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Business leader supports PolyU to advance development of humanities and technology

14 Dec 2022

The Endowed Professorship Scheme recognises the achievements of world-renowned researchers in their specialised discipline, and enables the Endowed Professors to explore and advance cutting-edge research projects for the betterment of mankind.

Sin Wai Kin Foundation made a generous donation to PolyU for the inauguration of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Sin Wai Kin Chinese Humanities Development Fund, with a mission to promote learning, academic exchange and research related to Chinese culture, language, history and philosophy. In the same vein, Sin Wai Kin Foundation Endowed Professorship in Humanities and Technology was established to drive advanced research and education in humanities and technologies. Professor Li Ping, Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Chair Professor of Neurolinguistics and Bilingual Studies, is appointed as Sin Wai Kin Foundation Professor in Humanities and Technology.

Dr David Sin Wai Kin is a pioneering business leader whose achievements have been well-recognised across multiple sectors, including but not limited to property development, hotel business, jewellery manufacturing, banking and financial services. Dr Sin, who lost the opportunity to further his studies at a young age due to the Second World War, has been a fervent supporter of higher education in Hong Kong and the Mainland, especially in preserving traditional Chinese culture and promoting Chinese literature and humanities. Sin Wai Kin Foundation was founded by Dr Sin, not only to support students and organisations in need, but to also drive academic progress in humanities among tertiary institutes.

An internationally renowned scholar, Professor Li Ping’s research focuses on the neurocognitive and computational bases of language acquisition, bilingualism, and reading comprehension in both children and adults. He uses digital technologies and cognitive neuroscience methods to study neuroplasticity and individual differences in learning, so as to understand the relationships among languages, cultures, technology, and the brain. This professorship has given PolyU a strong impetus to make further contributions to the research and education in humanities and technology. 

We hope that like-minded philanthropists will witness the powerful impact of the Endowed Professorship Scheme in the appointment of the aforesaid professorship. Please browse the Scheme website or contact Office of Institutional Advancement for more information.

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