Dr Tieniu Tan, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR, visited the University on 25 May 2021 and was welcomed by Professor Jin-Guang Teng, President of PolyU. Dr Tan had a tour of PolyU’s Precision Robotics Laboratory which is under the University’s Research Centre for Deep Space Explorations.


Dr Tan highly appreciated PolyU’s unparalleled strength in research and innovation particularly in the aerospace field as well as the dedication of its research teams to the long-term development of the Nation and Hong Kong.


Prof Teng expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the continuous support from both the Central Government and the Hong Kong SAR Government. “We at PolyU are committed to transforming our research excellence into real-world innovations so as to address societal needs in order to foster a more sustainable tomorrow,” he added. “We also look forward to further embracing the opportunities brought about by the development of the Greater Bay Area (GBA) to reinforce our goal of producing impactful research that makes a positive contribution to Hong Kong, the Nation and the world.”


Dr Tan referred to the address of Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), at the fifth plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee in which he stated that scientific research is an important strategic support to the development of the Nation. “Our Nation has allocated a substantial amount of resources to scientific research and it is encouraging to see PolyU leveraging its advanced research capabilities as well as the enormous opportunities in the GBA,” Dr Tan said.


During the visit, Dr Tan also met with Professor Yung Kai-leung, Sir Sze-yuen Chung Professor in Precision Engineering, Chair Professor of Precision Engineering and Associate Head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Professor Wu Bo of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, who shared their first-hand experiences of working on the Nation’s historic Tianwen-1 Mars exploration mission.