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Statement by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (4:30pm)

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) met with Mr Siu Chak Yee, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) of the Hong Kong Police Force at 2:45pm today. The University is particularly concerned about the following: The personal safety of all concerned must be taken into account, regardless of the actions taken by the Police to prevent injuries or casualties. Ambulance crews should be immediately arranged to provide paramedic services for the injured, who should be taken to hospital for treatment without delay. If needed, the Police is to deploy a crisis management team to enter the campus with the top management team to seek a peaceful way to resolve the issue. The Police should treat all arrested persons with fairness and in a humanitarian manner. The Police is to arrange for PolyU's top management to accompany the arrested staff and students to the police station to ensure their cases are fairly processed. The campus should not be turned into a battlefield. There are dangerous materials stored on campus, damage to which could give rise to serious consequences. The PolyU will make its utmost effort to persuade its students and staff to leave the campus and will request that the Police do not enter the campus for the time being. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Dr LAM Tai-Fai, Council Chairman Professor Jin-Guang TENG, President Professor Philip C. H. CHAN, Deputy President and Provost Dr Miranda LOU, Executive Vice President Mr Andy TONG, Vice President (Campus Development and Facilities) Ir Professor Alex WAI, Vice President (Research Development) Ir Professor Ben YOUNG, Vice President (Student Affairs)

18 Nov, 2019

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Statement by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (only Chinese version available) (12 noon)

Statement by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (only Chinese version available) (12 noon)

18 Nov, 2019

Others Communications and Public Affairs

Emergency Message from PolyU

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) today issued an emergency message to its students, staff and alumni. Please refer to the details in the attachment.

17 Nov, 2019

Others Communications and Public Affairs

Statement by Heads of Universities on Current Situation in Hong Kong

Hong Kong society is currently fractured, with deep divisions across social groups, political parties, and even amongst family and friends. The past week has seen a rapid escalation of violence and confrontation throughout Hong Kong: several universities are now under protestors' control; on-campus hazardous materials have been taken; staff and students have left campus out of fear for their personal safety. These events are challenging our universities in the most fundamental way. No political viewpoint gives a licence to damage property, employ physical threats, or use violence against individuals. It is regrettable that societal disagreement has led to university campuses becoming major political battlefields, and that the government response has so far not been effective. However, any demand that universities can simply fix the problem is disconnected from reality: these complicated and challenging situations neither originate from the Universities, nor can they be resolved through University disciplinary processes. They are reflections of Hong Kong-wide disagreement, and the government must take the lead with swift and concrete action to resolve this political deadlock and to restore safety and public order now. Hong Kong is our home. We call on all quarters of society to work together to bring peace and order back to Hong Kong. Prof. KUO Way, President, City University of Hong Kong Prof. Roland T. CHIN President & Vice-Chancellor, Hong Kong Baptist University Prof. Leonard CHENG, President, Lingnan University Prof. Rocky S. TUAN, President & Vice-Chancellor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Prof. Stephen CHEUNG, President, The Education University of Hong Kong Prof. TENG Jin-Guang , President, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Prof. Wei SHYY, President, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Prof. WONG Yuk-Shan, President, The Open University of Hong Kong Prof. ZHANG Xiang, President & Vice-Chancellor, The University of Hong Kong (Listed in alphabetical order of universities)

15 Nov, 2019

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Stay Safe and Do Not Take Part in Unlawful Activities

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) today strongly urges all persons on its campus to stop all dangerous or unlawful activities and leave immediately. The University also strongly condemns the occupation of the campus by people who commit acts of vandalism and violence within the campus and stresses that they are not allowed to stay on the campus. The prolonged social unrest has had a devastating impact on the city. In the past week, the University facilities have been extensively and severely vandalised by the protesters. Considering the personal safety of the students and staff of PolyU, the University has decided that all face-to-face classes are cancelled for the rest of the first semester, and be conducted on-line, new assessment arrangements will also be adopted. The University today also announces the extension of office suspension until Wednesday (20 Nov) next week. Staff are expected to work from home as far as practicable. The University is aware that some activists from outside have entered the campus and have been carrying out various unlawful and dangerous activities which pose safety risks to themselves and others. PolyU reiterates that the well-being of students and staff is its prime concern. For safety reasons, the University, once again, urges ALL persons on campus to leave immediately unless permission from the University management is obtained. The University management has also issued a letter to its members of PolyU to express its concerns on the campus status (see attachment).

15 Nov, 2019

Others Communications and Public Affairs

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) - Class Arrangement

For the safety of all students and staff, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) announces that all face-to-face classes will be cancelled for the rest of this semester, and be conducted on-line. Detailed teaching and assessment arrangements will be communicated to students later. For PolyU's international exchange students, the examination could be held at their home university, and no student will be disadvantaged because of the new arrangements.

14 Nov, 2019

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) - Class Suspension

For the safety of PolyU students and staff, the University has decided to cancel all classes for the rest of this week (14 to 17 November). Individual departments will offer online learning support for students according to needs.

13 Nov, 2019

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PolyU announces cancellation of classes tomorrow (13 November) Congregation sessions will also be postponed

In light of the extensive damages incurred on PolyU's campus facilities, the University has decided to suspend classes tomorrow (13 November). The congregation sessions to be held in this week (13 – 16 November) will also be postponed. Details will be advised in due course.

12 Nov, 2019

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PolyU announces cancellation of classes tomorrow (12 November) Congregation sessions of the Faculty of Construction and Environment will also be postponed

In light of the extensive damages incurred on PolyU's campus facilities today, the University has decided to cancel all classes tomorrow (12 November). The congregation sessions of the Faculty of Construction and Environment, scheduled for 12-13 November 2019, will also be postponed. Details to be advised later.

11 Nov, 2019

Others Communications and Public Affairs

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PolyU and JITRI sign Memorandum of Understanding to foster research collaboration

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.   *****

7 Nov, 2019

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