Top science academy to set up branch in HK

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By KATHY ZHANG in Hong Kong kathyzhang@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

Co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Hong Kong and the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences en­tered a new phase on Thurs­day with an agree­ment for the pres­ti­gious Bei­jing-based in­sti­tu­tion to set up a branch in the spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion.

A Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing on Es­tab­lish­ing an Af­fil­i­ated In­sti­tu­tion by the CAS in Hong Kong was signed by Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and vis­it­ing CAS Pres­i­dent Bai Chunli.

Un­der the ac­cord, the CASaf­fil­i­ated in­sti­tu­tion will mainly fa­cil­i­tate the academy’s Guangzhou In­sti­tutes of Biomedicine and Health and Bei­jing-based In­sti­tute of Au­to­ma­tion to set­tle in the city’s two re­search clus­ters.

The in­cum­bent SAR gov­ern­ment has been striv­ing to set up re­search clus­ters in two key ar­eas — health­care tech­nolo­gies, and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and robotics tech­nolo­gies — in the Hong Kong Science Park.

The in­sti­tu­tion’s goals in­clude pro­mot­ing the trans­for­ma­tion and com­mer­cial­iza­tion of sci­en­tific re­search re­sults, act­ing as a bridge be­tween the CAS and uni­ver­si­ties in Hong Kong, and un­der­tak­ing ac­tiv­i­ties re­lat­ing to tech­no­log­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and science knowl­edge pop­u­lar­iza­tion in the SAR.

The CAS branch will also serve as the Sec­re­tariat of the Greater Bay Area Aca­demi­cian Al­liance to be set up in Hong Kong to pro­vide sup­port for its daily op­er­a­tions, ac­cord­ing to the MoU.

Lam said in Au­gust the cen­tral gov­ern­ment had given the green light for the SAR gov­ern­ment to es­tab­lish the Greater Bay Area Aca­demi­cian Al­liance, fol­low­ing the first meet­ing of the lead­ing group for the de­vel­op­ment of the Guang­dong-Hong KongMa­cao Greater Bay Area held in Bei­jing.

Speak­ing at the sign­ing cer­e­mony, Lam called the agree­ment an “im­por­tant page” in sci-tech col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Hong Kong and the main­land, and “a sig­nif­i­cant land­mark” in the de­vel­op­ment of an in­ter­na­tional inno-tech hub in the Bay Area.

Bai said the agree­ment shows that col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the CAS and Hong Kong has taken a new step for­ward, help­ing both sides turn an idea into re­al­ity.

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