New partnerships inked with mainland institutions

Joan Yip

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A strategic partnership to enhance collaborative marine studies between City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and Xiamen University has been signed.

The agreement partners up CityU’s State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution and Xiamen University’s State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science. It was one of 60 items signed at a trade and cultural promotion event hosted by a 500-strong Fujian delegation on 29 March. The event was called the Presentation on Fujian-Hong Kong Cooperation and Development.

The agreement was signed by Professor Way Kuo, CityU President, and Professor Zhu Chongshi, President of Xiamen University, in the presence of Ms Sun Chunlan, Secretary of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Fujian Provincial People's Congress. Ms Sun led the Fujian delegation.

The strategic partnership will create synergy between the two laboratories and their physical and human resources. While CityU has attained advanced international status in marine pollution research, Xiamen University is a leader in marine environmental science and ecology systems.

The two laboratories will also undertake joint research projects on quantitative monitoring of emerging chemical pollutants in the marine environment, developing medaka fish into a typical marine organism for addressing ecotoxicological and marine pollution issues, on-site monitoring of metals and trace-level organic compounds in China’s coastline seas using artificial mussels and SPMD technology, and developing critical technology for environmental and eco-rehabilitation.

Professor Kuo said he hoped researchers from CityU and Xiamen University will contribute significantly to marine environmental protection and sustainable economic development as both fields are vital to the future of the planet.

Representatives of the Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Science and Technology visited CityU’s State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution on 29 March. The Xiamen University delegation came on 30 March.

The State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution, established in 2009, works in collaboration with the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

CityU also agreed to set up the Joint Research Centre of Sustainable Development for Agriculture in Urban Areas with the Institute of Urban Environment at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Rapid urbanisation on the mainland has raised concerns on food safety, giving rise to the urgent need to ensure that the production of quality, high-value agricultural products is safe and clean, precious water and soil resources in suburban areas are protected, and regulations on the use of arable land in urban areas are amended.

The agreement was signed by Professor Paul Lam Kwan-sing, Vice-President (Student Affairs) of CityU and the Director of the State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution, and Professor Zhu Yongguan, Director General of the Institute of Urban Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences on 30 March.

The two parties will undertake key research projects such as evaluating the geochemical characteristics of urban agricultural land, developing technologies for the promotion of sustainable agricultural development, developing land conservation and eco-rehabilitation technologies, and researching public awareness and government policy planning.


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