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Motto, Vision & Mission 校訓、願景及使命

Chairman’s Foreword 主席序言


In 2017, the 80th anniversary celebration of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) came to a fruitful close with the gala dinner on 7 December. This pinnacle of our year-long celebrations was attended by some 2,000 local and overseas guests, including the Hon. Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the HKSAR, as our guest of honour.

In addition to commemorating our glorious past, we also reiterated our vision of driving meaningful change in the global arena. Over the years, PolyU has been active on the world stage building partnerships in professional education and transferring knowledge gained from innovative research. The future will see PolyU staying committed to a leadership role in strategic affiliations and international networks to benefit our city and the world.



Embracing internationalisation in education and research


One example of this leadership role was the President’s forum hosted by PolyU in December 2017. Entitled “Transformative Power of Universities for Our Future”, the Forum brought together over 100 global leaders from 30 leading institutions of higher education in 20 countries and regions. Participants shared their unique experiences and perspectives on how universities can look to the future and transform society through re-examining their roles, innovating in education and research, and undertaking impactful knowledge transfer. 

Also in late 2017, PolyU, as one of the founders of the University Social Responsibility Network, joined with Times Higher Education to organise a Social Impact Metrics Workshop for exploring the use of metrics to assess work and capture the engagement of the higher education sector with their own communities. Workshop participants generated possible metrics to capture the social impact of universities in five focus areas: teaching and learning, research, community, environmental sustainability, and responsible processes.






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Addressing societal needs


While we look to the future, we have not lost sight of our pledge to find solutions for pressing societal problems. I am delighted that our effort in this regard is backed up by encouraging philanthropic support. In 2018, PolyU Outstanding Alumni Award recipient and University Fellow Ir Dr Otto Poon generously donated HK$100 million to the University in the name of the Otto Poon Charitable Foundation. The funding will be dedicated to supporting our research endeavours in the fields of smart city, smart mobility, as well as smart and sustainable energy. The donation will also enable us to establish two research institutes and two endowed professorships in related disciplines.

In the area of clinical research, PolyU and its alliance partners from the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (including Sun Yat-sen University, Shenzhen University, and Macau University of Science and Technology) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The State University of New York at Buffalo and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center to establish the first biotechnology and translational medicine collaborative research platform in the United States and the Greater Bay Area (GBA). The aim of the partnership, which draws on our collective expertise and networks, is to promote research in biotechnology and to develop cancer drugs, genomics, translational medicine and other related areas in order to capitalise on opportunities in the GBA.


Another Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with Axis Therapeutics to establish the PolyU-Axis Therapeutics Joint Center for Immunotherapy. Through this arrangement, PolyU will provide full support to the Center in undertaking research on genetic models to develop cancer immunotherapy technologies.







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PolyU is committed to engaging closely with business and industry. During the year, the University and Boeing extended their five-year partnership in developing the co-founded Aviation Services Research Centre (ASRC). The ASRC opened a new facility in September 2017 that combines robotics and artificial intelligence to identify and repair defects in compressors and turbine discs, thereby reducing man-hours and the possibility of human error. The opening of the facility is a vivid example of collaboration between academia and industry in what has come to be known as Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution.


To increase understanding of this new era of industrialisation, PolyU has launched a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called “Industry 4.0: How to Revolutionise your Business”. The course shares insights into the major systems and technologies of Industry 4.0, and the potential impact of smart products and services on business and society.


為提高大眾對這個工業化新時代之認識,理大更開辦了名為「工業4.0 如何改革業務」的大型開放式網絡課程。該課程分享有關工業4.0的主要系統和技術的見解,以及智能產品與服務對商業和社會的潛在影響。

Creating synergy in the Greater Bay Area


With the nation’s launch of new initiatives in fostering innovation and technology in the GBA, we believe that collaboration between Hong Kong and other cities in the region offers tremendous opportunities for synergy and the development of a comprehensive industrial chain.

To that end, PolyU and Shenzhen University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish The Greater Bay Area International Institute for Innovation. Under this agreement, we will assist groups and institutions in the GBA to internationalise. We will also provide a platform for training innovative talent, advancing technology, incubating start-ups, and commercialising their innovations. All of these initiatives will be carried out through collaboration and exchange with global institutions and enterprises.





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Nurturing future-ready students


On the education side, a hallmark of PolyU’s curriculum is its forward-looking approach to meeting the changing needs of students and equipping them with an international outlook for the world beyond. To prepare students to start their own businesses, PolyU has created many opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation through seed funding for and education focusing on venturing into new start-ups.

Two of this year's Outstanding Student Award recipients, Amy Chan Chi-in and Paul Szeto Chun, exemplify the success of this approach. They not only started their own businesses, but also gave back to society through their start-ups. Amy organised English cultural exchange camps and life-coaching activities for secondary school students, while Paul founded an online platform for restaurants to sell leftover dishes at discounted prices to help reduce food waste.





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A note of appreciation


Taking this opportunity, I would like to express my sincere thanks to all staff, students, alumni and partners of PolyU who made 2017/18 a year of remarkable achievements.

In particular, I would like to acknowledge President Prof. Timothy W. Tong, who will be retiring at the end of 2018. His contributions to the University during his 10-year tenure have been instrumental in making PolyU the world-renowned institution it is today.


Incidentally, I will also be stepping down from my role as PolyU Council Chairman at the end of this year. My chairmanship serving the University has been most fulfilling. I treasure all my encounters with Council Members, senior management, staff and students. Together, we have worked toward the steady advancement of PolyU. 


In the years ahead, the University counts on the support from all members of the PolyU community to achieve the objectives detailed in the new Strategic Plan for the next two triennia with the theme “Shaping the Future”. I am very confident that PolyU will continue to scale new heights and make our stakeholders proud.



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T.C. Chan, BBS, JP

Chairman of Council

December 2018











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陳子政, BBS, JP



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The Council 校董會


Back row from left 後排左起

Ir Prof. Edwin Cheng


Mr Owan Li 


Dr Rodney Chu Wai-chi 


Dr Jonathan Chan Ming-yin 


Hon. Jimmy Ng Wing-ka 


Mr Richard Leung Tim-chiu 


Mr Augustus Tang Kin-wing 


Mr Jaime Sze Wine-him 


Ir Dr James Lau Chi-wang


Mr Stephen Liu Ling-hong


Mr Alex Wong Chun-bong


Ms Karen Chan Ka-yin 


Ms Julia Lau Man-kwan


Ms Shirley Chan Suk-ling


Ms Amy Lung Pui-ying 


Mr Lau Ping-cheung 


Mr Peter Sit Kien-ping 


Front row from left 前排左起

Dr Raymond Leung Siu-hong


Prof. Philip C.H. Chan


Prof. Timothy W. Tong 


Mr Chan Tze-ching (Chairman)

陳子政先生 (主席)

Dr Lam Tai-fai (Deputy Chairman)

林大輝博士 (副主席)

Dr Lawrence Li Kwok-chang (Treasurer) 

李國祥醫生 (司庫)

Ir Dr Humphrey Leung Kwong-wai