Nestled at the heart of PolyU, House of Innovation (HoI) is an easily recognizable landmark you can’t miss. Amidst the brick-red towers, this glass block is the Hall of Fame housing the epitomes of the University’s accomplishment in research and development. In fact, PolyU is the first local educational institution with a technology showroom located in the campus and it has received thousands of visitors yearly since its inception.
The foyer of the HoI features PolyU’s innovative research projects and exceptional achievements from various disciplines including Biotech and Healthcare, Construction and Environmental Technology, Design, Engineering and Physics, Hotel and Tourism Management, Humanities and Social Science, Information and Communications Technology. It also has three dedicated areas themed on Textile and Fashion, Space Exploration and Structural Health Monitoring Technology.
While world renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando built the "Church of the Light" in Osaka prefecture, we have the "Wall of the Light" in the HoI. Light has always been a symbol of new idea and creative solutions; this is the concept behind this illuminated wall – to reveal the truth behind seemingly intimidating technologies. Those LED tubes on the “Wall of the Light” are not ordinary ones; they are the authentic creation by PolyU experts that uses less energy and emits more light than regular LED, turning a new page in energy conservation. This energy-saving breakthrough has already been licensed to a local company. It has once again testified PolyU's capability in knowledge transfer for the betterment of the community.
PolyU’s Achievement in Innovation, Research and Development
Approaching its eightieth anniversary since its establishment as the Government Trade School in 1937, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is a higher education institution (HEI) with a vision to be outstanding in all aspects of education, research as well as partnership, thereby painting a better future for Hong Kong, China and the whole world.
The University’s motto is "To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind". Upholding this motto, PolyU offers a plethora of high quality professional programmes with an aim to nurture its students into creative, independent and successful future leaders. Over the years, we have also established a strong research culture of Innovative technology in which our academic experts can freely engage in impactful research projects that are high in practical value and tremendously beneficial to industry and society.
In fact, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is among the most prolific institutions in the aspect of applied research and development in the region. Year after year, the convincing figures contribute to justifying our pride in the University’s innovative technology development, and continue to consolidate our leading position in research. For example, PolyU ranked 1st among tertiary institutions in Hong Kong in terms of the number of US patents granted in years 2012 and 2013. In 2013, boasting 30 granted patents, the University was positioned 67th in global ranking. As at June 2014, nearly 570 cumulative patents had been obtained, and over 1170 patents had been filed. In the year 2013/14, over 50 patents were granted, while close to 70 patent and trademark applications were submitted.
In the meantime, knowledge transfer in the form of licensing allows companies to harness PolyU’ innovative technology in order to sharpen their competitive edges while developing new products. In the year 2013/14, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University entered into more than 40 licensing agreements, Memoranda of Understanding (MOU), or non-disclosure agreements for its proprietary knowledge in various disciplines.