As a central driven initiative, the Policy Research Centre for Innovation and Technology (PReCIT) is a University-level Research Centre. The PReCIT aims to bring experts together to facilitate inter-disciplinary collaboration for impactful research within PolyU, and to address key societal challenges identified in the National 14th Five-Year Plan, 2021 Policy Address and upcoming government policies. The establishment of the PReCIT is timely, and it is well-positioned to conduct high-level research to support Hong Kong’s integration into the national innovation and technology plan.
The PReCIT aspires to be a leading research centre in Hong Kong and the region with an influential voice in the field of innovation and technology, development strategy, and related policies. The following research directions, which were formulated based on general and specific government policy orientations representing present and forthcoming interests of governments, academia, industries, and businesses, are set for the first three years of operation:
• Carbon Neutral Cities
• Greater Bay Area I&T Development
• One Belt and Road Development (with a special focus on Southeast Asia)
The three directions shall serve as the main short-term and mid-term focus points of research at the PReCIT. In response to changing demands and circumstances in society, policies are bound to keep evolving. Consequently, the PReCIT shall keep an open-mind for expeditiously and meaningfully responding to upcoming new policies.