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Appendix A: Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU)

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) is a non-profit organization. It is

one of the finest universities in Hong Kong, and provides higher education not only to

Hong Kong people, but also to people around the world. The HKPU has a motto, “To

learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind” (HKPU, 2006). HKPU believes that

one of its missions is to carry out research of an applied nature relevant to community


HKPU consists of a council, court, president and offices of the president,

officers and senior management of the University, senate and its academic structure

(HKPU, 2006). It has 26 academic departments, including 12,313 full-time and 2,284

part-time students. It is the largest UGC-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong in

terms of number of students.

There are two major sources of income for HKPU. The first one is the tuition

collected from students, which is used to provide education for the HKPU students.

Another source of income is funding research by Hong Kong government and

cooperation (HKPU, 2006). As HKPU believes in their missions, they think they are

responsible to help in solving the problems occurring in Hong Kong society.

Wasted automobile tires have been a major issue in Hong Kong for a long

time because there are a huge number of cars driving on streets but the amount of

available space is limited. This way of disposal of the wasted tires not only use up a

lot of free space, but also create a lot of pollution, which damages both the

environment and human’s health. As one of the finest universities in Hong Kong,

which provides high education, HKPU is responsible to help the community to solve

this issue.


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