Business and technology students have been urged to attend the 1997 Asian Industrial Technology Congress in January where more than 170 technological innovations will be discussed. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is helping to organise the congress as part of the Government's 1997 Hong Kong Technology Week. PolyU president Professor Poon Chung-kwong said the congress would be a must for business and technology students. He said the event would be split into three parts - manufacturing, telecommunications and environmental technology. 'This technology transfer event is organised to encourage innovation and new applications of the latest industrial technologies, with the aim of increasing productivity and competitiveness of industries in the region,' Professor Poon said. He said the event would also offer the chance to make contacts and discuss joint ventures. 'We have received 230 proposals on technology presentations from multinational corporations, technology firms and research and development institutions in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States,' Professor Poon said. 'After a careful selection process, 174 proposals have been accepted.' The congress will be an ideal opportunity for industrialists to discover new technologies, said Lily Chiang, executive director of Chen Hsong Holdings. The congress will be held from January 6 to 8 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.