CUHK has, since its inception in 1963, played a significant part in the cross-fertilisation of Chinese and Western academic and cultural traditions. Its first student exchange programme was launched in 1965 with the University of California. Since then, student exchange programmes have been established with over 200 institutions.
The University has over the years set up and maintained partnerships with a large number of institutions around the world, including universities, research institutes, centres of learning, governmental agencies and regional and international associations of higher learning. Its efforts in developing links and research collaborations with educational and research institutions in the world, including those in Mainland China and Taiwan, are vigorous and consistent.
As a leading international university, CUHK works closely with a wide range of organizations, and is a member of the Worldwide Universities Network, a founding member of the Asia Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE), and a number of other key educational bodies.