11 October 2017

Response of The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) welcomes the measures proposed in the Policy Address to strengthen the development of innovative technology and nurture professionals in science and technology. We believe they can encourage tertiary institutions to carry out more quality scientific researches that benefit society as well as  attract more students to pursue a career in research and product development.

As a research-based comprehensive university, CUHK has always been committed to opening up new areas of scientific research, and strengthens its interdisciplinary research. CUHK launched the "Five-Year Strategic Plan" in 2016 to formulate four major research areas which are China studies, translational biomedicine, information and automation technology, and environment and sustainability, with the aim of benefitting Hong Kong and mankind globally from innovative scientific research results.  This year, CUHK has launched Hong Kong’s first Department of Biomedical Engineering to nurture biomedical engineering professionals for the future to carry forward new scientific research projects and transformation technology which will improve the quality and effectiveness of medical services.  The Institute of Future Cities was established in 2013 to gather research talents from different fields to help Hong Kong become a smart city with environmental protection, economic prosperity, social justice and sustainable development. Moreover, CUHK also established various inter-disciplinary research institutes such as the Institute of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (iTERM) and the T Stone Robotics Institute.

CUHK is recognised as the most innovative university in Hong Kong and ranks 27th in the Asia-Pacific region in the latest ‘Reuters: Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities’ listing. The University has been driving innovative technology and currently has more than 750 granted patents in different jurisdictions worldwide. Many of these patents have been licensed to relevant industries that help bring these innovations to the market to benefit society. In academic year 2016-17, CUHK has received 88 granted patents and filed 183 patent applications for inventions developed in the areas of medical technology, biotechnology, information technology, telecommunications, and materials science. CUHK expects that the Steering Committee on Innovation and Technology, as well as the Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation and Strategic Development, will help promote the development of Hong Kong's innovation and entrepreneurship.