Professor Wei Chi, President of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), was honored with the Officer Badge of the National Legion of Honor by the Consul General of France, Mr. Alexandre Giorgini, May 6, 2022 during a ceremony at the HKUST campus. This honor was presented on behalf of the President of the Republic in appreciation of the wise leadership of Professor Dr. Shy in the field of education, his outstanding contributions to science, as well as his role in the development of university cooperation between France and Hong Kong.
The Legion of Honor, established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, is the highest honor awarded by the French Republic.
The President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Prof. Wei SHYY (left) was awarded the Legion of Honor National Medal by Mr. Alexandre Giorgini (right), Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau on behalf of the President of the French Republic.
As President of HKUST and holder of the Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Prof. Shyy has played a central role in creating exchange and cooperation programs between HKUST and major higher education and research institutions in France. Strongly convinced that sustainable development is one of the main challenges of our time, he encouraged the strengthening of cooperation with France in areas such as green finance, green technology and ocean conservation.
“The Legion of Honor was awarded to Professor D. The Consul General of France, Mr. Alexandre Giorgini, said during the ceremony that he was shy because of his enlightening spirit.” According to philosopher Denis Diderot, there are three main ways to expand the scope of light in the scientific field: observing nature, thinking and experimenting. Professor. Shyy has successfully explored them all.He has drawn inspiration from nature, especially the flight of a dragonfly, for his work on aerodynamics, with the ability to transcend his specialty for meditation and openness to broader visions of the world.He is a leader in sustainable development issues in Hong Kong and hosts HKUST, the largest solar park in the territory I am proud that France is a key partner in this field and look forward to signing a Memorandum of Understanding soon to launch Sustainability Center France-HKUST. »
Professor Shee said he was honored with this prestigious award: “Over the years, HKUST has built a close relationship with the French Consulate and many French institutions. In 2017, we established France-HKUST . Innovation Center To promote research cooperation and exchanges between French academics and partners. Thanks to the efforts and enthusiasm of many partners, I am pleased that our relations have gradually been strengthened by renewed agreements on sustainable development and innovation, as well as the promotion of artistic events and joint university activities. Today, I accept this appreciation on behalf of my colleagues at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. »
As part of his duties at HKUST, a. Wei Shyy has developed his humanitarian vision of education through various initiatives that promote excellence and multiple disciplines. In the spirit of intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding, Prof. Shyy also supported the relocation of the French Center for Contemporary China Studies (CEFC) within the HKUST School of Social Sciences. China Perspectives, the quarterly magazine of CEFC, is a world-renowned magazine indexed in Citation index in the social sciences (web of science) Since 2019
Prior to joining Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as Dean in August 2010, A. Shyy was the Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson Professor and Chair of the Department of Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is the author or co-author of six books and numerous scientific articles dealing with aerospace and space vehicles, thermal sciences, and biomechanics. He is also the editor of Cambridge University Press books on aeronautical engineering (Cambridge Space Books Series) and co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Aeronautical Engineering, a major reference work published by the American science journal publisher Wiley-Blackwell.