Dean's Message
Summer 2014 No.25
Talent Development at Heart of New Initiative

HKUST- Qualcomm Joint Innovation and Research Laboratory celebrated its official opening in September 2013. The initiative represents a collaboration between the University and Qualcomm Inc, with a focus on talent development and R&D for next-generation Internet infrastructure. Qualcomm has donated US$200,000 (approximately HK$1.5 million) as initial funding.
Prof Khaled Ben Letaief, Dean of Engineering; Prof Ross Murch, Head of Electronic and Computer Engineering; Prof Patrick Yue, Associate Provost for Knowledge Transfer and Founding Director of HKUST-Qualcomm Joint Innovation and Research Laboratory; and from Qualcomm Inc, Dr Mingxi Fan, Senior Director, Engineering; Dr Jilei Hou, Director, Engineering; and Dr Xing Jin, Senior Manager, Program Management, all signed the commemorative banner to signify the official opening of the lab.
The lab aims to nurture research and talent in areas of mutual interest between the partners under the next-generation Internet infrastructure pilot theme, an approach that can better utilize funding resources to create synergy between related projects and harness the expertise of multiple faculty. Qualcomm is a world-leading provider of wireless technology and services, headquartered in the US and with 
175-plus locations around the world.