The Education Exchanges Unit (EEU) was set up by the British Council in Hong Kong to develop links with the territory. Formed in 1990 with the aid of $9 million from the British Government, the EEU aims to foster collaboration in science, technology, medicine and related professions. The EEU's work is supplemented by an annual grant of $6 million from the British Government. 'It has been a tradition for Hong Kong barristers, doctors and those from other professions to train in Britain,' said David Foster, the EEU's assistant director. 'The EEU seeks to build on these strands to expand and to encourage co-operation between the many other areas of expertise that exists in Britain and Hong Kong. 'We are continually looking at ways that will bring people from the academic world and the business world closer together to ensure a strong future for working together.' The EEU oversees such projects as English-language training for student teachers, an annual lecture series, school essay competitions, high level scientific exchanges and joint research projects between Britain and Hong Kong. With the EEU's help, 45 projects have been jointly undertaken between British and Hong Kong institutions. These have ranged from environmental management, with participation from China,to traffic signalling. A joint research project between London's Imperial College and Hong Kong's Polytechnic University involving the application of artificial intelligence in electricity supply systems resulted in two technical papers being written with further funding. There was also a project with China Light and Power. Such projects are funded by the British Government's Research Grants Council, the Hong Kong Government and local sponsors. Before being approved, a project must be evaluated by a team of six leading academics - three from Hong Kong and three from Britain. 'This is to ensure the project will be of value to Hong Kong and Britain,' Mr Foster said. Facets of a proposal taken into account include its cultural and scientific impact. The British Council regularly organises and co-sponsors seminars for Hong Kong professionals. Subjects in the territory have included environmental technology, health management, transport systems and community sport. Events scheduled for 1996-97 include architecture, design, civil engineering and geology.