Located in the historical and picturesque city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang University is a prestigious institution of higher education with a long history. Qiushi Academy, the predecessor of Zhejiang University, was founded in 1897 and was one of the earliest modern academies of higher learning established in China. In 1928, the academy was named National Zhejiang University. During the war time in 1940s, Zhejiang University moved to Zunyi, Meitan and other places in succession and stayed in West China for seven years. In 1946, Zhejiang University returned to Hangzhou. In 1952, due to a nationwide restructuring of universities, Zhejiang University underwent a reshuffling of disciplines. Some departments merged into other universities and Chinese Academy of Sciences. The remaining departments were divided and developed to become 4 specialized higher education institutions, namely former Zhejiang University, Hangzhou University, Zhejiang Agricultural University and Zhejiang Medical University. In 1998, the four universities sharing the same ancestor merged to form the new Zhejiang University and set a new goal – to develop into a world-class university. In its 119-year history, Zhejiang University has always been committed to cultivating talent with excellence, advancing science and technology, serving for social development, and promoting culture, with the spirit best manifested in the university motto "Seeking the Truth and Pioneering New Trails".
Zhejiang University is a comprehensive research university with distinctive features and a national as well as international impact. Research at Zhejiang University spans 12 academic disciplines, covering philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, art, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management and etc. With 7 faculties and 36 colleges/schools/depterment, 1 polytechnic Institute, Zhejiang University has 14 primary and 21 secondary national leading academic disciplines.
As a national university standing by River Qiantang, Zhejiang University is striving to build itself into an innovative comprehensive research university with a world-class status. Zhejiang University will be adhering to the spirit of seeking the truth and pioneering new trails, dedicating itself to creating and disseminating knowledge, inheriting and advancing civilization, serving and leading the society, and promoting national prosperity, social development and human progress.
Knowledge Management and Innovation Research Centre (KMIRC) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Since the early 1990s, the importance of Knowledge Management (KM) to create an organization’s competitive advantage has been widely recognised worldwide in the government, public and private sectors for the codification of information and knowledge, the processing of knowledge (the creation, capture, storage and conversion of knowledge from implicit to explicit), to the reporting and management of Intellectual Capital (IC), innovation and learning capability in firms and organisations. KM is an interdisciplinary and complex area of study by integrating technology-centred and human-centred approaches from the perspective of system science.
The Knowledge Management and Innovation Research Centre (KMIRC) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University was set up in 2007 and it is unique of its kind in Hong Kong and Mainland China. It has a core group of well regarded practitioners and researchers with established track record in Organisational Learning (OL), Culture and Change, Intellectual Capital Management, Knowledge Audit, Knowledge Systems, and E-Learning. The Capabilities and competencies of the KMIRC are further strengthened by the international alliances it has formed with leading practitioners whom are regarded as “Hall of Fame” in knowledge management, and renowned research centres worldwide.
The Centre’s core work falls into three areas – Teaching/Training, Research, and Professional Services/Consultancy. In the area of teaching, the very unique blended online and face-to-face delivered Master of Science in Knowledge Management is the KMIRC’s flagship operation. The KMIRC also operates executive short course in knowledge management. Furthermore, numerous customised KM workshops have been designed and delivered for government departments and private enterprises in Hong Kong Mainland China, Australian, Malaysian and Brunei.
The Centre is actively engaged in various research activities and research projects and the research results have been disseminated through the publications of research papers. It has also participated in various exhibitions and organised seminars and training sessions for various industrial sectors. Among others, professional services and consultancy represent a very active area of the KMIRC. Over the past years, it has undertaken consultancy work in various sectors ranging from public utilities, aviation, government, manufacturing, social work, printing and publishing, as well as healthcare.