Dear Colleagues,

 

Experts from around the world explored the role of private-public partnerships (PPP) for promoting China’s One Belt One Road project during an international forum at CityU this month. The forum was organised by the International PPP Centre of Excellence of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, and hosted by CityU under the initiative of the College of Business.


Enhancing global trade and promoting economic development are both important goals under the “Belt and Road” initiative. Other goals include promoting social and cultural development and improving the quality of life.


I am delighted that CityU colleagues from different disciplines have developed such creative projects and collaborations with strategic partners for this far-sighted initiative. CityU has benefited immensely in the process by expanding its innovation and knowledge transfer activities.


A related event, also held this month, was the opening of the City University of Hong Kong Chengdu Research Institute (CityUCRI), a milestone in CityU’s endeavours to contribute to the “Belt and Road” project. CityUCRI is the University’s first research institute to be established in western China. It is our second strategic platform in the mainland after the CityU Shenzhen Research Institute. Both entities aim to promote research and development, incubation and innovation, as well as professional training and knowledge transfer.


CityUCRI is a joint initiative of the University and the Shuangliu Government of Chengdu based on an agreement signed in August 2013. Chengdu is one of the most important economic, transportation and communication hubs in western China. The Institute is located near Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, and has a gross floor area of 18,500 square meters.


In the initial stage, three interdisciplinary CityU research centres have been set up: (1) the Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media – Chengdu, (2) the Centre for Innovative Applications of Virtual Reality Technologies, and (3) the Environmental Chamber for Advanced Air Distributions. These projects will promote sustainable development of, and improvement to, quality of life through technology innovation and knowledge transfer.


Building on this new platform, I believe the University and different sectors in Chengdu can enhance the impact of the “Belt and Road” by working together for social and economic development in areas such as culture, language, law, governance, business and the environment. Knowledge transfer that benefits Hong Kong and beyond is a core commitment in the University’s 2015–2020 Strategic Plan.


Wishing you all rewarding outcomes for your projects and an enjoyable summer!



Way Kuo
President and University Distinguished Professor