Top science academy to set up branch in HK
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.