IEEE Board of Directors visit Hong Kong and Shenzhen
(Hong Kong, 19 January 2012) The Board of Directors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which is the world’s largest professional association of engineers, held its board meeting in Hong Kong for the first time last week. They also attended the 40th anniversary banquet of IEEE’s Hong Kong Chapter on 13 January. The IEEE Directors, arranged by Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), also visited the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government and several corporations in both Shenzhen and Hong Kong to gain further understanding of the developments of the technology industries in the two cities.
The IEEE delegation, led by President Dr Gordon Day and accompanied by ASTRI’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Cheung Nim-kwan, called on the Shenzhen Government on 11 January. They were received by Mayor Dr Xu Qin and Vice Mayor Mr Chen Biao. The parties exchanged views on enhancing collaboration on the developments of technologies and professional talents and also explored on the protection of intellectual properties. The delegation was deeply impressed by Shenzhen’s rapid economic and societal development in recent years.
While in Shenzhen, the IEEE Directors also visited Shenzhen High-tech Industrial Park (SHIP), Shenzhen Mindray Bio-medical Electronics Co. Ltd. and Shenzhen BYD Auto Co. Ltd. Through these visits, the delegation was able to witness firsthand the city’s steadfast efforts to transform into a knowledge-based and international metropolis, where enterprises are pursuing technological innovation for further advances in the global markets.
The IEEE delegation’s stay in Hong Kong also took them to ASTRI, Hong Kong Science Park and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Representatives of the three institutes held in-depth exchanges with the visitors, especially on the technology outlook and talent cultivation in Hong Kong. During their visit at ASTRI, the latest development of the institute’s 4G wireless communications technology was introduced. The IEEE Directors also shared invaluable insights with the ASTRI’s R&D staff.
At the anniversary banquet of IEEE’s Hong Kong Chapter, two distinguished researchers from ASTRI, Dr Wang Keh-chung and Dr Wu Enboa, together with the latest batches of the IEEE Fellows from Hong Kong, were presented with IEEE Fellow Certificate by Dr Day.
Dr Gordon Day (left), President of IEEE, presenting a souvenir to Dr Xu Qin, Mayor of Shenzhen Municipality.
At the banquet held in the honour of the IEEE delegation, Mayor Xu Qin (standing) shows his support for IEEE to set up branch operation in Shenzhen to strengthen collaboration from both sides.
Dr Qiu Xuan (second from right), Deputy Director-General of Science, Industry and Information Technology Commission of Shenzhen Municipality cum Director-General of SHIP, Dr Gordon Day (forth from left), President of IEEE, Dr Cheung Nim-kwan (third from left), CEO of ASTRI, and the IEEE Directors hold discussion on future collaboration.
Mr Liu Jie (seventh from right), Chief Operating Officer of Shenzhen Mindray Bio-medical Electronics Co. Ltd and members of the senior management warmly receive Dr Gordon Day (eighth from right), President of IEEE, and his delegation.
The IEEE delegates show great interests in the automobiles manufactured by Shenzhen BYD Auto Co. Ltd during their visit to the company’s showroom.
The IEEE directors visit Charles K. Kao Showcase at Hong Kong Science Park to gain an understanding of Prof. Kao and his contributions in science and technology.
The IEEE fellows from Hong Kong are presented with certificates by Dr Day (seventh from right). Among the honour recipients are Dr Wu Enboa (fourth from right) and Dr Wang Keh-chung (fifth from right) from ASTRI.