- The property firm has partnered with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to encourage students to research a maths-related topic
- Teams and individual contestants can win a prize of up to HK$1 million
Every two years, secondary school students in Hong Kong are invited to take part in the Hang Lung Mathematics Awards (HLMA), and the ninth edition – 2021 HLMA – is now open for registration.
Organised by Hang Lung Properties in partnership with The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), the objective is to encourage students to recognise and appreciate their creative potential in mathematics. The Awards, which began in 2004, also looks to highlight the importance of science, engineering and technology and their impact on the world around us.
The competition invites individuals or teams to present research reports on a maths-related topic after conducting independent research in their chosen subject. Shortlisted entries then move on to give an oral defence of their research reports.
Ronnie C. Chan, Chair of Hang Lung Properties, and Professor Wei Shyy, President of HKUST, formalised the partnership agreement to co-organise the Hang Lung Mathematics Awards, which aims to foster young mathematics talents.
At the last competition in 2018, over 90 teams made up of 260 students from 60-plus schools took part, along with a record 27 individual contestants. A total prize fund of up to HK$1 million was shared between the winners and the five entrants who received an Honourable Mention.
“The HLMA is our longest running community initiative for young people; it also aligns with government policy in promoting STEM education,” said Weber Lo, Chief Executive Officer of Hang Lung Properties. “Through the awards, we aim to cultivate young people’s interest in mathematics and nurture a talent pool, enhancing the competitiveness of Hong Kong.”
Thanks to early support from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, which was the inaugural partner and co-organiser, the HLMA has steadily gained prestige over the years. At the launch ceremony held on January 19, Mr. Ronnie C. Chan, co-founder of HLMA and Chair of Hang Lung Properties, acknowledged that HKUST is a young and globally competitive university which focuses on both innovation and applications.
“It is well-positioned to be at the forefront of education and research across many disciplines,” he said. “I am confident our partnership with HKUST will bring the HLMA to greater heights and nurture creative talent in line with the latest trends in innovative research, both locally and internationally.”
Professor Wei Shyy, President of HKUST, noted that mathematics not only trains logical thinking and problem-solving skills, but is also a solid foundation for science and engineering disciplines.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to co-organise such a meaningful competition,” he said. “It allows us to identify students with potential in mathematics and contribute to the development of talent in Hong Kong.”
This year, Professor Richard Schoen, 2017 Wolf Prize Laureate in Mathematics and Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Irvine, is the chair of the 2021 HLMA Scientific Committee. Professor George Smoot, 2006 Nobel Laureate in Physics and Chair Professor of Physics at HKUST, will be the chair of the 2021 HLMA Steering Committee. These two committees also include other internationally renowned scholars and educators.
Distinguished representatives from Hang Lung Properties and HKUST showed their support for the Hang Lung Mathematics Awards at the agreement signing ceremony. (From right to left) Prof. Tim Leung, Professor, Department of Mathematics, HKUST; Prof. Andrew Cohen, Lam Woo Foundation Professor, Director of HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study and Acting Dean of Science, HKUST; Mr. Weber Lo, Chief Executive Officer, Hang Lung Properties; Prof. Wei Shyy, President, HKUST; Mr. Ronnie C. Chan, Chair, Hang Lung Properties; Prof. Yang WANG, Vice-President for Institutional Advancement, HKUST; Mr. HC Ho, Chief Financial Officer, Hang Lung Properties; Prof. Frederick Fong, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, HKUST.
The 2021 HLMA are open from now until March 31 for registration. Teams of one to five students, along with a supervising teacher, should conduct research and submit a full research report by the end of August. All shortlisted teams will be invited to attend an oral defense to be held in December, after which the 2021 HLMA winners will be announced and awards presented.
Hang Lung Properties donates a total of a HK$2.5 million to support each HLMA, of which HK$1 million is set aside as prize money, with the remainder funding academic consultations, professional adjudication, educational resources, guidance and mentoring. HKUST will also offer scholarships for nominated teachers to pursue an MSc in mathematics for educators.