Dr. Winnie Tang Presents at the Second Annual Forum of the University-Government-Industry Consortium for Sustainable Urban Development

Dr. Winnie Tang emphasized on the importance of GIS education in nurturing smart people in a smart city.

Guest speakers had in-depth exchanges in the area of sustainable urban development.

Esri China (HK) Chairman, Dr. Winnie Tang was invited as the plenary speaker to give a presentation at the Second Annual Forum of the University-Government-Industry (UGI) Consortium for Sustainable Urban Development, which was held on 28 April 2018 at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Organized by the Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (RISUD), the Forum brought together senior representatives from the three sectors of government, industry, and local universities for in-depth exchanges on the theme of “Collaborative Research for Societal Impact”.

The Forum was kicked off by an opening speech by Mr. Chan Fan, Frank, Secretary for Transport and Housing, followed by an overview of the UGI Consortium by Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, Chairman of the Management Committee of the UGI Consortium and Director of RISUD. The speeches were followed by five plenary presentations covering various aspects of the theme. One of the plenary presentations was made by Dr. Winnie Tang on the topic, “GIS — Collaborative Technology for a Smart Future”.

Dr. Winnie Tang stressed on the importance of developing smart cities to keep our competitiveness since all of us are facing similar challenges around the world such as resources constraints on energy, housing, transportation, job opportunities, and public services with an expanding ageing population. To make our city more sustainable, she urged that there should be worldwide collaboration on the development of smart cities with accelerated knowledge exchange. In the end, researchers also need to work closely with government departments and private companies to create a strong eco-system for the development and implementation of GIS technology and systems for smart and sustainable cities.

Esri has been actively participating in research projects such as the Ecological Marine Units cooperated by the governments, universities and industries. Eventually, GIS serves as a collaborative platform for the three parties to conduct research and analysis for building a more sustainable future.

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