With its rapid development in different parts of the world, traditional Chinese medicine is playing an increasingly important role in the health care systems in many countries. Against this backdrop, the School of Chinese Medicine of the Hong Kong Baptist University established the Cheung On Tak International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Medicine in 2011. The objectives of the Award are to recognise scientists and scholars with groundbreaking and internationally recognised achievements in advancing the internationalisation of Chinese medicine or Chinese medicine research, and to promote the internationalisation and modernisation of Chinese medicine for the benefit of the global community.
Established with a generous donation from the Cheung On Tak Charity Foundation, the Award is named after Mr. Cheung On Tak. Conferred biennially to one to two awardees, the Award carries a total monetary prize of HK$500,000.
The Cheung On Tak International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Medicine is conferred biennially on scientists and scholars with groundbreaking and internationally recognised achievements in advancing the internationalisation of Chinese medicine and/or in Chinese medicine research. The Fifth Award may confer awards on one to two scholars and is presented to individuals only.
Research groups or management teams are not eligible for the Award. Should a research team be considered to have made outstanding achievements, consideration should be given to nominating the team leader for the Award. In the event that an awardee passes away after the announcement of the grant of the award to him/her, the prize will be given to his/her estate.
A nominee shall meet one or more of the criteria listed below:
The Fifth Award carries a monetary prize of HK$500,000. In the event of the conferment of two awards, the prize money will be shared equally between the two awardees. Each awardee will also receive a trophy and a certificate.
The nomination procedures of the Fifth Cheung On Tak International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Medicine are as follows:
For nomination by academic institutions or other organisations
For nomination by scholars
A Panel of Adjudicators comprising scholars and scientists in related fields from different parts of the world set up by the Hong Kong Baptist University is responsible for selecting the awardee(s) of the Fifth Award. The Panel of Adjudicators is headed by a chairperson and comprised of a minimum of four other members. The chairperson and at least three of the members of the Panel shall be external persons, viz. non-Hong Kong Baptist University persons. The chairperson and the Panel members shall be appointed by the Hong Kong Baptist University, normally for a term of two years (for one Award exercise).
The School of Chinese Medicine of the Hong Kong Baptist University shall form an Award Secretariat to service the Panel of Adjudicators and be responsible for matters pertaining to the operation and promotion of the Award. The Panel of Adjudicators shall meet to select the awardee(s) from among the qualified nominees by taking into consideration relevant factors including, inter alia, the nominees' contribution to the Chinese medicine sector, achievements in advancing the internationalisation of Chinese medicine, and academic/professional influence in the international arena.
The Panel of Adjudicators shall conduct the selection in an independent, impartial, and fair manner and keep the discussions at Panel meeting(s) as well as all documents and information pertaining to the Fifth Award in strict confidence. The Panel of Adjudicators has the discretion to solicit expert opinions from professionals outside of the Panel.
Information on the awardee(s) and the grounds for granting the Award to the awardee(s) will be posted on the Award webpage for public scrutiny. If any named person lodges an objection to the results of the selection in writing with reasons, the Executive Committee of the School of Chinese Medicine of the Hong Kong Baptist University shall consider and decide on the appeal, and the Panel of Adjudicators shall then decide on the final awardee(s) by majority votes.
Secretariat of the Cheung On Tak International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Medicine
School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University
4/F, Jockey Club School of Chinese Medicine Building
7 Baptist University Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Tel : (852) 3411-2077 / (852) 3411-2900
Fax: (852) 3411-2902
Web Page: https://scm.hkbu.edu.hk/cm-award