Research Centers


South China Research Center
The South China Research Center is a cross-disciplinary research institute that aims to establish academic connections among scholars and institutions in South China studies, with HKUST as the nexus of a network for scholars to exchange findings, share archival and folk documents, hold conferences and organize field research in the region. In collaboration with universities in Guangdong, Fujian, and Jiangxi Provinces, the “South China Research Resource Station System” has been established to facilitate the collection and publication of source materials and research aids. The Center publishes Fieldwork and Documents: South China Research Resource Station Newsletter (quarterly), Journal of History and Anthropology (biannual), and a Documentary Series. Workshops, lecture series, conferences and postgraduate seminars on the history and societies of South China, social history and cultural anthropology, and heritage education are held to foster academic exchanges. The Center has established an interface between universities and secondary schools to foster secondary school teachers’ exposure to forefront ideas, theories, research methodologies, and source materials related to Hong Kong history and liberal studies. In 2007, the Center established the Pan-Pearl River Delta Research Station in Fok Ying Tung Graduate School in Guangdong’s Nansha, concentrating on research, teaching and academic exchanges on culture and society in the Pan-Pearl River Delta region.


Center for Chinese Linguistics
Established in October 2003, the Center for Chinese Linguistics promotes the study of the history and evolution of the Chinese language, with an emphasis on the theoretical implications of the investigation as well as its relevance to practical applications. Personnel of the Center consist of the linguistics faculty and also visiting scholars in the Division of Humanities. The Center aims at achieving the following objectives: (a) to conduct intensive research on the Chinese language; (b) to offer a rigorous graduate program in Chinese linguistics; (c) to house major databases and corpuses pertaining to languages in China; (d) to make expertise in the Center available to other teaching and research units in Hong Kong and elsewhere; and (e) to serve as a regional hub and to promote cooperation among scholars in the Greater China region and across the world.