12th April 2021 – (Hong Kong) The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) announced today (12th) that it has received a donation of HK$30 million from billionaire Li Ka-shing and Li Ka-shing Foundation. The funds will be used to reorganise the scientific research and laboratory space of the Li Ka-shing Institute of Health Sciences, CUHK, adding 14 experimental platforms, expansion and upgrade the animal experiment facilities. By then, the number of experimental rats that can be accommodated will be nearly tripled. The CUHK pointed out that it will apply for government matching funding in the future, and the relevant projects are expected to be completed before the end of next year.
According to CUHK, the relevant project includes increasing space for researchers through reorganisation and improvement of space, and adding 14 experimental platforms to provide 84 experimental units. At the same time, the new animal experiment facilities will increase the number of experimental rats that can be accommodated and the animal premises will also have independent ventilation intervals which greatly reduces the risk of cross-infection between animals.