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PolyU InnoTech Open Day showcases the University's contributions to I&T development via world-class education, interdisciplinary research, knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) today held the PolyU InnoTech Open Day on campus to showcase the University’s latest endeavours in education, interdisciplinary research, knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship which are helping to empower the innovation and technology (I&T) development of Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and beyond. The Open Day, a signature PolyU 85th Anniversary event, was specially designed for entrepreneurs, industry partners, start-ups, researchers, young talents, secondary school students and parents. Professor Dong SUN, Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry of the HKSAR Government, Ms Rebecca PUN, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government, Mr LIU Maozhou, Inspector of the Department of Educational, Scientific and Technological Affairs of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in HKSAR, Dr LAM Tai-fai, PolyU’s Council Chairman, Dr Lawrence LI, Deputy Council Chairman, Dr Roy CHUNG, Honorary Court Chairman, and Professor Jin-Guang TENG, President, Professor Wing-Tak WONG, Deputy President and Provost, and Dr Miranda LOU, Executive Vice President, officiated at the Opening Ceremony of the event today. Another highlight of the event was the inspiring lecture given by Sir Michael HOUGHTON, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2020, on the topic of “Eliminating hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection as a major public health threat” via video conferencing. Professor Dong Sun, Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, said, “Over the years, PolyU has been playing a long-supporting and pioneering role in driving the I&T development in Hong Kong. With the government’s solid commitment to the I&T development, coupling with our strong capabilities in scientific research and academic excellence of our universities, Hong Kong’s I&T ecosystem is flourishing and increasingly vibrant.” Professor Jin-Guang Teng, President of PolyU, said, “The development of a vibrant innovation & technology industry is key to the future success of Hong Kong, and has received very strong support from both the central government and the Hong Kong SAR government. I am sure the new term of government will put in more resources for accelerating I&T development in Hong Kong. PolyU aims to play a significant role in this area, and today’s event exemplifies our efforts.” The Opening Ceremony also marked the inauguration of the PolyU Academy for Interdisciplinary Research (PAIR). PAIR is the largest research platform of its kind in Hong Kong and the GBA to foster interdisciplinary research, partnership with world-renowned scholars, and the transfer of technologies to stakeholders. PAIR aspires to be a world leader in providing interdisciplinary solutions for major societal challenges, and its research focuses on frontier areas such as artificial intelligence, carbon neutrality, deep space exploration, smart cities, smart energy, and many more. Professor Christopher Chao, Vice President (Research and Innovation) of PolyU, said, “There are a number of societal challenges facing us every day, from poverty to hunger, and from climate change issues to how to build a sustainable city. Interdisciplinary research solutions can be used to tackle many of these world challenges. We hope to make an impact on Hong Kong, the GBA and the world.” The six winners of the newly launched PolyU Young Innovative Researcher Award (YIRA) 2022 and 10 winning teams of the President’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Knowledge Transfer (KT) were also presented with the awards at the ceremony. YIRA is a university-level award to recognise young faculty members whose research demonstrates excellence in addressing global challenges (for the full list of awardees, please visit https://polyu.me/3yFmQn3), while the President’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement in KT recognises impactful projects that demonstrate contributions in advancing technological or industry standards through application of PolyU’s research and innovations (for the full list of awardees, please visit https://polyu.me/3O8QRkU). In addition to the Opening Ceremony, a series of activities were held throughout the day, providing visitors with an excellent opportunity to learn more about PolyU’s contributions to I&T, as well as to explore academic, entrepreneurial and collaboration opportunities. The start-up pitching and PolyU unicorn sharing sessions not only highlighted the impressive achievements and innovations of start-ups nurtured by the University but also allowed young future entrepreneurs to broaden their exposure and expedite ideation. The Research & Innovation breakout sessions featured novel and frontier topics related to life sciences, smart cities, neurohealth, future society, energy technology for carbon-neutrality, healthy food and lifestyle management, future manufacturing, artificial intelligence of things and intelligent wearable systems. These sessions served as a platform for industry practitioners and PolyU expert researchers to exchange views on technology innovation and development, collaboration, industry trends and applications. For secondary school students who are curious about the learning experience at PolyU, there were student consultation booths, info seminars about academic programmes, campus life sharing sessions and themed tours to various campus facilities and labs. There were also showcases of PolyU's newly established CURI Residential College and STARS Residential College – the former supports undergraduate students in conducting scientific research under the guidance of University professors; and the latter provides talented students in sports, art, social services, leadership and STEM with a vibrant living and learning environment to foster holistic development. To add more excitement to the event, visitors were greeted by two special guests, the artificially intelligent robots Sophia and Grace, created and programmed by Hanson Robotics, a Hong Kong-based humanoid robotics company. Sophia is also the first robot in the world to be granted citizenship and the first robot Innovation Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme. Thanks to The Hong Kong Jockey Club, there was an exclusive contemporary art showcase of 400 mini Drago Cavallo (dragon horses), a contemporary expression of Chinese culture and a symbol of inspiration designed by renowned artist Simon Ma, to spread positivity on campus during the Open Day.   ***END***

16 Jul, 2022

Events Communications and Public Affairs Office

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PolyU and HKIAA sign MoU to cultivate young talents and conduct research for the aviation industry

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and The Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) signed a two-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an aim of contributing to the local aviation industry by cultivating talents and conducting aviation-related research projects with joint efforts. Leveraging on HKIAA’s extensive experience in talent nurturing, together with PolyU’s competence in scientific research, the parties will work closely to develop training programmes for the aviation industry, as well as optimise the execution of such programmes and the collaboration in promotion. In addition, one of the highlights of the MoU is to jointly conduct aviation-related research projects. The pair is committed to exchanging professional knowledge and experience of training and research and sharing such resources as training facilities and flight simulators, so as to maximise the synergy to cultivate talents for the industry. Witnessed by Prof. Wing Tak WONG, Deputy President and Provost of PolyU, and Mr CK NG, CEO of HKIA Services Holdings Ltd., the MoU was signed by Ir Prof. H.C. MAN, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, PolyU, and Ir Simon LI, President of HKIAA, at the signing ceremony held on PolyU campus. The Dean of Faculty of Engineering at PolyU, Ir Professor H.C. Man said, “This is a timely collaboration between PolyU and HKIAA for professional human resources development in order to support the rapid and imminent growth of our aviation industry in Hong Kong. We will work on various professional training programmes as well as research and development projects to groom our young generation in Hong Kong to be the key stakeholders in this pillar industry.” Ir Simon Li, President of HKIAA said, “We can foresee that the completion of the third runway system at Hong Kong International Airport in 2024 will create more opportunities. There is a greater need than ever for talented individuals to join the aviation industry. We look forward to working together with PolyU to attract, develop and nurture young talent to support the sustainable growth of the aviation industry in Hong Kong and throughout the region.” In spite of the challenges faced by the global aviation industry due to the pandemic, it is believed that the new opportunities ahead for the development of the industry are substantial. Through the cooperation with HKIAA, PolyU expects to make contributions to the aviation industry in Hong Kong.   ***END***

14 Jul, 2022

Events Faculty of Engineering

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PolyU confers University Fellowships on eight distinguished personalities

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) conferred the title of University Fellow on eight outstanding individuals in recognition of their significant contributions to the University and community. Presided over by Dr Lam Tai-fai, Chairman of the University Council, the conferment ceremony was held at the Jockey Club Auditorium on the PolyU campus. The recipients were warmly greeted by PolyU’s President, Professor Jin-Guang Teng, and other senior staff members of the University. Dr Lam delivered a speech at the conferment ceremony, where he remarked, “The eight distinguished individuals who have been awarded a University Fellowship are outstanding members of the community and excellent leaders in various professions, business sectors and industries. I strongly believe that our new Fellows will empower us to take our development to the next level, helping us excel even further.” Professor Teng welcomed the new Fellows to the PolyU family. “By joining forces with our new Fellows, who are exemplars of social responsibility, and with the continuous efforts and initiatives of the PolyU community, I am confident that the University will scale new heights in its pursuit of world-class education and research for the benefit of society,” said Professor Teng. Since its introduction in 2000, PolyU has conferred University Fellowships on a total of 128 distinguished persons. Biography of the University Fellows   ***END***

9 Jul, 2022

Events Alumni Affairs Office

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PolyU further contributes to the development of China's aerospace technology by collaborating with the Academy of Aerospace Propulsion Technology in establishing the “Joint Research Centre of Advanced Aerospace Propulsion Technology”

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and the Academy of Aerospace Propulsion Technology (AAPT) have signed an agreement to establish the “Joint Research Centre of Advanced Aerospace Propulsion Technology”. Led by the Department of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering (AAE) of PolyU, the collaboration aims to establish a highly competitive scientific research force and technical cooperation team in the field of advanced aerospace propulsion technology through a long-term and in-depth strategic partnership. It is expected to further contribute to the development of China's aerospace technology. Advanced aerospace propulsion technology is a future-oriented field with broad application prospects. PolyU and AAPT have formed an ongoing complementary partnership to establish the “Joint Research Centre of Advanced Aerospace Propulsion Technology”. The five-year cooperation plan involves a number of joint research and development projects. Adhering to the global future development direction of aerospace propulsion technology, the projects will focus on the research and development of key technologies, and enhance the engineering research and production capabilities in the field. The signing ceremony for the cooperation agreement was held on 4 July 2022. The document of cooperation was signed by Professor Christopher CHAO, Vice President (Research and Innovation) of PolyU and Mr LI Bin, Associate Dean of AAPT, and was witnessed by Professor Jin-Guang TENG, President of PolyU and Mr WANG Wanjun, Dean of AAPT. PolyU’s President, Professor Jin-Guang Teng said, “AAPT is the R&D centre of liquid propellant rocket engines in China. PolyU and China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) have been working closely together to support the Nation's space exploration and research. This new collaboration will further support the development and modernisation of the Nation’s civil aerospace industry, manned spaceflight and space exploration. PolyU is honoured to continue its ongoing contribution to the development of the Nation’s aerospace science and technology.” Mr Wang Wanjun, Dean of AAPT said, “PolyU AAE has a world-leading research foundation, as well as design experience in aerospace and aeronautical propulsion technology. With PolyU’s comprehensive professional facilities and intelligence resources, the Joint Research Centre for Advanced Aerospace Propulsion Technology can become an influential platform for knowledge exchange. It will be of great benefit to the promotion of research and technological development in the field.” In addition to several joint research projects, this collaboration is also committed to cultivating a group of high-level interdisciplinary experts for future applications. “This collaboration will facilitate academic exchanges and resources sharing, and support scholars in conducting various academic seminars more efficiently, while also nurturing high-tech talents such as research doctoral students and visiting scholars. The joint research team will additionally be involved in a wide range of joint research programmes to foster major projects.” said Professor Chao, Vice President (Research and Innovation) of PolyU. Mr Li, Associate Dean of AAPT said, “The Joint Research Centre will push the cooperation between PolyU and CASC to a new height. This longer-term and comprehensive partnership will serve and support the country's major needs and implementation of its technology projects.” PolyU’s Department of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering The Department of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering (AAE) is committed to leading the development of the field of aeronautical and aviation engineering by amalgamating the experts in the Faculty and the industry. It has a rich history and solid background in engaging in academic research, and industrial collaborations related to aeronautical and aerospace engineering. AAE is well known for its researches in advanced technologies including supersonic combustion ramjet, liquid-propellant rocket engine and propellant combustion globally. Academy of Aerospace Propulsion Technology (AAPT) Established in 1965, the Academy of Aerospace Propulsion Technology (AAPT) is one of China’s core aerospace science and technology research units, owned by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). It has 11 units, which are all equipped with advanced facilities for innovation and research, production, and testing. As the only research centre in China focusing on aerospace propulsion technology, its development and production of various propulsion systems have been supporting the Nation’s space exploration and aerospace technology modernization and development.   ***END***

7 Jul, 2022

Events Department of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering

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PolyU launches the largest interdisciplinary research platform in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area to advance the development of an international innovation hub

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has established the PolyU Academy for Interdisciplinary Research (PAIR) – the largest research platform of its kind in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area to foster interdisciplinary research, partnership with world-renowned scholars, and the transfer of technologies to stakeholders. PAIR focuses on research in frontier areas such as artificial intelligence, carbon neutrality, deep space exploration, smart cities, smart energy, and many more. The Academy will make impactful contributions to the development of Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area into an international innovation and technology hub. Comprising 16 research institutes and centres with over 400 highly qualified PolyU senior researchers from all over the world, the interdisciplinary research platform is the largest among its peers in the Greater Bay Area. It pools top brains with a wealth of investigative and professional experience to conduct PAIR’s cutting-edge interdisciplinary research programmes. The Academy aspires to offer solutions to unprecedented societal challenges arising from climate change, food safety, an ageing population, disease, energy shortages, etc. It will also aim to promote sustainable development and growth. The PAIR research institutes and centres will furthermore address the opportunities brought about by the emerging technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution that will change how people work and live, such as artificial intelligence, data science, the Internet of Things, and robotics. PAIR’s innovative research projects are supported by PolyU’s world-class laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities, including the State Key Laboratories and the Chinese National Engineering Research Centres (Hong Kong Branches). Prof. Jin-Guang TENG, President of PolyU, said the University is committed to developing innovations across disciplines and cultivating impactful solutions to the global challenges of today. He said, “PAIR will also promote and facilitate the establishment of close partnerships with industries and the community, ensuring the real-world significance and impact of its research. Furthermore, the Academy will play an important role in developing and supporting research collaboration activities with counterparts in the Mainland and around the world. PolyU will leverage its leading research and innovation capability and capitalise on the Greater Bay Area’s manufacturing strength to build the region into an international innovation and technology hub.” Prof. Christopher CHAO, Vice President (Research and Innovation) of PolyU, said the expansion of interdisciplinary research over the past decade has brought about a fundamental change in the basic concepts and practices of a scientific discipline. He added, “New disciplines may also emerge from the extensive research currently being performed by scientists in this interdisciplinary environment. Their research may have a wide-ranging positive impact, expanding knowledge and improving the quality of life.” The Academy is headed by Prof. Qingyan CHEN, Director of PAIR, Global STEM Professor, and Chair Professor of Building Thermal Science in the Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering of PolyU. He is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, United States, after a distinguished stint of two decades at the prestigious university. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Building and Environment journal since 2008. Prof. Chen said, “Interdisciplinary research can be one of the most productive and inspiring of human pursuits to produce solutions to the profound issues that society is facing. PAIR researchers are expanding knowledge and solving challenging problems through basic and applied interdisciplinary research, integrating disciplines not only from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but also from business, design, social science, humanities, and management.” The official inauguration of PAIR will be held on 16 July 2022 at the Jockey Club Auditorium on campus and is one of the key events at the PolyU InnoTech Open Day.   ***END***  

5 Jul, 2022

Research & Innovation Others

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Thetos Foundation supports PolyU to establish Endowed Young Scholar position in Social Services

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is committed to embracing the opportunities and challenges posed by an ageing society through interdisciplinary research, education, and practice. Thetos Foundation, a strong supporter of organisations that serve the community, has recently pledged a generous donation to establish the Thetos Foundation Endowed Young Scholar position in Social Services, in order to support PolyU’s continuous endeavours in social services research. Dr Ada FUNG, Assistant Professor of the Department of Applied Social Sciences, has been appointed as the Endowed Young Scholar. To express its sincere gratitude for Thetos Foundation’s generous support, PolyU held an appreciation lunch yesterday (4 July). The host of the lunch, PolyU’s President Prof. Jin-Guang TENG, said, “The establishment of the Young Scholar position illustrates the community's recognition of PolyU's research achievements. PolyU will continue to harness its substantial research competence to bring even greater benefits to society.” Hong Kong Solicitor Mr Charles TO, Chairman of Thetos Foundation, is glad that PolyU shares the same vision as the Foundation to support a new generation of aspiring young scholars. He is looking forward to witnessing the positive impact that Dr Fung will generate through her research. Dr Fung is a renowned scholar dedicated to the early detection and prevention of dementia. She feels honoured to be appointed as the Endowed Young Scholar. Currently, she is conducting research on the neural mechanism of loneliness among older people in order to formulate personalised interventions that prevent cognitive implications due to loneliness. The PolyU Endowed Young Scholars Scheme aims to partner with our donors to identify young scholars with great potential in order to ensure their innovative research can be realised. The annual funding provided by the Scheme not only supports the research and scholarly activities of the appointee, but also serves as seed funding for the pursuit of preliminary stage research projects, helping to elevate the impact of research on society. Through the establishment of the Thetos Foundation Endowed Young Scholar position in Social Services, the University looks forward to joining hands with like-minded philanthropists to transform research excellence into societal impact for community development. Please browse the Scheme website for more information.   ***END***

5 Jul, 2022

Research & Innovation Office of Institutional Advancement

PolyU InnoTech Open Day

PolyU InnoTech Open Day to be held on 16 July; An opportunity to learn how to join hands with the University to empower Hong Kong’s I&T development

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) will be organising the PolyU InnoTech Open Day on 16 July 2022 (Saturday), showcasing the University’s latest endeavours in interdisciplinary research, innovation, knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship for the benefit of Hong Kong, the Nation and the world. This will be an insightful and memorable all-day event that innovation and technology (I&T) entrepreneurs, industry partners, start-ups, researchers, young talents and students should not miss.

5 Jul, 2022

Events Communications and Public Affairs Office

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The Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles renamed as the Faculty of Science Living up to the motto of “PolyU Science Creates Impact”

July marks an important milestone in the development of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) – the Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles (FAST) has been renamed the Faculty of Science (FS) with effect from 1 July 2022. In recognition of the recent development of the Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) and its growing reputation as a world-class fashion school, ITC has also been upgraded to the new School of Fashion and Textiles (SFT). The Faculty of Science is comprised of three constituent departments, namely the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology (ABCT), the Department of Applied Mathematics (AMA) and the Department of Applied Physics (AP). The repositioning of the Faculty will not only sustain its growth and reputation, but will also take its development to the next level. To mark this special moment, an opening ceremony was held today, officiated by senior management of PolyU, including Professor Jin-Guang TENG, President; Professor Wing-tak WONG, Deputy President and Provost; and Professor Kwok-yin WONG, Vice President (Education). They were joined by Professor Raymond Wai-yeung WONG, Dean of the Faculty of Science, to kick off the ceremony. Associate and Assistant Deans, Heads of Departments and members of the Faculty also attended the ceremony to witness the joyful occasion. In his welcoming remarks, Professor Raymond Wai-yeung Wong extended his heartfelt gratitude to the University for its long-standing support of the Faculty. He said, “The new identity marks the start of the next chapter in the Faculty’s history. With the motto of ‘PolyU Science Creates Impact’, we are dedicated to making the new Faculty of Science an internationally acclaimed hub providing holistic and high-quality education, ground-breaking research and knowledge transfer projects for the betterment of our society.” Professor Jin-Guang Teng, President of PolyU, thanked the Faculty for its committed efforts in the past years and wished the Faculty to scale new heights in the future. For more details about the Faculty of Science, please visit the website: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/fs/   ***END***

4 Jul, 2022

Events Faculty of Science

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PolyU holds flag-raising ceremony to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR over 800 staff, students and alumni attend the ceremony on campus

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) today held a flag-raising ceremony on campus to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Dr Lawrence LI Kwok-chang, Deputy Council Chairman of PolyU, Dr Katherine NGAN Ng Yu-ying, Court Chairman of PolyU, together with the University senior management and over 800 staff, students and alumni attended the ceremony to wish our Nation prosperity and vibrancy, and to show our support for the HKSAR’s new administration in starting a new chapter together with various sectors and with the support of our Nation.

1 Jul, 2022

Events Communications and Public Affairs Office

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PolyU Summer Programme for Secondary School Students 2022 Opens for Applications

The Summer Programme organised by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) will commence in early August. Applications for the PolyU Summer Programme for Secondary School Students 2022 (the Programme) are now open. Interested students are encouraged to submit online applications on or before 8 July 2022. The university-wide Summer Programme has been providing tailor-made summer activities to about 1,000 secondary 4 and 5 students since 2015. The Programme is designed to give secondary school students a taste of various PolyU disciplines, and to better prepare them for their future academic pursuits. A total of 25 face-to-face or online taster programmes will be organised by different faculties, schools and departments from 3 to 18 August 2022, focusing on a variety of fields including languages, business, science, health, hotel & tourism, and STEM. Undergraduate programme talks, thematic lectures, student sharing sessions, lab tours and hands-on activities will be arranged for participating students to gain a more in-depth understanding of different subject areas.   PolyU Summer Programme for Secondary School Students 2022 Schedule One-day Programme Date Faculty/ School/ Department Mode 3 August 2022 School of Hotel and Tourism Management Face-to-face School of Nursing Face-to-face School of Optometry Face-to-face 4 August 2022 Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology Online Department of Rehabilitation Sciences - Physiotherapy Face-to-face School of Nursing Face-to-face 8 August 2022 Department of Applied Social Sciences Face-to-face Department of Electronic and Information Engineering Face-to-face 9 August 2022 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Face-to-face Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Online School of Fashion and Textiles Face-to-face 10 August 2022 Department of Applied Physics Face-to-face Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering Online School of Optometry Face-to-face 11 August 2022 Department of Applied Mathematics Face-to-face Department of Health Technology and Informatics Online 15 August 2022 Faculty of Business Face-to-face Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies Face-to-face 16 August 2022 Department of English and Communication Face-to-face Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics Face-to-face Department of Rehabilitation Sciences - Occupational Therapy Face-to-face 17 August 2022 Department of Building and Real Estate Face-to-face 18 August 2022 Department of Biomedical Engineering Face-to-face   Two-day Programme Date Faculty/ School Mode 4 - 5 August 2022 School of Design Face-to-face 16 - 17 August 2022 Faculty of Engineering Online   Secondary 4 & 5 students who are interested in participating in the PolyU Summer Programme for Secondary School Students 2022 can register through the online form: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/pfs/index.php/761747 For more information, please visit: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/geo/sp2022 or email to local.study@polyu.edu.hk for further information.   ***END***

24 Jun, 2022

Teaching & Learning Global Engagement Office

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