H.K. Chang - President-Emeritus, City University of Hong Kong
Keynote address: Belt and Road and AI 2025
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CHANG Hsin-Kang (H. K. Chang)
Professor H.K. Chang received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from National Taiwan University (1962), M.S. in Structural Engineering from Stanford University (1964) and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University (1969).
Having taught at State University of New York at Buffalo (1969-76), McGill University (1976-84) and the University of Southern University (1984-90), he became Founding Dean of School of Engineering at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (1990-94) and then Dean of School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh (1994-96). Professor Chang served as President and University Professor of City University of Hong Kong from 1996 to 2007.
In recent years, Professor Chang has taught general education courses at Tsinghua University, Peking University, China-Europe International Business School in Beijing and Bogazici University in Istanbul.
Besides being President Emeritus of City University of Hong Kong, he is an Honorary Professor at Peking University, Tsinghua University and several other major universities in China.
Professor Chang has published over 100 research articles and two research treatises in biomedical engineering and holds one Canadian patent. In addition, he has published 13 books in Chinese and 2 books in English, mainly on education, cultures and civilizations. His academic interests now focus on cultural exchanges across the Eurasian landmass, particularly along the Silk Road.
Professor Chang is a Foreign Member of Royal Academy of Engineering of the United Kingdom and a Member of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences.
He was named by the Government of France to be Chévalier dan L’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur in 2000, decorated as Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques in 2009, and was awarded a Gold Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2002.
Professor Chang served as Chairman of the Cultural and Heritage Commission of Hong Kong (2000-2003), a member of Hong Kong’s Council of Advisors on Innovation and Technology (2000-2004) and of Judicial Officers Recommendation Commission (1999-2005).
He is currently an independent non-executive director of Hong Kong Telecom Trust, Hang Lung Proerties, Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) and Nanyang Commercial Bank.