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About The Event

About The Event

Creativity and the ability to apply innovative ideas to solve deep-rooted and emerging problems and to deal with unforeseen changes are the major forces shaping today's economies. The importance of Knowledge Exchange (KE), or Knowledge Transfer (KT), as one of the three missions of higher education is increasingly recognized by higher education sectors in many countries.

The University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded institutions in Hong Kong are committed to sharing their knowledge and research excellence with industry, business, the public sector, and the community in order to achieve social, cultural, environmental or economic impacts. To achieve this goal, it is necessary to develop a sustainable ecosystem in Hong Kong that will enable academics in our knowledge base and the various non-academic sectors to engage in knowledge exchange endeavours to translate knowledge into solutions for our society. Policy makers, funding bodies, management of higher education institutions, individual academics, students, and the various non-academic sectors of our society all have critical roles to play and different challenges to meet in this ecosystem.

The Knowledge Exchange Conference: Knowledge Transforming Society will provide new insights on how higher education institutions and industry, business, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, and schools, etc., could work in concert through knowledge partnerships to address the many complex issues facing Hong Kong and the region or make a difference in our quality of life.

The development of KE as an institutional mission, alongside teaching and learning and research, is still a relatively new concept to the higher education sector in Hong Kong. The Conference will also explore issues that have implications on effective delivery of the KE mission, including the intricate interplay between government policies, institutional policies and culture, and changing business and community needs; impact assessments of research and KE activities; and open access.

Building on the success of the Knowledge Transfer Conference 2010, the Knowledge Exchange Conference: Knowledge Transforming Society is again jointly organized by the eight UGC-funded institutions and is sponsored by the UGC. The two-day conference also features a poster session and incorporates the UGC-sponsored "3+3+4" Symposium on Knowledge Transfer.

This "3+3+4" Symposium hosted by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is the last one in the series of 12 symposia on various topics relevant to the "3+3+4" education reform, which are organized by the Heads of Universities Committee (HUCOM) during the period 2008 to 2011. The symposia are sponsored by the UGC, and aim to promote exchange and information sharing among institutions and stakeholders on the preparation and implementation of the "3+3+4" reform.

The Conference will cover both technology-based and non-technology-related KE issues. The distinguished overseas and local speakers will share with you their experience, insights and enthusiasm in:

  • Developing a Mature Innovation Ecosystem in Hong Kong
  • The Tried and Tested Roads of Knowledge Exchange
  • Making Technology Transfer Thrive
  • Innovation as a Key Target in China's 12th Five-Year Plan
  • Knowledge Partnerships
  • Creating a Transforming Experience through Knowledge Exchange for Society
  • Translating Knowledge into Solutions for Hong Kong
  • Common Platform for KE Impact Assessment
  • Open Access vs. Turning Knowledge into Income

The "3+3+4" Symposium on Knowledge Transfer, which forms an integral part of the Conference, will feature the following themes:

  • Work-Integrated Education
  • Experiential Learning
  • Entrepreneurship Programme

Event Details

Day 1
Date December 5, 2011 (Mon)
Time 9:00am – 5:30pm
Venue Meeting Rooms S221-S228, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)
Language English


Day 2
Date December 6, 2011 (Tue)
Time 9:00am – 5:25pm
Venue Meeting Rooms S221-S228, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)
Language English

The Conference is highly relevant to and will provide networking opportunities for:

  • Academics
  • Community/Business/Industry Partners
  • Policy Makers
  • Technology Transfer and Licensing Professionals
  • Students

Registration Fee

HK$300 per person (including attendance at all conference sessions, "3+3+4" Symposium and poster session, excluding luncheons)

Fee waived for existing staff and students of UGC-funded institutions