Professor Teng Jinguang, the new president of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, pledged to listen patiently and seek common ground with members of the academic community, while acknowledging their differences.
Teng, whose appointment for a five-year term took effect on Monday, said in an open letter to PolyU staff, faculty, students and alumni that he is fully aware of the huge responsibilities and demanding expectations associated with the position.
He said he will hold talks with stakeholders of the university and listen to their ideas and suggestions for future development.
A major focus of PolyU under his administration will be to establish a foothold in the Greater Bay Area and play a bigger role in the development of the region, he said.
A native of Zhejiang province, Teng joined the university as a lecturer in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering in October 1994. He was associate vice president from 2006 to 2010, and was appointed president in March.
He also serves as vice president, dean of the graduate school and chair professor of Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen.
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