Department History

The Department of Statistics ("the Department") at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) was founded in 1982. In fact, statistical activities at CUHK predate the formation of the Department. Throughout the past 30 years, the Department has been growing steadily as a result of valuable contributions of numerous faculty, staff  members and students. Below shown is a chronicle of major events of the Department:

 1979  Statistics (STAT) Programme was set up as an individual programme of study.
 1981  Establishment of Division of Statistics at Graduate School, CUHK.
 1982  Foundation of the Department. 17 students were enrolled in the first year with Prof. Howell Tong as the chairman
 1986  Professor Sik-yum Lee assumed the duty of chairman of the Department.
 1993 Professor Nai Ng Chan became the third chairman of the Department.
 1994  The Department office relocated from Science Centre to the current site - Lady Shaw Building. 
Professor Wing-hung Wong served as the chairman of the Department.
 1998  Professor Yeh Lam succeeded Professor Wing-hong Wong and took up the chairmanship of the Department.
 1999  Risk Management Science (RMSC) stream was launched. Professor Kim Hung Li assumed the chairmanship for one year.
 2000  Professor Jian Qing Fan served as the seventh chairman of the Department. 
Risk Management Science (RMSC) was expanded to be an individual programme of study. 
The first batch of students majoring in RMSC was enrolled.
 2004  Professor Ngai Hang Chan was inaugurated as the Department chairman.
 2009 The Department first offered a double-major programme in Quantitive Finance and Risk Management Science (QRFM).
 2012  Corresponding to the new 3-3-4 curriculum, the undergraduate programme in Statistics joined Science Faculty broad-based admission scheme.
 2013 Professor Qi Man Shao was inaugurated as the Department chairman. 
 2018 Professor Xinyuan Song was inaugurated as the Department chairman.