Former CUHK Pro-Vice-Chancellor Yu Ying-shih passes away at 91

Local | 5 Aug 2021 9:24 pm

Yu Ying-shih, former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong passed away on August 1 in the US at the age of 91. 

The university said it is deeply saddened by the passing of Yu and extends sincere condolences to his family. 

Alan Chan Kam-leung, Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university expressed his great sorrow at the loss of Yu. 

Chan said, “Professor Yu devoted his life to academic excellence. He was widely recognized as one of the most prominent historians of his generation and had made lasting contributions to the study of Chinese history and culture.” 

Yu became a member of New Asia College’s first graduating class in 1952. After graduation, he went to the US to continue his studies and received a doctoral degree from Harvard University in 1962. 

He was also employed by Harvard University as a professor of Chinese History seven years later. 

Yu returned to CUHK to head New Asia College, and also served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University. He resumed teaching at Harvard University two years later.

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