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The PolyU community has united in the fight against coronavirus. Through pooling resources and technology transfers, we offer practical solutions to problems. PolyU developed the world’s most comprehensive rapid, automated multiplex diagnostic system for early and accurate detection of pathogens and prevention of spreading of any contagious pathogens, including COVID-19. The system's versatility and capability will provide for comprehensive monitoring during disease outbreaks or routine surveillance. It will become a crucial technology for ensuring the effective control of infectious diseases, medical diagnosis, and treatment. In addition, the design and production of 3D printed face shields and eye shields for medics and reusable face shields for the public, the production of hand antiseptic for people in need plus the contribution of alumni in providing donation and materials for relief operations are all other great examples of the PolyU community’s efforts in the coronavirus battle. Offering help through social services, a PolyU alumni and student team was also sent to provide support to frontline medical workers in Wuhan. If you want to support our initiatives to fight this pandemic by making a contribution, please click here for the online donation form (and choose “Other” and specify “Combat COVID-19” in the “Purpose of Donation” section). For enquiries, please contact us at polyu.giving@polyu.edu.hk.   During this challenging period of time, it is very encouraging that PolyU’s commitment to fight the disease together with the community receives strong support and positive feedback from well-wishers and donors. “The novel coronavirus has impacted the global community and our daily lives. As an alumnus, I hope to support the worthwhile research projects of PolyU, which bring positive changes to the world.” Ms Liu Mei-chui Applied Science and Textiles graduate “The PolyU research team is going in the right direction, so please do not be put off by overtaken by other ever evolving new technology. If the system (automated multiplex diagnostic system) fills a need, it deserves to be developed.” The Lo Family Donor PolyU's supporter, Miss Helen Cheung, previously did a piano performance on facebook to encourage more donors to support the combat COVID-19 initiative. You can click here to view the performance. Please visit our designated website for more information about what PolyU has done so far to combat the outbreak. We appreciate everyone’s effort.

24 Mar 2020

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Ir Yau Kwok-fai is no stranger to members of PolyU. He has fond feelings for his alma mater. Known as one of our most supportive alumni, he was an undergraduate student studying civil engineering at the then Hong Kong Polytechnic, and later became a donor who led the establishment of three Endowed Professorships. He was also conferred as a University Fellow in 2017 and is currently a proud employer of numerous PolyU graduates. "Giving back to one's alma mater, honouring one's teachers, supporting teaching and research, and leading by example" is what Kwok-fai believes in and has taken to heart. When PolyU made headlines in late 2019, Kwok-fai contacted the Alumni Affairs and Development Office to find out how he could assist. He mobilised volunteers from the construction sector, among them many PolyU graduates of different generations, for a massive clean-up on campus. “PolyU is a big family. We want to show our love and care for the students. I hope when they grow up, they will cherish their alma mater like us and care for the future generations.” said Kwok-fai. His support did not stop there. As the recipient of the Hong Kong Polytechnic Directors’ Award 1989-90 for his outstanding academic achievements and leadership qualities, he understands the importance of being recognised and the guidance given by his Professors. Reflecting on his own experience, he made another donation in late 2019 to establish Entry Scholarships for outstanding HKDSE students so that talents would be granted access to quality education without the financial burden. The donation also supports outreach activities for students to explore the world and to participate in international competitions. Kwok-fai has taken “Honouring one’s teachers and supporting teaching and research” to another level. In early 2020, he made a donation again to support the “J.M. Ko Medal” and the “J.M. Ko Distinguished Lecture Series”, as a tribute to his former teacher Professor Ko Jan-ming, former Vice President and Chair Professor of Structural Engineering of PolyU. The J.M. Ko Medal recognises outstanding scholars and researchers in structural engineering, while the Lecture Series aims to connect renowned scholars from around the world for knowledge exchange and to facilitate the building of a better world through engineering. It will not only benefit researchers, students and professionals in the field, but also reinforce PolyU as a world-leading institution in civil and structural engineering. Kwok-fai feels that a donor’s gift should be in line with the University’s strategic direction and is confident that his donation will be put to good use, creating a lasting impact for generations. March 2020

10 Mar 2020

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PolyU held an appreciation luncheon on 23 October 2019 to express its gratitude towards the generous donations made by Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund (SHECF). PolyU’s President, Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, (Picture 1, left) thanked SHECF for their long-term support and presented a souvenir to Dr David Mong (right) as a memento. (Picture 2, from the left) Ms Cynthia Mong, PolyU Executive Vice President Dr Miranda Lou, Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, Dr David Mong, Ms Cheung Man Yee, and Mr Simon Tam.

23 Oct 2019

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On 21 October 2019, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) held an appreciation lunch to express its gratitude to Mr Tsang Wing Wah (Picture 1, middle right), Dr Eddie Yeung Shiu Kin (middle left), and members of the Tsang family, for establishing the Yeung Tsang Wing Yee and Tsang Wing Hing Professorship in Neuropsychology. PolyU President Professor Jin-Guang Teng (first from left) and PolyU Foundation Chairman Dr Katherine Ngan (first from right) presented a souvenir to Mr Tsang and Dr Yeung on behalf of the University. The Endowed Professorship is established in memory of the deceased sisters, Madam Yeung Tsang Wing-yee Winnie and Ms Tsang Wing-hing, two of the eight children of the philanthropist, the late Mr Tsang Shiu-tim, in support of the education and research work in the areas of neuroscience and neurological rehabilitation. It is hoped that the work will encourage researchers and students to study and conduct research in those areas for the betterment of people with cognitive impairment. The appointee of the professorship is Professor David Shum, Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and Chair Professor of Neuropsychology (Picture 2, third from left). The Yeung Tsang Wing Yee and Tsang Wing Hing Professorship in Neuropsychology is the 6th endowed professorship set up at the PolyU’s Faculty of Health and Social Sciences since the launch of the Endowed Professorship Scheme in 2012. For more information of the Scheme, please visit here (Picture 2, from the left) Professor Jin-Guang Teng, Deputy President and Provost Professor Philip Chan, Professor David Shum, Dr Eddie Yeung Shiu Kin, Mr Tsang Wing Wah, Mrs Tsang Sze Ho Wah, Dr Katherine Ngan, Ms Michelle Yeung and Ms Serena Ng. 

21 Oct 2019

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been seriously affecting all businesses and all walks of life. At PolyU, we are particularly concerned with the financial challenges faced by some of our students and their families due to the current situation. Therefore, we have decided to establish the PolyU COVID-19 Student Support Fund to provide assistance to our students who are greatly affected by this pandemic. The Fund aims to alleviate the unexpected financial hardship of PolyU students due to the outbreak of the COVID-19; strengthen the spirit of solidarity of thePolyU community to tide over the difficult times; and enhance the resilience of our students. Eligible students* can apply for the Fund. The Fund will be open for applications from students in May. To kick-start the Fund, PolyU’s management team will donate 10% of their salaries over a period of 12 months from April 2020 to help students in need during this unprecedented crisis. We encourage members of the PolyU community and our supporters to contribute to this meaningful cause. If you are interested in supporting the PolyU COVID-19 Student Support Fund, please click Give Online button below to donate. Choose “Other” and specify “Student Support Fund” in the “Purpose of Donation” section. Donations of $100 or above are tax-deductible.     Donation form is also available here. We are all experiencing a trying time, we firmly believe that through care and collaboration, resilience and solidarity, we can overcome the challenges. Your donation will be able to help our students to move ahead with confidence and facilitate their all-round development. PolyU will continue to invest in our future, and the next generations. To learn more about the stories of PolyU community members going above and beyond in the fight against COVID-19, please click here. For enquiries, please send your email to polyu.giving@polyu.edu.hk or contact staff of Alumni Affairs and Development Office:  Miss Kitty Chan  Tel: 2766 4883 Ms Janet Wong Tel: 3400 3306 Ms Zoe Lam Tel: 3400 2134   *All full-time and part-time PolyU students in the 2019/20 academic year facing genuine financial hardship caused by the outbreak of the pandemic can apply for financial support under the Fund.

27 Apr 2020

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