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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 future.

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.