As you may already know, the University Council has renewed my Presidency for a second five-year term, with effect from 1 July 2024. I am greatly honoured and humbled by this re-appointment and will continue striving to elevate The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) to new heights in the years ahead.

This renewal comes at an exciting time when PolyU is excelling in education and research. For example, in education, our nursing scholars received the prestigious UGC Teaching Award 2023 for innovations, enhancing students’ cultural awareness and global competence. In research, our scholars were honoured with the BOCHK Science and Technology Innovation Prize 2023 for exceptional achievements in ‘Advanced Manufacturing’ and ‘Fintech’. Since the inception of this prestigious prize last year, PolyU has reinforced its position as a leading institution in Hong Kong, securing a total of four awards.

Our commitment to knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship continues to shine. We are proud that three startups nurtured by PolyU were included in Forbes Asia's '100 To Watch' 2023 list, marking them as rising stars in the Asia-Pacific region.

Moreover, we recently unveiled the University Square, PolyU's newest iconic landmark. This space epitomises our commitment to fostering a sustainable campus environment where students and staff can gather, collaborate, and relax, further enhancing our sense of unity and belonging.

As PolyU continues its journey of innovation and excellence, I sincerely appreciate your ongoing support.

Jin-Guang Teng