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HKBU confers title of Distinguished Professor of Science on six academics to boost international collaboration


HKBU confers the honorary title of "Distinguished Professor of Science" on (7th from left) Professor Toru Ishida, Professor Ma Zhiming and Professor Zhu Shining

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The Faculty of Science has launched a Distinguished Professor of Science scheme with the aim of promoting knowledge exchanges culturally and academically between the professors and faculty members, and enhancing students' learning experience. Under the scheme, the Faculty confers the honorary title of "Distinguished Professor of Science" on six distinguished scholars in the areas of Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science from Mainland China, Japan, Canada and USA. To mark the start of this international collaboration, an inauguration ceremony cum sharing session entitled "Aspire for Science" was held on 26 November.


The six scholars are Professor John G Giesy, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Toxicology, Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences and Toxicology Centre, University of Saskatchewan, Canada; Professor Toru Ishida, Professor of the Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto University, Japan; Professor David G Lynn, Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at Emory University, USA; Professor Ma Zhiming, Professor of the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; Professor Min Naiben, Professor of Physics, Nanjing University, China; and Professor Zhu Shining, Dean of the School of Physics, Nanjing University, China.


Professor Toru Ishida, Professor Ma Zhiming and Professor Zhu Shining attended the ceremony and shared with the University community their personal stories of pursuing science, their key scientific work as well as the projects' long-term implications.


In the coming three years, the professors will play an advisory role on teaching and research activities of the respective departments of the Faculty of Science. They will be invited to visit HKBU to enhance collaborations in areas including teaching, innovative research and knowledge transfer. They will also meet aspiring students and staff members who wish to explore the subject's frontier development.