SDG 9 | Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

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Teaching and research


Game-changing Nanoscale 3D Printing Technology

Ultra-precise 3D printing technology is a key enabler for precision manufacturing of biomedical and photonic devices. However, the existing printing technology is limited by its low efficiency and high cost. Professor Shih-Chi Chen and his team from the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering collaborated with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to develop ‘Femtosecond Projection Two-photon Lithography (FP-TPL)’ printing technology. This new technique substantially increases the printing speed by 1,000 to 10,000 times, and reduces the cost by 98%. The achievement was published in Science, affirming the technological breakthrough that will lead nanoscale 3D printing into a new era.


Cultivating FinTech Talents

Financial technology has become increasingly important and has had a ground-breaking effect in reshaping the landscape of the financial sector. The Faculty of Engineering and DBS Hong Kong signed an MOU for an inaugural Master of Science in Financial Technology programme to develop the next generation of financial technologists.


Enhancing Web Security

Unscrupulous third-party advertisers and hackers expose web users to security threats by injecting malicious JavaScript code to intercept user clicks and trick them into visiting untrusted websites. To investigate the problem of click interceptions, a research team led by Professor Wei Meng of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering developed a browser-based analysis framework, called Observer. It detects malicious click interceptions and mitigates web security threats. The research was published at USENIX Security Symposium 2019 (USENIX Security ’19), one of the top academic conferences on computer security.

The system is of great significance in protecting web users from these security threats. The research team will release the source code of the framework publicly to help web browsers detect malicious click interceptions and alert users about the danger to protect them from being exposed to malicious content.

CUHK Initiatives


Social Entrepreneurship

Among the large number of companies and individuals chasing financial independence and business profits are a growing number of social enterprises focusing on social problems. The Social Enterprise Startup Scheme by I·CARE encourages CUHK students and recent graduates to make good use of their expertise to establish or expand social enterprises.

The Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge, organized by the Center for Entrepreneurship of CUHK and sponsored by the Home Affairs Bureau, is a social venture start-up annual competition and has been at the forefront in educating students and the general public about social enterprises in Hong Kong.

With the support of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the Yunus Social Business Centre at CUHK was set up and the ‘Yunus Social Business Centre at CUHK ─ Jockey Club Youth Programme’ was initiated to encourage real action from youth in social business through a series of training and incubation programmes. It has successfully motivated CUHK students and alumni to help alleviate poverty through social business, by equipping them with knowledge and skills about social business through various activities.


Technology transfer and commercialization

The Centre for Innovation and Technology (CINTEC) is the technology transfer arm of the Faculty of Engineering, serving as a key bridge between the Faculty and industry. It offers various types of incubation support, including coaching, infrastructure and business connections, to students and faculty entrepreneurs so that they can ultimately turn their innovations into business start-ups.

The CINTEC Online Exhibition showcases the University’s latest research and technical achievements and enables the industry to explore potential projects for commercialization. In addition, a Facebook page was launched in 2020 to share with the public some of the recent research projects undertaken by CUHK researchers.


Decent Work and Economic Growth



Reduced Inequalities

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