Successful stories in applied research and industrial collaboration
“We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary with proud achievements in many areas and one of them is applied research,” said CityU President Professor H K Chang, who officiated at the opening ceremony of the Applied Research Exhibition cum Concurrent Seminar on 5 November. “In the last few years, we've clearly identified our roleand mission and aligned our activities along the axis of professional education and application-oriented research, We are dedicating our efforts to reach international standards and help
With the opening ceremony attendees Professor Chang also shared the news that CityU ranks among the best 200 universities in the world, according to The Times in the
Growing importance of technology transfer
Mr John Tsang, JP, Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology, who also officiated at the ceremony, congratulated CityU for the prestigious ranking. “The theme of the event, ‘Knowledge Creates, Technology Applies’, is a timely choice of subject,” he said. “The Government is committed to supporting the development of new technologies in
The exhibits include a wide range of applied research projects, such as an organic electroluminescent display, a Lidar System for atmospheric aerosol and cloud profiling, smartcard technology, development of lightweight concrete, Omega-3 fatty acid products, Plasma Ion implantation technology, mobile communication systems and base station antennae, energy-saving lighting and dimming technology and the visible tone and intonation of self-correcting Putonghua Computer Aided Instruction system. Also on display are the products and services of 36 companies incubated by CityU Enterprises Ltd, in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, software and solution integration, mechanical engineering and automation, innovative technology solutions and new materials.
“Nowadays universities are not only a place to generate ideas and knowledge, but also a place to find application of the knowledge created,” Mr Tsang said. “This is becoming more and more evident as we see universities putting greater efforts into applied research and development and to seeking collaborations with industry.” It is a trend for researchers to reach out to the industrial sector to commercialize their research findings through which they obtain useful advice. Thus, researchers can also contribute to the well-being of society and to wealth and job creation in the community.
The opening ceremony was followed by a Seminar kicked off with a keynote speech on “Commercialization of University Research” by Professor Patrick Grant, Cookson Professor of Materials, the
Development of advanced technology and PRD
The keynote speech was followed by a panel discussion on “Enhancing the Economy of Pearl River Delta Region through Advanced Technology Development” hosted by Ir S W Cheung, Vice-President, Business Development and Technology Support, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation. Other panelists included Mr Lin Bo, Vice Director-General, Administrative Office of Shenzhen High-Tech Industrial Park; Dr C K Wong, Managing Principal, iASPEC Services Limited; Dr K B Chan, Chairman and Managing Director of Surface Mount Technology (Holdings) Limited; and Mr Samson Tam, Chairman of Group Sense (International) Limited.
The panelists discussed how advanced technology could enhance the economy of the Pearl River Delta Region and agreed that the current market has a high demand for high-tech telecommunication products. They also suggested that places in the Pearl River Delta region, including