The creation of MIT’s Hong Kong Innovation Node was announced in November 2015, where MIT President L. Rafael Reif described his vision of adding innovation to the traditional roles of teaching and research in the education of our students. Its focus is on cultivating the innovation capabilities of our students, increasing opportunities and accelerating the path from idea to impact – working together with alumni, affiliates and friends in the community to help galvanize the region’s innovation ecosystem. By bringing MIT to Hong Kong and Hong Kong to MIT, the Innovation Node is deepening MIT’s links to enhance the Institute’s presence in the Pearl River Delta as an important gateway for MIT in China.
The Hong Kong Innovation Node is building long-term value by enriching the educational experiences of MIT and Hong Kong students in key areas of innovation practice including entrepreneurship, making, and rapid scale-up of prototypes. In accordance with the mission of the MIT Innovation Initiative, the Hong Kong Innovation Node will educate the next generation of global innovators to take their ideas to impact by building a community of students, entrepreneurs, universities, businesses, and others, consistent with the MIT philosophy of Mens et Manus, Mind and Hand, for the benefit of all.