Prof Albert Rodger (middle) introduced the research funding landscape in Scotland to the RGC.
The Research Grants Council (RGC) had the
pleasure to receive a Scottish delegation,
comprising university vice principals and heads
of research agencies, during its visit to Hong
Kong on 26-28 June 2013. The delegation
was headed by Professor Albert Rodger, who is
the Vice Principal of the University of Aberdeen
and a Board Member & Chair of Research
and Knowledge Exchange Committee of the
Scottish Funding Council.
Professor Benjamin Wah, Chairman of the
RGC, and Professor Paul Tam, Member of the
RGC, met the delegation on 26 June 2013.
Professor Wah welcomed the delegation to
visit Hong Kong and introduced the RGC’s
work and commitment towards academic
research, highlighting the RGC’s Joint Research
Scheme: Hong Kong – Scotland Partners In
Post Doctoral Research. The Scheme was
launched last year to open the doors for
research collaboration between Hong Kong
and Scotland. He looked forward to the
success of the second round of the Scheme in
nurturing researchers in both places.
Professor Rodger presented the research
funding landscape in Scotland, and introduced
the role of the Scottish Funding Council
in improving the quality and international
competitiveness of the research base in
Scotland and delivering the knowledge
exchange between the academia and industry.
The delegation also shared their valuable
experience in the collaboration of the Scottish
Universities Life Sciences Alliance and the
Energy Technology Partnership with the
industries and business sector as examples of
research pooling and innovation centres.
At the end of the meeting, Professor Wah
concluded that the meeting with the Scottish
Delegation was a fruitful one. It enhances
mutual understanding of the funding
landscapes of the two regions and has opened
up dialogues between the two sides for
exploring collaboration opportunities in the
Professor Benjamin Wah (fifth from left), Chairman of the RGC, and Professor Paul Tam (second from left),
Member of the RGC, received the Scottish Delegation.
The Scottish delegation aimed, through its
visit to Hong Kong, to explore collaboration
opportunities in areas of research innovation
and higher education, specifically in the
fields of Life Sciences and Energy, and to
identify areas of mutual interest for developing
strategic partnerships between Hong Kong
and Scottish higher education institutes. In
addition to the meeting with the RGC, the
delegation also visited a number of local
universities and some of their institutes in
Shenzhen, and held a round-table symposium
during their three-day visit in Hong Kong.