prize of Science and Technology from Ministry of Education and Best Product Award of Shenzhen Hi-tech Exhibition. He also took on a number of journal editorships, including IEEE Transactions on Parallel & Distributed Systems, Computer Communications etc.
Stella CHO, Professor
Associate Vice President (Student Development)
Professor Stella Cho is a seasoned accounting academic. She earned her PhD degree from the University of Hong Kong. Professor Stella 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. Professor Stella 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.
Professor Stella 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. Professor Stella 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. Professor Stella 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, PRC, 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.
Adrian BAILEY, Chair Professor
Associate Vice President (Internationalization), Dean of Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
Professor Adrian Bailey received his PhD degree in 1989 from Indiana University, USA and then joined Dartmouth College, USA as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1995. He moved to the University of Leeds UK in 1999 as Senior Lecturer and was promoted to Reader in 2004 and Professor of Migration Studies in 2007. In 2010 he joined Hong Kong Baptist University as Professor of Geography and Dean of Social Sciences, being promoted to Chair Professor in 2011. In 2020 he moved to Chinese mainland as Associate Vice President for Internationalization and Dean of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at HKBU-BNU United International College.
Professor Bailey’s research is on transnationalism, migration, and lifecourse theory. He has conducted a wide range of quantitative, qualitative, and ethnographic research in diverse field settings that include the US, Mexico, El Salvador, the UK, the Netherlands, Czechia, Italy, Georgia, Moldova, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and China.
The Awards and Honours received include election as Fellow (Academician) of National Academy of Academics, Learned Societies, and Practitioners in the Social Sciences, UK (FAcSS) in 2013, election as Member of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the leading Geography Honors Society for undergraduate teaching in the USA in 2004, election as Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS, UK) in 2000, and the Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Award, Indiana University, USA in 1989.
In addition to his scholarship, Professor Adrian Bailey has a wealth of experience in university administration at a senior level. He has served as Head of School or Dean since 1998 in the US, UK, Hong Kong SAR, and Chinese mainland, and as Acting Director of Center for Advancement of Social Science Research, Acting Director of the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI), and Acting Provost at HKBU.
LI Jianhui, Professor
Professor 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, Professor 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 Jianhui 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.
Professor Li Jianhui’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 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, Mr Chan also lectured in universities in a number of cities in China and participated in mentoring programmes for accountancy students in Hong Kong.
Mr Nelson Chan 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 the UK. Mr Chan holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of London.
Steve Wenbin LIU, Chair Professor
Dean of Division of Business and Management
Professor Steve Liu earned his PhD degree from University of Leeds in UK. He began his academic career at Central South University, China, and taught successively at Imperial College, UK from 1991 to 1994, followed by the University of Kent, UK since 1995. With a wealth of experience in administration and management, he was appointed as the Chair Professor and the Head of Management Science Sector of Kent Business School, as well as the Director of Joint Research Centre for Anglo-Chinese Business and Management.
Besides his positions at UIC, Professor Liu also serves as a Professor of Beijing Normal University; the Overseas Professor in Evaluation Centre, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); the Overseas Assessor for management and mathematics, CAS; the Director of the Centre for Evaluation Studies (CES) jointly established by Beijing Normal University (BNU) and BNU-HKBU United International College (UIC); the Executive Vice Director of UIC-WingChain Blockchain Research Centre; the Vice Chairman of the Chinese Evaluation Association, Chinese Society of Optimization, Overall Planning and Economic Mathematics; and the Deputy Director of CSIAM Activity Group on Financial Technology and Algorithm (planned).
Professor Steve 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. Prof. Liu’s H-index is 40. 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.
Holger BRIEL, Professor
Dean of Division of Culture and Creativity
Professor Holger Briel holds a PhD in Cultural Theory from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an MA in Comparative Literature from the University Michigan, Ann Arbor and a BA 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, Professor Holger 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 PhD dissertations and numerous Master level theses.
PAN Jianxin, Chair Professor
Dean of Division of Science and Technology
Professor Pan Jianxin received his PhD from Hong Kong Baptist University in 1996, followed by his postdoctoral fellowship in Rothamsted Research of the UK (1996-1999), research associate in University of St Andrews (1999-2000) and lecturership in Keele University (2000-2002). During his academic pursuit in the University of Manchester from 2002, he was promoted as Senior Lecturer in 2004, Reader in 2005 and Full Professor in 2006. Professor Pan had served as the Head of Probability and Statistics Group, on Senior Leadership Team of the School and the Director of Internationalization of the Department of Mathematics at The University of Manchester, UK.
Professor Pan Jianxin is an internationally renowned researcher in statistical science and his research interests are within statistical modeling, statistical learning, and data science with application to medicine, public health, finance as well as industry. He has published over 120 research articles in journals of statistics and multidisciplinary research, and three research monographs with Springer and Science Press. He was awarded fundings from various research councils including those in the UK and Europe.
Professor Pan Jianxin is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute and a Turing Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. He was the Chair of the Royal Statistical Society Manchester Group and has been serving as an Associate Editor for several prestigious academic journals. He has successfully supervised over 20 PhD students and over 50 MSc/MPhil students.
Assistant to President, Director of Institutional Development Office
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 organisation.
In 2010, Ms Lilian Li 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
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 Ashura Lam possesses extensive experience in administration and committee servicing in universities of Hong Kong and Chinese Mainland. 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).