Speaking at PolyU's 85th anniversary launch ceremony on Thursday, Lam recalled the campus siege two years ago.

He said the social unrest that occurred in November 2019 had "a very heavy impact" on the university, as the unrest has severely damaged the campus and brought misunderstanding.

But Lam said PolyU has restored stability and order within a short period of time, thanks to the support of the government and the people of the university.

“We are very grateful that all these misunderstandings were proved wrong finally. PolyU does not forget the original mission and we remain steadfast [in] our direction,” he said.

Noting that talent is the most important element in Hong Kong’s future development, Lam said PolyU will continue to follow the school’s motto “to learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind.”

“We will continue to work together with the government and support Hong Kong’s integration into the national development and develop Hong Kong into an international innovation and technology hub, and make greater contributions to Hong Kong, to GBA [Greater Bay Area] and to the nation,” he said.