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PolyU receives generous support from Lee Wan Keung Charity Foundation to nurture the next generation of researchers

29 Dec 2021

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has received a generous donation from the Lee Wan Keung Charity Foundation to support the Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scheme (URIS), which provides the opportunity for full-time undergraduate students to conduct research projects under the supervision of the University’s scholars, and to develop their high-order thinking skills, such as logical, creative and critical thinking.

A URIS - Student Sharing Session held on 29 December 2021 was graced by the presence of Ms Rosanna Lee, Director of Lee Wan Keung Charity Foundation. Other participants from PolyU included: Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, President; Dr Miranda Lou, Executive Vice President; Prof. Christopher Chao, Vice President (Research and Innovation); Prof. Jiannong Cao, Dean of Graduate School and Head of College of Undergraduate Researchers and Innovators (CURI); Prof. Christina Wong, Associate Dean of Graduate School; Dr Horace Mui, Residential College Master of CURI; and chief supervisors of research projects.

Nine students from the departments of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering, Building Environment and Energy Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and School of Optometry shared their research projects and learning experiences with the guests.

PolyU President, Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, extended his sincerest gratitude to Lee Wan Keung Charity Foundation for the generous support to the University and this Scheme, and is deeply grateful for joining hands with the Foundation to nurture the next generation of researchers and innovators.

PolyU has launched the URIS for the 2021/22 academic year. Close to 200 undergraduate students have been selected to conduct individual or group research that last for up to two years for the first cohort of the Scheme. The University will provide a range of support for students enrolling on the Scheme, which combines knowledge application and innovative ideas, including training, seminars, and exchange with professors and expertise from different disciplines, as well as scholarships and small research grants. In addition, participating students will be automatically admitted to the College of Undergraduate Researchers and Innovators (CURI). They will also have priority admission to the new Residential College of CURI.

Through the URIS, the University hopes to nurture a significant number of graduates with the interest and commitment to go on to pursue research, with a view to enhancing technological innovation capabilities for the advancement of Hong Kong and beyond.

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