Global Cambridge in Hong Kong

Global Cambridge in Hong Kong

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  • Panorama of Central, Hong Kong, looking over Victoria Harbour
Meet your fellow alumni and hear about the University's world-leading research at Global Cambridge in Hong Kong.
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 - 6.00pm to 8.30pm HKT
Open to: 
Alumni and guests

Join the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen J. Toope (Trinity 1983), and a distinguished panel to discuss: ‘Tackling the challenges of sustainable urban development'.

Our confirmed panellists are:

  • Dr Helen Bao — Senior Lecturer in Real Estate Finance and Director of International Relations, Department of Land Economy
  • Professor Paul Linden (Emmanuel 1968) — Director of Research and G.I. Taylor Professor Emeritus of Fluid Mechanics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

After the panel discussion, continue the conversation and network with other attendees over drinks and canapés.


Dr Helen Xiaohui Bao

Dr Helen Bao

Dr Helen Bao is a Senior Lecturer in Real Estate Finance in the Department of Land Economy, and a Fellow in Economics at Newnham College. She also oversees international exchange programmes in her capacity as the Director of International Relations in the Department. 

Dr Bao teaches quantitative research methods, and its applications in land economy, for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Prior to joining Cambridge, she taught statistics and operation management courses at the School of Business, City University of Hong Kong, where she obtained her PhD degree in statistics.  Dr Bao’s research areas include behavioural sciences, real estate finance, corporate finance, housing economics and land use policies.

Dr Bao has co-authored a number of studies on the property markets and spatio-temporal urban land use patterns of China and Hong Kong. Her publications include a case study on the potential of new-type urbanisation planning in Liuzhou, which focused on balancing the natural endowment with the maximisation of land resources in the city, which is located on the banks of the Liu River. She has published extensively in top academic journals in her field, including Real Estate Finance, Land Use Policy, Habitat International, Cities, and the Journal of Real Estate Research.

Professor Paul Linden

Professor Paul Linden

Professor Paul Linden (Emmanuel 1968), Director of Research and G.I. Taylor Professor Emeritus of Fluid Mechanics at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Professorial Fellow Emeritus of Downing College.

Professor Linden’s research focuses on environmental fluid mechanics. His research group conducts experimental and theoretical research on problems associated with the environment, and the processes that affect and are impacted by climate change. His work addresses some of the biggest global challenges, including food and water security, energy use and the impact of rapid population growth.

Professor Linden is also project lead and principal investigator for the transdisciplinary MAGIC Project, which is seeking to prevent air pollution becoming the leading global cause of mortality (projected to be the case by 2050 without improvements to the air quality in cities).

As part of the Project team, Professor Linden is rethinking how heating, ventilation and cooling systems are used within cities. The Project brings together academics in areas such as applied mathematics, architecture, engineering and geography from the Universities of Cambridge, Surrey and Imperial College London with industrial partners, and others including Zhejiang University in China. One example of this joint working was the use of Reduced Order Modelling, as part of a collaboration by Imperial College and Chinese partners IAP, to indicate pollutant release from over 100 coal power plants across 55 densely populated cities, including Beijing.

Alumni information: 
Emmanuel 1968, Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

About the Global Cambridge series

The Global Cambridge event series showcases the excellence and diversity of Cambridge's research and scholarship, and its contribution to society through new ideas, discoveries and innovation.

In 2018, we'll also be visiting Beijing, Cardiff, Dublin, Geneva, Mumbai and Singapore.

Cambridge and Hong Kong

Closeup of Hong Kong on a map

The University values its relationship with Hong Kong, recognising our shared past and an exciting future.

Today there are more than 2,370 alumni in the area and 14 officially recognised alumni groups, including the Friends of Cambridge University in Hong Kong and Oxford and Cambridge Society of Hong Kong. Cambridge alumni from SAR Hong Kong include Carrie Lam (Wolfson 1982), Chief Executive of Hong Kong.

Some of the University’s key strategic partnerships are with colleagues and institutions in Hong Kong. For example, researchers at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) Centre for Medical Law and Ethics are working closely with Cambridge’s Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences to address the legal and ethical issues arising from medical and social innovation. Researchers from Cambridge and the University of Hong Kong are also collaborating with the China Disabled Persons Federation (CDPF) and Peking University (PKU) on China SCORE, a large-scale study to investigate Autism Spectrum Conditions.

In autumn last year a new lectureship in the Department of Land Economy was announced, which will be funded through a gift of £1m to the Department of Land Economy by the Pecan Foundation Limited, a charity organization founded by Dr Justin Chiu. Dr. Chiu is a Senior Visiting Fellow of the Department of Land Economy, and is currently an Executive Director of Cheung Kong Asset Holdings Limited in Hong Kong. The funding will also support an ambitious new research and engagement programme in Chinese urban development.

"This exciting new position will help further our understanding of the dynamics of Chinese urbanisation and its role in economic development, as well as the pressures it creates on planning and sustainability,” said Head of Department Professor Colin Lizieri. “Both our research and our teaching will benefit hugely from these insights, and the post will allow us to deepen our relationships with business leaders, policy-makers, researchers and our alumni…”

Corpus Christi College Event

Following the Global Cambridge Hong Kong event on Wednesday 28 March a dinner with the Master will be held for Corpus Christi members at 8.30pm in the Mirage Bar and Restaurant (inside the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel). Please register online to confirm your attendance. 

Darwin College Event

Darwn alumni and their guests are invited to join the Master Mary Fowler, the Vice-Master Martin Jones and Development Director Samuel Venn for an alumni reunion dinner on Saturday 24 March from 7pm at The China Club in the Old Bank of China Building. See more information and register online

Hughes Hall Event

A dinner with the President (Dr Anthony Freeling), Senior Tutor (Dr Philip Johnston), and Development Director (Lena Milosevic) will take place on Monday 26 March from 6pm for Hughes Hall alumni at The Hong Kong Golf Club. Please complete the registration form and RSVP by sending it to Martin Mak to confirm your attendance. 

Jesus College Event

A drinks reception with the Master will take place on Monday 26 March from 6pm for Jesus College members at Members Bar, Hong Kong Club, Central. Please register online to confirm your attendance. 


King's College Event

King's alumni, friends and their guests are invited to join the Provost, Professor Michael Proctor, and his wife Julia for drinks and dinner on Tuesday 27 March from 7.30pm at The Hong Kong Bankers Club. See more information and RSVP

St John's College Choir Concert

All alumni and their guests are warmly invited to attend a concert by the Choir of St John's College Cambridge on Tuesday 27 March  - 8.00pm to 10.00pm at Hong Kong City Concert Hall. See more information and book

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£20 per person


Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel
1 Harbour Road
Hong Kong
Hong Kong S.A.R., China