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Fong Shu Chuen Building, Yale-China Chinese Language Centre

The 60s          

The predecessor of CLC was established as a private language school by Mrs. Jennie MAK LING to teach Cantonese to expatriates in Hong Kong.

CLC received generous support from the New Asia College and the Yale-China Association and was officially named as the "New Asia--Yale-in-China Chinese Language Center". CLC moved into the former New Asia College campus at Farm Road, Kowloon. The Chinese University of Hong Kong was established as the second university in Hong Kong. CLC started to teach Mandarin (Putonghua).


CLC Director in service, Dr. Francis S. HUTCHINS, representative of the Yale-in-China Association in Hong Kong.


CLC Director in service, Mr. Ming LIU.

The 70s


CLC began to offer courses to CUHK students (both local and International).

The 80s


The grand opening of Fong Shu Chuen Building, donated by the Fong Shu Fook Tong Foundation, the major premises of CLC to achieve its education mission.

The grand opening of Fong Shu Chuen Building


Mr. Ming LIU, who had served as the CLC Director for 21 years, retired. During his service, the reputation of CLC grew together with CUHK.



Mr. Cheuk-sang HO served as the acting Director.


The 90s


The grand opening of Fong Yun Wah Hall, CLC's multi-functional hall.

The grand opening of Fong Yun Wah Hall

Prof. John C. JAMIESON from the University of California at Berkeley, US, served as the CLC Director until his retirement in 2001.

2000 to Present


Dr. Weiping WU, a linguist from the Center of Applied Linguistics in Washington DC, US, served as CLC Director until his retirement in 2020.

The 40th anniversary of CLC and CUHK.

The 40th anniversary of CLC and CUHK

The commencement of the four major academic activities of CLC (the Language Assessment Project (LAP), the Curriculum Revision Project (CRP), the Teaching Materials Project (TMP), and the Teacher Training Project (TTP)) and the establishment of the Academic Activities Division (AAD).

Commencement of the use of Tsim Sha Tsui classrooms for CLC's part-time programmes.



CLC became part of the Faculty of Arts under the new name "Yale-China Chinese Language Centre". On the same year, the Centre organized the first state level Business Chinese Test (BCT).


The University Programme Section moved to K.K. Leung Building.


The 50th anniversary of CLC and CUHK. CUHK held the state-level Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) for the first time.


The relocation of the down-town learning centre from Tsim Sha Tsui to Jordan.


Prof. HOYAN Hang Fung, Carole, Associate Professor of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, took over as the CLC Director after the retirement of Dr. WU Weiping.

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