New partnership between Thales and HKUST [fr]
The French Company Thales signed a partnership with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and launched an Innovation Hub in Hong Kong. Through these initiatives, Thales is to boost innovation in the field of security and transportation to serve the development of the region’s smart cities.
THALES and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) signed a Framework Agreement establishing a general collaboration scheme in the presence of Dr Jean-Luc LAMBLA, Thales’ Vice President and International Chief Technical Officer, Professor Eden WOON, HKUST Vice-President for Institutional Advancement and Mr Arnaud BARTHELEMY, Consul general of France in Hong Kong and Macao.
The collaboration agreement signed between Thales and HKUST is covering the the following aspects:
- collaborative research on new technologies
- researchers exchange and mutual visits
- student internship
- teaching activity exchange and common action plan to get funded research contracts from funding bodies.
The perimeter covered by the agreement is next generation information technology for aeronautics, space, defense and security.
Arnaud BARTHELEMY underlined that “this agreement was signed at the right moment and time by the right partners. It is expressing both HKUST and Thales strong aspiration for excellency in electronic and computer engineering and a common desire to attract the best Hong Kong engineers."
Prof Eden WOON attested that “the School of Engineering at HKUST has been delivering remarkable achievements in innovation research. Driven by the synergy created from the collaboration with Thales, we believe such new momentum will definitely help our city and the region as a whole to become a science and technology hub in the foreseeable future”.
Consecutively, Mr Edward WONG, HKUST R & D Corporation Ltd Chief Operating Officer, and Mr James KILAZOGLOU, Chief Executive Officer of HK Thales Transport & Security Ltd, signed the collaborative agreement and launched the Thales Innovation Hub. Set to be an incubator of ideas for academics, government and industry representatives, this hub will develop industrial products for smart cities with a focus on transportation and security by interacting with universities and academic organizations.
James KILAZOGLOU, HK Thales Transport and Security CEO stated: "Thales has a significant footprint in transport and security in Hong Kong and is very pleased to be able to expand its Research & Technology effort for the benefit of all our customers. We believe that this will also allow us to be more visible to the talented engineers and scientists who form the local research community”.
The innovation Hub will also be a way for Thales to closely interact with universities and academic organisations. “Through our partnership with the HKUST and the Hub, we aim, together with the students and Thales’ engineers, at inspiring innovation for the development of future products. The Hub’s proximity to our various stakeholders, will allow to swiftly co-develop new solutions” concluded Jean-Luc LAMBLA. “Customers will be invited to interact with all of us here, in order to bring products relevant for the region.
To date, Thales has already developed several academic partnerships in China. As for the HKUST, they shall take part to the collaborative works to be hosted in the Thales Innovation Hub in Hong Kong.