HKBU launches Institute of Bioresource and Agriculture and Sustainability Gallery

29 November 2018
 Guests and HKBU representatives posed for a group photo at the ceremony
 The Sustainability Gallery has four exhibition zones

 Guests enjoyed the exhibits at the Gallery

HKBU has launched its Institute of Bioresource and Agriculture (IBA) and the Sustainability Gallery recently with a donation of HK$37.26 million from The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC). The opening ceremony was jointly officiated by The Hon. Wong Kam Sing, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR Government; Dr. Leung Siu Fai, JP, Director of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of the HKSAR Government; Ms. Chan Pui Mun, Regional Head of Regulatory Compliance, Asia Pacific, HSBC; Professor Roland T. Chin, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU; Mr. Alan Wong Chi Kong, SBS, Chairperson of Governance Committee of IBA; Professor Zhang Fusuo, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering; and Professor Jonathan Wong, MH, JP, Director of IBA.

In his welcoming speech, Professor Chin expressed his gratitude to HSBC for their support. He said the IBA is the first institute in Hong Kong to combine sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation. Through academic research, professional training and public education, the Institute serves as a professional platform to revitalise the agricultural industry, to conserve bioresources and biodiversity, and to encourage the public to adopt sustainable practices in the community. The Institute and the Department of Biology have successfully established the BSc (Hons) Bioresource and Agricultural Science degree programme and it is the first government-funded programme to integrate agriculture with bioresource management. Its creation heralds the start of an exciting new chapter in Hong Kong's agricultural history.

Professor Jonathan Wong said, "The IBA will continue to implement its successful educational programmes to students and the public, which is expected to reach over 30,000 people. Visitors to the Institute's Sustainability Gallery can also reach over 100,000 people in five years." In addition, the IBA will provide extension services to local organic farmers on soil health and fertility, and teach them how to use fertilisers efficiently.

The Sustainability Gallery (S Gallery), which is the first agriculture learning centre in Hong Kong, also launched on the same day. Furnished with immersive multimedia such as 4D, AR, VR and motion sensing, the S Gallery has 2,500 sq. ft. of space and aims to promote the concept of biological resources, organic agriculture and sustainable consumption. The Gallery is open to public, schools and organisations. Admission is free and reservations are required.

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Honorary Permanent President of the HKBU Foundation, celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 2015 and a total net proceeds of HK$477 million has been raised from the issuance of two million pieces of HSBC 150th Anniversary Banknotes. HSBC then launched its 150th Anniversary Charity Programme and gave support to a number of local charities and 11 signature projects for the betterment of the Hong Kong community. IBA is one of the beneficiaries of this Programme.