Bringing the SDGs to Life

icon date s Tuesday 27 Jul 2021


At the Chinese University of Hong Kong, we are determined to make a difference. Universities have a crucial role to play in solving the world’s social and environmental problems, and CUHK has fully embraced this challenge. We are committed to working across borders and disciplines to generate innovative and impactful knowledge that supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Through world-class research, teaching and public engagement, CUHK is providing global leadership towards achieving the SDGs.

Closer to home, we educate the socially responsible leaders of tomorrow about sustainability issues and have set the goal of becoming a carbon neutral university by 2038.

Explore how we are tackling sustainability challenges at CUHK.




Grow the future: Unlocking genetic codes for sustainable agriculture

Promoting sustainable agriculture is vital to achieving zero hunger, eliminating poverty and tackling the global challenge of climate change. Researchers from the State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology (CUHK) have made a number of ground-breaking achievements including applying state-of-the-art genomics technologies to the cultivation of soybeans, the most eco-friendly food staple, to help alleviate looming problems in world food security and planetary health.

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Promoting wealth and health for an ageing global population

As life expectancy increases globally, special attention will be required to secure the needs of the elderly to ensure that everyone can enjoy good health and wellbeing. Over the past decade, CUHK researchers have been pioneering work on longevity, health and retirement security which has shaped inventive policy solutions with potential for worldwide adoption.

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Joining forces in the fight against climate change

Taking truly effective climate action will require a high degree of global co-operation. That’s why CUHK has teamed up with the University of Exeter to create a joint inter-disciplinary research centre, the first of its kind in Hong Kong, which is now successfully driving high-impact breakthroughs in climate research.

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Creating smart and sustainable cities of the future

Worldwide trends towards urbanisation mean that sustainable cities and communities must be at the heart of future solutions to global challenges. CUHK’s multi-disciplinary Institute of Future Cities envisions, researches and promotes innovative approaches for making the cities of tomorrow sustainable, prosperous and socially just.

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Building a better battery: the quest for clean energy

Developing new technologies for affordable and clean energy will be critical for meeting the needs of a growing population globally while also meeting carbon reduction targets. CUHK Engineering’s cutting-edge research has now made possible a whole new generation of safe, low cost and environmentally friendly batteries.

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Driving positive change with partners and the public

As a champion in sustainability, CUHK is committed to working collectively and engaging with the public to take meaningful action towards the SDGs. We have established the world’s first Museum of Climate Change, and proudly serve as a co-host of the Hong Kong Chapter of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network, exemplifying our commitment to bringing the SDGs to life.

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The articles in this webpage were prepared by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and published by Times Higher Education as an electronic direct mail.  Enquiries about individual articles may be made to CUHK’s Office of Academic Links.


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