One year after the inauguration of the CityU’s first research institute in the western region of the mainland China, the City University of Hong Kong Chengdu Research Institute (CityUCRI), two more centres in the institute are going to open soon in mid-2018.
Jointly developed by CityU and the Shuangliu district government in Chengdu, the CityUCRI was successfully inaugurated in May 2017. Based on CityU’s technology and human resources, CityUCRI focuses on applied research and industry service, in response to the demand for societal development and industry advancement on the mainland.
Situated beside Chuangke Park at Fengxiang Lake near Chengdu’s Shuangliu International Airport, CityUCRI covers an area of more than two hectares. With a gross floor area of 18,500 square metres, it has an academic building, a conference centre and two research buildings, housing the Environmental Chamber for Advanced Air Distributions (ECAAD), the Centre on Blockchain-driven Enterprise Innovation (CBEI), and the Civil Engineering and Environment Wind Tunnel Laboratory (CEEWTL). The Centre of International Technology Transfer (Chengdu) is also set up at CityUCRI to facilitate knowledge transfer.
Besides, the A+i building which has an area of 2,200 square metres will house the Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media Chengdu (ACIM|Chengdu) and the Centre for Innovative Applications of Virtual Reality Technologies (ViRtech Centre). It aims to provide public space for conducting application-oriented research, training and providing services for startups relating to creative media and digital society. These two centres are going to be open soon in the middle of this year.
During the inauguration ceremony, Ms Tian Rong, Member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Chengdu Municipal Standing Committee said the CPC Chengdu Municipal Committee and Chengdu Municipal Government would fully support CityUCRI and hoped the Institute can participate more in innovation development in Chengdu in future. Mr Zhou Xianyi, Party Secretary of Shuangliu District, said that the opening of CityUCRI represented a close friendship and dedicated collaboration between CityU and Shuangliu, highlighting the significance of both parties to join hands to build a world-class platform.
Agreements were signed at the ceremony to signify the commencement of six collaboration projects at CityUCRI. In addition, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by CityU, Ocean Park Hong Kong and the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda to facilitate exchanges among faculty members and researchers, and collaborations in research and training.