PolyU’s Faculty of Business won the 2021 Wharton Research Data Services – Social Science Research Network (WRDS-SSRN) Innovation Award in the Asia Pacific region for its innovative research and commitment to advancing its business education programme. The Faculty is the first business school in Hong Kong to receive this award.


Organised by WRDS and SSRN, the Award recognises emerging business schools in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions that demonstrate innovation and research excellence. It also aimed at elevating the visibility of impact-focused research and the institutions that conduct such research.


“As a key source of knowledge, research underpins our innovation-driven education and expert consultancy”, said Professor Edwin Cheng, Dean of the Faculty of Business. “PolyU Business School is delighted to receive this year’s Innovation Award and is grateful to WRDS and SSRN for their recognition. Through our various research and specialist centres for Belt and Road development, branding and marketing, fintech, leadership and innovation, maritime studies, shipping and logistics, sustainability, and entrepreneurial finance, we are open to numerous opportunities for collaboration that advance research and scholarship”.