PolyU CPCE Receives HK$5M Donation from KML Foundation for Sustainable Plastic Research
PolyU CPCE received a generous donation of HK$5 million from Koo Meng Li and Koo Mi Wen Na Charitable Foundation Limited (KML Foundation) for establishing the “KML Prize – Technicality” to facilitate innovative research on sustainable concepts and solutions to plastic alternatives.
The donation signing ceremony was held at the PolyU Hung Hom Bay Campus on 21 June 2023. Mr Benedict Ku, Chairman of UCP Group and representative of KML Foundation, Prof. Peter Yuen, Dean of PolyU CPCE, Ms Vivian Koo, Executive Director of UCP Group, Mr Sunny Cheng, Group CFO, Miss Briar Ku, representative of the 4th generation of the Ku family, Dr Anthony Loh, HKCC Director and Division Head of the Division of Science, Engineering and Health Studies (SEHS), Dr Zerance Ng, Associate Head of Research and Associate Division Head of SEHS, and Dr Anand Vyas, Lecturer of SEHS attended the ceremony.
Prof. Yuen expressed his sincere gratitude to KML Foundation. He believed that the donation provides an excellent opportunity and necessary resources for SEHS to conduct innovative research on the durability and sustainability of plastic products, with the ultimate aim of minimising the impact of plastic products on the environment.
“This donation also recognises PolyU CPCE’s pioneering role in research in the self-financed tertiary education sector. In fact, PolyU CPCE spares no efforts in conducting research to address some of the most pressing challenges facing our world today, to push the boundaries of knowledge, and to make a meaningful contribution to society,” said Prof. Yuen.
In his speech, Mr Cheng, CFO of UCP Group, pointed out that the establishment of the “KML Prize” aligned with the Group’s objectives to always bear in mind the environmental costs when designing and manufacturing plastic products so as to achieve sustainable development and contribute to society. “With the KML Prize, we would like to explore different potential substainability solutions with the talents from PolyU CPCE. Let’s make the world a better place together,” said Mr Cheng.
Prof. Peter Yuen, Dean of PolyU CPCE (right) receives the HK$5 million donation cheque from Mr Benedict Ku, Chairman of UCP Group and representative of KML Foundation (left).
From left: Dr Anand Vyas, Dr James Chau, Dr Zerance Ng, Dr Anthony Loh, Mr Benedict Ku, Prof. Peter Yuen, Ms Vivian Koo, Miss Briar Ku, Mr Sunny Cheng