This bi-monthly e-newsletter is specially prepared to keep you abreast of PolyU’s 80th anniversary celebratory activities


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Issue 4

PolyU’s 80th Anniversary Celebrations
Times Higher Education Innovation and Impact Summit


理大八十周年 《泰晤士高等教育》創新與影響高峰會


The inaugural Times Higher Education (THE) Innovation and Impact Summit, a key celebratory event of PolyU’s 80th Anniversary co-hosted by the University and THE, was held successfully on 31 May – 2 June.





The Summit



More than 200 delegates from 34 countries gathered in Hong Kong for the Summit. Themed “Powering Universities’ Economic and Social Impact through Innovative Research and Teaching”, the Summit featured keynote speeches and a series of thought-provoking panel discussions led by influential higher education figures, innovators, entrepreneurs and policy-makers on how universities drive innovation towards creating greater impact. The University is pleased to have Mr Charles Chen Yidan, Founder of Yidan Prize and Core Founder of Tencent Holdings Limited to give the opening keynote. Details







#THEinnovation becomes a Top 2 “Trending Topic” on Twitter in the UK, attracting the attention of a huge audience. Around 700,000 individuals were aware of the Summit and many of them followed the discussion.




PolyU Showcase



Another highlight was the pre-summit workshop, PolyU Showcase, where more than 100 delegates had a chance to take a closer look at the University's leading technologies and impactful research in four areas: space, aviation and railway; sustainable urban development; human-centered innovation; and hospitality.




An online channel for the Summit was launched on, featuring reports at the Summit and insights from the speakers.