PolyU and JITRI sign Memorandum of Understanding to foster research collaboration

Date:07 Nov 2019

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU") with Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI), witnessed by The Hon. Mrs Carrie LAM, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and WU Zhenglong, Governor of Jiangsu Province. The MoU offers a framework for research collaboration to develop basic research in science and technology, as well as for developing and implementing applied research projects in Jiangsu Province.

Held during the 2nd Jiangsu-Hong Kong Summit on Interconnected Development in Nanjing, the signing ceremony was attended by Professor Guohua CHEN, Associate Vice President (Research Support) of PolyU, and Professor Qing LIU, President of JITRI, and marks a milestone in joint research efforts between Hong Kong and Jiangsu. With the aim of commercialising high-level innovative technology outputs in global markets, basic research collaboration in a number of disciplines will be explored.

Ir Prof. Alex WAI, Vice President (Research Development) of PolyU, said "PolyU has a proven record in translating impactful research results into applicable technologies and solutions to benefit society. Leveraging Hong Kong's strengths in advanced innovative technology and high-caliber talents, as well as JITRI's expertise in technology research for enterprises, we believe the collaboration will help elevate the profile of research and development for both parties."

Professor Qing Liu, President of JITRI, added that the Institute is dedicated to serving as a bridge linking industrial research and development, as well as global resources, with a view to fostering technological innovation in Jiangsu Province. The signing of the MoU will further attract high-level innovative technology outputs for commercialisation in Jiangsu.

JITRI has established matching funding of RMB40 million which includes RMB20 million from JITRI headquarters in Nanjing and RMB20 million from local JITRI institutes/partner companies initially for five years, to support collaborative research projects with PolyU.

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Enquiries: Ms Karen Jiang
Innovation and Technology Development Office

Email 3400 2863  Email karenying.jiang@polyu.edu.hk