College of Business
AACSB International EQUIS - European Quality Improvement System

CB to lead an impactful Theme-Based Research Scheme project on health care

Message from the Dean:

Dear colleagues

I am most delighted to share with you that the Research Grant Council (RGC) has approved our Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS) project on health care with a grant amount of HKD 20.45 million (see RGC announcement).

The RGC has completed the fourth round exercise of the Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS). In the exercise, RGC received a total of 37 preliminary proposals. 18 applications were shortlisted for submission of full proposals and 11 proposals were selected for interview.  Finally, only four proposals were funded and our proposal on Hong Kong health care system was one of them. This mission-driven research initiative is a joint-institutional effort to be led by CityU in collaboration with Columbia U, CUHK, Curtin U, Lingnan U, HKU, HKUST, and PolyU. I would like to congratulate Prof Frank Chen, the Project Coordinator, for his great effort in assembling a cross-disciplinary team of specialists from Hong Kong and international academia, comprising:

TBRS Project title:

Delivering 21st Century Healthcare in Hong Kong –
Building a Quality-and-Efficiency Driven System

Project Coordinator:


Prof Frank Chen, Acting Head (MS)

Co-Principal Investigators:


Prof KS Chin, Prof KK Lai, Prof KL Tsui,
Prof Houmin Yan, and Prof Kelvin Yau

Columbia U:

Prof David Yao


Prof Eliza Wong and Prof XQ Cai


Prof George Huang


Prof HQ Ye

Co-Investigators/ Collaborators:


CityU, CUHK, Curtin U, HKU, HKUST,
Lingnan U, and PolyU

This research project comes at an opportune time when Hong Kong healthcare systems face major challenges brought by an ageing population, the changes in the prevalence of diseases as well as the perceived inefficiency in service delivery across different Hospital Authority clusters. All of this calls for in-depth research studies on problems in two areas: (1) hospital resource planning, (2) healthcare data analytics, to address a common theme – "better care at affordable cost."

The College of Business has been focusing on impactful and cutting-edge research. This multi-disciplinary theme-based project is exemplary in demonstrating our research effort on major societal issues. My sincere thanks go to all colleagues (including Co-Investigators – Dr Q Hu, Prof YV Hui, Prof JB Kim, Dr Yanzhi Li, Dr KY Lin, Prof N Singpurwalla, Dr Y Yu, and Prof L Zhao) who have contributed to the development of this research proposal.

Group Photo
From left: Dr Yanzhi Li, Prof Houmin Yan, Prof Jeong-Bon Kim, Prof Yer Van Hui, Dr Carrie Lin, Prof Kelvin Yau, and Prof Frank Chen

Best regards
Professor Houmin Yan
Dean, College of Business