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HKBU Research Strategy

Aspiring to be a leading, research-led, liberal arts University in Asia, Hong Kong Baptist University is committed to conducting world-leading investigations that extends the frontiers of knowledge, tackle global challenges and benefit the community at home and abroad. 

Pursuing research excellence is one of the priorities of the University’s Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-2028. The University keeps enhancing its capacity and strength to produce world-class research with an aim to bring significant impact to the society. The University will achieve this by:

  • developing clusters of strength to maximise knowledge outputs and impact 
  • focusing resources on strategic clusters 
  • building up research human capacity as well as broaden and deepen research training 
  • enhancing the learning experiences of scholars and postgraduate students 
  • supporting diverse approaches to scholarship 
  • addressing community needs through applied research 
  • developing research collaborations with strategic partners around the world 
  • producing new knowledge that improves people’s lives

Interdisciplinary Research Clusters

Encompassing HKBU’s research strengths, the University has formed research clusters in three key areas to underpin interdisciplinary research and theme-based research, for promoting research excellence and knowledge/technology transfer:

1. Creative Media/ Practice 

Film, literary arts, music, visual/ media arts

Creative Media/Practice

2. Health and Drug Discovery 

Chinese medicine, chemistry, microbiology, ageing, physical education

Health, and Drug Discovery

3. Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence 

In applications such as data-journalism, data-healthcare and data-literature

Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Core Group Committee - Membership List

Presentation by Interdisciplinary Research Clusters

Faculty Niche Research Areas

In addition to the University-wide Interdisciplinary Research Clusters, each Faculty embraces their own niche research areas to increase the overall research capacity of the University:

Faculties  Faculty Niche Research Areas


Well-being, Value, and the Public Good:

1. Minority Studies/Marginalized Populations Studies 
2. Creativity, Self, and Society
3. Performance Studies
4. Chinese and Cross-cultural Health Humanities
5. Framing Public Culture
6. Anthropocene Studies

Academy of Visual Arts

Public Art and Social Engagement


Corporate Sustainability


Media and Communication Studies


Environment-Health and Data Analytics

Chinese Medicine

Innovative Drug Discovery and Development Based on Chinese Medicines

1. Precision Medicine and Phenomics
2. Translational Medicine and Innovative Drug Discovery
3. Authentication and Testing of Chinese Medicines

Social Sciences

Smart Societies:

1. Environmental and Urban Systems
2. Populations and Well-being
3. Learning, Praxis and Governance