The Opening Ceremony is held with a lion dance to welcome scholars and guests from different countries attending the Congress.
Prof. Wong said that the Congress provides an excellent platform for practitioners and students to learn more about Mathematics.
On behalf of the OUHK, Dean of the School of Science and Technology Prof. HO Kin-chung (right) receives a cheque of HK $600,000 from the representatives of IMOHKCL.
This year, eight presidents of mathematical societies from different countries as well as more than 100 prominent mathematicians around the world attended the Congress.
To facilitate academic exchange among leading mathematicians, scientists and engineers, the Institute for Research in Innovative Technology and Sustainability (IRITS) of The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) proudly joined hands with the International Mathematical Olympiad Hong Kong Committee Limited (IMOHKCL) and the South East Asian Mathematical Society (SEAMS) to host the International Congress in Algebras and Combinatorics (ICAC) 2017 on 25 – 28 August 2017.
Addressing at the Opening Ceremony, OUHK President Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong said, “Mathematics is a very interesting subject that has been used in impressive ways for thousands of years for the benefit of mankind, especially in recent centuries, and its importance is likely to increase in our fast-changing, knowledge-based world of today and tomorrow.” He emphasized that students should have the opportunity to know Mathematics as much as they can. “The Congress provides an excellent platform for practitioners and students to learn more about Mathematics,” he added.
Prof. Wong also extended his sincere gratitude to IMOHKCL’s enormous contribution to the promotion of Mathematics education and competitions in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia over the last 30 years. “The OUHK is grateful to IMOHKCL for the sponsorship of $600,000 for supporting different activities of the Congress this year. With the Committee’s sponsorship, we can invite more prominent mathematicians to join the Congress and share their insights with local researchers,” Prof. Wong said.
The ICAC has been organized every 10 years since 1997. It aims to bring together leading mathematicians, scientists, engineers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of algebraic structure and theoretical computer science and computations. It also provides an international platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present their recent innovations, trends, findings of research and their applications, and foster various types of academic collaborations.
This year’s Congress was held at the OUHK. Eight presidents of mathematical societies from different countries as well as more than 100 prominent mathematicians around the world attended the congress. In particular, Prof. Efim Zelmanov, the winner of the Fields Medal in 1994, was invited to give a keynote speech and a public lecture titled "Mathematics: Science or Art?". The public lecture aims to ignite the interests of more people in Hong Kong to study Mathematics, which is important in boosting STEM education in both schools and universities.
Housed under OUHK’s School of Science and Technology, IRITS was established in 2015 with the aim of consolidating current research disciplines conducted by the School and developing research capacities in other potential disciplines. The Institute focuses on two research disciplines: environmental science and advanced network technologies. The former covers three main areas, namely wastewater treatment and algal biofuel, water quality and phytoplankton biodiversity, and harmful algal blooms; whereas the latter focuses on four research themes including adaptive and secure cloud connectivity, optimization algorithms, location-based information systems, and tele -biotechnology related to computer networks.
About the OUHK:
Established by the Government in 1989, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) has developed into a full-fledged university providing high quality and flexible university education at various levels to secondary school graduates and working adults. The University currently offers about 220 programmes to more than 9,500 full-time students and 10,000 part-time students. Our mission is to advance learning, knowledge and research that meet students’ learning aspirations and society’s talent needs, focusing on practical and professional programmes.
OUHK comprises four Schools, i.e. School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, School of Education and Languages, and School of Science and Technology. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education offers overseas degree programmes and short courses.