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3 May 2024

HKMU Tower Crane Safety Monitoring and Management System wins Silver Medal at Geneva invention exhibition

A Sensor-based Tower Crane Safety Monitoring and Management System, the latest invention by the Department of Construction and Quality Management of the School of Science and Technology, has been presented with a Silver Medal at the 49th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva.


2 Apr 2024

HKMU's research on a “3-in-1 Soil” formulation significantly reduces antibiotic levels and antibiotic resistance genes in soil and mitigates pollution in the terrestrial environment

Pollution caused by antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) has drawn a lot of attention in recent years. They can affect the ecosystem and be transferred to specific soilborne plant pathogens through horizontal gene transfer, thus entering the food chain and endangering human health. A research team from Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) has developed a unique soil improvement formulation, known as “3-in-1 Soil”, which improves soil quality by significantly reducing the bioavailability of antibiotics and ARGs in the soil to address the risk of antibiotic and ARG contamination in the terrestrial environment.


21 Feb 2024

Long-term HKMU study reveals rising health risks of oral corticosteroid use in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are often prescribed oral corticosteroids (OCSs) if there is a sudden deterioration in their condition. A scholar of the School of Nursing and Health Studies at Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) and related research team conducted a long-term study that unveils an increased risk of 17 diseases, including cardiovascular disease, associated with OCS use for COPD. The research team recommended exploring alternative treatments to minimise the possible side effects of using OCSs to alleviate the condition.


22 Jan 2024

HKMU research finds that leveraging bilingualism may enhance the comprehension and expression ability of autistic children

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has become increasingly prevalent globally. Autistic children often face significant communication barriers, including delayed language development and difficulties in understanding and responding to others. Thus, some professionals and parents have traditionally discouraged autistic children from learning languages other than their first language to avoid placing an additional burden on their language development. However, research led by Dr Emily Ge Haoyan, Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Languages at Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU), suggests that bilingualism, specifically exposure to Cantonese and English, does not hinder language development in autistic children. Instead, it may enhance their ability to understand and express themselves in daily communication.


16 Jan 2024

School of Arts and Social Sciences Assistant Professor receives funding from Korean organisation to develop a historical geographical information system

Assistant Professor of the School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr Lok-yin Law has recently been awarded over HK$80,000 from the Korea Studies Grant of the Academy of Korean Studies. The funding will support his research project, namely “Exploring New Frontiers in Yŏnhaengnok Studies: Unveiling the Spatial and Visual Dimensions of Qing-Chosŏn Relations”, making HKMU the first self-financing institution in Hong Kong to receive the grant.


3 Jan 2024

HKMU School of Nursing and Health Studies receives over $20 million in funding from the Jockey Club to launch a “family-based” mental health project to provide all-round support to pregnant women and their families

Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU)'s School of Nursing and Health Studies received HK$20.3 million from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to support a project titled “Jockey Club 'BaMa Chill Club' Perinatal Support Project”. This initiative focuses on providing depression screening for pregnant women and their spouses, along with services for parents and caregivers. It aims to offer one-stop, comprehensive and personalised support to enhance their mental health, strengthen the training of healthcare professionals, and promote public education.


21 Dec 2023

HKMU innovates microfluidics for real-time monitoring of the metabolic activity of food waste/sewage sludge anaerobic co-digestion to boost the generation of renewable energy

As public awareness of environmental protection grows in Hong Kong, food waste is becoming an increasing concern, thus creating demand for food waste recycling and reuse. If large amounts of food waste are not treated properly, it may contaminate the environment. The “anaerobic co-digestion” of food waste and sewage sludge produces biogas, but the biological activity of the digestion process requires close monitoring to ensure the smooth operation of “anaerobic digestion”, along with the production of biogas. Hong Kong Metropolitan University's (HKMU) School of Science and Technology has developed a “microfluidics analytical device” to monitor the bioactivity of “anaerobic digestion” in real time and learn about the impact of food waste on the “anaerobic digestion” of sewage sludge. Hence, it will help improve the efficiency of waste decomposition and generate renewable energy to convert waste into energy.


4 Dec 2023

HKMU to open up new research directions in Chinese mythology by exploring the digitisation of mythical creatures

Chinese mythology plays an important role in Chinese culture. In the digital age, it has become a medium connecting traditional culture with the future, and bridging China with the rest of the world. The Research Institute for Digital Culture and Humanities (RIDCH) of Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) initiated a research project to explore how mythical creatures in Chinese mythology, folklore and legends, such as Qiongqi, Dijiang, and Nine-tailed Fox, have been presented to the public in brand-new ways through digitisation, and to open up new directions in the study of Chinese mythology.



27 Nov 2023

HKMU scholar explores new research frontiers by adapting digital humanities technology to study classical literature

Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) is committed to preserving and promoting Chinese culture through academic research. Dr Gary Tsang Chi-chung, Assistant Professor of the School of Arts and Social Sciences, has opened up new frontiers in the Ci study of the Republican China period (1911–1949) by utilising innovative scholarly big data to study the Ci annotations published during that period. This research methodology can also be applied to other classical literary genres of the Republican China period, such as poetry and prose, contributing to the advancement and transformation of academic research paradigms.


26 Oct 2023

HKMU Scholars Recognised Among World's Top 2% Most-Cited Scientists

Thirteen scholars of Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) have recently been ranked among the top 2% most-cited scientists worldwide by Stanford University. This achievement has truly reflected and recognised HKMU scholars' remarkable impact with their research outputs.


24 Oct 2023

HKMU professor develops enhanced thermoelectric generators for sustainable waste heat recovery

Prof. Roy Vellaisamy, newly appointed Chair Professor of Intelligent Systems at Hong Kong Metropolitan University's (HKMU) School of Science and Technology (S&T), has pioneered an enhanced design for thermoelectric generators (TEGs), which can durably and efficiently convert industrial waste heat into usable electricity. The enhanced design may directly increase the efficiency of heat-to-electricity conversion, providing a good demonstration of the application of research to resolve real-world problems.


28 Sep 2023

HKMU sets up MARS to further microalgae research in the Greater Bay Area and Southeast Asia

Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) has a long and excellent track record in environmental science research, especially on harmful algal blooms (HABs) and beneficial applications of microalgae. To further microalgae research in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and Southeast Asia, in 2022, the School of Science and Technology (S&T) of HKMU established the first open-access microalgae collection and research centre in Hong Kong: the Metropolitan Algal Repository and Supply (MARS).