Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology is associated with Hong Kong Baptist University. This university has actively pursued the promotion of Chinese culture since its founding in 2013. This academy serves a unique role in promoting classical Chinese studies by integrating expertise in the various disciplines of Sinology, from classical philology to comparative and theoretical approaches, ranging over every aspect of traditional Chinese culture. This is the first institute of its kind in Hong Kong. It is named after Professor Jao Tsung-I, the world-renowned expert in Chinese classical studies who serves as its honorary permanent director, the Academy was established for the purpose of understanding and preserving Chinese cultural heritage, through focused research and engaged teaching. Jao Tsung-I Academy aims to become an intellectual hub in Sinology that encourages interaction between Chinese scholars and sinologists around the world, and at the same time, to cut across disciplines to facilitate innovative research and intellectual development throughout the University.
The Academy is also determined to be the University's unique showcase of research materials for Sinology. We have already built a remarkable collection of nearly 10,000, including the essential collectanea Wenyuange Complete Library of the Four Treasuries (Siku quanshu), the Buddhist canon (TaishÅÂ shinshÅ« daizÅÂkyÅÂ)and a unique collection of international Buddhist scholarshipfrom Professor Ku Cheng-Mei and Professor Chong Kim-Chong, the scholarly oeuvre of Professor Jao Tsung-I, the unique Sinological library bequeathed by Professor David Nivison. Last but not least, the Academy possesses a multilingual collection of translations of Chinese classics and literary works into over fifty languages from around the world. The Multilingual Sinological library of the Academy will be a convenient site for University students and the academic community,for perusing all kinds of unique scholarly books, and pursuing the same path of intellectual development as Jao Tsung-I himself.
Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology is having highly qualified faculty team for the subject. Inspired by its commitment to promote traditional Chinese classical studies and advance interdisciplinary research and innovation in the field of Sinology, the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology has started an annual bilingual academic journal, entitled Bulletin of the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology. It has rich library named ‘Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology Library of Classical Learning’ having a wide range of literature and books. The Library of Sinology features both original studies from eminent Western Sinologists and promising young talents as well as edited volumes collected from high-quality symposium. The Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology has started an annual bilingual academic journal, entitled Bulletin of the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology. The Bulletin aims to provide an academic platform for scholars worldwide to share their insights and latest research findings in classical Chinese studies and Sinology. The Academic Advisory Board and Editorial Board of the Bulletin are composed of internationally renowned scholars.
Following the model of Professor Jao Tsung-i, students in the Xuan Tang Ph.D. Programmes and M.Phil. programmes are pursuing research in a variety of fields related to traditional Chinese culture, using ground breaking research methods and comparative approaches. With the guidance and inspiration of Professor Jao, the Academy aims to foster scholars who will be as widely learned as Master Jao, whose profound knowledge of literature, history, and art was founded ultimately in his cosmopolitan worldview. Lin I-shao research student works on the research topic that is Study of "cishi" in the period of Ming-Qing Transition and "new cishi" topics. Martin Ng (3rd year PhD student) is working on “A study of the rituals of Sprinkling and Swearing during the Shang to Zhou Dynasties”.