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Fighting COVID-19: Innovative responses from USRN member institutions

The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled even the most advanced healthcare systems, and it continues to pose the toughest of challenges to governments and the general public. At the same time, this crisis has illuminated the positive impact of unity, strength and a sense of community. In all corners of the world, universities, colleges, and other academic communities have willingly and openly joined the fight against the pandemic. Conducting vital research into the design and production of personal protective equipment, providing access to relevant information and offering their own facilities to those in self-isolation, these institutions have been lending their rich resources to supporting the current efforts to address the needs arising from the effects of the crisis. To offer some insights into how universities can contribute to fighting the battle against the pandemic, a featured website has been developed, focusing the spotlight on eight member universities from the University Social Responsibility Network and their valuable contributions to their communities and beyond in battling COVID-19. More:

15 Jun, 2020



PolyU appoints new Court Chairman and Honorary Chairman

Dr Katherine Ngan Ng Yu-ying and Dr Victor Lo Chung-wing have been appointed as Chairman and Honorary Chairman of the University Court respectively, for a term of three years with effect from 1 January 2020. Dr Katherine Ngan, Vice President of May Cheong Toy Products Fty Ltd, is a distinguished entrepreneur and a keen supporter of PolyU. She has contributed significantly to the advancement of the University through various capacities over the past years: as a Member of the PolyU Council (2001–2007), a Director of the Hotel ICON Board (2008–2019), Deputy Chairman (July 2014–June 2018) and Chairman (since July 2018) of the PolyU Foundation. Dr Ngan has also served as Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Organising Committees of Fund-raising Dinners and Anniversary Dinners of the University. Dr Victor Lo, Chairman and Chief Executive of Gold Peak Industries (Holdings) Ltd, was Chairman of PolyU Council (2004–2009) and served as Chairman of the University Court (2017–2019). The University Council and Management are most grateful to Dr Lo for his invaluable contributions to PolyU throughout the years, and are pleased to secure his continued guidance through his new capacity.

1 Jan, 2020


President explores alumni affairs development at roundtable meeting in Beijing

At the second PolyU Alumni Affairs Development Roundtable Meeting held in Beijing on 21 December 2019, President Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, Executive Vice President Dr Miranda Lou and 20 alumni leaders from all six mainland alumni networks explored the development of alumni affairs in the coming year.   President Teng shared the latest situation on campus and the restoration plan. Dr Lou sincerely thanked the Pearl River Delta Alumni Network for their generous support and assistance in providing arrival and accommodation services for more than 300 PolyU Mainland students who left Hong Kong for Shenzhen during the emergency period in mid-November.   All alumni leaders have expressed their goodwill to help on rebuilding PolyU’s reputation. They actively shared views on and insights into how alumni networks could contribute to the restoration works, support student development and strengthen the bond of the PolyU alumni.   After the Roundtable Meeting, President Teng and Dr Lou met with 70 mainland alumni at a dinner organised by the PolyU Beijing Alumni Network.

21 Dec, 2019


President shares PolyU development plans with alumni in Shanghai

On 19 September, President Prof. Jin-Guang Teng and Executive Vice President Dr Miranda Lou gathered in Shanghai with over a hundred alumni and former staff who engage in research work. President Teng shared with alumni the achievements and development plans of PolyU as a world-class research university. President Teng (middle) with Dr Miranda Lou (second from right) met with alumni Mr Michael Ross, Vice Chairman of Charoen Pokphand Group (CP Group) (second from left), Dr Yang Dong-ri, President of PolyU Beijing Alumni Network (first from left) and Mr Cheung Hon-wan, President of PolyU Shanghai Alumni Network. The dinner provided a good networking opportunity for alumni and friends to explore ways to enhance PolyU’s development.

19 Sep, 2019


Strengthened Collaboration with the University of Waterloo

PolyU signed a Strategic University Partnership Institutional Agreement with Canada's University of Waterloo (Waterloo), vowing to explore every opportunity to strengthen their collaboration on education, research and entrepreneurship in November 2018. To take this already fruitful partnership to the next level, the two institutions are now eager to support and capitalise on the nation's plans to develop the Greater Bay Area (GBA) into a dynamic economic hub and powerhouse for entrepreneurship and technological innovation. The Waterloo high-level delegation led by its President Professor Feridun Hamdullahpurhas visited PolyU for the first time during 13-14 March 2019.  Professor Alex Wai, Vice President (Research Development) hosted a welcome luncheon for the UW delegation, during which he jointly presented on PolyU's research achievements & development, entrepreneurship and the Greater Bay Area International Institute for Innovation with Dr Alwin Wong, Director of Institute for Entrepreneurship (IfE). Dr Wong then took the delegation on a tour of the PolyU InnoHub located in the Jockey Club Innovation Tower. The UW delegation also visited the Industrial Centre, Water and Waste Laboratories and Jockey Club Smart Aging Hub on PolyU campus. After the tour, Dr Hamdullahpur and his UW delegates met with PolyU senior management, including Dr Miranda Lou, Executive Vice President, Professor Ben Young, Vice President (Student Affairs), Professor S. L. Ho, Associate Vice President (Academic Support) and Professor Chetwyn Chan, Associate Vice President (Learning and Teaching), Deans and Heads, for a roundtable discussion about our current and potential collaborations between the two universities, chaired by Professor Philip C. H. Chan, Interim President.  During the meeting, Dr Hamdullahpur, both Presidents also exchanged views on university's key initiatives around knowledge transfer, entrepreneurship, innovation, fintech and allied health. A milestone in this strategic endeavour was PolyU and Shenzhen University's joint establishment of the GBA International Institute for Innovation (GBA I3) as a platform for international knowledge transfer (KT) and deep tech entrepreneurship along with high-quality innovation and entrepreneurship education. Under its Strategic Partnership with PolyU, Waterloo will now have the opportunity to contribute to this international network of academic institutions, governments and corporations, and in turn benefit from the unique resources of the GBA I3.  This year, the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Start-up Immersion Programme (SIP) will give Waterloo students the chance to develop their entrepreneurial skills and experience Asia's start-up ecosystem and market. With sponsorship generously pledged by PolyU, the SIP will not only strengthen the exchange between PolyU and Waterloo, but also foster an entrepreneurial spirit and cooperation among young people within and beyond the GBA. Few Waterloo students have submitted applications for the round of 2019 and PolyU has also recommended other overseas partners in Germany, Australia, Korea and Japan to encourage their students for participation. PolyU and Waterloo have also jointly invested in transforming research outcomes into real-world impact. From September 2019, the Startup Postdoc Programme will offer five recent PhD graduates from overseas an intensive 12-24 month package – start-up funding, mentorship, MBA-level entrepreneurship education and much more – to support the commercialization of their research as technology start-ups in the GBA. The two universities are committed to sharing best practices on licensing and commercializing their members' intellectual property.  Impressive as these achievements are, they are only the first step in PolyU and Waterloo's plans to enrich and deepen their partnership. Students, faculty and staff at both institutions will benefit from joint educational and entrepreneurship exchange programmes, and the universities' synergistic cooperation on the production and dissemination of research will offer endless possibilities for KT, making this historic Strategic Partnership invaluable to the GBA and beyond.

23 Apr, 2019


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