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.

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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)