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Prof. Xu

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Prof. Xu (second from right) at the conferment ceremony
with Mr Tze-Ching Chan, Council Chairman of PolyU (far left)
and Prof. Timothy W. Tong, President of PolyU (far right)

On 21 October 2017, the conferment of honorary degrees for the 23rd Congregation of PolyU was held. A Doctor of Science honoris causa was bestowed on Prof. Guanhua Xu, a prominent Chinese scientist in remote sensing, geographic information sciences and global change studies. Prof. Xu has played a pivotal role in promoting innovation in science and technology. In 2003, he organized a team of top scientists, economists and entrepreneurs to develop the National Outlines for Medium and Long-term Planning for Scientific and Technological Development (2006-2020). The document sets the strategic direction for innovation in China, transforming its economy through technology. A driving force for multidisciplinary research to address societal issues like global change and sustainable development, Prof. Xu has facilitated many collaborations between the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) and mainland scientists.