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About Us

Institute of Future Cities (IOFC) established in 2013, which aims to create a hub for researchers in diverse fields to collaborate in examining a wide range of past and present urban issues and to collectively envision, research and advocate innovative approaches to shape future cities to be environmentally friendly, economically prosperous and socially just. The Institute serves as a research hub for local as well as international scholars; a base to enhance learning and teaching for CUHK and; a dynamic Institute for evidence-based knowledge transfer as well as an Institute that vibrates with positive energy and hope in the construction of sustainable future cities.


To develop IOFC into an Institute of excellence, a leading multi-disciplinary research Institute in Asia with significant impacts on academic research and urban theories and practices including policy, plans and design especially in Hong Kong, mainland China and Asia. It will also play a key networking role between the international urban research communities and the Chinese ones in Asia.


A Multidisciplinary Hub

The Institute serves as a multidisciplinary research platform to facilitate innovative, collaborative and/or comparative research work and to serve as a learning site on research methodologies and consultation approaches in Hong Kong, the Pearl River Delta and beyond.

A Teaching & Learning Platform

The Institute provides a learning and training platform for students, interns or even professionals in Hong Kong and mainland China, to nurture them to think BIG from multidisciplinary perspectives with both local/regional/national knowledge and global outlook.

A Knowledge Transfer Centre

Members of the Institute offer advice and influence government policy-making through solid and evidence-based research work. It also serves as a social learning centre to educate citizens and empower communities through theoretical and practical research innovation.

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