HKUST Signed Framework Agreement with Digital China to Build Smart City Research Institute


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and China's largest integrated IT service provider Digital China Holdings Limited (Digital China) signed a framework agreement to build the Smart City (Hong Kong) Research Institute with an aim to foster the development of smart city in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

According to the agreement, HKUST and Digital China will work together on the strategic planning of the smart city and the development of key information technologies of big data for the smart city. The two parties will collectively build an experience center of the smart city and apply for various government sponsored research programs and important academic projects. HKUST will mobilize its research talents and facilities for the cooperation and leverage its advantages in science and technology research, while Digital China will leverage its advantages in IT planning and consulting, as well as development of solutions.

HKUST President Prof Tony F Chan said, “It is our great pleasure to have established a strategic partnership with the renowned innovation leader Digital China. HKUST has been delivering remarkable achievements in innovation research. Driven by the synergy created from the collaboration, we believe such new momentum will definitely help foster the development of smart city and make Hong Kong an innovation and technology hub.”

Mr Guo Wei, Chairman of the Board of Digital China, commented, “Digital China is transforming to a full service and Internet Company and smart city is one of the strategic priorities. As a leading enterprise in the smart city construction in China, we are building various channels to optimize the strategic framework to construct the smart city. The cooperation with HKUST is closely in line with our growth strategy. It will further optimize and improve the services and products in the construction of the smart city, laying a solid foundation for the long term development of the company.”

Digital China said that HKUST is a world leading university with proven excellence in the research of science and technology, especially in the information technologies of big data, smart city consulting, planning and development of solutions. The cooperation would build a new bridge between the mainland and Hong Kong in the development of smart city.

About the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) ( is a world-class research university excelling in science, technology and business as well as humanities and social science. Internationally renowned for its academic rigor and accomplishments, the University promotes interdisciplinary studies and provides holistic education, nurturing well-rounded graduates with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, innovative thinking and relevant skills to thrive in a knowledge economy. As an international university with strong ties to global thought leaders, HKUST has wide-ranging connections with Mainland China while aspiring to be a global premier knowledge hub and a center of research breakthroughs. HKUST was ranked 16th worldwide and top in Greater China in a global survey on employability of graduates in 2014. It was also branded as one of the seven fastest-rising young universities worldwide by Times Higher Education in 2015.

About Digital China

Digital China (Stock Code: 00861.HK), the largest integrated IT services provider in China, was listed on the main board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong on 1 June 2001. Its remarkable achievements have been widely recognized in various industries: the Group was included in the lists of "Forbes Asia's Fab 50" List, "Fortune China 500" by Fortune China and "Top 100 Chinese Software Companies by Revenue".

Digital China leverages global IT resources to establish a complete IT services value chain and offer customers end-to-end integrated IT services, which covers IT planning and consultation, IT infrastructure system integration, design and implementation of solutions, design and development of application software, outsourcing of IT system operations and maintenance, IT distribution, logistics and maintenance, etc.

Digital China takes the initiative to implement smart city strategy in accordance with China’s 12TH Five-Year Plan. It takes advantage of IT technologies such as cloud computing, mobile internet and the internet of things to drive consolidation and innovation in the IT industry, cultivate the information consumption market and help accelerate the urbanization process in China. With comprehensive service capabilities and business coverage, it offers integrated smart city services to customers, which ranges from smart city framework design and planning, smart city IT infrastructure implementation to smart city operational services. The Group has implemented a national expansion strategy for introduction of smart city operations throughout the country. Boasting a visionary theoretical framework, it has the largest number of success cases for implementing smart city projects.

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 HKUST President Prof Tony F Chan (Right) and Mr Guo Wei (Left), Chairman of the Board of Digital China, signed the framework agreement.
HKUST President Prof Tony F Chan (Right) and Mr Guo Wei (Left), Chairman of the Board of Digital China, signed the framework agreement.
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