CityU stakes out in Shenzhen's "Incubation-Education-Research base"
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City University of Hong Kong signed an agreement with the Shenzhen Municipality Government today (6 September) to enter the “Incubation-Education-Research base for Hong Kong universities”, which is based in the Shenzhen Virtual Univesity Science Park, bringing CityU’s Shenzhen Outpost one step closer to fruition.
This new agreement demonstrates CityU’s determination to help advance the economic development of
CityU is in the process of acquiring a 6,000 square metre site within the “Incubation-Education-Research base for
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Mr James Ng, Executive Director of CityU Extension, said that the University hoped to construct a building featuring environmental and high-tech designs that would become one of the most outstanding landmarks in the Shenzhen Virtual University Park. “Through the establishment of the Shenzhen Outpost, we look forward to bringing the dynamic, innovative spirit of CityU to Shenzhen and we can interact constructively with the wealth of talent there,” he said.
The signatories of the agreement were Mr Lin Bo, Vice Director General, Administrative Office of Shenzhen High-tech Industrial Park, and Professor David Tong, Deputy President of CityU. Mr Liu Yingli, Deputy Mayor of Shenzhen Municipality Government, and Professor Chang were the witnesses. The Shenzhen delegation included Ms Yan Xiaopei, Vice-Mayor of Shenzhen Municipality Government; Mr Wang Xuewei and Mr Liu Zhongpu, Bureau Chiefs of the Bureau of Trade and Industry and the Technology Bureau; and Mr Li Zhenping, Director of Administrative Centre of Shenzhen Virtual University Park. Mr Chu Zhinong, Deputy Head of the Department of Education, Science and Technology, Liaison Office of Central People’s Government in HKSAR, was among the guests.
CityU has a successful track record in applied research and the commercialization of technology startup companies on the mainland. Since 2000, CityU has established the Shenzhen Research Institute and three applied research centres - the Biotech Research Centre, the Environmental Mangrove Research Centre, and the Industrial Technology Research Centre - in the Shenzhen Virtual University Park. A number of companies established under CityU Enterprises Ltd to promote the University’s research and technologies to industry have made an impact in the Pearl River Delta region with successful incubation activities.
CityU’s Shenzhen Outpost is expected to be completed within 24 months. Upon completion, the University will relocate the Shenzhen Research Institute, the three applied research centres and the University's associated companies in the Shenzhen Virtual University Park to the new building. Two new research centres - the Information Technology Research Centre and the Applied Mathematics Research Centre - will be established to further develop CityU’s applied research in related areas. CityU will also cooperate with the member mainland universities in the Park to nurture research and professional talents, and to turn the University’s applied research results into products.