HKBU receives HK$2.5 million donation from The Jao Studies Foundation for translation of Professor Jao Tsung-i’s scholarly works

05 March 2019
 Prof. Chen Zhi expressed his gratitude for the donor's support
 Prof. Lee Chack Fan delivered a speech at the ceremony
 Prof. Lee Chack Fan and Prof. Roland Chin signed the agreement
 Prof. Roland Chin presented a souvenir to The Jao Studies Foundation
 Guests and representatives of HKBU posed for a group photo

HKBU recently received a generous donation pledge of HK$2.5 million from The Jao Studies Foundation in support of the project of translating important scholarly works of the late Professor Jao Tsung-i, GBM, Permanent Honorary Director of the HKBU Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology (JAS), into English. The project aims to promote a wider circulation and extend the influence of Professor Jao’s scholarship, thereby further consolidating the status of “Jao Studies” as a thriving and vibrant field of research. An agreement signing ceremony was held on 5 March 2019. It was officiated by Professor Lee Chack Fan, GBS, JP, Chairman of the Management Board of The Jao Studies Foundation; Professor Roland T. Chin, President and Vice-Chancellor; and Professor Chen Zhi, Director of JAS.

At the ceremony, Professor Chen Zhi expressed his deep gratitude to The Jao Studies Foundation for its generous support for the University. Professor Chen said that the best way to cherish the memories of Professor Jao was to spread “Jao Studies” continuously throughout the world, so as to promulgate traditional Chinese culture and to carry on the spirit of Professor Jao.

In his speech, Professor Lee Chack Fan appreciated JAS for taking up this challenging yet meaningful project. He expected the project could achieve a fruitful result and hoped to let more people know Professor Jao’s encyclopaedic erudition of and enormous scholarly contributions to traditional Chinese scholarship and culture.

Guests and HKBU representatives attending the ceremony included Professor Jao’s family members Ms. Veronica Yiu, Ms. Angeline Yiu, Dr. Tang Wai Hung and Ms. Michelle Cheong; Dr. Peter Cheng, Deputy Director (Research) of Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole of The University of Hong Kong; Mrs. Mary Suen, Honorary Permanent President of the HKBU Foundation; Ms. Chloe Suen, Co-Chairman of the Young Entrepreneur Committee of the Foundation; Mr. Yeung Chee Kong, Associate Vice-President (Engagement); Professor Mette Hjort, Dean of Arts; Mrs. Lily Chan, Director of University Advancement and Secretary-General of the HKBU Foundation; and Dr. Adam Schwartz, Associate Director of JAS.

The project will last for five years from 2019 to 2023. A choice of Professor Jao’s scholarly works will be translated from Chinese into English and published in five volumes by an internationally renowned academic publisher. JAS will establish an advisory board and an editorial board, both coordinated by Professor Chen Zhi. Board members will include prominent scholars from Harvard University, Columbia University, Oxford University, the University of Chicago, the University of Tokyo, Fudan University, The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University.