The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a top comprehensive research university ranked 42nd globally in the 2010 QS World University Rankings and has standing as one of the world's premier universities ranked in the upper tier.
The Chinese University is the only tertiary education institution in Hong Kong with Nobel Prize winners on its faculty, including Chen Ning Yang, James Mirrlees, Robert Alexander Mundell and Charles K. Kao (winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics). Other eminent thinkers at the university include mathematician Shing-Tung Yau, holder of the prestigious Fields Medal and Veblen Prize, and computational theorist Andrew Yao, winner of the Turing Award.
The Chinese University is an officially trilingual campus; its languages of instruction are English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. The school is also home to the renowned Yale-China Chinese Language Center.
The University has 61 academic departments organized under eight faculties: arts, business administration, education, engineering, social science, medicine, science, and law. Within these 61 departments are 117 undergraduate programs and 247 postgraduate programs.