Strategic Directions

The Faculty’s strategic direction places heavy emphasis on collaborative research efforts; Faculties and departments are not silos, they are an inextricable part of the University community, just as universities are a part of the wider community and international fields of knowledge. Regionally and internationally we also pride ourselves on our world-class researchers who continue to engage in a plethora of collaborative research initiatives, public-private partnerships, world-class seminars and symposia, community workshops, and public outreach. 

Areas of Excellence
Theme-based Research Scheme

Project Coordinator: Prof Benjamin COWLING (2019)

Project Coordinator: Prof Chung-mau LO (2019)

Project Coordinator: Prof Zhi-wei CHEN (2018)

Project Coordinator: Prof Maria Li LUNG (2017)

Project Coordinator: Prof Suet-yi LEUNG (2016)

Project Coordinator: Prof Irene Oi-lin NG (2016)

Project Coordinator: Prof Patrick Chiu-yat WOO (2015)

Project Coordinator: Prof Paul Kwong-hang TAM (2014)

Project Coordinator: Prof Joseph Sriyal Malik PEIRIS (2014)

Project Coordinator: Prof Kathryn S.E. CHEAH (2012)

 Project Coordinator: Prof Hung-Fat TSE (2011)

WHO H5 Reference Laboratory

The Centre of Influenza Research at HKU is one of 12 laboratories worldwide designated as a WHO H5 reference laboratory. Its mandate is to provide international reference laboratory services and training onH5 and other animal influenza viruses with zoonotic potential, to provide WHO with data and risk assessment relevant to such zoonotic threats and advice on selection of relevant viruses for pre-pandemic vaccine development. As part of these responsibilities the HKU laboratory takes part in the twice yearly WHO influenza vaccine strain selection meetings. Over the years the HKU laboratory was involved in providing assistance and training to countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia.

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HKU Strategically Oriented Research Themes (SORTs)

Research and innovation form a core pillar of HKU's academic endeavours and the University is committed to sustaining areas of excellence, cultivating areas of growth and encouraging cross-institutional collaborations. The University's Strategically Oriented Research Themes (SORTs) serve as a key mechanistic element of HKU's research strategy and encompass areas not just of strength, but also ambition and potential: