Lam booster for uni scientific research

Top News | Stella Wong 24 Sep 2018

More than HK$10 billion has been reserved to support universities in their scientific research, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said at the launch of the third annual InnoTech Expo yesterday.

The expo, which runs until October 2 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre - features about 100 items from the ancient period and 170 from the contemporary era.

It is centered on three key topics - engineering, agriculture and medicine - and showcases China's latest developments.

Lam said that in less than a year since her first policy address the government has "attained a certain extent of achievement" in developing innovation and technology in eight major areas.

To increase resources for research and development, Lam said last year she invited Tsui Lap-chee, the former vice chancellor of the University of Hong Kong, to look into the research budget of local universities. Lam promised Tsui at that time that she would reserve no less than HK$10 billion for the budget.

With Tsui submitting a report last week, Lam said: "Now, my reply is 'Professor Tsui, the amount I will reserve for you in the future must exceed HK$10 billion."

Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, a vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said Hong Kong is well equipped with a strong foundation and a rich pool of talent, resources and hardware to nurture innovation.

"I believe that once we establish the right direction and commit to it, Hong Kong will become an international technology hub," he said.

Wang Zhigang, the minister of science and technology, said the mainland will strengthen its innovation and technology development ties with Hong Kong, including nurturing talent and establishing jointly funded mechanisms.

One of the features of the expo is the 360-degree panoramic preview of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge with the aid of virtual reality technology.

This was the favorite exhibit of Wei Jionglin, a 40-year-old tourist from Shenzhen, who visited Hong Kong solely to attend the expo.

"We watched many news reports about the bridge in Shenzhen, but we haven't got the chance to visit it. Here, we can view it through VR," she said.

Wei's nine-year-old daughter enjoyed the interactive exhibits the most, and learned about China's paper-making technique by making a piece of paper herself.

Alongside the exhibition, there will also be 23 seminars, four expert forums, 31 company demonstrations and 58 science shows.

stellast.wong@singtaonewscorp.com

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