SDG 16| Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
CUHK is committed to building a fair, diverse and inclusive university community for all, where the perspectives of each and every member are respected and can be robustly debated. In order to achieve this goal, the University has established a set of policies and initiatives. We also provide educational outreach activities to policymakers and lawmakers so as to promote peace, justice, and strong institutions in Hong Kong and beyond.
44 related courses were offered in the 2021–22 academic year.
CUHK firmly upholds the principles of free speech and academic freedom. Members of the University have complete freedom to engage in academic discussions on any topics. They should express their views through peaceful, rational, respectful and legal means, and take responsibility for their words and deeds.
A culture of diversity and inclusion is vital to the realization of the core values of CUHK and should be pursued in all practices of the university community. The Diversity and Inclusion Policy was established in 2020 to set out the Principles of Community which ensure equal opportunities, value diversity and promote inclusion.
The University established a Committee against Sexual Harassment and formulated a Policy Against Sexual Harassment. The Committee initiated a sponsorship programme that encourages individual CUHK students, staff and student unions and associations to organize activities that enhance awareness among the university community of the need to eliminate sexual harassment and foster a positive attitude towards gender equality and mutual respect.
Enforcing the Principles of Community
To realize the CUHK Principles of Community, the Diversity and Inclusion Office (DIO) organized various events in 2021, including the Diversity and Inclusion Week, the D&I Ambassadors Programme and the Diversity and Inclusion Pledging Ceremony. These activities increased the university community’s understanding of diversity and inclusion and displayed CUHK’s commitment to building a diverse and inclusive campus.
The Committee against Sexual Harassment regularly organizes engagement activities, including online quizzes, training modules, talks, workshops, seminars, courses and exhibitions, to raise the awareness of staff and students about behaviour that may constitute sexual harassment and to provide them with a good understanding of the University’s policies and procedures to prevent sexual harassment.
Debating cross-border legal issues
The Cross-Border Legal Issues Dialogue Seminar Series is the key initiative of CUHK’s Centre for Comparative and Transnational Law. The series provides a forum for practitioners, academics, businessmen and the general public to debate cross-border legal issues. Besides speaking regularly at these seminars, leading practitioners and academics also contribute to research projects conducted by the Faculty of Law.
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