PolyU Signs a Collaborative Agreement with Top Textile University in Southern China to Promote Green and Healthy Textiles

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) today announced the signing of a collaborative framework agreement with Wuyi University (WYU). The two universities will join hands for research on the development of green and healthy textile materials over a span of three years. The collaboration marks an important milestone of joint R&D effort between Hong Kong and Jiangmen – two major cities in the Greater Bay Area.

The two parties, represented by Ir Prof. Alex Wai, Vice President (Research Development) of PolyU (left), and Prof. Zhang Kun, Party Committee Secretary of Wuyi University, exchange the signed copie

As one of the world's largest textile and garment production and consumption regions, the Mainland's growing demand for “green and healthy” textile has created a huge market potential for antibacterial and mildew resistant textiles. The collaboration aims to facilitate the experts from the two universities to innovate dyeing and finishing technologies for fabrics so as to address the health and environmental concerns associated with man-made fibers and their chemical processes. As textiles are good substrates for exponential bacterial growth and microbial proliferation under appropriate moisture, nutrients, and temperature conditions, the research will also study the ingredients and methodologies to enhance the antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal performances in textiles.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ir Prof. Alex WAI, Vice President (Research Development) of PolyU, said “PolyU has proven records in translating impactful research results into applicable technologies and solutions to benefit the society and humankind. Leveraging our research strengths in textile technology for smart materials, textile-based wearable electronics and biomedical textiles, we believe the collaboration will bring further success in developing next generation “green and healthy” fabrics. We are very pleased to collaborate with universities in the Greater Bay Area such as WYU. Such cooperation platforms will accelerate innovation, new technology development and commercial applications of R&D in the region.”

Prof. ZHANG Kun, Party Committee Secretary of WYU, thanked PolyU for kick-starting the collaboration in textile research. He hoped this is just the beginning and the cooperation could be extended to other disciplines between the two universities.

The signing ceremony was attended by Ir Prof. Alex WAI, Vice President (Research Development); Prof. K.Y. WONG, Associate Vice President (Research Support); and Prof. John H. XIN, Chair Prof. of Textile Chemistry and Lee Family Professor in Fashion and Textiles from PolyU; as well as Prof. ZHANG Kun, Party Committee Secretary; Mr NG Wing Chi, Council Chairman; and Professor YU Hui, Dean of School of Textile Materials and Engineering from WYU.

About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)

While boasting a proud history of 80 years, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is a vibrant and aspiring university with a forward-looking vision and mission. Committed to building a talent pipeline and research strength for advancing the development of Hong Kong, the Nation and the world, PolyU provides the best holistic education to nurture future-ready global citizens and socially responsible leaders; conducts high-impact interdisciplinary research and proactively transfers knowledge to create value and build impact. We embrace internationalisation and engage the Nation for education and research through strategic partnerships and collaborations.

With “Opening Minds. Shaping the Future” as our brand promise, the University is currently offering more than 160 taught programmes via six faculties and two schools, engaging in 3,200 exciting research projects and partnering with over 660 institutions overseas and in mainland China on a wide variety of initiatives. We have over 400,000 alumni around the globe and 28,000 students.

PolyU website: http://www.polyu.edu.hk

About Wuyi University (Jiangmen, Guangdong)

Wuyi University was founded in 1985 and is located in Jiangmen City, Guangdong. As Jiangmen has jurisdiction over the the five cities (districts) of Enpiing, Xinhui, Taishan, Kaiping and Heshan, it is customarily called “Wuyi” from which the university derived its name and became well-known at home and abroad. WYU is one of the institution that was being authorized to confer bachelor’s and master’s degree in Guangdong. The School of Textile Materials and Engineering is the main body of Wuyi University with strong scientific research strength. It has the only undergraduate course in textile engineering and the only master degree in textile science and engineering in Southern China. WYU is considered “the strongest textile university in Southern China”. The college has its own “Guangdong Province Functional Fiber and Textile Engineering Technology Research Center”, “Guangdong Provincial University Functional Textile Engineering Technology Research Center” and “Guangdong Provincial Higher Education Modern Textile and Apparel Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center” and other provincial-level scientific research and teaching platforms.

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