The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) convened a meeting online on 27 January 2021 to discuss collaboration plans. CUHK representatives joining the meeting included Professor Rocky Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President; Professor Alan Chan, Provost of CUHK and Vice Chairman of the SIAT Governing Board; Professor Chan Wai-yee and Professor Sham Mai-har, Pro-Vice-Chancellors; Professor Martin Wong, Dean of Engineering and member of SIAT Governing Board; Professor Song Chun-shan, Dean of Science; Professor Lan Hui-yao, Associate Dean (Mainland Affairs) of Medicine; Professor Xu Jianbin, Assistant Dean (Research) of Engineering and Co-Director of the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Integration Technology; and Ms. Wing Wong, Director of Academic Links (China).
Prof. Tuan and Prof. Fan Jianping, Director of SIAT co-chaired the meeting to update on the recent developments. A range of plans were devised including the research collaborations between SIAT and Faculties of Engineering, Science and Medicine of CUHK, talent nurturing programmes as well as strategic cooperation in the development of CAS Shenzhen University of Technology. An agreement on Joint Training Scheme was concluded at the meeting. The agreement was signed by PVC Prof. Sham of CUHK and Dr. Feng Wei, Deputy Director of Planning Office of the CAS Shenzhen University of Technology to promote in-depth collaboration in higher education and scientific research in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and cultivate research talents.
CUHK has been in close collaboration with CAS in academic exchange and joint research projects since the partnership establishment in 1980s. The two parties joined hands with Shenzhen Municipal Government to establish SIAT in February 2006. It aims to enhance the innovative capacity of the equipment manufacturing and service industries in the Guangdong-Hong Kong region. SIAT is the first national research unit with the involvement of overseas institution and the only national institute in Shenzhen.