Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Institutional Advancement)

Professor Norman C Tien
BS (Berkeley), MS (Illinois), PhD (San Diego), FHKIE

Tel: (852) 2859 2118
Fax: (852) 2559 9315

Professor Tien assists the President/Vice-Chancellor in leading and coordinating the University’s institutional advancement endeavours and initiatives to strategically enhance the University’s international relations.


Professor Norman C. Tien is the Taikoo Professor of Engineering and Chair Professor of Microsystems Technology at the University of Hong Kong, and was Dean of Engineering from 2012 to 2018.

As the University's Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Institutional Advancement, Professor Tien provides leadership and coordination to the University's institutional advancement endeavours and initiatives to strategically enhance the University's international relations, such as institutional-level communications, media and stakeholder engagement, institutional advancement activities, fundraising strategies and alumni relations of the University at local, national and global levels. He brings to this role a wealth of experience and expertise – including a multidisciplinary, innovative and global outlook, rich administrative knowledge, and strong networks with scholars, industrialists and philanthropists locally, regionally and internationally.

Professor Tien received his PhD from the University of California at San Diego, his MS from the University of Illinois, and his BS from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining HKU, he was the Nord Professor of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, US, where he was the Dean of Engineering from 2007 to 2011. He previously held faculty positions at University of California at Davis, University of California at Berkeley and Cornell University.

Professor Tien’s research interests are in the area of micro and nanotechnology-including microelectromechanical (MEMS) systems-the fabrication of small structures, tools and instruments for use in wireless communications, biomedical systems and environmental monitoring, and has over 131 publications in the field.