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Chinachem Group and PolyU join hands to foster industry-academic collaboration for the sustainable future of the Greater Bay Area

Chinachem Group (Chinachem) and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen research collaboration among industry, academia and research organisations to drive innovative solutions for sustainable development of the Greater Bay Area (GBA).

8 Nov, 2022

Events Research and Innovation Office


PolyU launches “85th Anniversary Interview Series” - Dr Liza Wang speaks to former Council Chairmen and Presidents

In celebration of the 85th Anniversary of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), the University is pleased to present a series of short videos featuring interviews with five former Council Chairmen and Presidents of PolyU, sharing their contributions, achievements and experiences in driving the University forward. The “85th Anniversary Interview Series” will take viewers on a journey exploring how PolyU has evolved over the decades and turned into a world-leading university. Starting today, the series of video interviews will be rolled out over four consecutive weeks on various PolyU social media platforms on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and five weeks on WeChat. Please click here to watch the videos. PolyU is highly honoured to have invited renowned artist Dr Liza Wang Ming-chun, a PolyU University Fellow and Artist-in-Residence, to conduct the series of interviews. The interview series will include: Prof. Poon Chung-kwong (1991-2008: PolyU President) Dr Sir Gordon Wu Ying-sheung (1997-2003: PolyU Council Chairman ) Dr the Hon. Victor Lo Chung-wing (2004-2009: PolyU Council Chairman) Dr Marjorie Yang (2010-2015: PolyU Council Chairman) Prof. Timothy W. Tong (2009-2018: PolyU President) The interviews capture the important developments and milestones of PolyU, as well as provide some thoughts and insights into the future development of the University. Over the years, PolyU has grown into one of the top 100 universities in the world, making remarkable contributions to society through world-class education and research and the nurturing of talents in different fields. *****End*****

7 Nov, 2022

Others Communications and Public Affairs Office


PolyU and SenseTime Collaborate on Metaverse Research

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and SenseTime Group Limited (SenseTime) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration on research and development related to metaverse technologies and autonomous driving applications. The collaboration between PolyU and SenseTime aims to translate their joint research outcomes into applications to improve people’s daily lives. There are two research focuses under this collaboration: metaverse-related imaging technologies and solutions for different applications such as education, art and tourism; and high-performance collaborative edge computing enabling autonomous driving applications. PolyU has leveraged its interdisciplinary research and innovation capabilities and teamed up with leading players in the tech industry to meet the needs of scientific advancement and social development. SenseTime is a leading global company with a mission of advancing the interconnection of the physical and digital worlds with artificial intelligence, as well as driving sustainable productivity growth and seamless interactive experiences. With this partnership, PolyU harnesses its academic and research expertise to promote metaverse and AI technologies to bring benefits to business and society. Prof. Jin-Guang TENG, President of PolyU, said, “The signing of this MoU between PolyU and SenseTime signifies the determination of the two parties to work together to strengthen their research and development capabilities in AI-related technologies. PolyU will continue to leverage its scientific research advantages, actively collaborate with industry, and transform cutting-edge technologies into practical applications in order to promote social advancement and contribute to building Hong Kong into an international innovation and technology hub.” Dr XU Li, Executive Chairman of the Board and CEO of SenseTime, said, “As a home-grown AI company in Hong Kong, SenseTime is committed to nurturing young talents through university collaborations with an innovative spirit. We are excited to join hands with PolyU to expand AI applications and collaboration in intelligent automobile, vehicle-road synergy, digital world, as well as AI talent recruitment and internships, thus facilitating technology ecosystem development in Hong Kong.” The Colour, Imaging and Metaverse Research Centre of PolyU, led by Dr WEI Minchen Tommy is responsible for this collaboration. As a pioneer in exploiting the potential of the metaverse for different applications, the Centre was established to conduct high-impact fundamental research and develop system algorithms and solutions. SenseTime is a leading AI software company, focused on creating a better AI-empowered future through innovation. Its technologies are applied in many industry verticals including Smart Business, Smart City, Smart Life and Smart Auto.   ***End***

4 Nov, 2022

Events Research and Innovation Office


PolyU and HKSI enhance admission and flexible learning support to foster dual career pathways for elite athletes

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Elite Athletes Study Programme to enhance a joint programme concerning admission and flexible learning arrangements for elite athletes, enabling them to receive full-time athlete training while continuing to pursue their university studies. The ceremony was witnessed by Mr Eric CHAN Kwok-ki, Chief Secretary for Administration; Miss Alice MAK Mei-kuen, Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs; and Dr LAM Tai-fai, Council Chairman of PolyU and Chairman of HKSI. The MOU was signed by Prof. Jin-Guang TENG, President of PolyU and Dr Trisha LEAHY, Chief Executive of HKSI. Prof. Jin-Guang Teng said, “PolyU has always been supportive of nurturing elite Hong Kong athletes, and hopefully the two parties will continue to work together to further enhance the Elite Athletes Study Programme”. He added, “Since five years ago, PolyU and HKSI started to collaborate on the Elite Athletes Study Programme to further strengthen support for athletes. Since then, a total of 17 elite athletes have been admitted to PolyU to pursue their studies in various subjects including health and social sciences, business, engineering, humanities, science, and hotel and tourism management, etc.” Dr Trisha Leahy said she was thankful to PolyU for its continued support of the betterment of dual-career development for elite athletes. She said, “To sustain the local development of elite sports, the HKSI has attached great importance to the whole-person development of elite athletes, in addition to high-performance training, with an aim to attract more gifted young persons to join the elite athlete family. With more academic opportunities offered under the MOU, elite athletes will be enabled to keep striving for sports excellence while pursuing their tertiary education simultaneously.” Through this collaboration, the HKSI will nominate qualified elite athletes to study full-time undergraduate programmes at PolyU. The collaboration allows nominated athletes to have flexibility in their studies by extending the required study period, which is particularly crucial to athletes who need to attend intensive training courses. PolyU will also provide individual mentorship services to support athletes in areas ranging from academic studies to campus life adjustment. Under the enhanced arrangement, the number of nominations of full-time athletes will be raised from 20 to 30 per academic year and be made by two rounds per year. As an encouragement, PolyU will offer a scholarship to all eligible student athletes. The ceremony was also attended by a number of current PolyU elite athletes who were admitted under the Student-Athlete Learning Support and Admission Scheme (SALSA). They shared their experiences in balancing both athlete training and academic studies. Swimmer Miss Tinky HO Nam Wai, who represented Hong Kong to compete in the 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, is currently studying Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Scheme in English and Applied Linguistics. She said, “I generally spend an average of three to four weeks in overseas training or competitions per semester. The flexible study arrangement of the programme allows me to concentrate on training.” Epee fencer Miss Kim KWAN Yee Man, who won the bronze medal in the Women’s Epee Team at the U23 Asian Fencing Championships in October, is currently studying Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physiotherapy. She said, “Balancing studies and sports training could be challenging, but PolyU professors provide me with individual mentorship on my studies, allowing me to keep up with the learning progress in the tight training schedule.” Squash player Miss TAM Mariko Cho Nga, is currently studying Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Laboratory Science. She believes that PolyU provides robust support to full-time athletes, graduates are eligible for professional qualifications after completing the studies, which can broaden the professional development in the future. Targeting to attract more sporting talents to devote themselves to full-time training, the HKSI has established the Elite Athlete-friendly School Network in 2014 and the Partnership School Programme in 2015, working with local universities for supporting athletes on their dual career pathway in their sporting life.   *****End*****

3 Nov, 2022

Events Student Affairs Office


PolyU’s School of Accounting and Finance launches its first Fintech Adoption Index Survey

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s (PolyU) School of Accounting and Finance, in collaboration with AI investment trading start-up Asklora, has released the inaugural PolyU-Asklora Fintech Adoption Index (FAI), which is the first locally developed index to measure Hong Kong consumers’ fintech adoption and impact. The FAI surveyed over 1,000 Hong Kong residents in regard to their adoption of key fintech applications including virtual banking, mobile payments, online brokerage, digital insurance and cryptocurrency. The survey found online stock brokerage has the second-highest adoption rate among all the fintech applications but ranked second-lowest in terms of active usage rate. Conversely, digital insurance has the second-lowest adoption rate while scoring second-highest in active usage. The research also found that users of virtual banking services had a higher overall adoption rate of all kinds of fintech applications. For instance, 77% of them were users of online brokerage services. The PolyU-Asklora project is led by Dr Jingran ZHAO, Associate Professor of the School of Accounting and Finance, Mr Jack POON, Professor of Practice from the same school and Mr Stephen Joon CHOI, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Asklora. Overall, the FAI was measured at 55, which captures both the proportion of respondents adopting fintech products and the spectrum of fintech services they adopted, with 51% of respondents identified as active fintech users. Furthermore, 85% of respondents reported being satisfied with their fintech solutions experience, while security was cited as their biggest concern. Dr Jingran Zhao said, “The FAI survey results show that Hong Kong residents are keen to adopt fintech products, but fintech companies still have more work to do to convert these new users to active users by, for example, improving the security of their products.” Mr Jack Poon also remarked, “It takes two to tango. Financial institutions’ fintech offerings, which is the supply-side, does not translate into true adoption until consumers use and benefit from the offering. The FAI measures demand-side adoption by surveying consumers. Understanding the consumer’s adoption friction is an essential step to broadening financial inclusion in Hong Kong.” The FAI is a long-term research project to measure the evolution of Hong Kong fintech adoption through different events and market conditions, and will be released on a quarterly basis. The next release will be in December with an expanded scope and more participants achieved through online and offline surveys. For more information on the PolyU-Asklora FAI, please visit   *****END*****

2 Nov, 2022

Research & Innovation School of Accounting and Finance


PolyU honours eight outstanding alumni

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is pleased to announce that it has bestowed the “Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award 2022” on eight alumni in recognition of their significant achievements in their respective fields as well as their contributions to their alma mater and society. They are fitting testament to PolyU’s accomplishments in nurturing leaders for Hong Kong, the Nation and the world. The Award aims to give recognition to distinguished graduates of PolyU and its forerunners, namely the Government Trade School, Hong Kong Technical College and the Hong Kong Polytechnic. Since its launch in 1996, over 90 graduates have been honoured for great distinction in their chosen fields, active support to their alma mater, as well as impactful contributions to the wider community. This year, achievement categories have been established to celebrate the considerable accomplishments of our alumni in specific areas. Recognition is now also given to outstanding young alumni. Organised at three levels, selection and result announcement of the Department and Faculty/School Awards had been completed prior to the selection of the University Award. Recipients of the Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award 2022, in alphabetical order of last name, are: Ir Dr Goman HO Wai-ming, Arup Fellow and Director of Innovation, Arup Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award in Professional Achievement Mr Peter LAM Wing-chap, Principal Consultant, Business and Networking Consulting Department, Huawei Technologies Company Limited Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award in Professional Achievement Ir Ricky LAU Chun-kit, JP, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), HKSAR Government Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award in Professional Achievement Prof. Edman TSANG Shik-chi, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Director of Wolfson Catalysis Centre, University of Oxford Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award in Scholarly Achievement Recipients of the Outstanding PolyU Young Alumni Award, in alphabetical order of last name, are: Mr Bayern CHUI Kin-pong, Partner, KPMG China Outstanding PolyU Young Alumni Award in Professional Achievement Mr James O Hing-pong, Co-Founder and Head of Marketing and Advertising, GOGOX Outstanding PolyU Young Alumni Award in Entrepreneurial Achievement Dr Gilman SIU Kit-hang, Associate Professor, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Outstanding PolyU Young Alumni Award in Scholarly Achievement Dr Bruce WANG Lei, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EcoFlow Inc. Outstanding PolyU Young Alumni Award in Entrepreneurial Achievement (Please refer to the Appendix for recipient biodata.) The Selection Committee of the University Award was chaired by Dr LAM Tai-fai, GBS, JP, Council Chairman of PolyU. Members included: Professor Jin-Guang TENG, JP, President, PolyU; Mr SIN Yat-kin, SBS, CSDSM, JP, Council Member, PolyU; The Honourable Duncan CHIU, Court Member, PolyU; Dr Miranda LOU, Executive Vice President, PolyU; Ir Eric MA Siu-cheung, GBS, JP, President, Outstanding PolyU Alumni Association; and Ir YAU Kwok-fai, President, Federation of PolyU Alumni Associations. The Award Presentation Ceremony will be held in December 2022.   *****End*****

31 Oct, 2022

Events Alumni Affairs Office


PolyU honours two distinguished personalities at the 28th Congregation

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) held its 28th Congregation today, presided over by PolyU’s Council Chairman Dr LAM Tai-fai and President Professor Jin-Guang TENG. At the Congregation, Honorary Doctorates were conferred upon two prominent figures and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees were awarded to 363 graduates. The ceremony was held at the Jockey Club Auditorium on campus and Professor ZHONG Nanshan, Professor of Medicine at the Guangzhou Medical University, was invited to give a speech. The two honorary degree recipients this year were (in alphabetical order of last name; please refer to the Appendix for the recipients’ biodata): Mr CHEUNG Ka-long, SBS, Gold medallist in Men’s Foil Individual at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics; and Professor YANG Mengfei, Researcher at the China Academy of Space Technology. In his speech, Prof. Zhong Nanshan encouraged graduates to harness their expertise to help promote the Nation’s technological development in key areas, and to contribute to the scientific advancement of Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area, the Nation and the world through their research and development efforts throughout the innovation process. This process starts with creativity, discovery and invention, and concludes with the creation of social and economic benefit. He said, “PolyU has put an emphasis on societal impact in its scientific research direction. I completely concur with this strategy.” Prof. Jin-Guang Teng expressed heartfelt thanks to Prof. Zhong for his enlightening speech as well as his tireless efforts and contributions in combating COVID-19. Prof. Teng added that with the concerted efforts of members across society, the pandemic is coming under better control and people’s lives are gradually returning to normality. He also extended his congratulations to the honorary doctorates and doctoral graduates, noting that these graduates have overcome unprecedented challenges during the pandemic and made remarkable achievements. He encouraged them to use their knowledge to serve humanity and fulfil their aspirations. Prof. Teng further said that Hong Kong is entering an exciting new chapter of development as it is being transformed into an international innovation and technology hub, playing an essential part in the Nation’s technological development. PolyU graduates should not only seize this opportunity to make impactful contributions, but also help to address global challenges such as climate change, poverty, the pandemic, energy shortages, and an ageing society. Prof. Teng said, “In all these important ways, PolyU graduates can demonstrate their commitment to social responsibility, applying their research skills for the greater good of society and living up to the University’s motto of ‘To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind’.” The University is conferring academic awards on a total of 10,189 students this year, including 363 Doctor of Philosophy degree graduates, 105 professional doctoral degree graduates, 51 Master of Philosophy degree graduates, 4,962 taught master’s degree graduates, 4,310 bachelor's degree graduates, 56 postgraduate diploma recipients, and 340 sub-degree award recipients.   *****End*****

29 Oct, 2022

Events Academic Registry


PolyU shines in the first-ever Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) University Rankings: Sustainability 2023, ranking 82nd globally and 2nd in Hong Kong

In the newly launched QS World University Rankings: Sustainability 2023, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) achieved an encouraging result, ranking second locally and 82nd globally among over 1,300 universities. The overall rank is determined by the institutions’ performance in the “environmental impact” and “social impact” categories, each comprising multiple indicators. In the “equality” metric under the “social impact” category, PolyU is Asia’s second highest ranked university. While under the “environmental impact” metric, PolyU demonstrated strong performance in “sustainable education” and ranked 64th globally, and also ranked fourth in “sustainable research” in Asia for this indicator. Prof. Christopher CHAO, Vice President (Research and Innovation) of PolyU, said, “We are very pleased to be recognised in the first-ever QS World University Rankings on Sustainability. The University has endeavoured to promote sustainable development by advancing research on carbon-neutral technologies while turning our campus into a testbed to realise our research efforts. PolyU will continue to leverage our excellence in research to support the HKSAR Government’s goal of reducing carbon emissions and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.” Mr Simon WONG, Vice President (Campus Development and Facilities) of PolyU, said, “PolyU is highly committed to building a sustainable environment for our staff and students, and we conduct regular reviews on our policies related to sustainability. With the growing importance of sustainable development, we strive to promote positive environmental impacts and create a highly sustainable future for all our stakeholders.” The QS World University Rankings: Sustainability 2023 rates over 1,300 tertiary institutions worldwide on how they are taking actions to tackle the world’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges through research, teaching and community engagement. A total of 700 institutions, including six local universities, are listed. PolyU has been at the forefront of addressing sustainability challenges to the society. The recently established Policy Research Centre for Innovation and Technology (PReCIT) strives to provide strategic recommendations and primary research in developing carbon-neutral cities, while the PolyU Academy for Interdisciplinary Research (PAIR) also focuses on sustainability-related interdisciplinary research.   *****END*****

27 Oct, 2022

Achievements Institutional Planning and Analytics Office


PolyU excels in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2023, with five subjects ranking in the global top 100

The academic excellence of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in diverse disciplines has been reaffirmed by the newly released Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject 2023. Among the five PolyU disciplines placed in the world’s top 100, Business & Economics was placed 27th globally and continued to be ranked No. 1 in Hong Kong for two consecutive years, while Engineering took the 40th position globally and was ranked second in the city, rising 11 places from last year’s rankings. In addition, PolyU’s Arts & Humanities was ranked among the global top 100 for the first time, surging to 73rd in the global rankings and ranking second in Hong Kong. Social Sciences and Computer Science were ranked 68th and 79th worldwide respectively. Other PolyU disciplines, including Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Clinical & Health, were also listed in the global rankings. The results reflect the achievement of the University’s ongoing pursuit of academic excellence in education and research, as well as its accomplishment in science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics (STEAM) education. PolyU will refer to such rankings and other forms of assessment to identify areas for further improvement in order to contribute to the betterment of Hong Kong, the Nation and the world. The THE World University Rankings by Subject assessed the performance of research-intensive universities across the world in the following five areas: teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and industry income. For more information on the THE World University Rankings by Subject 2023, please visit   Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2023 PolyU’s subjects ranking in the global top 100 Subject Global ranking Business & Economics 27 Engineering 40 Social Sciences 68 Arts & Humanities 73 Computer Science 79   *****End*****

26 Oct, 2022

Achievements Institutional Planning and Analytics Office


Over 200 PolyU scholars ranked among world’s top 2% most-cited scientists

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has achieved an encouraging milestone of having more than 200 PolyU scholars ranked among the world’s top 2% most-cited scientists in the newly released metrics compiled by Stanford University. In addition to having the most top 2% scientists globally in the fields of Building and Construction (13 scientists) and Civil Engineering (16), PolyU has the largest number of top 2% scholars in four other fields in Hong Kong, namely Energy (16), Environmental Sciences (5), Materials (21), and Optoelectronics and Photonics (9). Overall, PolyU has the second highest number of scientists included in the list among Hong Kong institutions. The University has five and seven scientists who are ranked among the top 10 and top 20 scholars in the world respectively in their own areas of specialty, the highest number among universities in Hong Kong. The scholars were named in the latest release of the Stanford University-led compilation of citation indicators covering over 100,000 top scientists. They were grouped into 22 subject fields and 176 sub-fields using the indicators including information on citations, individual’s scientific research output, co-authorship and a composite indicator for career-long citation impact up to the end of 2021. The latest Stanford rankings reflect the significant influence and research excellence of the University’s scientists, who are committed to furthering their knowledge for the benefit of the world.   *****END*****

21 Oct, 2022

Achievements Institutional Planning and Analytics Office

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