Chairman’s Foreword 主席序言
LOOKING FROM OUR PAST TO THE FUTURE 承先啟後繼往開來
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
T.C. Chan, BBS, JP
Chairman of Council
陳子政, BBS, JP
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)
Dr Lam Tai-fai (Deputy Chairman)
Dr Lawrence Li Kwok-chang (Treasurer)
Ir Dr Humphrey Leung Kwong-wai