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MIT selects Hong Kong for first overseas innovation center

Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung (left) meets President Rafael Reif of MIT at Government House to exchange views on issues related to education as well as innovation and technology. Mr. Leung welcomed the initiative to set up the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node in Hong Kong.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced it will set up its first global innovation node in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung welcomed the initiative.

Set to launch next summer, the MIT innovation initiative will bring increased opportunities for MIT students and researchers to work on various entrepreneurial projects alongside Hong Kong-based students and faculty, MIT alumni, entrepreneurs and businesses. By combining resources and talent, the innovation node aims to help students learn how to move ideas more rapidly from lab to market.

Noting the established ties between MIT and Hong Kong universities, Mr. Leung said the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node will deepen this relationship by bringing together students, academics and entrepreneurs from Boston and Hong Kong, creating value for both communities.

The collaborative space will also connect the MIT community to opportunities and unique resources available in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta, in particular Shenzhen.

This piece of good news came on the heels of a Itechnology-themed visit of MIT by government officials, led by the Chief Executive, in May. It also coincided with the creation of a policy bureau to formulate and take forward information technology initiatives in the city.


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