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Chief Executive makes
IT-themed visit to Boston

Director of MIT Media Lab Dr. Joi Ito (left) welcomes Chief Executive C.Y. Leung.

Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung visited top-notch research institutions developing the latest in innovation and technology on his official visit to Boston on May 6.

Leading a delegation comprising government officials, industry leaders and academics from the information technology (IT) sector, the Chief Executive visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, which is devoted to projects at the convergence of technology, multimedia, sciences, art and design. The MIT Media Lab includes more than 25 research groups working on more than 350 projects with diverse research themes, ranging from digital approaches for treating neurological disorders to a stackable electric car for sustainable cities.

Mr. Leung also met Provost of MIT Martin Schmidt and senior faculty members with Hong Kong connections to exchange views on how to enhance IT cooperation between the two cities.

Mr. Leung (third row, seventh from right) with the delegation at the MIT Media Lab.

The Chief Executive also visited the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), a collaborative of 1,000 scientists and clinical experts in stem cell science dedicated to developing safer and more effective treatments for disease. The high-level delegation toured the labs at HSCI to learn more about its field of research, including regenerative medicine.

He also met Marshal of Harvard University Jackie O’Neill and exchanged views on promoting cooperation among government, industry, academic and research sectors.

Mr. Leung (second from left) tours the facilities of the MIT Media Lab.

Earlier in the day, the Chief Executive addressed a luncheon organized by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York and attended by Boston business chamber leaders and members.

Mr. Leung said Hong Kong is a “super-connector” to U.S. businesses looking to tap the market of China.

“Thanks largely to our ‘One Country, Two Systems’ arrangement, while Hong Kong is part of China, it is also distinct from other cities in China, as we practice the other ‘system.’ It gives us unparalleled advantages as a common platform between the United States and China - in business, trade, finance and more,” he said.

“Our information and communications technology infrastructure and our liberalized telecommunications market open up a wealth of opportunity for e-commerce, wireless/mobile, digital-content creation and service, cloud computing and much more,” he said. Before ending the brief visit, Mr. Leung attended a gala dinner hosted by Cathay Pacific Airways to celebrate the inauguration of its Hong Kong-Boston direct flight service.

Mr. Leung (right) and the delegation meet the senior faculty members of MIT.

Mr. Leung (left) meets the Provost of MIT, Professor Martin Schmidt, to exchange views on issues of mutual concern.

In the visit to the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Mr. Leung (left) meets with Executive Director of HSCI Brock Reeve (right).

Mr. Leung (front row, fifth from left) and the delegation in the courtyard of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.

Harvard University Marshal Jackie O'Neill (right) welcomes Mr. Leung during his inaugural visit to the campus.


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