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PolyU pursues impactful research as a role of international development research centre that benefits the world

Over the past 80 years, PolyU has been transformed from what was a technical institute into a fully-fledged university with an outstanding reputation. We are mindful of the rising expectations that the community places on a modern university and will strive to nurture socially responsible citizens for the future, conduct impactful research and ensure effective knowledge transfer for the benefit of our community and the world. Our curriculum was considered “innovative, relevant, professionally and practically embedded and attentive to the development of international understanding.” Our international development research centres are well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, enabling innovative research and development of cutting-edge technologies. PolyU will strive to nurture innovation and technology talent to facilitate the development of Hong Kong into an international technology hub.

PolyU seeks opportunities in driving research development. The establishment of Aviation Services Research Centre, and realisation of international applications of our railway monitoring technology, and participation in space exploration missions are such examples. PolyU also joins forces with Australian partners in launching impactful research on Blockchain Technologies. We constantly seek to strengthen PolyU’s leading role in its global network through impactful research collaboration.

PolyU place high emphasis on research development and cooperating with industry

PolyU research teams share a passion for international development research. Our experts work in research centres developing new knowledge in a range of specialist areas including but not limited to healthcare, technologies and social innovations. For instance, the research work at the Lo Ka Chung Centre for Natural AntiCancer Drug Development in collaboration with an international biopharmaceutical company has led to clinical trials for a liver cancer drug that will benefit people around the world.

We integrate international expertise in niche areas to form international development research centres. A very good example in that regard is the coordination of research excellence in sustainable urban development and smart cities at PolyU’s Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (RISUD). RISUD is set to play a major role in developing solutions to the problems associated with high density urban development, particularly in the Chinese mainland but also around the world.

Most importantly, the University offers a mutually supportive, interdisciplinary and forward-thinking research environment, encouraging international development and collaboration across fields. We established various research centres to provide platforms on which researchers from various disciplines can exchange ideas and inspire each other. We have also developed a new research resource allocation model and have worked hard to attract research funding from government bodies and industries in Hong Kong. In the Chinese mainland, we established the Shenzhen Base to solicit research funding from the mainland government.

The establishment of new University Research Facilities (URF), such as the URF in 3D Printing and URF in Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience earlier this year showcases how we create research synergies and a more inspiring research environment by providing enhanced research facilities and bringing together experts in the field. More innovations and impactful researches are expected as a result.

Another crucial way in which we help our researchers is through building partnerships with government agencies and leading companies to conduct cutting edge and impactful research with application potential. For instance, PolyU collaborated with the China Academy of Space Technology to design and fabricate the camera pointing system used in China’s historic Chang’e 3 lunar lander. We also joined hands with communications giant Huawei to establish the PolyU-Huawei Joint Laboratory for Optical Interconnection Network and Advanced Computing System in 2016. The joint lab is now conducting pioneering research on high-capacity optical communications systems that will have wide-ranging impacts on society in the years to come.