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Ir Yau Kwok-fai is no stranger to members of PolyU. He has fond feelings for his alma mater. Known as one of our most supportive alumni, he was an undergraduate student studying civil engineering at the then Hong Kong Polytechnic, and later became a donor who led the establishment of three Endowed Professorships. He was also conferred as a University Fellow in 2017 and is currently a proud employer of numerous PolyU graduates. "Giving back to one's alma mater, honouring one's teachers, supporting teaching and research, and leading by example" is what Kwok-fai believes in and has taken to heart. When PolyU made headlines in late 2019, Kwok-fai contacted the Alumni Affairs and Development Office to find out how he could assist. He mobilised volunteers from the construction sector, among them many PolyU graduates of different generations, for a massive clean-up on campus. “PolyU is a big family. We want to show our love and care for the students. I hope when they grow up, they will cherish their alma mater like us and care for the future generations.” said Kwok-fai. His support did not stop there. As the recipient of the Hong Kong Polytechnic Directors’ Award 1989-90 for his outstanding academic achievements and leadership qualities, he understands the importance of being recognised and the guidance given by his Professors. Reflecting on his own experience, he made another donation in late 2019 to establish Entry Scholarships for outstanding HKDSE students so that talents would be granted access to quality education without the financial burden. The donation also supports outreach activities for students to explore the world and to participate in international competitions. Kwok-fai has taken “Honouring one’s teachers and supporting teaching and research” to another level. In early 2020, he made a donation again to support the “J.M. Ko Medal” and the “J.M. Ko Distinguished Lecture Series”, as a tribute to his former teacher Professor Ko Jan-ming, former Vice President and Chair Professor of Structural Engineering of PolyU. The J.M. Ko Medal recognises outstanding scholars and researchers in structural engineering, while the Lecture Series aims to connect renowned scholars from around the world for knowledge exchange and to facilitate the building of a better world through engineering. It will not only benefit researchers, students and professionals in the field, but also reinforce PolyU as a world-leading institution in civil and structural engineering. Kwok-fai feels that a donor’s gift should be in line with the University’s strategic direction and is confident that his donation will be put to good use, creating a lasting impact for generations. March 2020

10 Mar 2020

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PolyU held an appreciation luncheon on 23 October 2019 to express its gratitude towards the generous donations made by Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund (SHECF). PolyU’s President, Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, (Picture 1, left) thanked SHECF for their long-term support and presented a souvenir to Dr David Mong (right) as a memento. (Picture 2, from the left) Ms Cynthia Mong, PolyU Executive Vice President Dr Miranda Lou, Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, Dr David Mong, Ms Cheung Man Yee, and Mr Simon Tam.

23 Oct 2019

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On 21 October 2019, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) held an appreciation lunch to express its gratitude to Mr Tsang Wing Wah (Picture 1, middle right), Dr Eddie Yeung Shiu Kin (middle left), and members of the Tsang family, for establishing the Yeung Tsang Wing Yee and Tsang Wing Hing Professorship in Neuropsychology. PolyU President Professor Jin-Guang Teng (first from left) and PolyU Foundation Chairman Dr Katherine Ngan (first from right) presented a souvenir to Mr Tsang and Dr Yeung on behalf of the University. The Endowed Professorship is established in memory of the deceased sisters, Madam Yeung Tsang Wing-yee Winnie and Ms Tsang Wing-hing, two of the eight children of the philanthropist, the late Mr Tsang Shiu-tim, in support of the education and research work in the areas of neuroscience and neurological rehabilitation. It is hoped that the work will encourage researchers and students to study and conduct research in those areas for the betterment of people with cognitive impairment. The appointee of the professorship is Professor David Shum, Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and Chair Professor of Neuropsychology (Picture 2, third from left). The Yeung Tsang Wing Yee and Tsang Wing Hing Professorship in Neuropsychology is the 6th endowed professorship set up at the PolyU’s Faculty of Health and Social Sciences since the launch of the Endowed Professorship Scheme in 2012. For more information of the Scheme, please visit here (Picture 2, from the left) Professor Jin-Guang Teng, Deputy President and Provost Professor Philip Chan, Professor David Shum, Dr Eddie Yeung Shiu Kin, Mr Tsang Wing Wah, Mrs Tsang Sze Ho Wah, Dr Katherine Ngan, Ms Michelle Yeung and Ms Serena Ng. 

21 Oct 2019

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) received a generous donation from Innovation Technology Co. Ltd (Innovation) for the establishment of “PolyU - Innovation Technology (HK) Audio and Speech Signal Processing Joint Laboratory”. A naming ceremony was held on 18th October 2019. Officiating the naming ceremony were Dr Peter YUEN Chee-kit, Chairman of Innovation., Dr Katherine Ngan, PolyU Foundation Chairman and Professor Jin-Guang TENG, PolyU President. Innovation has been in close collaboration with PolyU. PolyU is very glad to further join hands with such a robust industry player to set up this Joint Laboratory, sharing the same goal of supporting and promoting education and research in the area of audio and speech signal processing – which is a rapidly developing area. It is the core technology which empowers many information and communication technology devices and services such as smart phones, hearing aids and AI chatbots. The Joint Laboratory will be supported by an excellent team of digital signal processing experts. With many state-of-the-art equipment to be installed, including those donated by Innovation, the laboratory will help students acquire up-to-date professional knowledge and start their career in related industries. This laboratory will conduct pioneering research that leads to the development of new electro-acoustic products and services catering to the needs of society. (Picture 1 from left) Prof. Jin-Guang Teng and Dr Katherine Ngan present souvenir to Dr Peter Yuen in recognition of his ardent support. Guests officiating the unveiling ceremony: (Picture 2 from left) Dr Steve Mung, Wireless Specialist/ Adjunct Assistant Professor of Innovation; Prof. H. C. Man, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of PolyU; Dr Miranda Lou, Executive Vice President of PolyU; Dr Katherine Ngan, PolyU Foundation Chairman; Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, PolyU President; (Guests from Innovation from right) Mr Eric Wu, VP of Engineering; Mr K. S. Yung, VP of Operation; Mr Clarence Tsui, VP of Marketing & Program; Mr Simon Ho, CFO; Mr Joseph Yuen, CEO; Dr Peter Yuen, Chairman. (Picture 3) The academic team of the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering and senior management of PolyU joined the officiating guests at the ceremony.

18 Oct 2019

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The PolyU community has united in the fight against coronavirus. By pooling resources and through technology transfers, we offer practical solutions to problems. The PolyU developed the world’s most comprehensive automated multiplex diagnostic system for early and accurate detection of pathogens and prevention of spreading of any contagious pathogens, including COVID-19. The system's versatility and capability will provide for comprehensive monitoring during disease outbreaks or routine surveillance. It will become a crucial technology for ensuring the effective control of infectious diseases, medical diagnosis, and treatment. In addition, the design and production of 3D printed face shields and eye shields for medics, the production of hand antiseptic for people in need plus the contribution of alumni in providing donation and materials for relief operations are all great examples of PolyU community’s contributions. We also offered help through social services, a PolyU alumni and student team was sent to help frontline medical staff in Wuhan. During this challenging period of time, we are very encouraging to receive the support and positive feedback from our supporters and doors. “The novel coronavirus have impacted the global community and our daily life. As an alumnus, I hope to support the worthwhile research projects of PolyU, which brings positive changes to the world. ” Ms Liu Mei Chui Applied Science and Textiles graduate “The PolyU research team is going in the right direction, so please do not be put off by overtaken by ever evolving new technology. If the system (automated multiplex diagnostic system) fills a need, it deserves to be developed.” The Lo Family Donor Please visit our website for more information about what PolyU has done to combat the outbreak. We appreciate everyone’s effort. If you want to support our initiatives to fight against this pandemic by making a contribution, please click here for the online donation form. Under Purpose of Donation, please click “Other” and specify “Combat COVID-19”. For enquiries, please contact us at polyu.giving@polyu.edu.hk.  

24 Mar 2020

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