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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University welcomes 2022 Policy Address initiatives on innovation and technology, education, and talent development

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) welcomes the Chief Executive’s initiatives in the 2022 Policy Address that laid out a comprehensive strategy for strengthening Hong Kong’s innovation and technology (I&T) ecosystem, enhancing the talent pool, improving people’s livelihood, and fostering the city’s participation in the Nation’s development. The University is also encouraged by the distinctive role and enormous opportunities for Hong Kong under the “one country, two systems” principle, as outlined in the Communist Party of China’s 20th National Congress report. Dr LAM Tai-fai, Council Chairman of PolyU, welcomed and supported the maiden policy address of the Chief Executive, Mr John Lee. He said, “Hong Kong has achieved a major transition from chaos to order, and is now in a crucial stage of advancing from stability to prosperity. The governing beliefs, visions and policy initiatives outlined in the Policy Address will open a new chapter for Hong Kong and bring a better future for our citizens and new opportunities for the city’s development. PolyU will leverage its excellence in education and research to render our full support to the Administration in realising the goals set out in its I&T and talent policies. With the support of the Central Government and the stewardship of the Chief Executive and his new administration, I am confident that Hong Kong’s economy and our people’s livelihood will further improve, our community will be more cohesive and accommodating, and our citizens will enjoy a happier and safer environment. I have high hopes for Hong Kong to integrate more into the Nation’s development and play a role in the rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation. I firmly believe that the cause of ‘one country, two systems’ will flourish.” Prof. Jin-Guang TENG, President of PolyU, said, “We are excited by the Government’s new measures which will drive better coordination of upstream, midstream and downstream I&T development; strengthen the leading position of local universities in world-class research; support local universities to accelerate the transformation and commercialisation of their research and development outcomes; attract top global talents and enable young people to reach their full potential. The Policy Address also sets out a further implementation strategy for the development of the Northern Metropolis which will provide enormous space for local universities and I&T enterprises to expand their footprint, supporting Hong Kong and GBA to become an international I&T hub. We are confident that the Policy Address will help Hong Kong capitalise on the enormous opportunity to develop its I&T industry and create more growth opportunities for young people. PolyU will continue to nurture more future talents who possess a strong sense of national identity and social responsibility as well as a global perspective, and will also further strengthen its research and knowledge transfer capabilities to contribute to the advancement of Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and the Nation.” PolyU is pleased to learn that the Government will promulgate the Hong Kong I&T Development Blueprint within this year, and welcomes the launch of the “Research, Academic and Industry Sectors One-plus Scheme” (RAISe+ Scheme) next year to support research teams in universities which have good potential to become start-ups. The PolyU Entrepreneurship Investment Fund, which was set up recently will also support the commercialization of licensed PolyU technologies and the high potential start-ups involving PolyU graduates and researchers, leveraging the resources and expertise of co-investors and partners. Meanwhile, the University has been promoting collaboration among research institutions, academia, and industry in other cities of the Greater Bay Area and beyond, pairing up PolyU’s world-class research with local industrial and market power. PolyU also welcomes the Government initiatives to increase the number of the University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded research postgraduate (RPg) places and to uplift the over-enrolment ceiling of RPg places, thus helping universities to cultivate more high-level research talents. PolyU will complement the Government’s policy on strengthening the talent pool, continue to refresh its curriculum, and attract more outstanding students along the Belt and Road to pursue their studies or career in Hong Kong. In the 2022/23 academic year, PolyU has launched a brand-new programme under the Special Talents Admission and Recognition Scheme (STARS) to provide students who have demonstrated remarkable achievements in sports, arts and culture; social services and leadership; and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with quality tertiary education. Ranked the No.1 University in the “Best Universities for Blockchain 2022” list by CoinDesk, PolyU will launch the first BBA (Hons) in Digital Finance and Investment to enhance Hong Kong’s competitiveness in nurturing fintech talents. PolyU is also actively expanding its campus to provide more teaching and research facilities to nurture healthcare talents, satisfying the growing demand in the community. The Policy Address recommends the relaxation of the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates by extending the limit of stay from one year to two years to facilitate their staying in or coming to Hong Kong for work; and a living allowance will be provided for research talents with a doctoral degree. PolyU welcomes the new policy and believes that it would help retain talents educated in local institutions. In addition, since the launch of the Global STEM Professorship Scheme, almost a quarter of successful nominations have come from PolyU. The University will benefit from the array of new measures to attract non-local talents in the Policy Address, and will continue to recruit top-notch scholars from around the world. The Policy Research Centre for Innovation and Technology (PReCIT), recently founded by PolyU, made a submission to the Government earlier on recommendations about developing Hong Kong's I&T sector, fostering a carbon-neutral city, and attracting talents. PReCIT will continue to promote interdisciplinary policy research and provide strategic recommendations for the development of I&T in the Greater Bay Area and carbon-neutral cities. The next five years will be critical to start building our Nation into a great modern country. The Communist Party of China’s 20th National Congress report stated that science and technology is the primary productive force, talent is the primary resource, while innovation is the primary driver of growth. The report also proposed to improve the scientific and technological innovation system and accelerate the implementation of the innovation-driven development strategy, and facilitate implementation of the workforce development strategy with measures to quickly build a world class hub for talent and innovation development. PolyU will leverage its research institutes including the State Key Laboratories; the Chinese National Engineering Research Centres (Hong Kong Branches); and the PolyU Academy for Interdisciplinary Research (PAIR), the largest research platform of its kind in the Greater Bay Area, to support the Nation’s drive in new industrialisation and Digital China, its development into a leading player in aerospace and transportation, acceleration of the planning and construction of a new energy system, as well as advancing the goals of peaking carbon emissions and achieving carbon neutrality.   *****END*****

19 Oct, 2022

Others Communications and Public Affairs Office


PolyU’s think tank makes submission to the 2022 Policy Address on how to foster I&T development and a carbon-neutral city

The Policy Research Centre for Innovation and Technology (PReCIT) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) formally submitted recommendations for the 2022 Policy Address during the public consultation period. The submission covers Hong Kong’s innovation and technology (I&T) development and progress towards being a carbon-neutral city, the Belt and Road, and how the higher education system can support Hong Kong’s I&T integration into the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and the Nation’s development. The key recommendations of the PReCIT are: 1. Strengthening Hong Kong’s Progress as an International Innovation & Technology Hub to Foster the Development of a Carbon-neutral City As a renowned international financial centre that is expanding into the area of green and sustainable finance, Hong Kong can further develop into a global carbon trading centre to attract international capital and meet the huge demand for global transformation funds by supporting the financial ecosystem’s transition towards carbon neutrality. This can be achieved by establishing a real-time carbon tracking and monitoring system, a market-driven carbon emission auction mechanism, and an environmental information disclosure mechanism that complies with international standards. The Government is advised to provide more research funding to local universities to develop carbon-neutral technologies and innovations, and should also strengthen the development of renewable energy and the promotion of green technology and green electric vehicles. Since ongoing geographical tensions may affect European countries’ commitments to achieving carbon neutrality, the HKSAR Government is suggested to monitor the situation closely to ensure that our carbon neutrality goals and market can maintain resilience.   2. Seizing Global Opportunities to Foster I&T Development in Hong Kong In close proximity to the Mainland, a university town in the Northern Metropolis is proposed to foster interdisciplinary research collaboration and communication between universities and the industry across the border, channelling and pooling talents and R&D outcomes for commercialisation, as well as unleashing the potential of the GBA’s economy. The Government is advised to create a favourable environment for attracting global I&T talents and encouraging tech giants to relocate their headquarters to Hong Kong or to build local research laboratories. For the betterment of the I&T ecosystem, the Government is recommended to promote research applications by enhancing collaboration among universities, the five government-funded R&D institutions and industry. The Government should also revamp the current tendering and listed supplier system so as to enhance wider adoption of I&T products from our start-ups into government projects.   The Mainland has a huge market and actively provides space and supportive policies for talents and enterprises. In contrast, Hong Kong has high-level scientific research talents with rich experience in basic research and quality control. Hong Kong and the Mainland could complement their respective strengths and jointly enhance the entire I&T industry chain and promote academic and research collaboration with the Belt and Road countries. Prof. Christopher CHAO, Vice President (Research and Innovation) of PolyU and Director of PReCIT, said, “Innovation and technology are the new impetus for Hong Kong’s economy. The 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party commencing today will set the stage for the Nation’s priorities and policies for the coming five years and beyond. I look forward to the supportive policies from the central government and the HKSAR Policy Address that will further reinforce Hong Kong’s development into an international I&T hub. PolyU will be dedicated to driving I&T development in Hong Kong through propelling excellent education and impactful interdisciplinary research.” Prof. Eric CHUI, Co-Director of PReCIT and Head of the Department of Applied Social Sciences of PolyU added, “Talent is the key element for Hong Kong’s I&T development. I look forward to the Policy Address’s new initiatives on the talent pool that will encourage young people to participate in innovation and the Nation’s development, bringing about long-term prosperity to the city.” Founded in 2022, PReCIT is a university-level interdisciplinary policy research centre. The primary areas of its research include carbon-neutral cities, Greater Bay Area I&T development, and the Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia. For more information about PReCIT, please visit PReCIT 2022 Policy Address Submission   *****END*****

16 Oct, 2022

Others The Policy Research Centre for Innovation and Technology


PolyU 85th Anniversary Public Lecture by Hong Kong Palace Museum Director Dr Louis Ng Chi-wa: A New Vision for Carrying the Traditional Culture Forward

As part of the 85th Anniversary celebration series of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), the University invited Dr Louis NG Chi-wa, Director of Hong Kong Palace Museum, to speak at a public lecture entitled “A New Vision for Carrying the Traditional Culture Forward” at the Jockey Club Auditorium of PolyU. Dr Ng led the audience on a journey of cultural heritage, and shared his views on how the Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) would inherit and interpret the cultural relics and culture of the Palace Museum from a local perspective via a global lens. The lecture attracted more than 800 guests, staff, students, alumni and public.

13 Oct, 2022

Events Mainland Development Office


PolyU reaches new heights in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023, ranking 79th globally

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has attained an encouraging result in the newly released Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023, ranking 79th in the world, up 12 places from the 2022 rankings, and rising in the rankings for three consecutive years.

12 Oct, 2022

Achievements Institutional Planning and Analytics Office


PolyU ranked No. 1 in the “Best Universities for Blockchain 2022” list by CoinDesk

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has been ranked No. 1 university for blockchain in the world, according to the latest “Best Universities for Blockchain 2022” rankings by CoinDesk. PolyU topped the list of 240 universities around the world this year, from which 50 universities were selected to have had the biggest impact on blockchain. This top ranking signifies PolyU’s efforts and contribution to the development of blockchain technology. PolyU is a leader in blockchain technology education and research in Hong Kong. On the research front, the University has established the Research Centre for Blockchain Technology, the first research centre in Hong Kong whose research covers full-stack blockchain technology. The Centre draws expertise from various fields including computer science, finance, logistics and maritime studies, and industrial and systems engineering to carry out cross-disciplinary research in blockchain. In addition, PolyU scholars shine in blockchain-related research. According to CoinDesk, the number of blockchain research papers published by PolyU scholars, as well as the number of citations for their research, surpassed other universities listed in the rankings. Outside the classroom, PolyU faculty members also play important roles in international institutions and forums relating to computing, communication security and blockchain. CoinDesk Blockchain University Rankings aims to recognise the role that academic research has played in the development of blockchain technology as well as quantify the impact of individual schools. The selection was based upon four primary categories: an institution’s strength in research and academic contributions to advancing the field, the existing blockchain offerings on campus, employment and industry outcomes, and overall academic reputation. PolyU introduced Hong Kong’s first Master of Science in Blockchain Technology programme this year. PolyU has also started doctoral programmes relating to financial technology, as well as bachelor’s degree programmes relating to FinTech and Artificial Intelligence (AI), with areas of study in AI, machine learning, cryptocurrency, crowdfunding and e-finance, big data and other related areas. To learn more about the PolyU Research Centre for Blockchain Technology, please visit:   ***END***

11 Oct, 2022



Thirty-nine PolyU research projects granted the NSFC’s Young Scientists Fund 2022, with PolyU ranking as the top recipient among local universities

Thirty-nine research projects led by young researchers at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) have been recognised by the National Natural Science Foundation of China’s (NSFC) Young Scientists Fund 2022 (the Fund), with PolyU ranking as the top grant recipient in terms of the number of projects awarded among local universities. The Fund has been expanded to allow researchers and universities in Hong Kong to apply for the first time. Each project will be granted funding of RMB 300,000 to support basic research work for three years. The awarded PolyU research projects cover a wide spectrum of topics, including environmental protection, green living environment, climate change, construction technology, and innovation in AI-assisted medical devices, fostering a better future for our changing living environment. Professor Christina WONG, Director of Research and Innovation at PolyU, said, “We are thankful for the support from the NSFC Young Scientists Fund for Hong Kong researchers, which will facilitate and strengthen our research projects and scientists’ development. With top-notch scholars and experts, PolyU is dedicated to conducting impactful research in interdisciplinary fields, making positive contributions to Hong Kong and the Nation’s technology and socioeconomic advancement.” Under the talent funding system of the NSFC, the Fund supports young researchers to freely choose their research topics within the funding scope of the NSFC to conduct basic research, fosters the ability of young scientists to independently undertake research projects and do creative research, stimulates the creative thinking of young scientists, and trains upcoming talents for basic research. This year, PolyU not only gained the leading position in the Young Scientists Fund, but also made good achievements in other funds and programmes from NSFC. The_39 awarded PolyU scholars and research projects ( Chinese only )   *****END*****

7 Oct, 2022

Achievements Research and Innovation Office


PolyU Undergraduate Info Day 2022 to be held on 8 October with over 10,000 registrants, offering updated admissions and programme information

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) will hold the Undergraduate Info Day 2022 (Info Day) from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on 8 October to provide students with the most up-to-date information about PolyU’s full-time undergraduate programmes. The Info Day will be held in a hybrid format, and over 10,000 participants have already registered to attend. Students, parents and members of the public are all welcome to join. A broad range of activities will be available on the Info Day, including a JUPAS admission talk for Secondary Six students; two admission talks for non-JUPAS applicants with international qualifications or sub-degree qualifications; over 70 programme seminars organised by various faculties, schools and departments; over 60 guided tours to various laboratories or facilities; and student sharing and consultation sessions arranged by PolyU’s Academic Registry and academic departments. There will also be an admission talk on the newly launched Special Talents Admission and Recognition Scheme (STARS) to help prospective students with various talents make an informed choice about their future academic pursuits at the University. Starting from the 2023/24 academic year, PolyU will further optimise some of the departmental scheme-based admission programmes and flexible admission arrangements. Participants are encouraged to seize the opportunity of the Info Day to seek advice from faculties and departments for updated admissions and programme information. Participants are required to register in advance and choose their desired format and sessions. Please visit for registration and further information.   ***END***

6 Oct, 2022

Events Academic Registry


PolyU and NECHK Join Hands to Provide Interactive Social Robots for Older Adults and Caregivers

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NEC Hong Kong (NECHK) to provide intelligent interactive social robots for older adults and their caregivers. A series of research projects will also be carried out to investigate the effects of using social robots on managing self-care and to encourage older adults’ proactive engagement in interpersonal activities to foster a physically and mentally healthy life.

6 Oct, 2022

Events School of Nursing


Over 1,000 PolyU members and guests attend flag-raising ceremony to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) today held a flag-raising ceremony on campus in celebration of the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The University is honoured to have had Mr Horace CHEUNG Kwok-kwan, Deputy Secretary for Justice; Mr Kevin YEUNG Yun-hung, Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism; Mr TANG Ping-keung, Secretary for Security; Miss Alice MAK Mei-kuen, Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs; Mr LIU Maozhou, Deputed Inspector of the Department of Educational, Scientific and Technological Affairs of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR; and Mr WONG Kwok-hing, Commissioner of Correctional Services, officiate at the ceremony. They were joined by PolyU’s Council Chairman Dr LAM Tai-fai, President Prof. Jin-Guang TENG, University Court Chairman Dr Katherine NGAN, Council and Court members, and over 1,000 distinguished guests, staff, alumni and students at the ceremony, wishing prosperity for the Nation and Hong Kong. The ceremony is performed by the flag-raising team of the Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force.

1 Oct, 2022

Events Communications and Public Affairs Office


PolyU and Wuxi city government to set up pioneering research institute to drive innovation and technology development in Yangtze River Delta

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and the city government of Wuxi, Jiangsu province, have reached an agreement to jointly set up the PolyU-Wuxi Technology and Innovation Research Institute – a pioneering move among Hong Kong’s tertiary institutions to establish a scientific research institute in Wuxi and participate in the Yangtze River Delta’s innovation and technology (I&T) drive. The new institute will foster I&T collaboration between government, industry, academia, and research institutions through the provision of an advanced research platform, a unique engineering doctorate programme, and incubation support backed by a robust local manufacturing sector. The PolyU-Wuxi collaboration will also contribute to the Nation’s I&T development.

29 Sep, 2022

Events Research and Innovation Office

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