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HKU and Beijing Institute of Collaborative Innovation launch partnership to promote translational research and talent training

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The University of Hong Kong

Plaque unveiling ceremony

image: (From left) Professor Alice Wong, Associate Vice-President (Research), Professor Max Shen, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Dr Duoxiang Wang, President of BICI, and Dr Xinjian Zhou, Vice-President (Global Collaboration) of BICI, officiating the plaque unveiling ceremony of the HKU Collaborative Innovation Center. view more 

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HKU and the Beijing Institute of Collaborative Innovation (BICI) held a Plaque Unveiling Ceremony on May 23, 2023, to mark the establishment of the HKU Collaborative Innovative Center in Hong Kong.

Established under a partnership agreement between the University and BICI, the Center aims to promote translational research projects and to enhance collaboration in scientific research, technology commercialisation and talent training.

The ceremony was officiated by Professor Max Shen, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), and Professor Alice Wong, Associate Vice-President (Research) from HKU, and Dr Duoxiang Wang, President, and Dr Xinjian Zhou, Vice-President (Global Collaboration) from BICI.

In his welcoming address, Professor Shen said: “The HKU Collaborative Innovation Center is a testament to the University’s ongoing commitment to research excellence and innovation. It will bring together top researchers and industry partners to work on cutting-edge research projects to find solutions to complex problems, create new knowledge and nurture future talents. BICI has established strong collaborative relationships with top international universities worldwide. We are very excited about this meaningful partnership between HKU and BICI. I look forward to the fruitful accomplishment brought by this cooperation and the remarkable contributions that this Center will make to the HKU community and beyond.”

Dr Wang said: “Commercialisation of outcome from major fundamental research is important to technological advancement. Our partnership with HKU as a world-renowned institution will leverage the collaborative strengths and give full play to the respective advantages of HKU in its academic and research excellence, high-quality students, and BICI in its technology acceleration. By developing an innovative and effective mechanism that combines R&D, commercialisation and talent training, we hope that the Center will foster original technologies and emerging industries, not only making contributions to our society, but also supporting HKU’s ongoing mission and dedication to education, innovation and entrepreneurship.”

At the ceremony, HKU and BICI also signed an agreement on a joint training programme for PhD to nurture future talents in innovation and technology, followed by an information session in which Dr Zhou introduced to participants the collaborative framework and funding opportunities for joint research and development.

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