International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building

Professor Dr. Alan K.L. Chan

Professor Alan K.L. Chan is Provost and J.S. Lee Professor of Chinese Culture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).   He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Canada, in Chinese and comparative philosophy and religion.  Prior to joining CUHK, Professor Chan was Toh Puan Mahani Idris Daim Chair Professor of Humanities at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, where he also served as Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and from January 2018, as Vice President. Before joining NTU, Professor Chan was the Associate Provost (Undergraduate Education) at National University of Singapore (NUS).   While at NUS, Professor Chan twice received the Teaching Excellence Award.  Professor Chan’s relationship with CUHK began in 2005 when he was invited to visit the Research Institute for the Humanities for an academic term. Professor Chan’s research focuses on Chinese philosophy and religion, and hermeneutics and critical theory.  Professor Chan is currently a member of the Board of Directors, International Confucian Association, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, member of the Governing Board of CUHK, Shenzhen as well as a member of the Hong Kong University Grants Committee.  His online module, “Explorations in Confucian Philosophy,” a MOOC on Coursera has attracted over 10,000 learners.