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December 21, 2014

FIELDS EXPLORES INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP WITH HONG KONG

TORONTO, Monday, October 22, 2007- The Fields Institute and the Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that outlines plans for cooperation on a variety of areas.

Founded on mutual respect and a shared mission, the Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences of City University of Hong Kong and the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences propose to engage in cooperative activities with the purpose of stimulating mathematical sciences researcher and outreach, and enhancing the mission of both organizations.

Fields and the Liu Bie Centre have in common their responsibilities at national and international levels for scientific excellence, training in research, and outreach. They recognize the value in an alliance as a mutually beneficial way to achieve their aims.

The MOU outlines plans for cooperation in a variety of areas, including organization of annual Industrial Problem Solving Workshops (IPW) hosted on alternate years by each Institute; supporting collaborative research projects with the formation, at Fields, of a "Hong Kong research coordination committee", consisting of Canadian mathematicians with an interest in developing new initiatives; and exchange programs for research students and junior and senior researchers, lasting anywhere from one month to one year.

"This is a pioneering international collaboration for the Fields Institute, and we are very excited about the potential benefits it presents for mathematical research," said Fields Institute Director Barbara Keyfitz. "Hong Kong has many fine mathematicians, and this brings them closer to Canada. From our perspective, Hong Kong is a gateway to the burgeoning mathematical communities of China and other Pacific countries. We anticipate many benefits from sharing the Industrial Problems Workshops. We also sense in our community a great eagerness to broaden their horizons by travel - both people in Canada and in Hong Kong," she added.

"The Fields Institute is the leading mathematical institute in Canada. We are honoured to have signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute," said Roderick Wong, Director of Liu Bie Ju Centre. "I will do everything possible to make the collaboration a successful one. We will begin with the first Industrial Workshop to be held in Toronto next year, and we welcome suggestions on other initiatives that will facilitate the mathematical cooperation between our two organizations."

Also part of the agreement will be the periodic establishment of organized research activity in the form of workshops, conferences or colloquia, taking place alternately between The Centre and Fields or a Fields Affiliate university.

About Liu Bie Ju Centre
The Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences is named after the donor's mother who is a distinguished person in her community. She has received two honorary degrees from local universities. Also, China has named a star after her in recognition of her contributions to the country. Both the donor's mother and father are well-known philanthropists in Hong Kong. They have set up the Qiu Shi Science and Technologies Foundation, which provides strong support to young Chinese scientists as well as to outstanding researchers in any field of science.

The primary mission of the Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences is to conduct first-class research in applied mathematics and in computational mathematics. As a leading research centre in the Asia-Pacific region, its basic objective is to strive for excellence in applied mathematical sciences. To this end, it consistently attracts eminent visiting scientists from all over the world, it regularly organizes international mathematics conferences and workshops, half-year programs, and weekly colloquia, it actively seeks mathematical and computational problems arising in industry and financial sectors, and it supports the publication of journal articles, books, preprint series and lecture notes series. It also plays a leading role in attracting outside funding and donations for the purpose of enhancing research in applied mathematical sciences.

About City University of Hong Kong
Established in 1984, City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has quickly become a leading provider of quality higher education with over 1000 academic staff recruited from all over the world. As one of the most modern and high-tech universities in Asia, CityU today offers over 170 academic programmes for over 25, 000 students. Its strength spans a wide range of disciplines, from Science and Engineering to the Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, Law and Creative Media.

Websites:
Lie Bie Ju Centre: www6.cityu.edu.hk/rcms
City University: www.cityu.edu.hk/

About Fields
The Fields Institute, located in Toronto, is recognized as one of the world's leading independent mathematical research institutions. The Institute is named after the Canadian mathematician John Charles Fields (1863-1932). Fields was a pioneer and visionary who recognized the scientific, educational, and economic value of research in the mathematical sciences. With a wide array of pure, applied, industrial, financial and educational programs, The Fields Institute attracts over 1,000 visitors annually from every corner of the globe, to collaborate on leading-edge research programs in the mathematical sciences. The Field's Institute is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, seven principal sponsoring universities (Carleton, McMaster, Ottawa, Toronto, Waterloo, Western, and York), ten affiliate universities (Nipissing, Queen's, Guelph, Houston, Manitoba, Maryland, UOIT, Saskatchewan, Windsor, and Wilfrid Laurier), and five corporate sponsors (Algorithmics, General Motors, QWeMA Group Inc., R2 Financial Technologies Inc., and Sigma Analysis and Management). See www.fields.utoronto.ca for further details.

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