HKBU Institute of Creativity to conduct frontier research and nurture creative talent
The University established the Institute of Creativity (IOC) in March 2011 to promote interdisciplinary research, foster academic exchanges and serve the community at large. At a media gathering held today (20 December), Professor Albert Chan, President and Vice-Chancellor and Director of IOC; Professor Dominic Lam, Fung Hon Chu Endowed Chair of Humanics of IOC; and Professor Bian Zhaoxiang, Acting Dean of Chinese Medicine and Associate Director of IOC, introduced the future development plans, research projects and activities of the Institute.
President Albert Chan said that the Institute aims to conduct frontier research for the betterment of mankind. Five research themes have been initiated: development of new drugs based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), research on chemical technologies and new materials, Chinese classical learning and sinology, computational and theoretical studies, and cross-cultural studies. He said: “IOC will provide a platform to strengthen the research culture of HKBU, nurture a critical mass of research talent, sharpen the research performance and further promote the development of interdisciplinary research and theme-based research on campus.”
In introducing the TCM research theme, Professor Bian said future research would focus on the development of new drugs based on TCM, integrative therapies based on TCM and Western medicine in the areas of personal healthcare and treatment of illness, the mechanisms underlying TCM’s efficacy and safety, as well as elucidating TCM theories using scientific methods and techniques in order to facilitate the development of innovative drug research.
In addition, to inspire students’ creativity and arouse public interest in the latest discoveries and cutting-edge research, IOC will organise a wide range of educational activities and courses for HKBU students as well as the general public.
Prior to the media session, an art exhibition entitled “Enchanted Time and Space” by Professor Dominic Lam was kicked off with a grand opening cocktail event. Officiating guests were Dr. Sze Chi-ching, Chairman of Hang Tung Resources Holding Limited; Mr. David Mong, Vice-Chairman of Shun Hing Group and Chairman of Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund Limited; Mr. Laurence Tam, former Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of Art; Mr. Wilfred Wong, Chairman of the HKBU Council and Court; President Albert Chan and Professor Dominic Lam. The exhibition is being held at Dr. and Mrs. Sze Chi Ching Exhibition Gallery, Lam Woo International Conference Centre until 28 February 2012.
Professor Dominic Lam is a world-renowned ophthalmologist and a distinguished practising artist. In 1980, he discovered Chromoskedasic Painting, also known as NanoArt, in which colour images are produced using only black and white photographic paper and solutions. He will lead courses offered by IOC to nurture creative talent.