Ensure - Joint Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Resiliance University of Exeter China University of Hong Kong



The University of Exeter and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) launched a new £1.9 million (HK$20m) joint research center named “CUHK – University of Exeter Joint Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Resilience” (ENSURE) on the 5 June 2018 at CUHK.

The first of its kind in Hong Kong, this joint endeavor aims to embark on large, impactful interdisciplinary collaborations to tackle emerging issues related to a changing environment and human health and wellbeing. ENSURE will serve as a platform for international academic exchange, promoting policy-related works, and nurturing the next generation of young researchers to address sustainable development challenges.

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Mission Statement

Our joint mission is to embark on large-scale inter-disciplinary collaboration designed to provide sustainable solutions to today’s most important societal challenge: how can we ensure resilience in the face of evolving interactions between ourselves and our environment?

By promoting highly integrated approaches to understanding the impacts of complex interactions between physical and socioeconomic processes, ENSURE will result in world-leading, high-impact research addressing emerging environmental threats including climate change, air, and water pollution, and biodiversity loss.

A Long-term Partnership

Drawing on the complementary strengths of the two universities – the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability at CUHK and the Environment and Sustainability Institute at the University of Exeter – the two Universities enter into this long-term partnership to strengthen research impact and visibility globally. This joint research center reflects our common vision in promoting interdisciplinary research excellence which delivers benefits by tackling grand challenges and fulfilling societal needs globally.

“As universities, and as a community, we are working together to tip the scales towards positive change. We are immensely proud of the outstanding work of our research communities in the area of climate change. According to a recent Reuters list, the University of Exeter has the UK’s five most influential climate scientists – all in the top 21 in the world.   The city of Exeter, with the University and our partners at the Met Office, is clearly a globally-recognised hub of research and innovation in climate science. ENSURE is pioneering, and brings together our strengths with the wealth of expertise at CUHK. Together we have a unique opportunity to provide transformative solutions and make a real difference worldwide.”

“CUHK is committed to addressing the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the betterment of Hong Kong and the worldwide community. We are proud to establish ENSURE with the University of Exeter, a member of the elite Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities in the UK which commands a leading position in climate, health, and environmental research. With strong expertise from both universities, I am confident that we will be able to find solutions to sustain a liveable environment and to ensure safe access to food, water, and air in the coming century.”

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The Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability (IEES), established in 2011, aims to promote multidisciplinary environmental research and education at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

Through integrating CUHK’s strengths of various cognate disciplines, IEES aspires to build synergy to address some of the most pressing issues confronting the long-term sustainability of human society. IEES endeavors to work in collaboration with industrial, government and non-government organizations as well as different community stakeholders to build a better environment for our future generations.

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