In celebrating the centenary of the Communist Party of China, our national aerospace scientists visited Hong Kong in June. A precious sample of lunar soil was also exhibited at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. PolyU was highly acclaimed for its participation in national space missions in these memorable events. We were very honoured to display our space projects at the exhibition, in which people's understanding of our country and their shared sense of national pride were deepened.
While our Nation is becoming a global leader in many technological fields, we will continue to contribute to our country’s success through impactful research. Recently, we achieved high ratings in the University Grants Committee’s (UGC) Research Assessment Exercise 2020, where 70% of our research was rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”, affirming the quality and impact of our research work.
Earlier, we also presented our Planning Exercise Proposal for the 2022/23 – 2024/25 Triennium to the UGC, and we received highly positive comments. Furthermore, I am pleased that our commitment to academic excellence was recognised in the newly-released QS World University Rankings 2022, in which PolyU ranked 66th.
The new academic year is approaching, and we look forward to resuming normal operations in teaching, learning and research. Therefore, we strongly urge our students and staff to get vaccinated as soon as possible before the new term starts. I wish everyone a fulfilling campus life in the new academic year.