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HKBU signs MOU with prestigious international institute to start humanities research project

19 Jan 2017

Professor Johnny Poon, Associate Dean of Faculty of Arts (left), signs MOU with Dr Philippe Peycam, Director of the International Institute of Asian Studies
Professor Johnny Poon, Associate Dean of Faculty of Arts (left), signs MOU with Dr Philippe Peycam, Director of the International Institute of Asian Studies

The Faculty of Arts signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 17 January with the International Institute for Asian Studies in the Netherlands to participate in an international research project “Humanities across borders: Asia and Africa in the world”.

The four-year project, funded by US-based Andrew W Mellon Foundation, is a trans-disciplinary and transnational initiative which aims to expand the sphere of the humanities through an innovative research and educational platform that is inclusive, situational, collaborative and global.

The transnational collaborative research platform will connect over 20 Asian, African, European and North American universities and their local social and cultural partners to develop alternative pedagogies for teaching, research, and dissemination of humanistic knowledge across disciplinary, national, and social borders.

Dr Chow Yiu-fai, Assistant Professor of the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, is the principal investigator of HKBU in this project.