The Chinese University of Hong Kong ("the University") was established and incorporated in 1963 by The Chinese University of Hong Kong Ordinance (Cap 1109) ("University Ordinance").
The major governing bodies of the University are the Council and the Senate.
The Council is the governing and executive body of the University, and is vested with the management and control of the affairs, purposes and functions of the University. The Council is also responsible for the control and management of the University's property and financial affairs. Its powers and duties are stipulated in the University Ordinance and Statutes.
Under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor, the Senate is vested with statutory powers and duties in respect of all academic matters in the University. The eight Faculties advise the Senate through the faculty boards on the programmes of study recommended by the departments, which deliver disciplinary teaching. The Senate's powers and duties are stipulated in the University Ordinance and Statutes.