President’s Overview 校長報告
The past year has been a significant one for PolyU. We carried out a comprehensive strategic planning exercise that sets our priorities for the next six years. In the “Strategic Plan 2019/20 – 2024/25” that came out of this exercise, we have outlined all aspects of PolyU’s endeavours that are crucial for us to achieve success as a world-class university. I am confident that with our new strategic objectives, PolyU is heading in the right direction for the future.
過去一年是理大重要的一年，為了擬定未來六年的工作重點， 我們進行了全面的策略規劃，然後制訂了「策略發展計劃2019/20– 2024/25」，就理大成為一所世界級學府的各個關鍵範疇作出部署。我深信新的策略目標，將可引領理大朝著正確的方向邁向未來。
Shaping tomorrow’s socially responsible leaders
One distinguishing feature of PolyU education is the emphasis on fulfilling social responsibility. Our curriculum requires all undergraduate students to engage in Service-Learning – an experiential journey that connects professional education with the needs of society. Service-Learning gives students the courage to achieve more than they might have believed possible and makes them stronger and smarter than they might have otherwise thought. Most importantly, it gives them the practical opportunity to become global citizens.
The caring mindset of our students is not only showcased when they are engaged in Service-Learning programmes, but also in their innovations. A team of occupational therapy students, knowing the physical constraints of the wheelchair users and elderly people, has designed a “Roller-Clother”, a rollable clothing organiser with height-adjustable pockets for them to store and take clothes easily. Another graduate team from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, in view of the congested living condition in Hong Kong, came up with a creative solution to the problem of co-living in small apartments. Their design allows customised private rooms of individuals to be easily converted and connected to form a more spacious common zone. These two innovations have brought home honours at international competitions.
Making a positive impact on the world
With designated University Research Facilities and the PolyU Base on Commercialisation, Training and Research in Shenzhen as an extended campus for research, PolyU is well-positioned to benefit from opportunities arising from the Central Government’s new initiative that gives Hong Kong institutions access to national research funding.
Another example is the development of a bone scaffold that can be used to repair bone fractures, a growing health problem among our ageing population. Made with shape memory polyurethane foam, the bone scaffold can be implanted into the human body via a minimally invasive operation to fill the irregular boundaries of a bone defect and induce regeneration.
The focus of our ground-breaking research ranges from health solutions for human needs to ingenious gadgets for exploring space. PolyU is currently developing a sophisticated surveillance camera in collaboration with the China Academy of Space Technology to support the world’s first attempt to conduct an orbital and surface exploration of Mars in a single mission. The camera will be fitted on the outside top surface of the Mars Lander, where it will monitor the solar panel, surrounding environment and movements of the Mars Rover.
Supporting the Belt and Road Initiative
Since the launch of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, PolyU has been playing its part by developing talent, carrying out relevant research and seeking alliances with institutions along the Belt and Road.
We have been very proactive in recruiting students from Belt and Road countries, both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, to study at PolyU. As of March 2018, we have welcomed over 700 students from nearly 30 Belt and Road countries. In 2017/18 alone, some 130 undergraduate students were recruited from these countries. We have also been working closely with partner Belt and Road institutions with the aim of encouraging bilateral student exchanges, and organising internship training and Service-Learning programmes.
全力支持「 一帶一路 」倡議
Front row from left 前排左起
Ir Prof. Alex Wai
Vice President (Research Development)
Deputy President and Provost
Executive Vice President
Back row from left 後排左起
Prof. Geoffrey Q.P. Shen
Interim Vice President (Student Affairs)
Vice President (Campus Development and Facilities)
The way ahead
As we venture beyond our past achievements, we are adopting a new mindset and approach to help realise our refined Vision and Mission. Yet, we have not lost sight of our traditions of rigorous financial planning, prudent management, budget control based on value analysis, diversified income and efficient use of resources.
I will be retiring at the end of 2018 after a decade of rewarding service to PolyU. I am honoured to have had the opportunity to lead this aspiring University over the past 10 years and to work with our dedicated Council and Court Members, committed staff, striving students, devoted alumni and trusted partners. I would like to extend a special thank-you to everyone who has supported my work throughout the years. I wish PolyU many successes in its future endeavours.
Timothy W. Tong, Ph.D.