About Us

David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI)

LEWI is a consortium of 28 universities from North America, Europe and Asia. The Institute, with Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) as the host institution and base, was established in 1993 with the aim to foster inter-disciplinary social science and humanities research and cultivate collaborative scholarship between the East and the West.

Mission and Objectives

  • to promote mutual understanding between East and West through research, academic exchange, and other scholarly activities; and
  • to promote inter-disciplinary research in social sciences and humanities from both the perspectives of the East and West.

Research Focus

The Institute organizes its research around three working groups, namely, urbanization and mobility working group, cross-cultural studies working group, and environment, health and sustainability working group. Each working group comprises a senior faculty member as convenor and group members appointed by the Director.

LEWI Happenings

The Resident Graduate Scholarship (RGS) Programme was launched in September 2002 to advance bilateral collaboration between Hong Kong Baptist University and participating member institutions. The programme is conceived with a reciprocal vision to bring students of participating universities to Hong Kong, under the co-supervision of HKBU faculty and vice versa. Beginning January 2004, the scope of the Programme has expanded. When resources are available, applications from outside of the LEWI consertium institutions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, with an emphasis on the proposal’s relevance to East-West studies.

As a student in Master of Arts in Global Society:

► pursue and enhance your careers in: urban, housing, land-use, and transport planning; cultural and leisure industries; environmental health research, consulting, and management; social, educational, community, and international development; politics, government, and leadership in civil society.

► equip to understand how the challenges and opportunities of connected society are multi-dimensional – social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental.

The programme will also be suitable for students wishing to pursue further academic development in Ph.D. programmes.

Contact us

David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI)

Room 801, David C. Lam Building,
Hong Kong Baptist University,
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
Hong Kong


David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI),
Room 820, David C. Lam Building,
Hong Kong Baptist University,
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong


+852 3411 5352


+852 3411 5128