PolyU and JITRI sign Memorandum of Understanding to foster research collaboration
7 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, including in biomedical science and engineering, pharmaceutics and medicines, environmental science and engineering, new generation information and communication technology, and high-end manufacturing and equipment.
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. The advantages of each of the two institutions are complementary, and PolyU is very pleased to join hands with JITRI and to facilitate applications in innovation and new technology development.”
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 which have potential for technology development or commercialisation in Jiangsu. Five research projects have already been successfully matched to apply for this funding support. Meeting the growing needs from the industry, these funded research projects are in areas including industrial robotic arms, printable transparent organic solar cells, and enhancing human-robot interactions through thermal point clouds.
Committed to strengthening the collective efforts in research-related activities between the two parties, it is expected that this partnership will help explore more innovative technologies, and advance applied research and commercialization in the field of science and technology in Jiangsu Province.
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