King’s College London and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have renewed their longstanding partnership.

The duo will collaborate on work that advances the fields of Law, Medicine and Biomedicine, and for the first time, mental health.

King’s College has announced that it will run a series of joint programmes, co-operative research and other forms of academic interaction will allow the universities to work together to address many global challenges.

This will also involve the establishment of a laboratory that adopts novel technologies into mental health research and services.

Professor Fanny M. C. Cheung, pro-vice-chancellor and vice-president of CUHK, commented: "The World Health Organisation stated that there can be no health without mental health. As a world-class research university, CUHK has been devoted to the study of mental disorders, interventions and prevention to promote mental health for all.

"We are delighted to establish a new partnership with King’s College London to promote mental health with novel technologies. With the great support from the HKSAR government in the science and research front, we believe our collaboration shall bring significant societal impact and benefit patients in the region and beyond."

The collaboration plans to advance study on mental health as mental disorder is highly prevalent in Hong Kong – one in six people in the city are suffering from a diagnosable mental illness. However, the city only has 4.5 psychiatrists per 100,000 people, about one-third of the number in the UK.