The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Shenzhen University (SZU) will jointly set up The Greater Bay Area International Institute for Innovation (GBA I3) with an aim to develop the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau GBA into a world-class innovation hub. Leveraging the resources of both universities, and in collaboration with renowned institutions and enterprises worldwide, the Institute will provide a solid platform for nurturing innovative technology talents, advancing technology and innovation development, and incubating high-tech entrepreneurs. It will offer innovation and technology talents of Hong Kong, Chinese mainland and the world more opportunities for development in GBA and the globe.
Professor Timothy W. TONG, President of PolyU, and Professor LI Qingquan, President of SZU, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of the Institute today (18 July) on PolyU campus. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Mr Nicholas W. YANG, Secretary for Innovation and Technology, The Government of Hong Kong SAR; Mr ZHANG Zongming, Associate Counsel, Education, Science and Technology Office, Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR; Mr SHA Xinhua, Associate Counsel, Shenzhen Science, Technology and Innovation Commission; Mr CHAN Tze-ching, Council Chairman of PolyU; as well as representatives from tertiary education and industry sectors of Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
With excellent achievements in innovation, technology and entrepreneurial development, PolyU and SZU have been collaborating on various innovation and education initiatives for an extended period of time. The set-up of the Institute is meant to further capitalizing the complementary strengths of both universities for advancing innovation and technology and the development of GBA as promulgated by the Central Government.
In the short term upon the establishment of the Institute, PolyU and SZU will open up their resources for mutual use and jointly organise innovation and entrepreneurship exchange activities. These will include sharing of innovation space resources, organizing entrepreneurship training camps and international exploration activities, and opening up the innovation and entrepreneurship programmes of PolyU and SZU for students, alumni and collaboration partners of both universities to participate.
The short term collaboration of the two universities will also include setting up Lean Launchpad Plus (LLP+) programme. Taking reference of the Lean Launchpad Programme operated by PolyU and overseas institutes, LLP+ will focus on the key industries of GBA and Shenzhen, so as to provide tailor-made programme to help techno-entrepreneurs commercialise their research innovations.
In the medium to long terms, PolyU and SZU will use the Institute as a platform to operate joint entrepreneurship education programmes. International exchanges with innovation communities worldwide, in particular those from the three major Bay Areas, will be conducted to capitalize various collaboration opportunities. Through bringing in global talents, post-doctoral researchers and investors, the Institute will help promote the internationalization of GBA.
Furthermore, the Institute plans to set up a Technology Transfer Go-to-Market & Scale-up Platform, by leveraging on Shenzhen's manufacturing capabilities and comprehensive industrial chain, as well as the industrial network and resources of PolyU and SZU. The platform will facilitate commercialisation of technology innovations and digitalization for enterprises with a view to upgrading their operation. Capitalizing on the opportunities rendered by the policies on Hong Kong-Shenzhen education and innovation collaboration for the Lok Ma Chau Loop development, the two universities, with the support of the Institute, will help further develop Hong Kong-Shenzhen integration for building the region into a world leading innovation hub.
The Greater Bay Area refers to the nationt's scheme to link the cities of Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing into an integrated economic and business hub. In this regard, PolyU has developed plans to advance the development of this Greater Bay Area, leveraging the University’s competitive advantages in innovation, entrepreneurial development and industrial network.
Recently, PolyU and Shenzhen University signed a Memorandum of Understanding to join hands in establishing The Greater Bay Area International Institute for Innovation. Riding on the strengths of PolyU and Shenzhen University, the Institute will provide a platform for the incubation of high-tech entrepreneurs and the advancement of technology and innovation development with an aim to enhance the competitiveness of the Greater Bay Area.
PolyU and Shenzhen University will collaborate to launch entrepreneurship education programmes, and provide one-stop support services. Also, both universities will open up resources for the mutual use of their alumni, students and collaborative partners. Capitalising on the opportunities rendered by the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park in the Lok Ma Chau Loop, the Institute will strive to bring in internationally renowned universities, global talents, post-doctoral researchers and investors to the Greater Bay Area.
PolyU and Shenzhen University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with 10 other universities and enterprises will lead to the establishment of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area Rail Transit Joint Innovation Union. It aims to facilitate rail engineering research collaboration and between universities and industry, contributing to the development of rail transit systems in the region.
Capitalising on the strengths of all participating institutions, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area Rail Transit Joint Innovation Union will conduct research projects on the safe operation and maintenance of the rail transit systems in the region. The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area Rail Transit Joint Innovation Union will also play a pivotal role in nurturing talent as well as enhancing rail engineering technology transfer and commercialisation of the research outcomes in the region and beyond.
PolyU and its alliance partners from the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (including Shenzhen University, Sun Yat-sen University and Macau University of Science and Technology) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and The State University of New York at Buffalo to establish the first biotechnology and translational medicine collaborative research platform among the United States and the Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macau Greater Bay Area.
Drawing expertise from the collaborating parties and their networks and leveraging the opportunities in the Greater Bay area, the objective of this partnership is to foster research in biotechnology and bring innovative technology in developing cancer drugs, genomics, translational medicine and other related areas in biotechnology.
PolyU has already initiated collaborations with different partners in various areas such as “big health” with Sun Yat-sen University, joint research on drug delivery with the Shenzhen University, joint genomics research with Macau University of Science and Technology, and bioinformatics research with University at Buffalo. University at Buffalo is home to one of the top pharmacy schools in the US, and Roswell Park’s consistent success in cancer research has earned it the National Cancer Institute’s designation of “comprehensive cancer center.” It is the only facility in Upstate New York to hold this honor. Riding on the strength of each partner from the Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macau Greater Bay Area, the collaborative platform is expected to generate immense impact towards the development of the Greater Bay Area into a biotechnology hub.
Assistant Director (Entrepreneurship & Commercialisation), Institute for Entrepreneurship, PolyU