Calendar 2003–04

75 Liaison with the World of Learning The University has, since its inception in 1963, striven to enhance the cross- fertilization of Chinese and Western academic and cultural traditions. To this end, the University has established and maintained over the years relationships with a large number of institutions the world over, including universities, research institutes, centres of learning, governmental agencies, and in particular, regional and international associations of universities. It is also an active member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning, the International Association of Universities, the European Association for International Education, the US Institute of International Education, and the Association of University Presidents of China (AUPC). The University has also been serving as one of the secretariat offices to AUPC since its founding in 1997. The Committee on Academic Links devises the academic linkage policy of the University which is implemented and coordinated by the Office of Academic Links (OAL). OAL is responsible for the management and development of academic linkages in support of the University’s academic priorities. Its work can be categorized into three areas: international links, China links, and exchange programmes for students and faculty members. The University’s first exchange programme was launched in 1965 with the University of California system. Since then student exchange programmes have been established with over 100 institutions in other parts of the world. Apart from the UC system, exchange partners include Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania in the USA, Waseda University and Kyushu University in Japan, Yonsei University in Korea, and the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto in Canada. There are also exchange agreements with institutions in mainland and Taiwan, Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the UK. The University is also a member of the International Student Exchange Programme and the University Mobility Asia and the Pacific, and runs a popular International Asian Studies Programme (IASP) that has already attracted over 2,700 students from 29 countries to study at CUHK. Work on international linkages has resulted in the setting up of joint research projects, symposiums and conferences, and faculty exchanges. The international character of the University has been significantly enhanced by foreign government contributions to a number of instructional programmes. In addition, staff exchanges and development programmes are maintained through agreements with respective governments and exchange organizations. Visiting lectureships have been provided by the governments of France, Germany, Italy,