CityU, United Nations collaborate to advance education and research

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The City University of Hong Kong (CityU) School of Law and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to promote academic and research collaboration. The pioneering collaboration with CityU marks the first time UNITAR has entered into such an agreement with a university in the Asia-Pacific region.

Ms Isabel Hubert, Associate Director, Training Department & Head, Peace, Security and Diplomacy Unit, UNITAR and Professor Chan Chi-hou, Acting Provost of CityU, signed the Memorandum of Understanding that established the framework for future cooperation. Professor Wang Guiguo, Dean of School of Law of CityU, attended the signing ceremony and identified possible areas of cooperation including the promotion of international law.

The Memorandum of Understanding capitalises on the strengths of the respective institutions to jointly develop modern education environments by deploying the latest methodologies as well as exploring further areas of potential cooperation in education and research. The two institutions will work closely to develop curriculum materials in areas of common interest and work towards the integration of related activities. They will exchange ideas and share knowledge as they work in partnership to improve education standards.

In his welcoming remarks Professor Chan said, “As the first university in the Asia-Pacific region to enter into an agreement with UNITAR, CityU is honoured to be part of a partnership that promotes educational and research collaboration while simultaneously underscoring CityU’s status as a leading educational institution.”

“UNITAR has in the past had the pleasure of working with experts from the CityU School of Law and their contributions were well appreciated. Now UNITAR is proud to have an academic centre of excellence with the School of Law as a new partner in the Asia-Pacific region.” said Ms Hubert.

Professor Wang said, “I would like to express my greatest gratitude to UNITAR for their trust. We are confident that UNITAR and CityU will work together to achieve excellence in legal education and professional training.”

UNITAR was established in 1965 as an autonomous body within the United Nations with the mandate of enhancing the effectiveness of the work of the United Nations and its member states in the fields of environment, governance, peace and security.

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