CUHK and Zhejiang University collaborate to establish the Joint Research Center for Digital Economy
The second partnership steering committee meeting between The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Zhejiang University was held yesterday (11 May) for a discussion of existing and future bilateral cooperation between the two universities. The meeting marked the establishment of The Chinese University of Hong Kong-Zhejiang University Joint Research Center for Digital Economy (The Joint Research Center) that serves to foster the development of digital economy with multi-disciplinary advancement and innovative breakthroughs. The meeting and the inaugural ceremony were held in hybrid mode at CUHK and Zhejiang University.
An overview of and prospects for the Joint Research Center and the existing cooperation plan were discussed during the meeting, including CUHK-Zhejiang University Joint Laboratory for Advanced Photonics Research, and the joint postgraduate training programme between the International Business School of Zhejiang University and CUHK’s Faculty of Engineering. Representatives from the two universities renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the student exchange programme and signed a framework agreement for establishment of the Joint Research Center. The inauguration ceremony of the Joint Research Center also took place in the meantime.
The meeting was attended by CUHK representatives including Professor Rocky S. TUAN, Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor CHAN Wai-yee and Professor Sham Mai-har, Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Professor CHIU Chi Yue, Dean of the Faculty of Social Science, Professor TSANG Hon Ki, Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Engineering and Co-Director of the Joint Laboratory for Advanced Photonics Research, Professor LEE Tan, Associate Dean (Education) of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor KWONG Kai Sun Sunny, Chairman of the Department of Economics, Professor CHAN Chun Kwong, Programme Director of the Master of Science in Financial Technology, Professor SONG Zheng Michael, Co-Director of the Joint Research Center, and Ms. WONG Wing, Director of the China Engagement Office. Representatives from Zhejiang University included Professor WU Zhaohui, President and IEEE Fellow, Professor HE Lianzhen, Vice President, Professor WANG Miaojun, Co-Director of the Joint Research Center, Professor DAI Daoxin, Dean of the College of Optical Science and Engineering and Co-Director of the Joint Laboratory for Advanced Photonics Research, Professor BEN Shenglin, Dean of the International Business School, Professor LI Min, Director of the Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs Office, and Ms. LIU Zhengyi, Deputy Director of the Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs Office.
Professor Rocky S. TUAN, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK said at the ceremony: “With Zhejiang University as one of the key partners of CUHK in mainland China, the Joint Research Center works to further strengthen the network of partners we have built in recent years. The Joint Research Centre takes digital economy as the core driver for development and the practice of digital transformation in China as the research context, to explore the developing trend and theoretical frontier of digital economy, so as to achieve results with a global impact. The center will provide opportunities for cooperation to scholars from CUHK, Zhejiang University and around the world, and cultivate top-notch research talent to promote the development of digital economy and regional integration.”
Professor WU Zhaohui, President of Zhejiang University said: “Congratulations to Professor Tuan on his reappointment as Vice-Chancellor of CUHK. The two universities have been synthesising the exchange of achievement in teaching and research and fostering new growth drivers, without a single drawback from the recent pandemic. We envisage, by pulling together knowledge and economic resources from the two universities, strengthening exchanges between teaching personnel, and a focused work plan, we can effectively explore the potential for cooperation and give a full play to regional advantages while seizing new opportunities brought by the new technological revolution and industrial transformation. Digital revolution will lead the economy and society into high-quality development and make greater contributions to national and global prosperity.”