President and Vice-Chancellor

Hong Kong (HK)
Mar 28, 2020
May 18, 2020
Full Time

President and Vice-Chancellor

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) invites nominations / applications for the position of President and Vice-Chancellor of the University, tenable in September 2020 or soon thereafter.

The University is looking for a dynamic leader who is able to lead the transformation of the University at a pivotal moment in its history. Energised by a new 10-year Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-28 and with its ambitious Talent100 global faculty recruitment initiative fully under way, HKBU is poised to transform itself into an institution with an international reputation for excellence. 
The University

Founded in 1956, the University encompasses eight Faculties/Schools offering a range of academic programmes leading to the award, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, with a student population of around 22,000.  HKBU has an academic and teaching staff strength of about 1,000, which will be increased as a result of the successful execution of the Talent100 initiative.  As part of the Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-28, the University is expanding its research strength and infrastructure rapidly.  It has expanded its global recruitment of students and staff over the last few years and has entered into teaching and research partnerships with leading universities around the world.  Beyond Hong Kong, the University has established the Beijing Normal University – Hong Kong Baptist University United International College, a unique liberal arts college in Zhuhai as well as research centres in other parts of China.  

Further information about the University can be found on the website at  

The role

The President and Vice-Chancellor, assisted by the Provost and three Vice-Presidents, is the chief executive and academic leader of the University, and reports to the Council for the overall academic development, research and institutional advancement, financial management and future strategic direction of the University.
The person

The Council seeks to appoint a visionary, inspiring and dynamic leader who is a scholar with globally renowned academic achievements and possesses a successful track record of management experience in higher education at a senior executive level.

The candidate must have an international outlook, a strong commitment to education and identification with the vision of the University and a mission to lead the University to further excel in teaching, research and service. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with demonstrated leadership qualities in community building, good governance practices, people management and crisis management are important.  Capability of building international, regional and local networks with relevant sectors of the community, including those within and without Hong Kong, would be an advantage.

The term of the first contract will normally be five years and will be renewable subject to mutual agreement.

Application/nomination procedures:

Interested parties are invited to send their applications or nominations to Heidrick & Struggles at Suite 1408, Two Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong or via  Applications should include a cover letter and a detailed resume. 

The University reserves the right not to fill the position or to fill the position by invitation.  The information provided by applicants will be used solely for the purposes of considering their applications and all personal data provided will be kept confidential.  All personal data provided will be destroyed in due course.  Review of applications/nominations will begin from April 2020 until the position is filled. 

Hong Kong Baptist University is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer