Asian Coalition for Building Science and Construction Engineering (ACBC)

INFORMATION
On 27th March 2006, Prof. Francis Wong signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between School of Architecture and Architectural Engineering, The University of Seoul, Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Department of Architectural Engineering, Osaka University, Japan. The signing ceremony took place at the University of Seoul, Seoul, Korea.

PURPOSE
The purpose of this MOU is to provide a basis for certain interactions and collaborations between student and faculty at UOS and PolyU, participating in the Asian Coalition for Building Science and Construction Engineering (ACBC). ACBC is a network of individuals and institutions that conducts joint workshops/seminars on the key issues of Building Sciences and Construction Engineering including structural design and analysis, building environment and facilities, construction engineering and management of buildings, and natural risks or hazards protection services. The ACBC, whose broad objective is to foster cooperation and enhance learning among faculty and students working in the areas of Building Sciences and Construction Engineering, meets annually to conduct joint workshops/seminars. This MOU also aims to contribute to the building and construction industry of both countries and others, to expand interactions and collaborations among the other Asian countries, European countries, and so on.

SCOPE OF COLLABORATION
The scope of collaboration between the parties may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Organization of joint workshop/seminar
  2. Participation of joint research projects
  3. Exchange of faculty members and staffs for the purpose of education and research
  4. Exchange of graduate and undergraduate students for the purpose of education and research
  5. Cross registration
  6. Expansion of cooperative ties with participants in other areas

A Brief Description of the Trip to the University of Seoul, Korea

A meeting was held on 27 March 2006 with the faculty staff of the School of Architecture and Architectural Engineering to briefly discuss the general issue of the MOU. It was then followed by a meeting with the President of The University of Seoul, Professor Sang-Bum Lee. The MOU signing ceremony was held subsequently by Prof. Sung-Mo Choi (UoS), Prof. Francis Wong (PolyU) and Prof. Yoshiteru Ohno (OU) in the presence of the faculty staff of School of Architecture and Architectural Engineering of UoS, Dr. Michael Yam and Jeanny Tang (PolyU).

An International Seminar was held after the signing ceremony. Presentations were made by Prof. Francis Wong, Prof. Yoshiteru Ohno and Mr. Ahmad K. Abdelrazar on topics relating to high-rise buildings.

On 28 March 2006, a meeting was held between the faculty staff of the School of Architecture and Architectural Engineering of UoS and the representatives of BRE, PolyU to discuss in details of the implementation of the MOU and also to foster deeper understanding between the two parties. A campus tour was also arranged for the representatives of BRE, PolyU after the meeting.

The following are some photos of the entire event:

Meeting on 27 March 2006 with the faculty staff of the School of Architecture and Architectural Engineering of UoS and the representatives of BRE, PolyU and Osaka University

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Meeting with the President of The University of Seoul, Professor Sang-Bum Lee on 27 March 2006

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Signing ceremony of the MOU

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An International Seminar with presentations made by Prof. Francis Wong, Prof. Yoshiteru Ohno and Mr. Ahmad K. Abdelrazar
on topics relating to high-rise buildings.
   

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A meeting was held on 28 March 2006 between the faculty staff of the School of Architecture and Architectural Engineering of UoS and the representatives of BRE, PolyU to discuss in details of the implementation of the MOU and also to foster deeper understanding between the two parties.

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Campus tour of the University of Seoul on 28 March 2006:
Central Library of UoS
Central Library of UoS
A welcome greeting to PolyU representatives
Structures Lab
Structures Lab

At the front gate of the UoS

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