A delegation from the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) led by Mrs Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, visited laboratories at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) on 1 June.
Participants included members of the Board of Directors and management at HKSTP. The purpose of the visit was to learn more about CityU’s latest developments and research achievements.
Mr Lester Garson Huang, CityU Council Chairman, Professor Way Kuo, CityU President, and Professor Lu Jian, Vice-President (Research and Technology), met the delegates for an exchange.
The day’s itinerary covered eight CityU laboratories in total, including the State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution, the State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Waves, and the Hong Kong Branch of National Precious Metals Material Engineering Research Centre.
During the tour, delegates expressed interest in CityU’s various research projects such as those concerning perovskite-based solar cells, a popular new discipline in the energy science sector; applications for new nanomaterials in food safety and healthcare; and the smart thermostat.
In addition, Mrs Law encouraged those research teams presenting projects to the delegation, as well as PhD students in startup companies, to actively consider moving to, and being based at, the Science Park. With a suite of comprehensive support services on site, the students can work towards commercialising their research output to benefit the community.
Mr Huang said he hoped the visit marked the beginning of closer connection and collaboration between HKSTP and the University.
Professor Kuo voiced his hopes that the government could introduce more measures to retain technology talent in Hong Kong, suggesting that the government seizes the opportunities created by the development of the Greater Bay Area and achieve a win-win situation for Hong Kong and the region.
Professor Lu discussed CityU’s excellent performance and achievements in technology research as well as the latest developments of CityU’s Shenzhen Research Institute and Chengdu Research Institute. In addition, he introduced start-ups founded by CityU graduates as well as enterprises that had adopted technologies developed by the University.
Mrs Law said she was delighted to have gained a deeper understanding of CityU’s work in science and technology research during the visit.
Quoting Premier Li Keqiang, that Hong Kong should develop science and technology to “meet the needs of China and utilise the strengths of Hong Kong”, Mrs Law said HKSTP would advance innovative technology in Hong Kong by enhancing partnerships with local universities and research institutes.