School of Engineering at “Zurich meets Hong Kong”
From 21 to 29 October 2017, the “Zurich meets Hong Kong” festival took place in Hong Kong. Representatives of business, science and culture from Zurich and Hong Kong came together to foster scientific and cultural exchange between the two metropolises.
The programme included more than 30 events all over Hong Kong on topics ranging from smart cities to healthy ageing and even a Swiss Design Market, all focusing on various aspects of economy and society in the future. As a participant, the School of Engineering had the opportunity to put itself on the map – not just in Switzerland, but internationally – in the two pioneering fields of drones and augmented reality. The Centre for Aviation (ZAV) and the Aviation degree programme collaborated with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to host a panel discussion on the future of unmanned aviation. At the Festival Hub, the ZAV demonstrated how augmented reality can make the piloting of aircraft simpler and safer, and visitors could experience this new and fascinating world of flying in a flight simulator.
“Collaborating on-site with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University enables us to establish closer links between our two institutions”, says Dirk Wilhelm, Deputy Dean of the ZHAW School of Engineering. “For student exchanges in particular, 'Zurich meets Hong Kong' will help make us better known in the South Asian region.” The event is presented by the City and the Canton of Zurich, Zurich Tourism, ETH, the University of Zurich, ZHdK and ZHAW as well as the Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong.