Head of ESM, Professor Ed Sweeney, recently paid a visit to Hong Kong. He spent time with staff at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) to explore ways of building mutually beneficial collaborations in research, teaching and other areas. PolyU traces its origins back to 1937 and was awarded full university status in 1994. It has a strong track record of providing high quality, industry-oriented education in business, technology, engineering and science domains. It is very active in applied research across these fields and has developed a particular reputation for its close links with industry, business and professional bodies. In 2012, Aston Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Julia King signed a memorandum of understanding with PolyU with a view to increasing partnership links across all Aston subject areas.
Professor Sweeney’s visit aimed to identify specific areas of possible collaboration in the logistics, engineering management and systems engineering fields. He held very positive discussions with staff from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies and the Institute for Entrepreneurship.
To mark his visit to Hong Kong, a lunch was hosted by the International President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Dr Dorothy Chan. Dr Chan is the Deputy Director of the University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education, and Head of Centre for Logistics and Transport. She is a former Deputy Commissioner for Transport in the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.