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PolyU's sports teams win three consecutive Grand Slams in the Inter-collegiate Competition, showcasing the University’s efforts in nurturing elite athletes

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has always put emphasis on the whole-person development of students. By promoting a sporting culture on campus, the University hopes that students can further develop their self-confidence, team spirit, self-discipline and perseverance. PolyU's sporting ethos has enabled its student-athletes to thrive in the sports scene. PolyU women's swimming team members Toto WONG Kwan-to (School of Optometry, PolyU) and Tinky HO Nam-wai (Division of Business and Hospitality Management, Hong Kong Community College, PolyU) are representing the Hong Kong swimming team in the Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay and 4x200m Freestyle Relay events respectively in the Tokyo Olympics this year. Michael NG Yu-hin (Department of Rehabilitation Science, PolyU), record holder of the Hong Kong Short Course Men’s 200m Breaststroke, will participate in the FINA Swimming World Championships (25m) to be held in Abu Dhabi this December. He is also aiming to participate in the Asian Games to be held in Hangzhou next year.

27 Jul, 2021

Achievements Student Affairs Office

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PolyU launches first space science education programme for secondary students to stimulate their interest in STEM via designing space experiments

Over the years, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has been actively involved in national space missions, and is committed to promoting space science education. Following the recent visit of top national space scientists to Hong Kong and the exhibition of lunar soil in the city, which inspired many young people’s interests in space exploration, PolyU is pleased to launch its first space science education programme. The programme aims to cultivate the interest of local youth in space science and elevate their enthusiasm for participating in the development of space technology, so that they can make contributions to the Nation.

15 Jul, 2021

Research & Innovation Faculty of Construction and Environment, Faculty of Engineering

The Chairmen of the UGC Funded University Councils issue a statement

Chairmen of the UGC Funded University Councils strongly condemn acts of terror and violence and call for proper values among students and staff The Council Chairmen noted with shock and anger the recent acts of terror and violence in our society. Given the highly volatile situation, it is particularly regrettable that some members of the community have attempted to legitimise and even glorify such acts of violence. These acts are an affront of the law. They go beyond the norms of public decency, morality and value, seriously undermine law and order, and damage Hong Kong as a law-abiding society. All Council Chairmen strongly condemn acts of terror and violence, and support the Government in its investigation of the terrorist and violent acts. We call on all to stop spreading hate and violence, and to cease glorifying acts of violence. All university stakeholders have a duty to halt extremist thinking, and to distance themselves from violence, and instead adopt proper values. Mr Lester Huang, Chairman of the Council of City University of Hong Kong Dr Clement Chen, Chairman of the Council of Hong Kong Baptist University Mr Andrew Yao Cho-fai, Chairman of the Council of Lingnan University Dr Norman Leung Nai-pang, Chairman of the Council of The Chinese University of Hong Kong Dr David Wong Yau-kar, Chairman of the Council of The Education University of Hong Kong Dr Lam Tai-fai, Chairman of the Council of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Mr Andrew Liao, Chairman of the Council of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Professor Arthur Li, Chairman of the Council of The University of Hong Kong (Listed in alphabetical order of university titles)

9 Jul, 2021

Others Communications and Public Affairs Office

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PolyU Design Show 2021 introduces all new interdisciplinary projects

The PolyU Design Show 2021 organised by the School of Design of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU Design) is presenting creative design solutions by new-generation designers virtually and physically from now until 31 July 2021. Newly featured at the Show this year are the interdisciplinary capstone projects, echoing the global trend in demand for multi-talented designers. “Design education nowadays is not only limited to providing skills training or provoking creativity, but also needs to offer an open and inspirational co-creation environment for students with different abilities and expertise to work together, learn from each other and grow together,” Professor Kun-Pyo LEE, Dean of PolyU Design said. “Design problems have become far more complex than ever. Each problem typically requires expertise from more than one specific discipline, and therefore goes beyond an individual designer’s skillset. That is why we are trying to put students from different disciplines together to address design problems at a deeper level,” Professor Lee added.

8 Jul, 2021

Events School of Design

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PolyU organises on-campus COVID-19 vaccination campaign for students and staff

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) organised an on-campus COVID-19 vaccination campaign for its students and staff via the outreach vaccination service launched by the Civil Service Bureau of the HKSAR Government. About 900 PolyU students and staff registered to receive the BioNTech-Comirnaty vaccine on 7 and 8 July, with the second injection scheduled on 28 and 29 July. Prior to this vaccination campaign, PolyU has been providing the Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine through the University Health Service since March 2021. Professor Jin-Guang TENG, President of PolyU, said, “I am pleased to learn that the on-campus vaccination campaign received enthusiastic support from PolyU’s students and staff. Vaccination is a scientific way to effectively reduce the risk of spreading the virus, safeguard the health of the public and help provide a safe learning and working environment during the epidemic.” To enable the University to resume normal operations in teaching, learning and research, including the resumption of face-to-face classes and activities in the new academic year, the University strongly encourages its students and staff to get vaccinated as soon as possible or complete the vaccination 14 days prior to the academic year 2021/22.   ***** END *****

7 Jul, 2021

Others Communications and Public Affairs Office

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PolyU develops highly sensitive, microscopic optical fibre sensors with pioneering biomedical monitoring capability

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has made a breakthrough development in optical fibre sensors, making the advanced railway safety monitoring technologies available for medical surveillance inside the human body. The research team led by Professor Hwa-yaw TAM, Chair Professor of Photonics and Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering at PolyU, developed the novel fibre optic microsensors that are biocompatible, supple and extremely sensitive to very small pressure changes inside the human body. The new sensors open new possibilities for medical applications, from improving surgery precision to providing novel ways of monitoring human body recovery from within the body. Examples include smart cochlear implantation, bone fracture recovery monitoring, or navigation monitoring in cardiac catheterization. Optical fibres are not just for transmission – they are also good sensors for detecting external changes by observing the reflection of the light beams passing through them. There is also growing use of fibre optics technology in medical applications, such as in surgical instrumentation, diagnostic and imaging equipment, or sensor-based wearable medical devices. However, to deploy fibre optic sensing technology for monitoring inside the human body, traditional optical fibres made of glass or plastic have major drawbacks – glass is too stiff and brittle, while traditional plastic fibres tend to absorb water. Furthermore, the optical fibre sensors need to be able to detect very subtle changes for the purpose of medical monitoring. Professor Tam’s team made a critical breakthrough by basing their novel fibre optic sensors on an advanced plastic material, ZEONEX, that solves the problems of glass and traditional plastic. In addition, the new sensor is made more sensitive by adding a side hole running in parallel with the light transmission path inside the optical fibre. The new “Side Hole Polymer Optical Fibre Sensors” are biocompatible and could be made as small as a few micrometres. Their sensitivity to pressure is twenty times that of traditional optical fibre sensors. Professor Tam believes the sensors enable whole new applications for medical monitoring inside the human body not available before. “The new plastic sensors are humidity insensitive, supple and shatter-resistant. They are also chemically inert, biocompatible, and can be made super tiny in size. These unique features make the sensors ideal for integration with medical implants,” Professor Tam said. “The new plastic optical fibre sensors can detect extremely subtle changes even of a difference smaller than 1 per cent of atmospheric pressure – sensitive enough to measure pressure inside the lungs while breathing, which changes by just a few kilopascals,” he added. The research team is currently working with counterparts from Australian and Japanese universities to develop various sensors for medical monitoring applications. For instance, a smart cochlear implant featuring the PolyU tiny sensors could provide critical information about location and force to surgeons in real time during the implantation procedure. The smart cochlear implant will commence in vitro testing at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. PolyU is also working with Monash University researchers to integrate fibre sensors in orthopaedic implants for monitoring bone fracture recovery. The PolyU research team will continue to explore further medical monitoring applications using the new plastic fibre optic sensors, including their use for precise navigation and shape detection in cardiac catheterization. Professor Tam and his team are also working to expand the sensors’ ability to measure other physical or chemical changes like acidity and temperature. “We also seek to develop a sensing network that integrates our sensors with emerging technologies like the wireless Internet-of-Things. The sensing network would be able to give a comprehensive and precise picture of changes inside the human body, thus helping patients around the world via technological innovation,” he said. The “Side Hole Polymer Optical Fibre Sensors” research findings were published earlier this year in Optics Letters by US-based The Optical Society. Part of the jointly developed applications with other universities have already been granted patents.   ***End***

6 Jul, 2021

Research & Innovation Faculty of Engineering

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PolyU flag-raising ceremony in commemoration of the 24th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) today held a flag-raising ceremony on campus in commemoration of the 24th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Dr LAM Tai-fai, Council Chairman of PolyU, Dr Lawrence LI Kwok-Chang, Deputy Council Chairman of PolyU, Dr Katherine NGAN Ng Yu-ying, Court Chairman of PolyU, and Professor Jin-Guang TENG, President of PolyU, together with senior management of the University attended the ceremony to show support for the continued development of our Nation as well as the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong.

1 Jul, 2021

Events The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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Centennial Exhibition on Chinese Scientists and Lunar Soil Sample features PolyU's contributions to national space missions

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is honoured to be invited to the Centennial Exhibition showcasing Chinese scientists and a lunar soil sample, which starts from tomorrow at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

26 Jun, 2021

Events The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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Leading Chinese aerospace scientists speak on BeiDou and Chang'e programmes at PolyU public lectures

Two distinguished astronautical scientists overseeing China’s BeiDou navigation satellite system and the Chang’e-4 mission to the moon’s far side spoke today at the public lectures of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) – part of their visiting programme in Hong Kong to reach out to young people and inspire them to pursue scientific exploration. ZHANG He, executive director of the Chang’e-4 lunar probe project, talked about the significance of the mission – in which PolyU was involved – in terms of understanding the mysterious “dark side” of the moon and how it laid the foundation for future exploration of the lunar south pole. “Before we landed on the far side of the moon, there were online rumours about an alien base being located there. But since Chang’e-4’s landing until now, we have found nothing except regolith, rocks and impact craters. It is a desolate place and definitely has no alien base there,” Zhang told the audience at the Jockey Club Auditorium and viewers tuned into the live streaming on social media. On the moon soil samples collected last year via PolyU’s “Surface Sampling and Packing System” in the subsequent Chang’e-5 mission, Zhang said China is committed to contributing to international space exploration, and has already opened loan applications for the samples to researchers around the world. Zhang encouraged young people to contribute to the Nation’s astronautical endeavours in various roles, no matter what disciplines they studied. “Even if you are an arts student, you can join our administrative operations and contribute to our astronautical endeavours,” she said. Meanwhile, XIE Jun, chief designer of the third generation BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS-3), discussed how China developed its own navigation satellite system and completed its constellation of thirty-five satellites after over two decades of effort. The system is now serving a wide range of applications including transportation and agriculture. Xie told Hong Kong students that the Nation’s astronautical projects need talents from all academic disciplines. “Specifically for the BeiDou programme, we are particularly in need of talents with chemistry or physics backgrounds to help solve engineering challenges like the development of atomic clocks and homegrown parts,” he said. PolyU teachers and students led by PolyU’s President, Professor Jin-Guang TENG, also had an exchange salon session in the afternoon with Xie, Zhang and the Tianwen-1 Mars probe’s chief designer SUN Zezhou, together with young astronautical scientists from the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. Other PolyU researchers who attended included Professor YUNG Kai-leung, Director of the University Research Centre for Deep Space Explorations and Chair Professor & Associate Head of Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; Professor WU Bo, Associate Head of Department of Land Surveying and Geo-informatics; and Professor FU Xiaowen, Associate Dean (External Engagement) of Faculty of Engineering.   *****End*****

24 Jun, 2021

Research & Innovation The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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PolyU welcomes distinguished scientists of China’s space programmes and hosts their first public lecture series in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) today extended its warmest welcome to the visit of a delegation of distinguished Chinese astronautical scientists who spearhead China’s key space programmes from manned missions to lunar and Mars explorations. PolyU was also honoured to host the delegation’s first public lecture during their visit to Hong Kong at the Jockey Club Auditorium, featuring Professor QI Faren, the first chief designer of the Shenzhou spacecrafts, who talked about China’s space programme and the spirit and virtues embodied by its astronautical researchers.

23 Jun, 2021

Research & Innovation The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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