25 APR 2023
Professor Peng Gong, Vice President (Academic Development) and Chair Professor of Global Sustainability at HKU, gave a speech at the 2023 World Data Forum Macau Satellite Event in Macau on April 25 on “Global seamless data cube and iMap” under the session “Dealing with Data Dilemmas – Towards a Human-centred Systems Approach to Sustainable Data and Digital Technology Development”. During the event, Professor Gong was invited to meet with Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) and Rector of United Nations University (UNU), and Ms. Tiziana Bonapace, Director of Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), to explore potential collaborations in research, teaching, and knowledge exchange between HKU, UN, and UNU.
On the same day, Ms. Tiziana Bonapace visited the HKU campus in Hong Kong and had a fruitful round-table discussion with academics at the Department of Geography. Professor Shunlin Liang, Head of the Department, chaired the round-table session and introduced the research and teaching teams, with a focus on the rapidly growing team of geospatial data science strategic theme. The discussion identified great potential for collaborations regarding research, teaching, and knowledge exchange between HKU Geography and the 53 member countries of UN ESCAP.