The higher education sector is undergoing an exciting transformation that has been brought about by the pandemic, and the incredible advances in AI and technology that exist all around us. As we find ourselves at an exciting juncture between the approaches of the past and the rich promise of what's to come, we need to future-proof our institution and give our students the skills to survive and thrive in this new world.
At HKBU, our students are learning in an inspiring transdisciplinary environment that provides them with the knowledge and tools to flourish on their flexible, customisable learning pathways. Our six interdisciplinary research laboratories are also showing other institutions in the region the way forward, as our artists and scientists are enlightening each other with their unique perspectives, and they are collaborating on cutting-edge projects and innovations.
In particular, the development of art-tech is one of our key focuses, and our landmark five-year "Building Platform Technologies for Symbiotic Creativity in Hong Kong" project, which received HK$52.8 million in funding from the Research Grants Council (RGC), will change the cultural landscape in Hong Kong, and other places around the world, beyond all recognition. As HKBU is a centre of knowledge creation and development, it is also imperative that we make that knowledge and expertise available to society. Through collaboration with our valued alumni, partners and supporters, we will continue to translate our discoveries into impactful innovations for the benefit of mankind.
Although the pandemic has kept us physically apart, we managed to transcend the limitations on global travel, and we have exposed our students to a bigger world through our virtual exchange programmes and internationalisation initiatives. I am equally excited by the development opportunities offered to our graduates and students in the Greater Bay Area as well as other places around the globe, thanks to the support of employers and our alumni community.