New chief to focus on core HKUST interests

New Hong Kong University of Science and Technology president Nancy Ip Yuk-yu said the university will focus on the development of medical technologies, artificial intelligence, big data and new energy.

Speaking to the media for the first time since taking office last month, Ip said she hopes the university can recruit talents across the world. She also said students are important stakeholders in the university and that she would communicate with them through different faculties.

"Hong Kong is an international city and a financial center. It has a mature regulatory system for protecting intellectual property," Ip said.

"Meanwhile, mainland cities in the Greater Bay Area have a comprehensive industry chain and a wide market, so I believe it will create a synergy if Hong Kong cooperates with these cities."

The comment from the first woman president of HKUST came after the university held an industry engagement day yesterday, which showcased 31 inventions spanning four strategic research areas - medical technologies, artificial intelligence, big data and new energy.

"As a pioneer in science and research in Hong Kong, HKUST can take a leading role in helping the city to establish an enhanced I&T ecosystem, just like the case of Stanford University for Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay area," she said.

When asked whether she would ensure the status of the university's students' union during her term, she said there are many different student organizations in HKUST, and students are also important stakeholders in the university.

She said she will maintain communication with different student organizations through faculty and departmental arrangements, and the students' union and other student organizations will receive the same recognition from the university.