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PolyU COVID-19 Student Support Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic has been seriously affecting all businesses and all walks of life. At PolyU, we are particularly concerned with the financial challenges faced by some of our students and their families due to the current situation. Therefore, we have decided to establish the PolyU COVID-19 Student Support Fund to provide assistance to our students who are greatly affected by this pandemic. The Fund aims to alleviate the unexpected financial hardship of PolyU students due to the outbreak of the COVID-19; strengthen the spirit of solidarity of thePolyU community to tide over the difficult times; and enhance the resilience of our students. Eligible students* can apply for the Fund. The Fund will be open for applications from students in May. To kick-start the Fund, PolyU’s management team will donate 10% of their salaries over a period of 12 months from April 2020 to help students in need during this unprecedented crisis. We encourage members of the PolyU community and our supporters to contribute to this meaningful cause. If you are interested in supporting the PolyU COVID-19 Student Support Fund, please click Give Online button below to donate. Choose “Other” and specify “Student Support Fund” in the “Purpose of Donation” section. Donations of $100 or above are tax-deductible.     Donation form is also available here. We are all experiencing a trying time, we firmly believe that through care and collaboration, resilience and solidarity, we can overcome the challenges. Your donation will be able to help our students to move ahead with confidence and facilitate their all-round development. PolyU will continue to invest in our future, and the next generations. To learn more about the stories of PolyU community members going above and beyond in the fight against COVID-19, please click here. For enquiries, please send your email to polyu.giving@polyu.edu.hk or contact staff of Alumni Affairs and Development Office:  Miss Kitty Chan  Tel: 2766 4883 Ms Janet Wong Tel: 3400 3306 Ms Zoe Lam Tel: 3400 2134   *All full-time and part-time PolyU students in the 2019/20 academic year facing genuine financial hardship caused by the outbreak of the pandemic can apply for financial support under the Fund.

27 Apr, 2020

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United to fight COVID-19

The PolyU community has united in the fight against coronavirus. Through pooling resources and technology transfers, we offer practical solutions to problems. PolyU developed the world’s most comprehensive rapid, 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 and reusable face shields for the public, the production of hand antiseptic for people in need plus the contribution of alumni in providing donation and materials for relief operations are all other great examples of the PolyU community’s efforts in the coronavirus battle. Offering help through social services, a PolyU alumni and student team was also sent to provide support to frontline medical workers in Wuhan. If you want to support our initiatives to fight this pandemic by making a contribution, please click here for the online donation form (and choose “Other” and specify “Combat COVID-19” in the “Purpose of Donation” section). For enquiries, please contact us at polyu.giving@polyu.edu.hk.   During this challenging period of time, it is very encouraging that PolyU’s commitment to fight the disease together with the community receives strong support and positive feedback from well-wishers and donors. “The novel coronavirus has impacted the global community and our daily lives. As an alumnus, I hope to support the worthwhile research projects of PolyU, which bring 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 other ever evolving new technology. If the system (automated multiplex diagnostic system) fills a need, it deserves to be developed.” The Lo Family Donor PolyU's supporter, Miss Helen Cheung, previously did a piano performance on facebook to encourage more donors to support the combat COVID-19 initiative. You can click here to view the performance. Please visit our designated website for more information about what PolyU has done so far to combat the outbreak. We appreciate everyone’s effort.

24 Mar, 2020

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Nurturing Future Generations of Engineers

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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Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund supports development of Rehabilitation Sciences and Library

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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PolyU celebrates the establishment of the Yeung Tsang Wing Yee and Tsang Wing Hing Professorship in Neuropsychology

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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Naming ceremony for establishment of PolyU- Innovation Technology (HK) Audio and Speech Signal Processing Joint Laboratory

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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PolyU celebrates the establishment of the Able Endowed Professorship in Construction Health and Safety

On 16 September, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) held an appreciation lunch to express its gratitude to Able Engineering Holdings Limited for establishing the Able Endowed Professorship in Construction Health and Safety. The appointee of the professorship is Ir Professor Albert P.C. Chan, Head of Department of Building and Real Estate, Associate Director of Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development and Chair Professor of Construction Engineering and Management (first from left). Mr Ngai Chun Hung (third from left), Chairman of Executive Director of Able Engineering Holdings Limited and Mr Yau Kwok Fai (second from right), Executive Director of Able Engineering Holdings Limited, have previously supported the establishment of two other endowed professorships at the Faculty of Construction and Environment, in support of the education and research in the areas of sustainable structures and materials, as well as smart structures respectively. This new professorship will be of great encouragement and support to the Faculty’s scholars to further excel in academic and research.  The Able Endowed Professorship in Construction Health and Safety is the 4th endowed professorship set up at the PolyU’s Faculty of Construction and Environment since the launch of the Endowed Professorship Scheme in 2012. For more information of the Scheme, please visit here.

16 Sep, 2019

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PolyU receives HK$5 million donation from Tin Ka Ping Foundation

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) received a generous donation of HK$5 million from the Tin Ka Ping Foundation (Foundation), which will be credited to the ‘Tin Ka Ping Education Foundation’ to support Service-learning programmes focusing on Greater China and countries along the One-Belt-One-Road. Today, the Tin Ka Ping Foundation Donation Ceremony at PolyU was officiated by Mr TIN Hing Sin, Chairman of the Foundation, Professor Jin-Guang TENG, PolyU President, Mr TAI Hay Lap, Vice Chairman of the Foundation, Mr TIN Wing Sin and Professor Kenneth YOUNG, Directors of the Foundation as well as Dr Miranda LOU, Executive Vice Chairman of PolyU. Professor TENG expressed his sincere gratitude to the Tin Ka Ping Foundation, with special mention of the late Dr Tin Ka Ping, founder of the Foundation and a role model with talent and virtue. “I am impressed by the great contribution the Foundation has made to the country’s development through its support of education. Over the years, the Foundation has subsidized over 300 schools and institutes in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau,” said Professor TENG. PolyU is the first local university incorporating service-learning as a compulsory subject for the undergraduates. Service-Learning enables young people to develop positive values. Participation in overseas Service-Learning projects also widens students’ global vision and enhances their sense of empathy and social responsibility. Chairman TIN also mentioned that the Foundation first supported PolyU in 2003. With the launch of the government’s matching grants in 2007, the Foundation offered another donation to PolyU and the ‘Tin Ka Ping Education Foundation’ was then established. Chairman TIN stated that the Foundation has supported many meaningful programmes over the years which were very successful, including those initiatives like youth programme, visiting scholar programme, language programme run by Department of Applied Social Sciences, School of Nursing and English Learning Centre. Chairman TIN resonates with the University to live up to its motto ‘To Learn and to Apply, for the Benefit of Mankind’. PolyU is devoted to nurturing critical thinkers, innovative problem solvers and socially responsible global citizens, this aligns with the Foundation’s philosophy of nurturing youngsters with morality and talents. Directors of the Foundation were pleased to have a constructive exchange with management of PolyU, teaching academic and beneficiary project participants at the Ceremony. With the support and blessing of the Foundation, PolyU will continue to provide life-changing learning experiences helping our students open their minds and shape the future.

3 Sep, 2019

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PolyU and HKIF launch eye care programme to help 200 children

The School of Optometry (SO) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) joins hands with the Hong Kong Innovation Foundation (HKIF) founded by Sino Group, to launch the PolyU-HKIF Children Eye Care Programme to help local children from underprivileged families to contain myopia progression at the optimal age and reduce vision problems caused by myopia in the long run. Sponsored by HKIF, this 2-year eye care programme will benefit 200 children aged 6-12, with 300 degrees or above of short-sightedness, living in Sham Shui Po and Kwun Tong. Participating children will receive a comprehensive eye assesment from PolyU and will be provided with the University’s award-winning Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (DIMS) Spectacle Lens to control their myopia progression as well as regular follow-up check-ups for two years. The programme was kicked off at a ceremony on 31 Aug 2019 officiated by Dr Miranda Lou, Executive Vice President, PolyU; Professor David Shum, Yeung Tsang Wing Yee and Tsang Wing Hing Professor in Neuropsychology, Chair Professor of Neuropsychology and Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, PolyU; Professor Carly Lam, Interim Head, School of Optometry, PolyU; Mr Daryl Ng, JP, Deputy Chairman of Sino Group and Chairman of the Hong Kong Innovation Foundation and Mr Andrew Young, Associate Director (Innovation) of Sino Group. Dr Miranda Lou, Executive Vice President of PolyU, said, ”This is a meaningful programme that assists the children in the underprivileged families to receive comprehensive eye care service and control their myopia progression. We are delighted to learn that PolyU contributes our innovation and expertise to make a difference in our society. While serving the community with their professional skills, our students also gain experience in practising what they learned in the classroom through this service-learning model.” Mr Daryl Ng, Chairman of the Hong Kong Innovation Foundation, remarked, ”We share similar values with PolyU, which has a strong and excellent tradition in scientific research. The Group believes that innovation and technology defines our future, it is crucial to the diversified, sustainable development of Hong Kong as well as enhance its competitiveness. ” The programme demonstrates the boundless possibilities of scientific innovation and its importance to our lives and society. In addition to supporting home-grown innovation, HKIF also hopes that this collaboration expands the children’s horizons, opens them up to innovation and technology. Ten-year-old Huang Ho-yan, is a beneficiary of the programme. She was diagnosed with myopia of 150 degrees last year, and it has increased to 300 degrees. Her mother had thought that wearing glasses would lead to a rapid increase of myopia, so at first Ho-yan were told to wear glasses only when necessary, such as in class when she needed to look at the blackboard. However, as Ho-yan’s eyesight continued to deteriorate, her mother then tried to look for myopia control solutions but found such products unaffordable. Ho-yan will soon be provided with myopia control DIMS Spectacle Lens under the programme. Her parents would also remind their book-loving daughter to take a break while reading. Limit will be set for Ho-yan of watching television and using electronic devices as an additional safeguard. DIMS Spectacle Lens, jointly developed by PolyU and Hoya Corporation, have won the Grand Prize, Grand Award and Gold Medal at the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, Switzerland, in April 2018. It is a comfortable and safe product for myopia control. Results of the clinical trials show that children wearing DIMS Spectacle Lens had myopia progression reduced by 59%. More than 20% of the children who were in treatment group of the research did not show any myopia progression at all. In addition to helping the eyesight of children, the programme also aims to expand their horizons in innovation and technology. Participating children will be offered the opportunities to join activities related to innovation and technology, such as guided tours to OC STEM Lab at Olympian City and Sino Inno Lab in Kwun Tong.

31 Aug, 2019

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PolyU receives donation from Suga International Holdings Limited to support sustainable urban green agriculture

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) received a generous donation from Suga International Holdings Limited (SUGA) for the establishment of Hong Kong’s first research platform focusing on Urban Agriculture. The laboratory has been named as “Suga Research Laboratory for Sustainable Urban Green Agriculture” in recognition of the company’s contribution to the University. Officiating the naming ceremony were Professor the Honourable Sophia CHAN, the Secretary for Food and Health of the HKSAR Government, Dr NG Chi-ho, Chairman and Managing Director of SUGA, and Professor Jin-Guang TENG, PolyU President. The mission of the Laboratory is to develop the next generation of Urban Agriculture model to cultivate high quality and safe fruits and vegetables in a small indoor space, with hydroponics as a focus. Two research directions include the investigation of the optimal correlation between major environmental factors and the growth of hydroponics vegetables, as well as the systematical assessment of food safety risk, harmful chemicals and food-borne bacteria in vegetables grown from hydroponics and traditional farming. Professor Teng expressed sincere gratitude to Dr Ng for supporting PolyU’s sustainable urban green agriculture research. “The Laboratory is the first of its kind in Hong Kong. With the use of innovative technologies, Urban Agriculture contributes to food safety and enables sustainable food production in modern cities. It matches with one of PolyU’s strategic research areas, that is, food safety and technology,” added Professor TENG. In 2011, PolyU established the first university-based Food Safety and Technology Research Centre in Hong Kong and had successfully developed the first Food Hygiene Standard Certification System for local catering establishments, which had then been licensed to three major certification bodies in Hong Kong. At the naming ceremony, Professor Sophia CHAN said the Government has put in a lot of efforts and resources to promote the sustainable development of agriculture in Hong Kong. This includes the setting up of an Agricultural Park to encourage the adoption of modern farming methods and offering funding through the $500 million Sustainable Agricultural Development Fund to foster the research and application of new technologies as well as to encourage farmers upgrade and modernise their equipment. She welcomes the establishment of the Suga Research Laboratory in PolyU to complement the Government’s efforts on this front. Dr NG said, “SUGA has been actively applying new technology in improving food quality and safety, both for the health of human and people’s best friend, pets. I am very delighted to endorse and support this research laboratory, an exemplary cooperation among enterprise, academia and research. I am tremendously eager to see the inventive solutions that will arise from this laboratory, and how they will bring meaningful contributions to the advancement of hydroponic business and pet food business in Hong Kong.” The Suga Research Laboratory for Sustainable Urban Green Agriculture is operated by PolyU’s Food Safety and Technology Research Centre (FSTRC). Dr WONG Ka Hing, Executive Director of FSTRC, shared that the development of indoor hydroponic technology is demand-driven and customer focused to ensure that the products could fulfill the needs of Hong Kong people. Besides food safety and technology for humankind, the Laboratory has an ambition to do more and the next research focus will be on pet food. The Laboratory will also establish a Core Technology Exchange Platform for promoting knowledge transfer in Urban Agriculture and enhancing the competitiveness of the industry. Aspiring to serve as an information hub to make greater contributions in Urban Agriculture development in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and the Mainland, the Laboratory will help foster a “Healthy Eating” culture and safeguard public health.

20 Aug, 2019

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