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Establishment of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre for Steel Construction (Hong Kong Branch) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) was approved by the State Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), People’s Republic of China on 12th October 2015. Through applied engineering research on steel construction, the CNERC aims to capitalize huge potentials offered by construction professionals in Hong Kong to further enhance socio-economic development through technological advancement in sustainable infrastructure development. The CNERC receives strong support from the Development Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong SAR and also from the Construction Industry Council.

On 6th December 2015, Mr. Wan Gang, Head of Ministry of Science and Technology, the People’s Republic of China presented the Official Plague of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre for Steel Construction (Hong Kong Branch) in the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks, supported and congratulated by Mr. Nicholas Yang Wei-Hsiung, Secretary for Innovation and Technology Bureau, and Ms Annie Choi, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administration Region.


For many years, the Government of Hong Kong SAR attaches great importance to development of Innovation and Technology. Since 2005, a total of 16 Partner State Key Laboratories have been established in various universities in Hong Kong. Moreover, to further support development of Innovation and Technology, the Government has implemented a number of new initiatives in 2013, including to provide funding to Hong Kong Branches of Chinese National Engineering Research Centres (CNERCs) to enhance their research and development capabilities as well as collaboration with the Mainland. A funding up to HK$5 million each year, initially for three years, will be provided to each Hong Kong Branch of CNERCs starting from October 2015.

Participation of Hong Kong's research institutions and personnel in the State Key Laboratories (SKLs) Programme and the CNERCs Programme of the State Ministry of Science and Technology is an important achievement of the Mainland/Hong Kong Science and Technology Co-operation Committee.

From 2006 to 2015, the State Ministry of Science and Technology approved establishment of a total of 16 PSKLs in Hong Kong. Moreover, establishment of Hong Kong Branches of CNERCs was a supportive measure announced by the then Vice-Premier of the State Council, Mr Li Keqiang, during his visit to Hong Kong in 2011. As a result, five new Hong Kong Branches of CNERCs were approved by the State Ministry of Science and Technology to be established in October 2015. The CNERC for Steel Construction (Hong Kong Branch) is the only designated CNERC to promote research and development as well as engineering applications in construction in Hong Kong.

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CNERC - Chinese National Engineering Research Center For Steel Construction (Hong Kong Branch) The Hong Kong Polytechnic University