Close this search box.

We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

PolyU Joint Research Centre Advancing Green and Low-Carbon Solutions

Image Credits: PolyU, Press Release

The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong (PolyU) and a China-based construction engineering company have joined forces to establish the China Harbour-PolyU Joint Research Centre for Land Development (JRC). The primary objective of this collaboration is to advance sustainable land development, foster a green and low-carbon economy and enhance the quality of urban living.

The inauguration ceremony of the Centre took place at the PolyU campus on 17 May 2023, signifying the combined dedication of the two parties towards promoting applied research in the field of land development.

Distinguished guests from various government departments, academic institutions, and industry organisations attended the ceremony. Notable attendees included representatives from the Department of Environmental and Ecological Affairs, the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, and the Development Bureau of the HKSAR.

Additionally, professionals from The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, the Beijing–Hong Kong Academic Exchange Centre, the Greater Bay Area Branch of the engineering company and the construction engineering company were present. Key figures from the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong (PolyU) included the President, the Director of the PolyU Academy of Interdisciplinary Research (PAIR), and the Director of the PolyU Research Institute of Land and Space (RILS).

The agreement to establish the JRC was signed by the Vice President (Research and Innovation) of PolyU and the Managing Director of the construction engineering company, solidifying their collaboration.

The Secretary for Environment and Ecology expressed his enthusiasm for the JRC and emphasised its potential as a valuable platform for both fundamental and practical research in green land development and construction. He expressed anticipation for significant research outcomes from the Centre, which would support Hong Kong’s efforts in achieving carbon neutrality and enhancing the city’s liveability and sustainability.

The President of PolyU highlighted the collaborative strengths of JRC. He emphasised the effective synergy between PolyU’s robust scientific research capabilities and CHEC’s wealth of experience in project implementation. He expressed confidence that the Centre, through close cooperation, would generate innovative ideas and advanced technologies. The research outcomes could then be applied to land development projects in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area, the nation, and even globally, resulting in improved livelihoods and significant contributions to societal sustainability.

The Managing Director of the construction engineering company acknowledged the global perspective, project expertise, and exceptional research capabilities of the collaborative team. He highlighted that this collective strength would drive research and development in cutting-edge technologies, with a particular focus on green, low-carbon, and sustainable land development and construction.

The objective is to promote the findings of the JRC for the benefit of the entire industry and society as a whole, by enhancing efficiency, safety, cost-effectiveness, and environmental protection throughout the land development and construction process.

The JRC represents a significant milestone as the first joint research centre established by the parent company of the construction engineering firm, in collaboration with a higher educational institution in Hong Kong. Leveraging the company’s extensive resources and expertise in project implementation and technology application worldwide, combined with PolyU’s strong research capabilities in land and infrastructure development, the JRC aims to foster innovation and advancement in these areas. The operation of the JRC will be a joint effort between RILS and the construction engineering company.

The JRC will initially concentrate its efforts on research innovation, knowledge transfer, and talent development in the following key areas:

  • Technologies related to marine engineering and the construction of immersed tunnels to establish connections between islands.
  • Innovative prefabricated building technologies, as well as smart harbour and smart airport projects, to enhance land utilization efficiency.
  • Solutions for the effective treatment of municipal and marine solid waste, contributing to the achievement of carbon neutrality and promoting recycling and reuse.
  • Development of fibre-reinforced polymer composite materials and green high-performance concrete for marine engineering purposes.
  • Life-cycle technologies for marine infrastructures and development, along with the application of innovative AI-based spatial information technologies for construction projects.

These areas of focus will drive research advancements, facilitate the transfer of knowledge, and cultivate talent within the JRC’s scope of work.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.