The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mrs Carrie Lam, praised PolyU’s research efforts and encouraged the University to play a greater part in the development of the Greater Bay Area into an international innovation and technology (I&T) hub.


Mrs Lam made the remarks as she visited the PolyU campus on 23 July 2021, during which she toured the Precision Robotics Laboratory of the Research Centre for Deep Space Explorations and the University Research Facility in Materials Characterization and Device Fabrication, to learn more about the university's research in astronautical technology and advanced materials and their applications.


Accompanied by Chairman of Council Dr Lam Tai-fai, President Professor Jin-Guang Teng and other University management, Mrs Lam showed great interest in some of PolyU’s current and upcoming research projects ranging from a COVID-19 ultrafast testing biosensor, permeable electronic skins, neuromorphic vision sensors, to deep space exploration.


“PolyU’s cross-discipline scientific research team has distinguished deep space exploration capability and possesses practical experience in international space missions, contributing to the Nation's aerospace development with encouraging achievements. In addition, PolyU received high ratings in various research areas in the results of the Research Assessment Exercise 2020 announced by the University Grants Committee earlier,” Mrs Lam said.


“I hope that PolyU will continue its efforts to pursue excellence in research and development and encourage more young people to take part in the field, and that, coupling with the massive resources allocated by the current-term Government, it will join us to develop the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area as an international I&T hub and make more contributions to the Nation's space projects,” she added.