Research & Impact
Lingnan University has made great stride in engaging academics in Knowledge Transfer (KT) to achieve impact from research and professional knowledge. Success is seen not only in the number of projects completed but also in new platforms established and new opportunities identified.
Consultancy and Contract Research Projects
In 2019/20, there were 61 consultancy, contract research projects as well as social projects undertaken by academic staff. Cumulative income received from on-going social projects and contract research were at record high of HK$44 million and HK$25 million, representing increases of 209% and 54% respectively. Overall, the total income received from KT projects and Continuing Professional Development courses rose by 57% from HK$74 million in the previous reporting year to HK$116 million for 2019/20.
For a stronger synergy of Lingnan’s efforts in response to the advocacy of the HKSAR Chief Executive and the UGC for innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialisation of research outputs, the Office of Research and Knowledge Transfer (ORKT) has rolled out this new Fund which incorporates the internal KT Project Fund (KPF) and Entrepreneurial KT Fund (EKT), and a new scheme to support faculty members’ entrepreneurial initiatives.
The former KPF and EKT have funded 50 projects and proven to be effective catalysts of innovative ideas for translating research into impact. The new IIF is designed to take the step forward by building an innovative culture and a supportive environment for innovations and social entrepreneurship. Students and staff may use the fund to develop prototypes for a new product or to prove a new concept leading to or aimed at a start-up for impact on humanity.
Two programmes under the IIF:
a) KT Programme
b) Entrepreneurship Programme