UGC commends LU’s knowledge transfer achievements and humanitarian inventions
In 2020/21, LU has made heroic efforts to promote UN Sustainable Development Goals with successful, community relevant knowledge transfer projects and humanitarian inventions, which serve both the needy and the general public.
In their letter responding to LU’s Annual Report on Knowledge Transfer 2020/21, the University Grants Committee (UGC) praises the University’s endeavours, and, in particular, the transparent mask designed by the Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative, in highly favourable terms:
“The UGC appreciates LU’s passion and commitment in driving the creation and adoption of people-centric innovations with high social values, which was highlighted by its signature invention of ‘Transparent Anti-COVID-19 Face Mask’ for persons with hearing impairment. We are delighted that the design of the mask won the 1st runner up of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers’ Enginpreneurs Award 2021, and that LU has signed its first licence agreement for its first spin-off company to produce the mask for market as well as charitable use.”
The UGC also welcomes LU’s introduction of its 1st Social Enterprising Award, which encourages students to pursue innovations to protect and conserve natural resources and community engagement and support, and believes that the University can continue to develop an entrepreneurial spirit in the younger generation to help Hong Kong identify and address social issues.
The significant growth of LU’s knowledge transfer activities, which include a rise of 29 per cent in cumulative income from on-going social projects, and an overall increase of 13 per cent in income from KT, consultancy work, and professional development courses, is also acknowledged by the UGC
The UGC also congratulates LU for reaching its target of doubling the number of patent/trademark filings in the university’s 2019-2022 Triennium Plan for knowledge transfer.