Founded in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has been the leading university in Hong Kong in promoting innovation and technology. CUHK ranked 26th in the Asia-Pacific region by the 2019 list of “Reuters: Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities” and 49th in 2019 QS World University Rankings. CUHK actively promotes technology transfer and commercialization by encouraging its professors and students to launch technology start-ups and to collaborate with the relevant industries. Sense Time is one of the successful start-ups in artificial intelligence founded by CUHK. In 2018, over 20 spin-offs from CUHK received funding from The Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC). CUHK scholars and researchers have received numerous awards for their contributions to the academia and society at large, including the State Science and Technology Awards, Croucher Innovation Award, research achievement Awards, career awards and best paper awards from prestigious professional societies, to name but a few.
University of California, Berkeley (UCB) is a tertiary institution in the US with a long history and world-renowned reputation. Founded in 1868, UCB is one of the top institutions in the US and one of the 14 founding members of the Association of American Universities (AAU).
UCB ranked the 32th in the 2022 QS ranking as a whole and 7th in 2021 “Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing” with robotics and automation as one of its major fortes. There are a whopping 25 Nobel Prize winners (Including nine current faculty members), 31 alumni Nobel Prize winners, 4 Pulitzer Prizes held by current faculty, and 90 Faculty honors of National Academy of Engineering.
Moreover, UCB has rich and solid experiences in technology transfer. Over 150 firms were founded under intellectual property licenses from UCB.