The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and Beijing's Tsinghua University have announced a strategic partnership to drive AI discoveries and adoption in an effort to position both cities as global leaders in tech innovation.
However, according to a report by the South China Morning Post, the collaboration will specifically aim to drive AI advances in medicine, fintech and environmental protection.
From the collaboration, according to the newspaper, the first project to arise will be a co-hosted international event that will bring industry professionals together to discuss future AI developments and application.
"The exchange of ideas to foster creativity and innovation should have no boundary," said W. John Kao, VP and professor at HKU.
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"It's a tremendously complex and large field. It is not something that one university or even 100 universities can tackle. This has to be collaboration," Kao noted.
The Post claimed that the Chinese central government had supported Hong Kong's path to innovation and technology advances to remove the strain from overreliance on the city's finance industry.
Christopher Chao Yu-hang, dean of engineering at HKU, told the Hong Kong-based newspaper that the universities had been planning to launch a dual undergraduate degree in computer science, which has been forecast to launch in 2020 and will offer students the opportunity to split their degree across both universities.