Prof. Christopher Chao, Vice President (Research and Innovation) of PolyU and Director of Policy Research Centre for Innovation and Technology (PReCIT), was interviewed for a special report on innovation and technology (I&T) in the 35th anniversary issue of the Capital Magazine. Prof. Chao shared PolyU’s endeavours to support I&T development and interdisciplinary research collaboration. He mentioned that the increasingly complex social challenges cannot be solved with traditional discipline-specific research. To facilitate the formulation of comprehensive solutions, PolyU established the PolyU Academy for Interdisciplinary Research (PAIR) last year to promote cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, bring together the wisdom of experts from diverse fields, and forge new research areas and outputs. He also believed that Hong Kong has top research talents whilst the Greater Bay Area (GBA) has a huge market for enterprises to launch research products for commercialisation with policy support from the central government. He is optimistic about I&T development in Hong Kong and the GBA and encourage academia as well as industry to join hands to promote research commercialisation and entrepreneurship, for building an international I&T hub together.
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